Labour Research December 2018

More top executives scoop huge pay packages - The fat cats remain as fat as ever, thanks to their whopping remuneration packages as our latest executive pay survey finds; Unions help mitigate effects of "period poverty" - Some women and girls in the UK are unable to afford menstrual products, leading unions to campaign against "period poverty"; Migration: myths and reality - As the government gets ready to unveil its post-Brexit migration plans, Labour Research examines myths around migration


Unions hurl brickbats at May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement
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Unions have given prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal short shrift, demanding that a better deal be sought to protect workers’ jobs and ...
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Lecturers urge government to act quickly on pensions funding
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The UCU lecturers’ union has urged the government to act quickly so that the further and higher education sectors are not hit by a £300 million ...
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Cammell Laird 
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Shipyard workers at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead last month undertook the first of a series of 24-hour strikes after learning that ...
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RMT strike action over safety
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Members of the RMT rail union took strike action on Saturdays throughout November in a long-running fight for safety on the Arriva Rail North (ARN or ...
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‘Shocking’ NHS staffing shortfall presents risks to quality of care
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News that the NHS staffing shortfall of 100,000 could reach quarter of a million by the end of the next decade has been described by health service ...
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Job fears over Bombardier cuts
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Unions at Bombardier were last month demanding urgent answers after the aerospace manufacturer announced plans to axe 5,000 jobs across its ...
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Tories criticised as axe falls on fire service (272 words)

The FBU firefighters’ union has criticised the government for continuing to cut firefighters’ jobs in England. The union said the cuts have led ...
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Unemployment edges higher
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Unemployment edged higher in the latest quarter, official data reveals. The number of unemployed people in the UK increased by 21,000 to 1.38 million ...
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Inflation steadies (70 words)

Falls in food and clothing costs were offset by rising utility bills as petrol continued to rise. Nevertheless, under the Retail Prices Index, ...
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Key economic indicators

Key economic indicators (412 words)

Inflation +3.3%, Average earnings +2.8% ...
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Union news

Union agrees substantial organisational changes
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The CWU communications union has agreed some major organisational changes including moves to strengthen its branches, bring its equality work into ...
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Former official withdraws claim (204 words)

Gerard Coyne, formerly the West Midlands regional secretary of the Unite general union, has withdrawn his claim of unfair dismissal against the union. ...
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BECTU leader
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BECTU, the media and entertainment section of the Prospect union, now has its first female leader in Philippa Childs. She replaces Gerry Morrissey ...
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Union political 
fund rules
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All unions with political funds have amended their fund rules satisfactorily, according to the certification officer (CO), who must approve the ...
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The UNISON public services union has developed an online tool, called Easy Joiner, to make it simpler for reps to sign up new members. ...
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European news

More progress made on workers’ minimum rights
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The European Parliament has agreed to back new European legislation which would give workers more information on their own working conditions and a ...
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Local works councils continue to have support of German workers
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German workers continue to value their local works councils, at least as indicated by the level of turnout in the recent works council elections.
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Polish strikers win reinstatement
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Following a two-week strike at Polish airline LOT, the company has agreed to reinstate the head of the local union organisation, Monika Zelazik, who ...
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Finnish government backs down 
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The Finnish government has withdrawn proposals intended to make it easier to dismiss workers in companies employing 20 or fewer workers. 
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Fat cats lap up the cream
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The annual Labour Research survey of the pay of top executives finds that the highest paid among them continue to scoop up eye-wateringly huge ...
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Unions help tackle UK’s period poverty problem 
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Being unable to afford menstrual products is no longer a problem confined to women in the developing world. Period poverty is on the rise in the ...
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Puncturing migration myths
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As the government prepares to reveal its plans on post-Brexit EU migration, Labour Research examines the reality behind some migration myths.
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Law Matters

Tribunal considers test for long-term disability
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The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has considered the correct test for deciding whether a condition is “likely” to last for 12 months for the ...
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Taxi drivers are ‘workers’ entitled to holiday pay
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The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld an Employment Tribunal decision that three drivers working for Addison Lee Ltd, the London-based ...
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Compensation entitlement (254 words)

The former CEO of an oil company, dismissed for making protected disclosures (“whistleblowing”), was entitled to claim compensation from two ...
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Law Queries

Redundancy during maternity leave
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Q. I’m currently on maternity leave and have just received a letter from my employer informing me that my department is being restructured and ...
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Unpaid overtime
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Q. We went through a very busy period at work recently. My supervisor was off sick and I worked a lot of additional hours to cover for her. I was ...
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Unfair redundancy (335 words)

Q. I’m about to be made redundant from my existing job after 10 years and have been offered another position at a lower salary and in a different ...
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Law Back-up

Part-time workers are entitled to parity of pay
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Two recent cases expose employers’ difficulties in getting to grips with proportionate pay for part-time workers, and show how workers can ...
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Health & Safety Matters

Price of bullying and harassment is high
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Bullying and harassment is costing the NHS an eye-watering £2.3 billion a year, according to a new study providing evidence of a “crucial ...
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Bill aims to close justice gap (229 words)

The Scottish Hazards campaign group is calling on unions to get behind Labour MSP Claire Baker’s Culpable Homicide (Scotland) Bill launched at the ...
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Tackling slavery 
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New Scottish government guidance, Slavery and human trafficking: guidance for business in Scotland, recognises the vital role unions can play in ...
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Just transition
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Unions must be at the forefront of the emission reduction strategies needed to avoid catastrophic climate change if there is to be a “just ...
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Health & Safety Back-up

Work-related violence: more needs to be done
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Unions campaigned for, and welcomed, new laws that came into effect last month increasing the penalties for assaulting emergency workers. But recent ...
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Equality news

Women face hurdles to reaching parliament
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Women face obstacles at every stage on the way to Parliament, particularly from “gatekeepers” within the political parties, concludes a report by ...
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Equality watchdog asks: how fair is life in Britain?
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Britain’s most at-risk groups are in danger of being left behind, according to a report commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission ...
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Complacency over age is criticised (244 words)

Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) said responses from the government and the EHRC equality watchdog to its report on older people ...
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Workplace Back-up

Avoiding the pitfalls of workplace parties 
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A recent legal ruling provides a timely reminder that employers have legal responsibilities to protect staff at workplace Christmas functions. ...
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e-views (478 words)

Towards the end of each year, I compile metrics to see which unions are the most influential on Twitter. 
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