Labour Research April 2020

Immigration system gains no points from unions - The government’s new points-based immigration system will have an adverse impact on both migrants and the economy, say unions; Is the boss using tech to monitor you at work? - Some employers are using new technologies for ever more invasive and oppressive scrutiny and surveillance of the workforce; Health and safety in Scotland - Unions in Scotland have a number of specific health and safety concerns — and demands for action of the SNP government


Government urged to step in to help struggling aviation industry
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As airlines cancelled flights, grounded their fleets and gave notice of redundancies, and reduced rail timetables were introduced across the country, ...
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‘Thank you’ to public service staff
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The UNISON union last month said “thank you” to public service workers who, it pointed out in full page ads in the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, ...
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US-UK deal must consider workers (207 words)

The TUC and its US equivalent, the AFL-CIO, have joined forces to warn the White House and Downing Street that any trade deal must put workers’ ...
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Unions and TUC hail chancellor Sunak’s coronavirus intervention
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Unions applauded a “breakthrough” after chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a drastic intervention to avert economic catastrophe and help many of ...
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Protection urged over school closures (243 words)

The closure of schools across the UK led to calls by unions for reassurance that parents and pupils will be protected.
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Unemployment edges higher
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Even before the coronavirus pandemic has had an effect, unemployment in the UK has risen.
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Basket of goods revised (70 words)

In a nod to environmental concerns, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has added reusable bottles or mugs to the basket of goods used to ...
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Key economic indicators

Key economic indicators (415 words)

Inflation +2.7% Average earnings +3.1 ...
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Union news

Union project engages young workers using social media
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A union-based project using social media platform Reddit has launched a space for young workers to discuss work problems, with the aim of linking ...
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Membership growth
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Public services union UNISON has announced it saw a second consecutive year of membership growth in 2019.
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European news

Italy’s unions reach accord on coronavirus strategy
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Unions, employers and the government in Italy, the European country to date most affected by COVID-19, have reached agreement on how to deal with the ...
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Equality blueprint published
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The European Commission (EC) has published a gender equality strategy for the EU covering the next five years.
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Pension changes
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Legislation introducing key elements of the bitterly-contested pension changes has passed the lower house of parliament in France. 
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Polish teachers
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The largest Polish teachers’’ union, ZNP, has launched a citizens’ initiative for new legislation that would link teachers’ pay with average ...
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New immigration system spells disaster say unions
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The government’s new points-based immigration system, announced in February and due to take effect in January 2021, will create many casualties ...
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Big Brother is in the workplace
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Technological change is increasingly enabling employers to monitor workers, with workplace surveillance becoming more and more intrusive. ...
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Spotlighting health and safety
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Labour Research looks at some of the health and safety challenges faced by unions in Scotland.
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Law Matters

Capping officers’ payouts held to be discriminatory
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Capping compensation for two police officers who took early severance was disability discrimination, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal ...
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New compensation limits (244 words)

The new limits applying to claims in employment tribunals have been published and come into effect on 6 April 2020. The figures are set out in the ...
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DWP worst offender
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The Department for Work and Pensions, which is responsible for helping disabled people back into work, has lost more disability discrimination claims ...
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Missing page risks right to appeal
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A missing page from an application to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) meant that the appeal had not been properly submitted in time. 
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Law Queries

Relationships at work
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Q. I work in the same department as my ex-partner. Since we broke up this has become quite difficult. Things came to a head recently when he and I ...
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Working from home
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Q. Do I have the right to work from home? ...
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Successive fixed-term contracts
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Q. I’ve worked for my employer for 10 years on a series of fixed-term contracts. I’ve heard this means I should be a permanent employee, but this ...
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Law Back-up

Claim had no reasonable prospect of succeeding
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In light of a recent case in which a claimant was ordered to pay costs of half a million pounds, Back-up looks at the risk of pursuing a claim with ...
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Health & Safety Matters

TUC calls for urgent coronavirus measures
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Ahead of last month’s Budget, the TUC called on the government to set up an emergency task force to deal with the worsening coronavirus outbreak, ...
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‘Don’t wait for governments’
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“Don’t wait for ratification.” This was the advice of Stephen Russell, TUC policy officer and the UK trade union representative at the ...
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Workers’ Memorial Day focuses on stress (225 words)

Trade unionists and safety campaigners will be focusing on stress as they mark International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April. The annual event is ...
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Health & Safety Back-up

Addressing cultures of workplace bullying
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The allegations against Patel surfaced following the resignation of Home Office permanent secretary Philip Rutnam at the end of February. The FDA ...
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Equality news

Youth service cuts pull rug from under the young
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Half of young people don’t have access to a youth service or know what is available in their area, finds a new report by the YMCA youth charity. ...
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Up to one million part-time employees work in top jobs
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There are now up to one million part-time employees in senior- or manager-level jobs in the UK, according to research from flexible working ...
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BME health staff suffer increased harassment (237 words)

The latest Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) report from NHS England shows that NHS black and minority ethnic (BME) staff are suffering from ...
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Workplace Back-up

It’s time to amend the apprenticeship levy
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Those who expected key training and skills policy changes to be announced in the March 2020 Budget will have been disappointed as these were among ...
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