Labour Research July 2016

Blacklisting fight goes on - Despite a recent major victory, blacklisted workers and their unions insist that the fight against blacklisting firms must continue; Act of discrimination - The 2016 Immigration Act will fuel discrimination against minorities, say unions and campaigners; Union membership - Union membership remains stable, but the worryingly low level of collective bargaining coverage is a concern; Dying to work - A TUC campaign is focussing on the rights of workers with a terminal illness


Political leaders must address ‘real despair’ in wake of Brexit
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The people have spoken and the call for change must be heeded. That was the message from union leaders in the wake of last month’s referendum ...
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Urgent change of direction is needed, say teaching unions
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Teaching unions have said that a damning report on teacher supply, published by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, is further evidence ...
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Industrial news (278 words)

Following a two-day strike at the end of May, the UCU university lecturers’ union has set out the next steps in its pay dispute with the UCEA ...
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Plans to abolish bursaries slammed as ‘short-sighted’
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Unions, health workers and charities have come together to warn the government that its plans to abolish NHS bursaries and introduce student loans ...
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Insecure work affects millions (293 words)

Four and a half million people in England and Wales are in insecure work, reveals analysis by charity Citizens Advice.The national charity says ...
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Spying (98 words)

Unions have welcomed a decision to ditch controversial plans that would have allowed police and intelligence agencies to spy on them (see also page ...
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BHS (152 words)

Retail tycoon Sir Philip Green’s apology to BHS employees is not good enough said shopworkers’ union Usdaw following his appearance at a joint ...
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Joblessness count records a fall
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Unemployment under the Labour Force Survey count was down by 20,000 to 1.67 million in the three-month period ending April on the previous period. ...
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RPI inflation goes up (72 words)

Inflation under the Retail Prices Index — which includes housing costs and is the measure favoured by union negotiators — was up to 1.4% in May ...
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Key economic indicators

RPI inflation goes up (408 words)

Inflation +1.4%, Average earnings +2.5% ...
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Union news

Merger would see loss of affiliate for Labour and CND (339 words)

The Labour Party and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) are both set to lose a union affiliate next year if members of the broadcast and ...
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TUC welcomes climbdown over government’s ‘Snooper’s Charter’
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The TUC welcomed last month’s government climbdown on the so-called “Snoopers’ Charter” — the Bill which had threatened to allow police and ...
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Momentum and PCS
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A bid for the PCS civil service union to join Momentum — the campaign group set up to support Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn — has been rejected by ...
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Usdaw celebrations
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A nationwide bus tour set off last month as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Usdaw shopworkers’ union. 
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European news

French government meets with continued resistance
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The French government is facing ongoing resistance to its plans to make major changes to employment law, despite a meeting between the labour ...
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Finns give up on plans for merger
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Attempts to form a new trade union confederation in Finland, bringing together most of the unions currently divided between three separate ...
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Unions maintain positions on councils (222 words)

The results of the four-yearly elections for works councils and health and safety committees in Belgium have just been published — and they show ...
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The struggle goes on, say blacklisted workers
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The huge multi-million pound settlement won on behalf of blacklisted workers is a massive victory for the trade union movement. But compensation is ...
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Minorities will fall foul of this Act
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Unions and those campaigning for migrants’ rights fear that the government’s Immigration Act will create a hostile environment for minority ...
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Unions hang on to membership
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Despite the political pounding received by the trade union movement since Labour lost power in 2010, overall union membership has remained stable.
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Helping to live with dying
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The TUC’s Dying to Work campaign aims to change the law so that workers with a terminal illness cannot automatically be dismissed because of their ...
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Law Matters

Assumptions on working late could discriminate
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In an important case for employees, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that expecting or assuming an employee will work late can be ...
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Tribunal fees under fire
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The government’s employment tribunal fees regime “has had a significant adverse impact on access to justice for meritorious claims”, says a ...
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Signficant disability victory (221 words)

The CWU communications union has announced a significant victory in a disability discrimination case against Vodafone. 
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Law Queries

Compensation and payment
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Q. If a member is awarded compensation by an Employment Tribunal, what can they do if the employer refuses to pay? ...
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Off the record talks (198 words)

Q. What is a Section 111A off the record conversation? ...
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Nicknames at work
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Q. Is it OK to use nicknames at work?
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Law Back-up

How employers can avoid a dressing down over attire
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Recent cases have highlighted the controversial issues that crop up around workplace dress codes.
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Health & Safety Matters

Work-related stress is a ‘significant issue’
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The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has launched a new Caring for You campaign as it warned that midwife burnout is leading to fears about patient ...
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Excessive working hours prompt threat of strike
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Public services union UNISON has told the East of England Ambulance Service that it will ballot frontline ambulance staff for possible strike action ...
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Ruling aids trafficked workers (253 words)

In a landmark legal judgement, the High Court has ruled in favour of six Lithuanian men who have brought a civil case claiming compensation from a ...
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Health & Safety Back-up

Curbs on exposure to electromagnetic fields
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On 1 July 2016, new Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations 2016 (CEMFAW) came into force. Back-up examines what the regulations ...
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Equality news

Research highlights NHS race inequalities
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An NHS report has found that black and minority ethnic (BME) workers in the NHS suffer higher levels of bullying from the public and other staff ...
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Better support required for carers, say reports
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Just a third of employers have a formal, written policy or an informal, verbal policy in place to support working carers in their workplace, ...
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Bias against young mums (235 words)

Young mothers are significantly more likely to experience pregnancy and maternity discrimination, with six times as many under- 25-year-olds compared ...
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Workplace Back-up

Using social media can mean trouble at work
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With 79% of adult users of social media logging daily, or almost daily, into networks like Facebook or Twitter, it is hardly surprising that ...
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Hold on tight (210 words)

London Transport and the trade unions ...
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Schools out!
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The hidden history of Britain’s school students strikes
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e-views (418 words)

I’ve updated the trade union website league table which I last updated 12 months ago. 
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