Fact Service September 2021

Issue 37 (16/09/2021) - Job vacancies pass million to set new record ; Lowest paid 'bore brunt of pandemic'; Union calls for new deal for foster carers; GDP still below pre-Covid levels; Boxing Day 'thank you'; for workers; Record jump in inflation

Issue 36 (09/09/2021) - 'Use wealth tax' to pay for social care reform; Redundancies fall but fears remain about end of furlough; Staff to return in-house; Union backs workers after anti-vaxxer assault; Schools extremism study finds lack of support and training; Pilots call for furlough extension

Issue 35 (02/09/2021) - TUC wants 12 bank holidays; UC cut 'to hit one in three families in 413 constituencies'; NEET numbers fall; TUC Congress coming soon; Analysis shows collective bargaining bonus; Supermarkets 'must take responsibility for labour shortages'; Unions urge support staff pay rethink; World Day for Decent Work

Issue 37

Job vacancies pass million to set new record (1,225 words)

Job vacancies have risen above one million for the first time since records began in 2001, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). ...
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Lowest paid ‘bore brunt of pandemic’ (371 words)

The coronavirus was “a tale of two pandemics” the TUC has said, as it published a poll showing how low paid workers bore the brunt of the ...
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Union calls for new deal for foster carers (281 words)

The Unite general union is calling for a new deal for 10,000 Shared Lives foster carers who look after around 14,000 vulnerable adults in their homes ...
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GDP still below pre-Covid levels (178 words)

ONS figures show that UK gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.1% in July and remains 2.1% below its pre-pandemic level. Production output increased ...
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Boxing Day 'thank you' for workers (135 words)

Sainsbury’s is the latest retail giant – following Morrisons, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer – to announce all its stores and petrol ...
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Record jump in inflation (159 words)

Inflation jumped from 2% CPI (consumer prices index) in July to 3.2% in August – the largest single month rise since records began in 1997 ...
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Issue 36

‘Use wealth tax’ to pay for social care reform (993 words)

Unions have responded to the government’s decision to use national insurance (NI) contributions to pay for reform of the social care system by ...
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Redundancies fall but fears remain about end of furlough (365 words)

The number of notified planned redundancies remains lower than expected, according to figures from the Insolvency Service – even though the ...
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Staff to return in-house (107 words)

Public services UNISON has announced that outsourced cleaners and security staff at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) are ...
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Union backs workers after anti-vaxxer assault (156 words)

The specialists’ Prospect union has condemned anti-vaccination protesters who attempted to storm the offices of medicines and healthcare products ...
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Schools extremism study finds lack of support and training (503 words)

Two education unions have welcomed the findings of a report which found that schools across England lack the resources and training to teach pupils ...
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Pilots call for furlough extension (156 words)

Pilots’ union BALPA says that, with the end of the furlough scheme weeks away, 98% of pilots it has surveyed do not believe that the transport ...
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Issue 35

TUC wants 12 bank holidays (225 words)

The TUC has called for more bank holidays for England and Wales, saying the current eight are “stingy” in comparison with an EU average of 12.8 ...
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UC cut ‘to hit one in three families in 413 constituencies’ (847 words)

More than 400 constituencies are set to see over one in three working-age families with children hit by the planned cuts to Universal Credit and ...
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NEET numbers fall (227 words)

The number of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) has reached a record low according to the Office for National ...
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TUC Congress coming soon (132 words)

TUC Congress is being held online from 12 to 14 September, with the promise that “we’ll discuss how we build stronger unions and mobilise for a ...
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Analysis shows collective bargaining bonus (176 words)

Workers in Europe who benefit from collective bargaining enjoy up to two weeks extra paid holiday per year, according to European trade union ...
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Supermarkets ‘must take responsibility for labour shortages’ (218 words)

Supermarkets must take responsibility for the labour shortages affecting their supply chains, general union Unite has said, and warned them “not to ...
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Unions urge support staff pay rethink (211 words)

Three unions representing employees including control room operatives, call handlers and forensic specialists have written to the home secretary ...
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World Day for Decent Work (68 words)

International trade union confederation the ITUC has said that this year’s World Day for Decent Work on 7 October will call on every government to ...
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