Fact Service June 2022

Issue 22: ‘No end in sight’ to flight chaos; Crimes against shopworkers tripled during pandemic; Real Living Wage rise brought nearer; Education groups in plea for free school meals ; Only 9% of firms offer menstrual support; TUC raises red flag over post-Brexit rights cull prospect; Support package ‘doesn’t go far enough’ Issue 23: Biggest rail strike since 1980s set for this month; Bonuses rising six times faster than wages; Unions call for ‘inflation busting’ local govt rise; Four day work five day pay trial begins; OECD predicts UK stagnation next year; Civil service cull would be worst since 2010-16 cuts; Businesses transferring ownership to employees reaches five year high Issue 24: Real pay dropping at fastest rate for a decade; Unions reject Shapps strike-breaker threat; Social worker stress will cost lives, report warnsTUC analysis shows rising cost of childcare ahead of cost of living demo; Survey finds ‘shocking’ abuse of LGBTI teachers Issue 25: Inflation rising at fastest for 40 years as wages ‘spiral’ debate rages Rail strike heralds summer of action; Big company profits feeding inflation, think tanks say; New app protects outdoor workers; Net Zero transition will mean change to 1.3 million jobs. Issue 26: TUC: ‘hypocritical’ government misled public over rail strike; Law to protect frontline workers now in force; Food price inflation rockets; Three-quarters of firms offering hybrid working, survey finds; Seven in 10 offer equal parental leave; ITUC: workers’ rights ‘crumble’; Staff shortages stifling growth

Issue 26

TUC: ‘hypocritical’ government misled public over rail strike (381 words)

The TUC is pointing to a legal opinion it has commissioned which it believes undermines the government’s attempts to distance itself from ...
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Law to protect frontline workers now in force (285 words)

A new law which aims to protect frontline workers from violence came into force in England and Wales this week. ...
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Food price inflation rockets (311 words)

The cost of living crisis has deepened further, with shop price inflation rising to 3.1% in June, up from 2.8% in May and the highest rate of ...
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Three-quarters of firms offering hybrid working, survey finds (419 words)

A survey by HR institute the CIPD has found that three-quarters of organisations “have embraced hybrid working”, through a mix of formal and ...
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Seven in 10 offer equal parental leave (140 words)

Sixty-nine per cent of employers are offering their employees equal parental leave – allowing them to take the same amount of paid or unpaid leave ...
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ITUC: workers’ rights ‘crumble’ (458 words)

Abuses of workers’ rights worldwide are reaching record levels, international trade union confederation the ITUC has said. ...
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Staff shortages stifling growth (128 words)

UK companies are feeling the effects on growth of staff and skills shortages, the Open University (OU) and British Chambers of Commerce have found. ...
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Issue 25

Inflation rising at fastest for 40 years as wages ‘spiral’ debate rages (715 words)

Inflation is continuing to rise at its fastest rate in four decades, reaching 9.1% CPI, 11.7% RPI in the 12 months to May, up from 9% and 11.1% in ...
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Rail strike heralds summer of action (756 words)

The national rail strike by 40,000 members of the RMT transport union which began this week is the harbinger of what unions are calling a summer of ...
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Big company profits feeding inflation, think tanks say (258 words)

Although inflation is primarily being driven by global factors, high profits from some firms could be influencing it too, according to a report by ...
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New app protects outdoor workers (184 words)

UN agency the ILO is promoting a phone app that can help workers outdoor measure their exposure to harmful sunlight. ...
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Net Zero transition will mean change to 1.3 million jobs (268 words)

The UK’s decarbonisation drive will involve major change across the economy, particularly for 1.3 million workers in carbon-intensive work, but it ...
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Issue 24

Real pay dropping at fastest rate for a decade (907 words)

Real wages are falling at the fastest rate in over 10 years when measured against inflation, as annual pay growth fails to keep up with the soaring ...
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Unions reject Shapps strike-breaker threat (338 words)

As RMT members prepare for a national rail strike next week (see previous issues), and the TSSA ballots its members at Network Rail, the TUC has ...
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Social worker stress will cost lives, report warns (344 words)

Social workers have reached a dangerous breaking point, new research from public services UNISON warns. ...
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TUC analysis shows rising cost of childcare ahead of cost of living demo (436 words)

As the TUC prepares for its London demonstration on Saturday it has highlighted a further facet of the cost of living crisis the protest is designed ...
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Survey finds ‘shocking’ abuse of LGBTI teachers (194 words)

Schools must be held accountable for confronting the abuse of LGBTI teachers, the NASUWT union has said, after a survey of members found “shocking ...
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Issue 23

Biggest rail strike since 1980s set for this month (457 words)

Union warnings of a summer of strikes if wages don’t rise above or in line with inflation are being realised, with the transport sector in ...
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Bonuses rising six times faster than wages (314 words)

City bonuses are increasing six times faster than wages, the TUC has found. After examining Office for National Statistics figures, it said that ...
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Unions call for ‘inflation busting’ local govt rise (240 words)

Three unions – UNISON, GMB and Unite – that between them represent 1.4 million council and school employees, have submitted a 2022 pay claim for ...
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Four day work five day pay trial begins (174 words)

Seventy UK companies have begun a six month pilot scheme in which 3,300 employees will work a four day week but be paid for a five day one. ...
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OECD predicts UK stagnation next year (352 words)

Britain’s economy will grow by 3.6% this year, before slowing to a standstill next year, according to the OECD’s latest half-year economic ...
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Civil service cull would be worst since 2010-16 cuts (504 words)

The government’s plan to cut 91,000 civil servants’ jobs would effectively exceed the cuts made by George Osborne as chancellor when David ...
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Businesses transferring ownership to employees reaches five year high (160 words)

The number of businesses transferring ownership to employees through employee ownership trusts (EOTs) has reached a five year high, according to law ...
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Issue 22

‘No end in sight’ to flight chaos (475 words)

The Unite general union has blamed this week’s chaotic scenes at airports on businesses which took public money but then cut jobs during the ...
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Crimes against shopworkers tripled during pandemic (340 words)

Violence and abuse against retail workers rose threefold in the pandemic, according to the annual crime survey by industry body the British Retail ...
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Real Living Wage rise brought nearer (146 words)

The announcement of the real Living Wage for 2022-23 is to be brought forward from November to September, the Living Wage Foundation has announced. ...
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Education groups in plea for free school meals (312 words)

Leaders of 12 education unions and professional organisations that together represent over a million teachers, support staff and others working with ...
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Only 9% of firms offer menstrual support (112 words)

Just 9% of employers offer menstrual support to their staff, a poll for online magazine Employee Benefits has found. Two-thirds (66%) make no ...
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TUC raises red flag over post-Brexit rights cull (113 words)

The TUC has warned that workers’ rights might be at risk following reports suggesting that Jacob Rees-Mogg, the minister for Brexit opportunities, ...
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Support package ‘doesn’t go nearly far enough’ (630 words)

Unions which last week (see Fact Service 21) were piling the pressure on the chancellor to provide support for those suffering from rising fuel ...
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