Labour Research November 2023

Disabled people and the cost-of-living crisis Disabled workers, and disabled people generally, are among the hardest hit by the cost-of-living crisis, as Labour Research reports

Tackling pollution via low emission zonesLow emission zones aregood in principle, say unions.But is the way the zonesare administered alwayshelpful to their members?

What’s behind contentious school behaviour policies? School discipline policies have become increasingly controversial. Education unions tell Labour Research why


The Prospect specialists’ union has called on the government to stop using the civil service “as a means to generate cheap headlines”. (202 words)

The Prospect specialists’ union has called on the government to stop using the civil service “as a means to generate cheap headlines”. ...
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Labour policy commitments welcomed with reservations (385 words)

Unions welcomed key policy commitments announced at the Labour Party conference last month, but with some reservations. TUC general secretary Paul ...
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Unions issue call for peace (223 words)

The TUC condemned the attacks and murder of Israeli civilians by Hamas and called for the immediate, unconditional release of all hostages unharmed. ...
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Strikes involving thousands more workers set to continue (370 words)

Long-running strikes in support of better pay in public services, including the NHS and rail industry, look set to continue into a second winter, ...
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HS2 cancellation slammed (156 words)

The government’s decision to scrap the northern leg of the HS2 rail infrastructure project is “a huge act of levelling down”, said TUC general ...
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American writers’ deal embraced (228 words)

Unions organising in the UK entertainment sector are examining the deal struck by the Writers’ Guild of America (WGA) with TV producers and major ...
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Inflation stalls (68 words)

Inflation partially stalled in September as the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) and CPI with a housing element (CPIH) remained unchanged at 6.7% and 6.3% ...
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Labour market indicators (196 words)

Latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data suggest growing real earnings and employment, but with falling vacancies. ...
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Key economic indicators

Key economic indicators (422 words)

Inflation +8.9%, Average earnings +6.9% ...
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Union news

Key economic indicators (318 words)

Union elects woman leader for first time in its history ...
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Tory attempt to cap union facility time ruled inadmissible (273 words)

A Tory attempt to curtail the time union reps could spend on trade union duties at West Lothian council was quashed by the council leader as being ...
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Praise for Starmer (81 words)

TUC general secretary Paul Nowak praised Keir Starmer’s plans for government laid out at the Labour party conference last month. In particular, he ...
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CSP limits subs rise (54 words)

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has limited its 2024 subscriptions increase to a below-inflation 5%, it has announced. It follows a similar ...
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Additional organising courses (95 words)

Due to high demand, the TUC is running additional organising courses for union officers and staff next summer. ...
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European news

‘Social conference’ (101 words)

Last month’s “social conference” in France, bringing together unions, employers and the government to discuss the problem of low pay, brought ...
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Works councils (53 words)

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has called for the rapid introduction of a new directive on the rights of European Works Councils, ...
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Stopping rightward drift (54 words)

Christianne Benner, head of Germany’s largest union, IG Metall, has said that she will combat the growth of the right-wing populist party AfD. ...
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Study investigates link between work and poor health (403 words)

A new study, supported by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), has found that exposure to certain types of psychosocial risks at work is a ...
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Italian minimum wage blocked (252 words)

The prospect that Italy, one of five EU states without a statutory minimum wage might introduce one, has receded after the CNEL — a panel of ...
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Disabled people face cost-of-living storm (2,568 words)

Research by trade unions, think tanks, disability charities and campaign groups shows how disabled people are being particularly hard hit by the ...
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The right way to clear the air? (2,209 words)

At the end of this month, the COP 28 Climate Change Conference begins and will run to 12 December. World leaders will convene in Dubai to try to ...
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Lack of support leads to ‘behaviour crisis’ (2,158 words)

Future prime minister David Cameron openly admitted getting “off his head”, to use his own words, while smoking cannabis as a 15-year-old at Eton. ...
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Law Matters

Ill-health termination was not a dismissal (325 words)

Termination of the employee’s employment on ill-health grounds was by mutual consent and did not amount to a dismissal, the Employment Appeal ...
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Whistleblowing detriment (319 words)

A Scottish Employment Tribunal (ET) was wrong in concluding that an act by a third party broke the chain of causation in a whistleblowing case, ...
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Welsh government protests strike law (134 words)

Counsel General for Wales, Mick Antoniw MS, has written to the UK Government to restate the Welsh Government’s strong opposition to the Strikes Act. ...
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Updated guidance on Covid-19 (94 words)

The Acas industrial relations advisory service has updated its guidance on Covid-19. It covers a range of areas, with advice mainly for employers but ...
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Law Queries

Q&A (789 words)

Apprentices and pay rates ...
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Law Back-up

How far can holiday pay claims be backdated? (934 words)

In 2012, it was established that under European law, workers taking holidays must be “in a position which is, as regards remuneration, comparable ...
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Health & Safety Matters

Laws needed to protect women (136 words)

TUC general secretary Paul Nowak has called on ministers to bring in new laws to protect women at work. Recent reports, including a survey on sexual ...
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Lack of strategy on wildfires (109 words)

A new report by the FBU firefighters’ union shows the UK is “woefully under-prepared” when it comes to wildfires. As a result, firefighters ...
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Union welcomes labour pledge on violence (292 words)

Retail union Usdaw welcomed shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper’s pledge, made at last month’s Labour Party conference, to deliver on the aims of ...
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Call to solve buildings crisis (238 words)

Eight education unions, together with the NGA school governors’ body, have called on prime minister Rishi Sunak to invest an extra £4.4 billion ...
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Health & Safety Back-up

How to manage the risks associated with RAAC (946 words)

As the NEU education union explains, RAAC is a “type of bubbly, porous concrete, weaker than traditional concrete and prone to sudden collapse” ...
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Equality news

English football unites over racism (209 words)

Football union the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), which represents footballers in the Premier League, alongside the FA Women’s ...
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Racism an obstacle in key areas of British life (381 words)

The largest national survey of Black communities to date gives an account of the experience of being Black in Britain — and points to systemic ...
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Legal first in case of menopause discrimination (220 words)

The first employment tribunal case involving a claim for disability discrimination where menopause symptoms are deemed to amount to a disability for ...
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Workplace Back-up

Guidance addresses excessive monitoring (912 words)

Employers are increasingly using technology to monitor their workers. Time keeping, keystrokes, internet usage, phone messages, location and ...
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