Workplace Report January 2018

Pay in the civil serviceWorkplace Report analyses around 40 departmental and agency pay agreements in Westminster, Wales and Scotland; Inflation and pay across Europe -Which European countries saw pay rise in real terms last year? Central and Eastern Europe came out top our survey shows; Latest case law on dismissal, transfers and redundancy

Pay and prices

Pay deals at year-high
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Pay settlements finished on year-high, LRD Payline data shows.
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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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Average weekly earnings (AWE)
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Regular pay excluding bonuses. Percentage annual increases
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Full-time weekly average earnings
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All workers £558.10 All male £599.80 All female £500.50 Managers £835.60 Professionals £743.40 Assoc professional £614.10 Admin & ...
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XpertHR (22 words)

Median increases for three months to December 2017 ...
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Prices (77 words)

1 Retail Prices Index (RPI), 
Jan ’87=100 ...
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2018 forecasts (38 words)

1 Fourth quarter ...
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Bargaining news

Possibility of higher pay rises in 2018?
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The next few months should reveal whether negotiated pay rises can improve on the 2017 midpoint level (median), derived from LRD’s Payline ...
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Union hopes to see end to unpredictable working
 at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars (409 words)

The latest two-year deal at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, which started with a 3.5% pay increase, was an opportunity for Unite negotiators to address a ...
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Two out of three unions at Dounreay accept deal 
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The countdown to industrial action by several hundred nuclear decommissioning workers at Dounreay Site Restoration (DRSL) Scotland was halted last ...
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TUC sets out a great agenda
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The TUC has given the union movement a common set of bargaining asks in workplaces for 2018 in its Great jobs agenda.
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Pilot at Scottish councils will provide basic income
 (400 words)

Some residents in Scotland could soon become eligible to a Citizen’s Basic Income or Universal Basic Income (UBI), unconditionally paid to every ...
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Strike action wins big Mac rises for hourly staff
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Fast food giant McDonald’s has been in the news for the right reasons this month, awarding an apparently substantial pay rise. Pay rises mentioned ...
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Glass agreement broken
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The Flat Glass Council (FGC) multi-employer agreement is the latest industry pay deal to fall out of favour, further reducing the scope of ...
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Bus licence for London
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A deal on a “licence for London” has been brokered by general union Unite, the mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL) and the private bus ...
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Equality news

Enforcement strategy to achieve gender pay compliance 
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Businesses failing to comply with gender pay gap reporting regulations could face unlimited fines and convictions, the Equality and Human Rights ...
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End in sight for 9-5 Monday to Friday working week
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A third (33%) of workers think that the Monday to Friday working week will become redundant by 2025, new research finds.
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Premature babies
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An east London council is to offer extra maternity and paternity leave to all staff who become parents to premature babies. The council believes it ...
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Northern Ireland impasse
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The lack of a functioning Executive in Northern Ireland means the Employment Act (NI) 2016, which provides for the making of the Gender Pay Reporting ...
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Learning and training news

CBI report strikes bum note on current skills system
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Widespread dissatisfaction with the current skills system and particularly the apprenticeship levy is highlighted in two reports this month.
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New app helps with maths and English
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Dozens of members of the PCS public and commercial services union have signed up for a new app, launched this month, which focuses on regular, ...
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Recruitment and organisation news

Innovative and intensive campaigns result in increased membership 
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An intensive week of new member recruitment in specialists’ union Prospect last October helped boost the union’s total membership to 142,103. ...
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European news

Italian public sector workers get rise after eight-year wait
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After more than eight years without an increase, the first of Italy’s 3.4 million public sector workers can expect to see more money in their pay ...
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Three parties agree 20% increase in Spanish minimum wage
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Spain’s unions, employers and government have agreed that, provided the economy continues to grow, the country’s national minimum wage will ...
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Germany’s metalworkers strike in push for pay rise
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IG Metall, Germany’s largest union, continues to call out its members in a series of short warning strikes to increase pressure on the ...
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Poland’s teachers 
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Teachers in Poland are calling for a meeting with the prime minister to protest against their pay increase for 2018. 
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French minimum wage 
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The French government has increased the minimum wage to €9.88 an hour or €1,498.47 a month, as expected. 
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Law - Dismissal

Dismissal - the law (815 words)

f Employees dismissed unfairly can go to a tribunal if they have been working for at least two years. Some specific types of dismissal do not ...
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Employer can’t rely on ‘illegality’ as fair reason for dismissal 
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Mr Baker was employed as a driver by Abellio, a London bus company. He was entitled to work in the UK and was not subject to immigration control ...
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Only decision maker’s state of mind relevant to dismissal
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Ms Jhuti was employed as a media specialist in the MarketReach unit of Royal Mail’s Sales Division. The purpose of MarketReach is promoting mail ...
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Disclosure in self-interest not covered by whistleblowing law
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Ms Parsons was employed by Airplus, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa, as its legal and compliance officer. She had a six-month probationary ...
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Pension contributions count in calculation of ‘a week’s pay’
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Ms Drossou was dismissed from her job at the University of Sunderland following a breakdown in relations with a colleague. She pursued a claim of ...
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Law - TUPE

Transfers - 
the law 
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The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) are intended to protect the rights of employees on the transfer of ...
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Sale of a company’s shares amounted to a TUPE transfer
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Blinkbox, a music streaming service in the United Kingdom, was acquired by Tesco in 2012, but by January 2015 the supermarket group wanted to sell ...
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Law - Redundancy

Redundancy - 
the law (204 words)

A redundancy situation exists where an employer closes or intends to close the workplace or reduce the number of employees doing a particular kind of ...
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Duo were not offered chance of voluntary redundancy
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Mrs Lynam and Mr Rooney were employed by Birmingham City Council as review and monitoring officers. They had over 100 colleagues doing the same job. ...
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Health & safety news

Experts set out guidance on use of nanomaterials
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A research team at Loughborough University, sponsored by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), has produced a report and new ...
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Need for greater workplace awareness of menopause
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Women’s health expert Professor Myra Hunter has called for workplaces to cater for the menopause in a comparable way to pregnancy. 
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Teachers and stress
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The Scottish teaching union EIS has reported “an alarming rise in the number of cases of work-related stress illness and injury claims over the ...
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Health and safety in the digital era
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The current issue of the European Trade Union Institute’s health and safety magazine HESA includes a special report on the future of work in the ...
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Air pollution training for reps
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The Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) and Hazards campaign are planning more joint training on air pollution and air quality for union reps after ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Inspection blitz focuses on asthma and MSDs
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Unions have welcomed the HSE’s warning to food manufacturing employers that they face serious penalties if they do not “pay closer attention to ...
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Going soft on dog crimes?
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Dave Joyce, head of health and safety at the CWU communication workers’ union, has questioned whether the courts and police are “going soft on ...
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GMB questions McVey’s appointment at DWP
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General union GMB has branded the appointment of Esther McVey as secretary of state at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as “totally ...
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No manslaughter charges
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Last month, the HSE announced that it will be taking over from the West Midlands Police in the investigation into the death of five workers at a ...
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Ionising radiations
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New Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR 17) came into force on 1 January 2018.
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Unions get ready for action over public sector pay cap
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Civil servants want the Tories’ 1% pay cap scrapped. A Workplace Report analysis of UK civil service awards shows a mix of approaches to pay, with ...
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Pay grows fastest in Eastern Europe — and beats inflation
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Last year, most countries in Western Europe saw only modest increases in real pay — after taking inflation into account — and the number where ...
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