Workplace Report March 2018

2017-18 pay round - The median increase for the pay round so far is 2.5% - an improvement on the 2.2% rise last year at this time; Union learning - There is a £12.30 return to the economy from every £1 invested in the Union Learning Fund - one of the benefits of union-led learning; Latest case law on discrimination

Pay and prices

It’s 3.0% once again
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Settlements hit the 3.0% level for the third month in a row, 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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ASHE 2017 median uprated by AWE. ...
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XpertHR (19 words)

Median increases for three months to February 2018 ...
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Prices (77 words)

1 Retail Prices Index (RPI), 
Jan ’87=100 ...
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2018 forecasts (39 words)

1 Fourth quarter ...
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Bargaining news

Public sector
 offers more money to lower-paid staff
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Union members covered by two of the UK’s biggest collective agreements — the NHS and local government — are considering significant pay offers. ...
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 tries to silence whistle-blowers
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“Unjustified” redundancies, in breach of agreements, employees’ contracts or the law are fuelling continuing strike action at IT services ...
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Pay and pension deal put to CWU members
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The CWU communication workers’ union is consulting members at British Telecom (BT) on a proposed deal covering pensions and pay, with a strong ...
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New minimum wage rates
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Statutory minimum wage rates rise on 1 April. The National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over increases by 4.4% or 33p to £7.83 an hour.
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Employment tribunal compensation limits rise
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New limits to the compensation payable in successful employment tribunal cases come into effect on 6 April.
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Pay gap widens for women as they grow older
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Women earn less than men at every stage of their career but the gender pay gap is at its widest when women hit 50, says the TUC.
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School teachers
 pay devolved to Wales
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Despite opposition, decisions about school teachers’ pay will be taken by ministers in the Welsh government, from September 2019, rather than the ...
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County council ditches Living Wage
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Derbyshire County Council’s decision to stop paying the voluntary Living Wage has been described by the GMB general union as a “direct attack” ...
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Equality news

Safety net missing for UK’s worst paid women
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Millions of working women face 
financial insecurity, finds research by the Living Wage Foundation and the women’s campaign group, the Fawcett ...
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Reform policies supporting dads in workplace, say MPs
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Current policies supporting fathers in the workplace do not deliver what they promise, particularly for less well-off fathers, a report by the House ...
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It’s time to close tech gender gap
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Consultancy PwC has joined forces with 18 organisations to tackle a lack of women in UK technology roles. The organisations, including JP Morgan, ...
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Learning and training news

Six nursing learning reps recruited
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A national learning agreement has been signed by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and nursing and care agency Interserve Healthcare. 
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Recruitment and organisation news

Gig economy and housing gains as Usdaw targets Lidl
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The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has been awarded statutory recognition in a case which is significant to unions organising in ...
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Care workers sign for UNISON
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A union organising campaign among care workers in the North West has netted hundreds of new members for public services union UNISON. Some 210,000 ...
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European news

Guaranteed increases in Spanish public sector pay deal
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Spain’s public sector unions have agreed a new three-year deal for employees in the public sector, the first overarching agreement signed for 10 ...
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New rules on bargaining in Italy
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Italy’s three main union confederations and the country’s largest employers’ association have agreed new rules for collective bargaining. ...
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Volkswagen - 4.3% rise 
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Around 110,000 workers at German carmaker Volkswagen will get a 4.3% pay increase on 1 May this year in a deal negotiated by Germany’s largest ...
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Info rights blocked
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The European Commission has decided not to bring forward legislation to implement an agreement on information and consultation signed by unions and ...
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Italian health service
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Unions and employers have reached agreement on a pay increase for around 550,000 workers in the health service, the final part of the Italian public ...
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Law - Discrimination

Discrimination - the law (975 words)

Discrimination law is found in the Equality Act 2010 (EA10). The EA10 lists nine “protected characteristics”: age; disability; gender ...
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Firm didn’t have constructive knowledge of disability
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Ms Donelien was employed by the outsourcing company Liberata as a court officer from 2004, preparing and presenting cases for the London Borough of ...
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Transitional pension provisions were age discriminatory 
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Both of these cases were based on changes made to public sector pension schemes following the 2011 Hutton Report on pensions and the enactment of the ...
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Detriment for injury to feelings in working time discrimination
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This case involved a group of firefighters who were supported by their union, the FBU, in their working time dispute against their employer, South ...
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Agency worker entitled to same perks as employees
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Mr Kocur became an employee of Angard Staffing Solutions (ASS), an agency providing workers to RMG. His services were provided to RMG as an agency ...
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Police force committed perceived discrimination over disability
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Ms Coffey joined Wiltshire Constabulary in 2009 as a staff member and two years later applied to become a police constable there. 
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No coercion but expectation that analyst works long hours a PCP
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Mr Carreras was employed by United First Partners Research (UFPR) as an analyst. He often worked late. 
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‘In-situ cancer’ is a cancer and so a disability under Equality Act
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Ms Lofty, a member of the Unite general union, had been employed as a café assistant at First Café, owned by Mr Hamis. In March 2015, she underwent ...
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Health & safety news

TUC conference calls for action on women’s safety
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More action is needed to tackle sexual harassment, bullying and violence, long working hours, pregnancy discrimination and the taboo surrounding the ...
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It doesn’t cost the earth to save the planet
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Trade unions must challenge the false choice of good jobs versus the environment, says the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group ...
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Some loos change
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The Unite general union has welcomed news that London mayor Sadiq Khan’s 2018-19 budget will include £6 million of funding to provide permanent ...
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Miners denied compo
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Work and pensions secretary Esther McVey has rejected expert advice and refused to recognise Dupuytren’s contracture as a prescribed disease ...
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Health & safety - HSE Monitor

Prison maintenance staff sacked after raising safety issues
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The Unite general union has called for prison maintenance contracts to be brought back in house after an employment tribunal ruled private contractor ...
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Stay in REACH post-Brexit
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The campaign group Alliance for Cancer Prevention (ACP) used a Lords debate on amendments to the European Union Withdrawal Bill earlier this month to ...
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High Court rules Tories’ air pollution plan illegal
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Last month, the High Court ruled for the third time in three years that the UK government’s plans to tackle air pollution are unlawful . 
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Dangerous dog sentence
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Communication workers’ union CWU called a 160-hour community service sentence handed down to an dog owner last month as a “satisfactory and ...
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Police merger on hold
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Train drivers’ union ASLEF has welcomed the Scottish government’s decision to put the controversial merger of the British Transport Police (BTP) ...
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TUC guide to new health and safety standard
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The TUC has warned that the new international health and safety standard ISO 45001, which was published earlier this month, must be much more than ...
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Private sector leads the way in latest pay round
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The public sector pay cap may be ending but it’s still a mixed picture for pay in the 2017-18 pay round so far, with inflation-linked deals ...
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Union-supported learning at work brings widespread benefits
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Learning and progression is a core theme of the TUC’s Great Jobs Agenda. The TUC wants employers to give employees time off for union-led learning ...
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