Labour Research October 2018

What do unions say about a vote on the Brexit deal? - The People's Vote campaign is calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal. So where do UK trade unions stand on this issue?; Unions and equality measures - What do TUC equality audits reveal about unions’ attempts at ensuring the proper representation of women and minorities in their structures?; Evaluating the Working Time Regulations - Twenty years after the Working Time Regulations were introduced, Labour Research assesses the legislation


Corbyn ‘on the right track’ with plans to tax media-tech firms
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Plans to tax leading media-technology firms, set out in a recent speech by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, would finance much-needed greater diversity ...
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Workloads and drastic cuts see school staff buckling under pressure
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School support staff are buckling under their workloads as drastic cuts, staff restructuring and rocketing stress levels become the norm in UK ...
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Industrial news (266 words)

Members of the Unite general union at three TGI Fridays restaurants walked out for three days of strikes over the August bank holiday weekend. The ...
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TUC could back public vote if terms of Brexit fail to deliver for workers
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If the government fails to secure a Brexit deal that delivers on jobs and workers’ rights and does not call an election, the TUC will throw its ...
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Carillion requires criminal probe
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General union Unite has called for an immediate criminal investigation into the key individuals involved in the collapse of Carillion.
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Warehouse jobs
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The GMB general union has slammed a distribution deal which will mean hundreds of job losses in the warehouses that serve beleaguered retailer House ...
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UCU strike
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Members of the UCU college and lecturers’ union working across 110 colleges in England and 147 UK universities are being balloted for strike action ...
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Unemployment continues to fall
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Unemployment continued on its downward path, official figures show. 
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Living standards (80 words)

Workers’ are still seeing their living standards being cut, even though the gap between growth in average weekly earnings and retail price ...
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Key economic indicators

Key economic indicators (412 words)

Inflation +3.2%, Average earnings +3.1% ...
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Union news

New UNISON guidance provides support and information for its EU members
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Public services union UNISON has launched guidance for its 80,000 members who are EU citizens about the new requirements on them for living in the UK ...
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Factory’s ‘bully boy’ tactics condemned by union
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The GMB general union has slammed the “bully boy tactics” of a factory in Preston which has begun to derecognise the union.
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Unite defeats Tata Consultancy Services derecognition (67 words)

The Unite general union has fought off a derecognition attempt at Tata Consultancy Services through the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC). The firm ...
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European news

Wide-ranging labour plans firmed up by French government (361 words)

The shape of further changes to the French government’s plans affecting labour is becoming clearer.
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Austrian working time laws changed
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The new right wing Austrian government has changed the country’s working time laws, increasing the maximum length of the working week. 
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Austerity hits Finnish women hardest
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A new report, produced by a research unit based within the Finnish prime minister’s office, finds the government’s own policies of cuts and ...
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Opel outsources R&D work
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Opel, now part of the PSA French car maker following its sale by the US General Motors in 2017, says it will transfer 2,000 staff in its research and ...
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Casting a vote on the final deal?
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Unions are united in condemning the Tory government’s inept handling of the Brexit negotiations. But where do they stand on calls for a ...
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Auditing for union equality
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The union equality agenda has seen a push for greater efforts towards better representation of women and minorities over the last 15 years.
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Regulating our working time
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The Working Time Regulations were introduced 20 years ago. Labour Research examines the Regulations’ provisions as they have developed through case ...
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Law Matters

Outsourced workers’ case goes to high court
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The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has been granted the right to pursue its case in the High Court to gain recognition for ...
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Treatment, while poor, was not disability discrimination
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While the handling of an employee’s application for ill health retirement by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) was “incompetent”, it was not ...
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Flexible working (256 words)

Research by risk assessment industry body Group Risk Development has found that smaller employers are more inclined to offer flexible working as a ...
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Law Queries

Disciplinary hearing (240 words)

Q. I’ve been called to a disciplinary hearing but my union rep is on holiday for two weeks. Can HR refuse to delay the hearing until she gets back? ...
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Change in contractual terms (202 words)

Q. Our employer has told us that if we refuse to accept new terms and conditions of employment we will be dismissed and re-engaged on new terms. Can ...
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TUPE (207 words)

Q. My employment is to be transferred to another employer under TUPE and I have been asked to relocate. The new workplace is 10 miles away, which ...
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References (104 words)

Q. Does my former employer have to provide me with a reference? ...
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Law Back-up

Workplace monitoring: what rights do you have?
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New research commissioned by the TUC and published in summer reveals that more than half of working people (56%) think they are being monitored at ...
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Health & Safety Matters

Warning raised over possible asbestos risk
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The NASUWT teaching union is calling on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to name two companies that supplied schools with Bunsen burner gauze ...
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Bill attacks injury claims
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Unions have stepped up their campaign against government proposals they say will seriously undermine access to justice as the Civil Liability Bill ...
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Talks demanded over
 safety breaches 
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The RMT rail union has demanded urgent talks with South Western Railway after the safety regulator, the Office of Road and Rail (ORR), confirmed what ...
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New TUC resources
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TUC Education has published a second edition of its workbook Mental health and the workplace. This has more emphasis on the importance of prevention ...
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Health & Safety Back-up

Regulations bolster rights to inspections
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Forty years ago in October, the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 (SRSCR) came into effect. Back-up looks at safety ...
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Equality news

Police staff plagued by sexual harassment
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Police chiefs have pledged to act after high levels of sexual harassment among police staff were revealed in a report published by public services ...
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Ethnic minorities suffer higher unemployment
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People from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background suffer a higher unemployment rate than those from a white background according to ...
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Generational pay gap more than doubles in 20 years (260 words)

The pay gap between young and older workers in the South West region has increased by more than half in the last 20 years, according to recent ...
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Workplace Back-up

Union input central to democratised economy
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The Commission on Economic Justice (CEJ), set up by the centre left IPPR think tank to examine the challenges facing a UK economy which is “not ...
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e-views (413 words)

It will be interesting to see how, over the coming years, unions grasp the opportunities around what’s known as low-code development.
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