Workplace Report March 2016

Pay round so far - The overall midpoint rise for the 2015-16 pay round so far is 2.0% - down on the 2.3% rise for a year ago; Pay on the rails - Sourced from LRD’s Payline, pay rises across the numerous rail franchises are a testament to effective union organisation; Latest case law on contracts of employment and tribunal procedures

Pay and prices

Settlements stick at 2.0%
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There was no change in the overall median rise for collectively agreed settlements in February and it was much the same story for the sector ...
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Labour Research Department’s Payline Database 
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Percentage increases on lowest basic rates (by agreements covered)
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Full-time weekly average earnings
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Source: ASHE 2015 uprated by AWE. ...
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Average weekly earnings (AWE)
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Total pay including bonuses. ...
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XpertHR (19 words)

Median increases for three months to February 2016 ...
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Prices (77 words)

1 Retail Prices Index (RPI), 
Jan ’87=100 ...
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Inflation forecasts (36 words)

Fourth quarter 2016 ...
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Bargaining news

Negotiators should stick with RPI, says TUC
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The national statistician has once again voiced opposition to the use of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) as a measure of inflation, but the TUC says ...
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Ambulance service deal builds on legal success
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Opportunities to negotiate levels of holiday pay that better reflect a worker’s real earnings are opening in the wake of the latest legal ruling, ...
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Challenges for 2016
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Unions face a challenging environment over the next year. This is not just in terms of the tightening legal straitjacket being imposed by the Trade ...
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New minimum wage rates from October
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There will be rises of well above inflation in the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates for younger workers from October 2016.
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Zero-hours sums
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Conflicting figures for the number of people on zero-hours contracts have been released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 
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Current system ‘endorses government pay policy’
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Government ministers have accepted in full this year’s Pay Review Body recommendations for NHS staff, doctors and dentists, and prison staff, ...
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Night tube deal signed, but still issues to be resolved
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The long-running dispute over the operation of the night tube in London appeared to be settled in March.
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Action on pension contributions rates needed
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Little is going to change without action on automatic enrolment minimum contribution rates. That’s the verdict of TUC pensions policy officer Tim ...
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Equality news

UK’s stark pension divide laid bare in 2016 study
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Women have barely half the pension savings of men, according to a new TUC-sponsored report. 
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MI5 rated best of British for LGBT equality
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Government intelligence service MI5 came top of Stonewall’s list of top 100 gay-friendly employers for 2016 — up from seventh in 2015 — despite ...
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More councils report lack of free childcare places
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Many parents seeking a free early education place for their three- or four-year-olds are struggling, with councils reporting a lack of places, ...
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Learning and training news

Country gets economic benefit from union-led learning and training
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The value of union-supported learning and training to the economy is revealed in a TUC report.
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Recruitment and organisation news

Pros of facility time recognised by Lords
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The TUC has collated evidence showing that facility time for trade union reps has benefits for both employees and employers, as well as the public at ...
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European news

Finnish unions agree pact to avoid government intervention
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Finland’s three union confederations have agreed a new “Competitiveness Pact” with the employers which will freeze pay and worsen conditions in ...
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Deal agreed in ‘Big Metal’
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After months of negotiations and a series of strikes, Dutch unions and employers have finally agreed a new pay settlement for the 140,000 people ...
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Lidl signs first deal with unions in Spain 
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Supermarket group Lidl has reached its first agreement with unions in Spain. 
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Above inflation deal in Germany’s woodworking and plastics industry
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IG Metall, Germany’s largest union, has reached agreement with the employers on a pay deal for the around 90,000 people employed in the woodworking ...
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Law - Contracts

Above inflation deal in Germany’s woodworking and plastics industry
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Employment rights depend, as a minimum, on the presence of an “employment relationship”. There are important legal distinctions between an ...
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Vicarious liability in relationship other than employment 
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The Supreme Court judgments in this case and Mohamud in case 2 both involved vicarious liability. They should be considered together.
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Supermarket vicariously liable for staff attack on customer
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Mr Mohamud wanted to print some documents from a memory stick. He pulled into a Morrisons Supermarket petrol station, entered the kiosk and asked for ...
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No implied term in contract over reasonable lay-off period
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Mr Craig was employed as a designer by Bob Lindfield and Son Ltd, a design and technology company, from October 2004 until August 2014 when he ...
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Acceptance of resignation not needed for it to take effect
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Ms Wallace was employed by Ladbrokes Betting and Gaming Ltd. Following difficulties at work, she pursued a formal grievance, but was unsuccessful. ...
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Law - Tribunal procedures

Employment tribunals - 
the law 
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Nearly all tribunal claims must be brought within three months less one day of the matter complained of. Tribunals can extend the time limit in an ...
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Claim could go ahead despite mistake in Acas paperwork
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Ms Mist was employed by Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a respiratory rehabilitation instructor. In January 2014, the contract to provide ...
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Decision to add subsidiaries to claim against parent correct
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In January 2015, Blue Arrow Ltd, an employment and recruitment agency, began providing management services at Peel Ports Ltd, Liverpool. As a result ...
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10% uplift in injury to feelings award applies to tribunal
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Mr Beckford was employed by the Southwark Council as a social worker in the Early Engagement Team. After a restructure, he was transferred to the ...
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Dropbox file not valid for appeal
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Mr Majekodunmi issued a tribunal claim against City Facilities Management UK and six other respondents. ...
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Health & safety news

Health and safety can be union recruitment tool
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A new TUC guide explains how activists can use health and safety to develop trade unionism. 
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Female police staff suffer
 bullying at work (199 words)

Two-thirds (67%) of female police staff say that bullying is a problem at work and almost three-quarters (72%) are not confident that their employer ...
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Prejudice rife in education
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One in 10 students have witnessed bullying based on sexual harassment on a daily basis, according to a new report, Pride and prejudice in education, ...
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GMB guide on mental health at work
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New guidance on mental health at work has been published by the GMB general union. 
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Answers wanted over the long wait for justice 
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Brian Rye, acting general secretary of construction union UCATT, has demanded “a straight answer” from the HSE as to why it takes three and half ...
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Prison sentence for trafficking
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The UK coalition on corporate accountability (CORE) has welcomed the first prosecution of a British businessman for human trafficking offences, but ...
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No ‘concrete policy’ in new HSE strategy
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Following a consultation exercise at the beginning of the year, the HSE has launched its new Helping Great Britain work well strategy. This sets out ...
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Mixed fortunes as settlements show 2.0% rise this pay round
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There have been few surprises so far in the pay round that began last August as far as the headline rate of increase is concerned, as strong downward ...
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Above-inflation deals on track mean living standards increase (1,703 words)

Effective union organisation has meant railway workers have for the main part ranked in the higher echelons of pay settlements, with increases in ...
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