Workplace Report October 2016

2015-16 pay round - Collectively agreed settlements averaged 2% in the last pay round; Latest case law on contracts of employment and tribunals

Pay and prices

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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Readers should take note that there has been a change in the figures used in the Average Weekly Earnings table.
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Median increases for three months to August 2016 ...
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Prices (77 words)

1 Retail Prices Index (RPI), 
Jan ’87=100 ...
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Inflation forecasts (38 words)

Fourth quarter 2016 ...
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Bargaining news

Strike action looms over pension scheme closures
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The fight to stop employers closing defined benefit pension schemes continues, with some unions threatening industrial action.
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New safety guidance for lone-working nurses
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The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has published a new guide for nursing staff who work alone. 
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Dodgy scanners dumped
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Construction workers’ union UCATT says its complaints over the failure of a digital fingerprinting system have been vindicated after management at ...
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Coventry University
 contract change repelled
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A move to sack staff employed by a subsidiary of Coventry University and then re-engage them on inferior terms and conditions has been reversed, ...
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Over 3,000 government workers paid less than voluntary Living Wage 
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Thousands of workers across central government are paid less than the voluntary Living Wage, new figures have revealed in responses to parliamentary ...
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Union challenge Fujitsu
 on jobs, pay and consultation
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Members of the Unite general union at IT Services giant Fujitsu Services, covered by the Manchester Recognition Agreement, are challenging the ...
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Tax credits contract brought back in-house
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The PCS civil service union has welcomed the decision to bring the controversial Concentrix tax credits contract back in-house, with immediate effect. ...
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NHS pay in 2017-18
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A uniform 1% increase should apply to all NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) staff groups in 2017-18, the Health Department for England (HDE) has proposed. ...
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Equality news

Lesbian/bisexual women face negative treatment
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Two-thirds of lesbian and bisexual women have experienced discrimination in the workplace, according to research. 
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Ability to work flexibly is related to earnings
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High-earning parents who earn more than £70,000 a year are 47% more likely to work flexibly than those earning between £10,000 and £40,000.
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Discrimination in police
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UNISON’s police and justice service group conference held earlier this month opened with a vow to tackle employment discrimination.
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Bump up minimum wage
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The TUC has welcomed the increase in the National Minimum Wage for workers aged under 25 from 1 October, but has called for it to be raised further ...
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Learning and training news

TU studies under threat
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Trade union studies lecturers are mobilising support for under-threat departments with the message “Use us or lose us”.
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eNote resource to help with maths
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TUC Education has developed an eNote aimed at union members to help them with maths. 
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Recruitment and organisation news

Local union branch gives support to migrant workers 
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Support for migrant workers in the Norfolk area who are concerned about their situation following the Brexit vote is being provided through a new ...
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Watershed between BECTU and arts centre
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Entertainment union BECTU has reached a voluntary recognition agreement with Watershed, a cultural cinema and digital creativity centre in Bristol ...
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UCU wins recognition at university spin-off
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University lecturers’ union UCU had to go through the statutory procedure to win recognition on behalf of 70 teachers at CU Services Ltd – one of ...
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European news

Real-terms increase for Swedish central government staff
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In one of the last agreements to be signed in Sweden this year, unions representing around 111,000 employees in central government have negotiated a 2 ...
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12 million Italians wait on a deal
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In Italy, some 12 million employees are covered by collective agreements that have already run out and are waiting to be renegotiated.
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Possible strike action in Ireland’s public sector
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The most recent settlement for public sector workers in Ireland is under pressure as unions representing teachers and the police (Gardaí) plan ...
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IT agreement in Austria
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The 50,000 or so employees in the Austrian IT industry can look forward to above-inflation increases next year after the GPA-djp union reached a pay ...
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Above-inflation deal for Spanish travel agency staff
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CEAV, the association of Spanish travel agents, has reached agreement on a three-year deal covering the around 50,000 workers employed in the ...
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Law - Contracts

Contracts - the law (352 words)

Employment rights depend, as a minimum, on the presence of an “employment relationship”. There are important legal distinctions between an ...
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Results-based commission counts towards holiday pay
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Mr Lock, a member of the public services union UNISON, was employed as a salesperson by British Gas Ltd (BG). BG paid Lock basic salary plus ...
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Pay protection for less skilled job a ‘reasonable adjustment’ 
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Mr Powell was employed as a single line maintenance engineer (SLM) by G4S Cash Solutions (G4S). 
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Employer guilty over trafficked workers’ pay and conditions 
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The six Lithuanian workers who pursued this case were employed by DJ Houghton Catching Services Ltd (DJHCS) who provided workers to poultry farms ...
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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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No reason not to file unfair dismissal claim in time
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Mr Davies was dismissed from his job as a caretaker at Sheredes School (the school) on 12 June 2015. This resulted in him losing his family ...
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No bias in tribunal’s warning to claimant over potential costs
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Mr Hussain brought various employment tribunal claims against the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (the Trust). During the hearing, the tribunal ...
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Linked complaint may be pursued after issue of EC certificate 
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Mrs Morgan was employed by Compass Group. Morgan was suffering from a disability. She commenced a grievance alleging that Compass had failed to ...
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Health & safety news

Do something different in cancer awareness month
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A new fact sheet produced by the Greater Manchester Hazards Centre (GMHC) calls on union safety reps to make sure that issue of prevention is ...
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Bank signs TUC charter to support terminally ill staff
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Santander bank is the latest employer to sign the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter.
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Wrong-sized personal protective kit a risk
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A one-size-fits-all approach to personal protective equipment (PPE) and emergency equipment is putting seafarers’ health and safety at risk, ...
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Crossrail safety protest
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Last month, construction union UCATT demonstrated outside the Crossrail tunnelling contract over safety and workplace abuses on the project, which is ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

TUC highlights lack of health and safety inspections
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Nearly half of UK workplaces have never had a health and safety inspection, according to a new TUC survey of more than 1,000 trade union health and ...
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More jail sentences for safety offences in 2016
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More people are being handed jail sentences for health and safety offences since new sentencing guidelines for health and safety and corporate ...
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Regulators ill-equipped over safety of fracking
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New research from the University of Stirling has found little evidence to back up government assertions that fracking in the UK will be safe as a ...
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Manual handling guide
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The HSE has published a revised edition of its guidance on the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (L23). The fourth edition has been ...
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More safety deregulation?
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The HSE has recently consulted on the revision of three sets of hazardous substances regulations, as part of a Tory-instigated deregulation programme. ...
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Collectively agreed settlements again average out at 2.0% 
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Bargaining around low pay expanded in the 2015-16 pay round with rises in the National Mimum Wage and the introduction of a higher minimum wage for ...
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