Labour Research April 2024

Ethnicity pay gap: what can be done? As the TUC Black Workers’ Conference gets under way later this month, we look at what can be done to tackle the ethnicity pay gap Drilling down into the NHS dentistry crisis Horrific reports of people obliged to do ‘DIY dentistry’ reveal the nature and level of the crisis in this part of the National Health Service Women increasingly policed over abortion Unions and others have been voicing serious concerns over increased police investigations of women and unwanted pregnancies


Unions reject attack on PSC (151 words)

Nine unions have responded jointly to reports that the government is considering banning MPs and councillors from engaging with groups such as the ...
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Delegation marks Battle of Jarama (74 words)

A Scottish trade union delegation travelled to Spain to commemorate the February 1937 Battle of Jarama, which took place during the Spanish Civil ...
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UK suffers third worst fall in household spending since Covid (440 words)

A new TUC analysis shows the UK has suffered the third worst fall in household spending among the 37 OECD advanced economies since Covid struck. ...
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Care Service Bill ‘not fit for purpose’ (263 words)

Trade unions in Scotland branded the Scottish government’s National Care Service (Scotland) Bill “not fit for purpose” as MSPs were set to ...
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Senior doctors set to walk out over pay dispute with Welsh government (338 words)

Thousands of senior doctors in Wales are set to walk out this month as part of a pay dispute with the Welsh government. ...
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Demand over civil service conflict (193 words)

The FDA senior civil servants’ union says the government must resolve the conflict between civil servants’ professional and legal obligations and ...
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Schools face staff crisis (239 words)

Almost one in five teaching assistant (TA) posts are unfilled, according to new figures obtained by the GMB general union through Freedom of ...
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Inflation slows (66 words)

Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation slowed to 4.5% over the 12 months to February, down from 4.9% (12 months earlier in February 2023 RPI was running ...
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Labour market indicators (200 words)

The Office for National Statistics continues to be cautious about its traditional measure of employment, blaming increased volatility of Labour Force ...
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Key economic indicators

Key economic indicators (424 words)

Inflation +4.5%, Average earnings +5.5% ...
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Union news

Northern Ireland Assembly urged to advance social dialogue policy (376 words)

The Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (NIC-ICTU) is urging the Northern Ireland Assembly to introduce a “social ...
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Amazon recognition bid under way (322 words)

The GMB general union has launched a second bid to gain statutory union recognition at Amazon’s Coventry fulfilment centre, nine months after the ...
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Grady re-elected (98 words)

Jo Grady has won a second term as general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU) after narrowly winning the four-horse race. The other ...
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Bullying allegations (139 words)

The Unite general union, which represents staff in the GMB general union’s North East, Yorkshire and Humberside (NEYH) region, has raised ...
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European news

Finnish unions continue protest (103 words)

Trade unions in SAK, Finland’s largest union confederation, are continuing their political strikes against the government’s plan to weaken unions. ...
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Journalists’ strike (81 words)

Portuguese journalists came out on general strike last month for the first time since 1982. The strike began on 14 March and continued for 24 hours, ...
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Strike during Paris Olympics? (47 words)

The CGT, one of the two main union confederations in France, has said it cannot rule out the possibility that there will be strike action over the ...
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Platform Work Directive finally approved by member states (460 words)

After appearing doomed earlier this year, the Platform Work Directive was approved last month by enough EU member states to enable it to go through. ...
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Call for ban on flexible contracts (176 words)

The main Dutch union, the FNV, has called for a ban on flexible contracts following a new report highlighting the problems migrant workers face in ...
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Taking action on closing the ethnicity pay gap (2,179 words)

Delegates at this month’s TUC Black Workers’ Conference will call for action to close the ethnicity pay gap. ...
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NHS dentistry in state of decay (2,214 words)

The crisis in NHS dentistry has been building for well over a decade. But horrific accounts of “DIY dentistry”, reports that Ukrainian refugees ...
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Women at mercy of arcane laws (2,080 words)

In the early weeks of the first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, Carla Foster procured the abortion-inducing medication Mifepristone under the British ...
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Law Matters

Discrimination was not a factor in recruitment (343 words)

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) rejected a job applicant’s appeal against the dismissal of his claims for discrimination arising from ...
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Amendments to National Minimum Wage take effect (284 words)

A number of amendments to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) are coming into force from 1 April 2024. ...
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Family-related law rights (238 words)

Changes to various family-related rights are being introduced, all with effect from 6 April 2024. ...
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Law Queries

Q&A (745 words)

Dismissal or resignation? ...
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Agency workers: what rights do they have? (942 words)

Typically, an agency worker has a contract with the agency. The agency supplies the worker to work for an end-user. Agency workers are usually not ...
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Health & Safety Matters

‘Rail cuts cost lives’ says transport union (224 words)

RMT rail union members have rallied outside the Scottish and Westminster parliaments as part of their Rail Cuts Cost Lives campaign. ...
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Health unions call for action on harassment (324 words)

Unions representing health and emergency service workers have called for action to protect them against abuse, assault and ill treatment following ...
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'Women and children last' (224 words)

The UK does not have a strategy for dealing with substances harmful to human reproduction — or reprotoxins — according to the British ...
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Millions work unpaid overtime, TUC reveals (915 words)

The study, published to mark the 20th Work Your Proper Hours Day on 23 February, found 3.8 million people did unpaid overtime hours in 2023 — with ...
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Equality news

Union survey reveals sexual harassment (225 words)

An internal survey undertaken by the Aslef train drivers’ union and handed to its executive committee in 2022 has revealed sexual harassment within ...
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People with autism held back in employment (289 words)

Only around three in 10 working age disabled people with autism are in employment compared with around five in 10 for all disabled people and eight ...
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More workers are now in severely insecure work (300 words)

New data published by the Work Foundation think tank reveals that more than half a million additional people moved into severely insecure work in the ...
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How to determine our cost-of-living trends (903 words)

It wouldn’t be surprising if you are thinking more about the cost of living these days. ...
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