Workplace Report November 2016

ASHE 2016 - it’s the largest pay survey in the UK and the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings for 2016 reveals a 2.2% increase in weekly earnings; 2015-16 pay round - Improvements in conditions of service won by union negotiators in the last pay round; Latest case law on discrimination

Pay and prices

No movement in settlements
 (102 words)

There was no change in the overall settlement’s rise. In the three months to October, the median rise in settlements from LRD’s Payline database ...
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Labour Research Department’s Payline Database 
 (227 words)

Percentage increases on lowest basic rates (by agreements covered)
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Full-time weekly average earnings
 (42 words)

ASHE 2016 median uprated by AWE. ...
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Average weekly earnings (AWE)
 (252 words)

Regular pay excluding bonuses. Percentage annual increases
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XpertHR (19 words)

Median increases for three months to October 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

Move to new inflation measure in March 2017
 (830 words)

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) announced this month that it intends to use CPIH as its preferred measure of price inflation as of March 2017. ...
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Ex-Vickers staff celebrate pensions success but Diageo wants closure
 (453 words)

Rolls-Royce employees are celebrating a pensions success this month as their benefits are standardised and improved, but drinks manufacturer Diageo ...
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New Living Wage rates as more join up
 (322 words)

Living Wage Week at start of this month saw the announcement of new rates for the voluntary Living Wage. At the same time, the number of employers ...
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Two inflation-busting deals for 
car workers (303 words)

Two groups of car workers have set the bar high for engineering pay settlements with annual rises of 3% to 3.5% over the next two years. 
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Public sector employers expected to work around 1% pay cap 
 (412 words)

Public sector employers are expected to “target” pay awards within the government’s 1% cap, but may only be effective at addressing ...
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Auto-enrolment challenge
 (307 words)

Automatic enrolment has boosted workplace pension membership since it began in 2012, but whether that will persist as minimum contribution levels ...
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Inflation-linked deal at Tube Lines up to 2019
 (292 words)

Maintenance staff employed by Tube Lines, now part of Transport for London (TfL), have secured pensionable pay rises linked to RPI inflation for ...
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Equality news

Poorest outside of London find it hardest to progress
 (490 words)

Only one in eight children from low-income backgrounds is likely to become a high-income earner as an adult, warns government watchdog the Social ...
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Career break hits earnings
 (260 words)

Three in five professional women returning to the workforce are likely to move into lower-skilled or lower-paid roles, experiencing an immediate ...
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Transform the workplace
 for trans workers
 (248 words)

New guidance for union reps on how to better support trans people in the workplace was published by the TUC on 20 November, Transgender Day of ...
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Learning and training news

Citizens’ curriculum call for adult learners
 (182 words)

Recent government data show a significant fall in adults participating in English and Maths courses. 
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Poole Council Learning Agreement
 (67 words)

Staff at Poole Council in Dorset will have greater access to learning opportunities thanks to a new Learning Agreement. 
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Recruitment and organisation news

Deliveroo rebuffs request for bargaining rights
 (354 words)

A union representing riders working for Deliveroo, the app-based takeaway delivery firm, seem set to make a statutory union recognition claim after ...
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Membership drive by CWU 
at Capita
 (166 words)

The annual Action Month run by the CWU communications union in October saw a drive to build membership in Capita following the TUPE transfer of ...
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Memo to BECTU — you have recognition deal 
 (107 words)

A tiny but symbolic recognition deal has been agreed with entertainment union BECTU at a multi-purpose community arts venue in South Wales.
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European news

Metalworking starts rash of Austrian above-inflation deals
 (443 words)

Several key bargaining groups in Austria have settled in recent weeks, and in every case the pay increase agreed has been slightly higher than the ...
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French Labour minister acts to cut number of agreements
 (281 words)

Labour minister Myriam El Khomri has told France’s unions and employers that they must start negotiations on simplifying the country’s system of ...
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Talks on two-year deal start in Belgium
 (225 words)

Unions and employers in Belgium have started negotiations on a new two-year deal, which, in theory at least, will set a pay increase applying across ...
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Spanish unions want 3%
 (77 words)

Spain’s two main union confederations have asked for pay increases of between 1.8% and 3.0% for 2017, the third year of their current pay pact. The ...
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Law - Discrimination

Discrimination - the law (892 words)

Discrimination law is found in the Equality Act 2010 (EA10). The EA10 lists nine “protected characteristics”: age; disability; gender ...
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Rostering demands put woman at a particular disadvantage 
 (982 words)

On 6 January 1997, CD commenced employment with XC Trains Ltd (XCT). She initially worked as a train driver and then also as an instructor. She ...
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Unquestioning application of procedures should be avoided 
 (507 words)

Mr Buchanan, a trained police motorcyclist, commenced work with the police in 1995. 
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Statistics may not always be enough to prove discrimination
 (659 words)

Foot Anstey (FA) is a limited liability partnership of solicitors. Mr Fennell, a corporate lawyer, joined FA as a limited equity partner in 2011, ...
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Going rate for uplift in injury to feelings cases is 10%
 (411 words)

Dr Olayemi commenced employment with the Athena Medical Centre in 2001. ...
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Claims can be brought against work placement provider 
 (721 words)

In 2008, Ms Blackwood started a three-year course at Birmingham City University to obtain a Diploma for Higher Education in mental health nursing. It ...
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Health & safety news

Women fuel increase in number of night workers
 (351 words)

The number of people working night shifts has increased by 9% or 275,000 people over the last five years, according to a new analysis of Labour Force ...
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One in 10 retail staff suffer assaults from customers
 (337 words)

Shopworkers’ union Usdaw has published new interim findings from its Freedom from Fear campaign revealing that nearly one in 10 shopworkers have ...
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UCATT calls for extreme weather guidelines
 (188 words)

Building union UCATT has accused the National House Building Council (NHBC) of washing it hands of any responsibility for ensuring that workers on ...
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Work-related harassment suffered by journalists
 (78 words)

The NUJ journalists’ union is surveying members to find out the extent to which they are at the receiving end of unacceptable behaviour because of ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Academics highlight health and safety deregulation
 (174 words)

The UK is leading the way on “business-friendly” state reduction of regulation, according to Professor David Walters of Cardiff University. And ...
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Fight over food safety
 (170 words)

Public services union UNISON has joined forces with the petition website to fight plans by the Food Safety Agency (FSA) to allow the meat ...
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Jail for director and £1m plus fines for two companies
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A company owner has been jailed and more firms have recently been handed down fines of over £1 million. 
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Government U-turn on safety appointment
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TUC head of health and safety Hugh Robertson has welcomed the government’s U-turn over the appointment of an employer to represent workers’ ...
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Radiation website
 (62 words)

A new radiation resource has been launched, which aims to centralise web pages from the various UK regulatory bodies that control the use of ...
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European programme
 (57 words)

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) says it is dismayed by the absence of any reference to protecting workers’ health and safety, as well ...
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Earnings still have some way to go to make up for lost ground
 (3,118 words)

The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings is the largest pay survey in the UK and provides a snapshot of pay and hours each April. It provides various ...
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Union negotiators seal better conditions for workers
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Pay bargaining may have been sluggish in the 2015-16 pay round despite the many improvements in minimum pay, but the pace of bargaining over ...
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