Labour Research September 2018

Unions: how to build the movement of tomorrow - Community organising is just one way in which unions are facing up to the challenges of organising the workers of today and tomorrow; Unions take message to school assemblies - A worker in a union is likely to earn more on average than a non-union member. Unions are telling pupils about the positive aspects of trade unionism; Social care crisis - Pensioners are being hit by the crisis in social care. Labour Research examines how unions are campaigning for change.


‘Engage with us’ — union urges crisis-hit retailers
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Shop workers’ union Usdaw is calling on employers to engage with workers and their union during the current crisis on the high street. 
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Company fat cats lap up the cream
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Unions slammed “fat cat” greed after it was revealed that median pay for chief executive officers (CEOs) in FTSE 100 companies has hit £3.93 ...
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Industrial news (262 words)

Manchester Metrolink has averted a potential strike by substantially improving its pay offer to tram drivers. 
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MPs tell government to get tough on worker exploitation
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A key group of MPs has told the government to be more aggressive in tackling worker exploitation and undercutting as a way of allaying public ...
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CWU victory on BT agency staff
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The CWU communication workers’ union’s Close the Gap campaign has notched up a notable victory, with telecoms giant BT finally agreeing to the ...
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Unite wins ‘umbrella company’ ban
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General union Unite and construction firm Balfour Beatty have reached an agreement banning workers from being employed through “umbrella ...
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Unemployment falls by 65,000
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The falling trend in unemployment has picked up pace, official figures show. Unemployment was down by 65,000 to 1.36 million in the three-month ...
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Inflation rate down
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Inflation dipped in July. The annual rate of inflation under the Retail Prices Index (RPI) — the inflation measure favoured by union negotiators ...
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Key economic indicators

Key economic indicators (412 words)

Inflation +3.2%, Average earnings +2.1% ...
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Union news

Pharmacists’ union and Boots clash over bargaining unit
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The independent PDA pharmacists’ union has had a formal application for recognition at Boots accepted by the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), ...
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Recruitment the top priority for NUJ as subs rise rejected
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The NUJ journalists’ union needs to sign up 2,000 new members on top of its usual recruitment levels to maintain its level of service, its leader ...
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TUC Congress (51 words)

This is the TUC’s 150th year, and the annual Congress this month will be held in Manchester — the birthplace of the TUC. It will not, however, be ...
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PCS gains members
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The PCS civil service union has said it has recruited thousands of new members during its recent pay strike ballot.
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Fringe benefits
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Some hospitality workers at Edinburgh Fringe had the benefits of being in a recognised union this year after general union Unite reached a voluntary ...
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European news

Italian unions not convinced by ‘dignity degree’
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The new Italian government has passed its first labour law. But the so-called “dignity decree”, which came into effect last month has had a muted ...
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Three-way talks begin in France
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Leaders of France’s five main union confederations and three main employers’ associations have started talks with the prime minister Edouard ...
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Strikers at Ryanair get ETUC support
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The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has expressed its support for the pilots and cabin crew in Ryanair who have recently been on strike. ...
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German unions report above-inflation rises
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Negotiated pay increases averaged 3.1% in Germany in the first half of 2018, well above the 1.7% average rate of inflation for the same period. The ...
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Polish talks on pay
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The Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has held lengthy discussions with the Solidarność union on increases in public sector pay and the ...
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Community and digital routes to brighter future
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Delegates gathered at TUC Congress will be debating how to build the movement for the future. Labour Research examines the decline in unionisation ...
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Unions go to front of class
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In this era of insecure work there is clearly a need for children to understand about unions and what they do before they enter the world of work.
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Tories need to get grip on care crisis
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As the government prepares to publish its long-delayed green paper on social care for older people in England, Labour Research looks at the causes ...
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Law Matters

Whitehall unions take legal action on pay
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Civil service unions PCS, Prospect and FDA have commenced joint legal action by way of an application for judicial review of a government ...
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White males still the face of British justice system
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Judicial diversity statistics for 2018, collated by the Ministry of Justice, have recently been published.
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Tribunal fee refunds
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Ministry of Justice statistics show that as of spring 2018, around £6.5 million had been refunded in relation to the scrapped employment tribunal ...
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2010 Equality Act 
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An inquiry has been launched by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee into the enforcement of the Equality Act 2010 (EA). 
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Unpaid tribunal awards
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Last year, nearly £400,000 of employment tribunal awards were not paid due to employers becoming insolvent, People Management reports, further to a ...
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Law Queries

Time off to care for sick child (216 words)

Q. Can an employee take time off work to care for their sick child? ...
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Bribe on union membership (278 words)

Q. Can legal action be taken to stop a disreputable employer from bribing workers against becoming a trade union member? ...
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Unfair dismissal (279 words)

Q. What are the potential remedies for an unfair dismissal claim? ...
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Law Back-up

Reporting regime must be wider on gender pay gap
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A recent report on the new gender pay gap reporting system, published by the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, has ...
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Health & Safety Matters

Hazards celebrates safety reps@40
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The role of the trade union movements’ 100,000 safety reps, and collective action, has never been more vital in making workplaces safe, delegates ...
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Deadly issue of workloads
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Hundreds of staff at Cardiff University have signed an open letter drafted by the UCU lecturers’ union demanding action over workloads following ...
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#McBurned campaign launched
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Following a series of UK-wide #McStrikes calling for higher wages and an end to zero-hours contracts, the BFAWU food workers’ union is continuing ...
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Health & Safety Back-up

Road is long with too many winding turns? 
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According to the TUC, road traffic accidents are the number one cause of work-related fatalities in the UK, yet they are not included in the official ...
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Equality news

Failures in tackling sexual harassment
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The government, regulators and employers are failing to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace is the headline finding of a six-month inquiry by ...
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Out of kilter — parents of disabled kids and work
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Parents of disabled children struggle to hold down essential jobs because of a lack of suitable and affordable childcare, flexible jobs and ...
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Wasted talent
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The talents of more than a million people aged over 50 are being wasted because of discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices, MPs ...
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Ethnic pay gap
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Black male graduates earn on average 17% less than white men, the equivalent of £7,000 when working full-time, a report from the Resolution ...
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Workplace Back-up

Firms need to up their game on mental health 
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There is increasing evidence that employers are becoming more aware of the need to offer mental health support to employees, yet many are still not ...
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e-views (415 words)

Almost all of Facebook’s revenue comes from advertising. It is popular with advertisers because of its ability to target very specific audiences. ...
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