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In February, the Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at 268.4 and the annual rate of inflation rose to 3.2% from the 2.6% the previous month. RPI inflation was last higher in August 2013.
Almost two-thirds (63%) of respondents who work in the gig economy think the government should regulate it to guarantee them basic employment rights and benefits such as holiday pay, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
The risk of suicide among low skilled male labourers, particularly those working on construction, was much higher than the male national average, a new analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) finds.
Chief executives of the UK’s top 100 companies now pocket an average of £5.3 million each year, or 386 times that of a worker earning the National Living Wage, according to The Equality Trust.
Over a third (34%) of black, Asian or minority ethnic people (BAME) witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the seven months following the Brexit vote in June 2016, a TUC poll has found.
Wales remains a country where major decisions are being taken that are not reflective of our country’s diversity, a new report published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has found.
This year, 14 items have been added to the basket and nine removed.
Workers living standards saw further cuts as earnings growth continued its fall, while retail inflation has been on the rise.
It may be lush as they say in the South West, as cosmetics group Lush is to pay all of its permanent employees in the UK, including retail and manufacturing staff, the voluntary Living Wage from April.
The number of people employed on zero-hours contracts in their main job, during October to December 2016 was 905,000, or 2.8% of people in employment, according to Labour Force Survey (LFS) figures.
The number of unemployed people fell by 31,000 to 1.58 million in the three-month period ending January 2017, the Labour Force Survey figures show.
Chancellor Philip Hammond made his first and last March Budget statement, as the main announcements now move to an autumn Budget.
An analysis of the gender pay gap by ethnicity, by the women’s campaigning group, the Fawcett Society, reveals inequalities over the past 25 years or so, with some minority ethnic groups making great strides, while pay for others lags far behind.
The number of merger and acquisitions (M&A) involving UK companies was down, but their value was up, according to the latest official figures.
The number of people on zero-hours contracts in the UK has hit a record high of 910,000 but there are signs the trend may have reached a peak, according to a leading think tank.
The GMB general union is to take legal action is on behalf of members working as couriers for delivery company DX.
Former chancellor George Osborne has been busy on the lucrative speaker’s tour since being sacked as chancellor. And he’s picked up a nice big earner from a financial services group.
A “Violence at Work Charter”, which would see employers commit themselves to “a series of interventions” to reduce the number of violent incidents against staff, is to be launched by the public service union UNISON.
From 1 March, higher ballot thresholds must be met before trade unions can proceed with industrial action, particularly in relation to “important public services”, will come into force.
There is a gap between the amount that men and women receive in employer pensions contributions, which if left unaddressed could result in a shortfall of £47,000 by the end of a woman’s working life, according to a new indicator from financial services group Zurich.
There were an estimated 698,000 incidents of work-related violence in 2015-16, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Waterstones, the UK’s leading bookshop chain, has been in the headlines, and on the defensive, after going incognito at some of its newer stores.
Defined contribution pensions, also known as money purchase schemes, are now the norm for Britain’s biggest companies, new research from financial services group Willis Towers Watson.
The Supreme Court — the final court of appeal in civil cases — has refused British Gas the right to appeal in the long, drawn out Lock holiday pay case.
An independent review has set out recommendations for employers in the public and private sectors to improve diversity within their organisations.
It ain’t broke, but we still might tinker with it, might be a rough summary of the government’s green paper on the regulation of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes.
A major rethink of corporate governance is neededto improve chief executive (CEO) pay transparency and ensure company boards recognise their broader responsibility towards the workforce when decisions on executive pay and business investment are made.
A simple step-by-step guide to open recruitment has been published by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Catalogue retailer Argos is to provide back pay to 37,000 current and former store employees after they were found to have been paid below the statutory National Living Wage rate prior to December 2016.
The second official estimate for growth in gross domestic product (GDP) puts growth at 0.7%, rather than 0.6% in the final quarter of 2016 compared with the previous quarter.
Disabled people fear losing their jobs and hide impairments to stay in work, according to the charity Scope.
The government has named and shamed 359 businesses which have failed to pay the National Minimum Wage (NMW).
In January, the Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at 265.5 and the annual rate of inflation rose to 2.6% from the 2.5% at the end of 2016. RPI inflation was last higher in February 2014.
In the three month period October to December 2016, the number of unemployed people under the Labour Force Survey count fell by 7,000 to 1.6 million. The number of unemployed people under this count was last lower in February 2006.
In December 2016, growth in average weekly earnings was just 1.9% against a revised rise for November of 2.9%.
The long-awaited government review of the introduction of employment tribunal fees has finally been published by the Ministry of Justice. And it's a whitewash.
A letter of intent to strengthen their collaboration on tackling abusive recruitment practices that trick workers into modern slavery and forced labour has been signed by the International Labour Organisation and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority
The number of people in insecure work has increased by more a quarter over the past five years, according to new research commissioned and published by the TUC.
The reporting season for companies is starting again and so their remuneration reports are revealing the latest pay packages given to top executives at stock exchange-quoted companies.
Employers need to take urgent action to identify and stamp out racist behaviour in the workplace, according to a report from the University of Manchester.
The economy has grown over the last three quarters of 2016, but with no change in pace.
Useful guidance on the new gender pay gap regulations has been published by the employment relation service Acas.
The government’s long overdue response to the Women and Equalities Select Committee report on pregnancy and maternity discrimination has been slated by the TUC.
Teachers and other school staff in Welsh schools have been the victims of over 4,700 physical and verbal attacks by pupils over the past three academic years — or eight assaults a day — according to the National Union of Teachers (NUT).
The number of people who have died as a result of fires has increased by 15%, according to the Fire statistics monitor published by the Home Office.
The TUC has, in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), produced a new guide to help trade union health and safety representatives tackle workplace stress.
Two brothers who trafficked people from Poland to the UK and forced them to work have each been jailed for six years.
Punitive fees for employment tribunals are allowing bad bosses to get away with shocking treatment of workers.
Lloyds Banking Group has been named the most inclusive employer in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2017.
The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has called on investors to take a tougher stance on those who set executive pay policy.
Rules making it harder to call strikes in public services will be scrapped in Wales if the Welsh government has its way.
Price inflation has hit its highest level for nigh on two and a half years.
In November 2016, growth in average weekly earnings stalled with a 2.8% rise against the previous month’s revised rise of 2.9%.
In the three month period September to November 2016, the overall number of unemployed people under the Labour Force Survey count fell by 52,000 to 1.6 million compared with the previous three-month period’s figure of 1.66 million.
An employment tribunal has found that a CitySprint bicycle courier should be classed as a worker, rather than self-employed.
At the end of last year the TUC called on the prime minister Theresa May to make clear to Britain’s bosses that any watering down of workers’ rights following Brexit is off the table.
Ten of the worst excuses given by unscrupulous bosses found to have underpaid workers the National Minimum Wage have been revealed by the government.
National chain store Wilko has been fined £2.2 million after a worker was crushed and left paralysed just over a year after it was fined over the death of a worker.
Factory output increased by 0.3% in the three months to November compared with the previous three months. That was, the first time in four months that output has increased.
A useful guide to child poverty was produced by the House of Commons Library just before the topic was debated in parliament in mid-December 2016
Workers on zero-hours contracts face a "precarious pay penalty" of almost 7% — or £1,000 a year for a typical worker — compared to similar workers doing similar jobs, according to new analysis from the Resolution Foundation.
Scotland is poised to join Finland and Canada in testing Universal Basic Income (UBI), a welfare system in which all citizens are given a fixed sum of money, regardless of their income or employment status.
It looks like a tough bargaining year for negotiators if the forecasts for the economy collated by the Treasury prove correct.
Top executives will already have made more money by the first Wednesday of 2017 — 4 January — than the typical UK worker will earn all year.
Belfast City councillors have voted in support of a call to reveal the names of those who make large donations to Northern Ireland politicians.
The UK’s trading position with the rest of the world — in terms of goods — has reached another record deficit.
Britain’s economy grew faster than previously thought in the three months after the EU referendum, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.
In November, the Retail Prices Index (RPI) stood at 265.5 and the annual rate of inflation rose to 2.2% from the 2.0% the previous month. That’s the highest rate since October 2014. Dearer clothing and petrol contributed to the rise. The RPI is the favoured inflation measure for union negotiators.
The UK recorded a fall in unemployment in the latest three-month period but the labour market seems to have flattened off recently.
In October, growth in average weekly earnings was up to 2.8% from the previous month’s revised figure of 2.6%.
The low take-up of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and the lack of affordable childcare options for parents with very young children are major problems that need to be addressed to support working parents more effectively, according to a new report from the CIPD, the professional body for HR.
A total of 7.4 million people, including 2.6 million children, are in poverty despite being in a working family is the latest stark finding of poverty campaigners, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).
A shocking lack of consistency across different local authority areas over the continuing presence of deadly asbestos in schools is revealed in responses to recent Freedom of Information requests, and should set alarm bells ringing across central and local government.
In an appalling attack on workers’ rights, the government is planning to change the rules for compensation claims that would make it much more difficult for workers to get the money they are entitled to when their employer’s negligence injures them or makes them ill, according to TUC health and safety officer Hugh Robertson.
Rail unions have slammed proposals from transport secretary Chris Grayling to allow the private train operating companies and other firms to run sections of Britain’s infrastructure.
There was a slowing in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the third quarter of the year compared with the second quarter,official figures show.
Factory output fell by 0.3% in the three months to October compared with the previous three months. That is, however, an improvement on the three months to September when the contraction was 0.8%.
The government has announced a consultation on the gig economy, which will be headed Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts.
The latest estimate for growth in the UK economy, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), was unchanged at 0.5% for the third quarter.
Companies will need to justify high levels of executive pay under plans outlined in a government green paper.
The Low Pay Commission, which recommends rise in the statutory minimum wage rates, has had its recommendations for rates from 1 April 2017 accepted by the government.
The Greater London Authority (GLA) has a gender pay gap of 4.6%, according to the authority’s latest gender pay audit.
The director of a Port Talbot furniture factory and three of its managers/shareholders have received suspended prison sentences for ongoing health and safety failings.
Delivering his first Autumn Statement, the Tory chancellor, Philip Hammond, claimed that the UK is “resilient”, despite forecasts that government finances will be much worse off than previously expected by 2020.
Nearly two-thirds (65%) of the union reps responding to the TUC’s 2016 Equality Audit said that disability- related sickness absence was the number one equality issue they dealt with at work.
The delivery firm CitySprint is the latest UK business to be involved in a legal dispute over the gig economy and whether it should treat its freelance couriers as workers.
Prime minister Theresa May appears to have backtracked on her pledge to have workers on company boards.
Social mobility in Britain is getting worse for young people, with many trapped in low-paid jobs
New and more powerful cleaning products are becoming more and more common in the workplace — but how do the chemicals they contain affect people’s health and safety?
In October, retail price inflation was unchanged on the previous month, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show.
The UK recorded a fall in unemployment in the third quarter, as the unemployment rate hit an 11- year low.
In September, growth in average weekly earnings was up to 2.5% from the previous month’s revised rise of 2.1%.
The UK ranks towards the bottom of OECD countries for capital investment in important areas of economic development, according to a recent TUC analysis.
New voluntary Living Wage rates for London and elsewhere were announced at the start of Living Wage Week.
The general union Unite and its Community membership section have used the power of theatre to stimulate the debate about austerity Britain.
Trade unions are using the courts to take on employers in the gig economy over the bogus self-employment of the workforce.
The TUC has condemned the huge cost of taking a tribunal which allows bad bosses to get away with discrimination and unfair treatment.
Manufacturing output fell by 0.9% in the third quarter of the year, the first three-month period after the EU referendum vote.
The country’s highest court, the Supreme Court, has ruled that the government discriminated against a disabled woman and her husband and a severely disabled child who needs overnight care through the implementation of the “bedroom tax”.
More than three-quarters of employers say union-led training programmes have a positive effect in their workplaces, according to an independent review.
Full-time average weekly earnings increased in real terms, while the gender pay gap closed by a small margin in April 2016, official figures show.
The economy, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), is estimated to have increased by 0.5% in July-September quarter compared with growth of 0.7% in second quarter (April to June 2016).
Chancellor Philip Hammond should spend another £2 billion a year on childcare to get more women into work, boosting the economy as well as opening up options for new parents, the CBI employers’ organisation has urged.
More than one in three academy trusts have declared related-party transactions and paid money to businesses with links to staff and trustees.
News of an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into pay rates for delivery drivers at courier company Hermes means a spotlight will be shone on the grey area surrounding employment status and statutory minimum wage rates.
The government will be advertising a new seat for a worker’s representative on the Health and Safety Executive board, says TUC health and safety officer Hugh Robertson.
There were an estimated 362,000 jobs with pay of less than the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or National Living Wage (NLW) held by employees aged 16 and over in April 2016, which constituted 1.3% of UK employee jobs, official figures show.
The typical earnings of the average self-employed person are lower than 20 years ago, according to the Resolution Foundation think tank.
Bullying is a pernicious problem in the NHS. That’s the stark finding of research by the Guardian.
Employment relations service Acas has produced useful guidance on marriage and civil partnerships and the workplace.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled, in the case of G4S Cash Solutions vs Powell, that pay protection could be counted as a reasonable adjustment in certain circumstances.
Pay growth has weakened, official figures show. In August, growth in average weekly earnings was down to 2.0% from the previous month’s revised rise of 2.4%.
Thousands of workers across central government are paid less than the voluntary Living Wage, new figures have revealed in responses to an MP's parliamentary written questions.
Blips or not, unemployment on both of the main official counts posted increases, the latest official figures show.
Healthy workplaces for all ages is the central theme of the 2016 European Week for Safety and Health at Work, which takes place from 24 to 28 October.
Retail price inflation rose in September on the back of dearer fuel and clothing, Office for National Statistics figures show.
Workers are more susceptible to infection at certain times of the day as the body clock affects the ability of viruses to replicate and spread between cells, new research from the University of Cambridge suggests.
The company reporting season has all but come to an end, so the latest list of £1 million earners at FTSE 350 companies numbers only 13.
The latest data shows factory output contracted in the three months to August.
Santander bank is the latest high-profile employer to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter, following in the footsteps of companies such as E.On, Legal and General, and Carillion Rail.
Investment decisions by major carmakers on theproduction of up to 15 new models in the UK are “hanging by a thread” unless the government secures tariff free access to the European single market, according to a report by the Unite general union, which represents over 500,000 manufacturing workers.
The Court of Appeal has confirmed that holiday pay calculations should include a representative amount of commission-based pay.
The UK’s trading position with the rest of the world in goods reached a record deficit of £34.7 billion in the second quarter of the year.
The government has published its response to the consultation about reforms to public sector exit payments, which will see the lowest paid hit hardest.
The gender pay gap in the UK will not close until 2069 based on current salary progression, research suggests.
The United Kingdom and Ireland offer far worse sickness benefits than most other European nations.
The great divide between the haves and have-nots in the UK is set out in a media briefing by Oxfam.
Mental health services across England are not adequately considering the needs of female mental health patients, according to the charity Agenda, which has just launched their mental health campaign, Women in Mind.
The TUC has produced a useful short guide to the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) Scheme.
Long hours has replaced slips, trips and falls as one of the five most frequently cited hazards at work by safety reps, according to the TUC’s 11th biennial safety representatives’ survey.
Last year, membership of occupational pension schemes reached its highest level recorded in the Office for National Statistics (ONS) annual survey.
The specialists’ union Prospect is set to grow as members of APFO, the Association of Principal Fire Officers, have voted overwhelmingly to become a branch of the union. The ballot saw 89% of those who took part vote in favour of the proposal.
On 1 October, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for workers aged between 21 and 25 rises by 3.7% or 25p an hour to £6.70 an hour.
The Department for Education (DfE) is expanding the apprenticeships programme, while making it increasingly employer-led and employer-funded.
Twenty-six executives were given remuneration packages worth £86.93 million in total in our latest list of FTSE 350 directors with packages worth in excess of £1 million.
A committee of MPs has launched an inquiry into corporate governance, focussing on executive pay, directors’ duties, and the composition of boardrooms, including worker representation and gender balance in executive positions.
An outdated attitude towards people with tattoos could lead to employers missing out on young talent, as about one in three young people have a tattoo, the employment relations service Acas says.
Homecare workers employed across the London Borough of Haringey — and backed by public services union UNISON — are taking care companies and the council to court in a dispute involving illegal wages, over the widespread non-payment of the minimum wage.
Nearly half of UK workplaces have never had a health and safety inspection — including more than 80% of construction workplaces — according to a new TUC survey of health and safety reps.
Extended school services are failing to match parents’ need for afterschool and holiday childcare, a new report from the Family and Childcare Trust and the CPAG Child Poverty Action Group warns.
In July, growth in average weekly earnings was down to 2.2% from the previous month’s revised
The fall in the number of unemployed women more than compensated for the rise in the men’s total, Office for National Statistics figures show.
The retail inflation rate fell in August, while the consumer measure was steady, Office for National Statistics figures show.
The government should raise taxes on the wealthy to finance a £15 billion annual investment in affordable housing, free childcare and enhanced social security benefits to eradicate poverty in the UK, campaigners say in a report, We can solve poverty.
The 2015-16 reporting season for top companies quoted in the FTSE 350 index is drawing to an end. However, the ratcheting up of the remuneration packages that top executives draw at these companies show no sign of diminishing.
Manufacturing output was only 0.5% higher in the three months to July on the previous three months, down on the 1.6% growth in the three months ending June.
The government’s appointment of a former business leader to a seat on the board of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that is reserved for a representative of workers’ interests has appalled union leaders.
Around one in eight (12%) men and women are forced to stop working before state pension age due to ill-health or disability, according to new TUC research.
The second quarter of 2016 saw notable declines in the number and value of successful mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involving UK companies saw notable declines when compared the first quarter of the year.
“Dire” — that’s the blunt view of the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) on the EU referendum debate.
Youth unemployment remains high in certain regions and sectors across the UK, a new report finds.
UK women should have protections similar to those in Germany after a “shocking” increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination over the past decade, a committee of MPs says.
The GMB general union has instructed law firm Leigh Day to take the first step in launching legal proceedings on behalf of three workers of private car hire firm Addison Lee whose contracts were terminated following a GMB protest in London in May.
BECTU, the media and entertainment union, is to merge with Prospect next year after its membership voted decisively in favour of joining forces with the professionals’ union.
In its second estimate of gross domestic product, the Office for National Statistics said the economy, increased by 0.6% in the April-June quarter on the previous quarter. The growth figure is unrevised on the preliminary estimate published at the end of July.
Shift workers may be more prone to infections and chronic diseases due to disruptions to their body clocks, researchers from the University of Cambridge suggest.
Women suffer a “motherhood wage penalty” that sees their pay fall, relative to men, for more than adecade after having children, new research finds.
The use of plastic microbeads in bathroom products -— such as exfoliating scrubs, shaving gel and toothpaste — should be banned because of the marine pollution they cause, say MPs.
Black, Asian and minority ethnic workers are a third more likely to be underemployed than white workers, a new TUC report finds.
Scotland’s public spending deficit remained at about £15 billion in the past financial year ending March 2016 despite plummeting oil revenues, official figures show.
On the day that many young people will received their GCSE results and consider moving into work, employment relations service Acas has published guidance for them.
The cost of blacklisting compensation is revealed in the half-year results of contractor Carillion.
The number of unemployed people under the Labour Force Survey count fell by 52,000 to 1.64 million in the three months to June, according to the Office for National Statistics.
In June, growth in average weekly earnings was unchanged on the previous month’s rise. The rise in average weekly earnings for the whole economy was provisionally 2.2%.
Nigh on 200 employers that failed to pay their workers the statutory National Minimum Wage have been publicly named and shamed.
The 2016 Housing and Planning Act is a missed opportunity that will have a severe impact on the provision of housing in England, warns public services union UNISON.
Both retail price inflation and consumer price inflation posted increases in July.
The latest annual survey of the pay packages of chief executives of the top FTSE100 companies by the High Pay Centre reveals that rewards at the top continue to grow at a double digit rate.
Paula Vennells, chief executive of the Post Office, has come under sharp criticism after substantial increase in her earnings was revealed in the company’s annual report.
More than half (52%) of women, and nearly two thirds (63%) of women aged 18-24 years old, said they have experienced sexual harassment at work, according to new research from the TUC in collaboration with the Everyday Sexism Project.
Millions of working people will no longer be able to afford somewhere decent to live by 2024 and will need access to some type of affordable housing, the Local Government Association (LGA) warns.
Manufacturing output was 1.8% higher in the quarter ending June than the previous quarter ending March.
UK interest rates have been cut to a record low of 0.25% by the Bank of England.
The number of working days lost to industrial action in 2015 was the second lowest annual total since records began in 1891, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
The voluntary Living Wage needs to be calculated with a clear and transparent methodology if it is to deliver on its aim of raising living standards and further differentiating itself from the National Living Wage introduced by former chancellor George Osborne, according a report from the Resolution Foundation.
The value of outsourcing contracts signed by UK local authorities in the first half of 2016 increased by 84%, despite a dip in the value of overall public sector spend.
Digital services and platforms are disrupting the way labour markets work throughout the world. The emergence of the “gig economy” is part of this disruption, says the Work Foundation think tank.
Failure to honour the statutory National Minimum Wage is endemic across the care sector as many homecare workers are unpaid for the time taken in travel between home visits — which can be up to a fifth of their working day, says the public services union UNISON.
The number of members contributing to their union’s political fund has fallen, but income and expenditure have risen, according to the latest annual report of the union watchdog, the Certification Officer.
Rather belatedly, the government has responded to the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee's report on transgender equality that was published in January 2016. The response, says the TUC’s Touchstone blog, is “underwhelming.
The economy, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), is estimate to have increased by 0.6% in April-June quarter compared with growth of 0.4% in first quarter (January to March 2016).
A litany of failures culminating in a disposal of company “at any cost” to a wholly unsuitable “chancer” is detailed in a House of Commons select committee report on the failure of retail giant BHS.
A new national effort to promote disability rights is needed as “progress has stalled”, said David Isaac, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
The appearance of the sun and the rise in temperature has also brought out useful reminders for workers of the risks associated with exposure to solar radiation and how to keep cool.
Volume 78, Issue 29, 21 July 2016
In May, growth in average weekly earnings slipped back. The rise in average weekly earnings for the whole economy was provisionally down to 2.1% against the higher revised figure of 2.6% for April.
Both retail price inflation and consumer price inflation posted increases in June
A new national effort to promote disability rights is needed as “progress has stalled”, says the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
The UK unemployment rate has fallen to a new 11 year-low, official figures show.
Volume 78, Issue 28, 14 July 2016
Thirty-two executives whose remuneration package came to over £1 million a year feature this week. The figures are released as the new prime minister, Theresa May, promises changes on corporate governance, including boardroom pay.
Fatigue, both long-term, chronic fatigue and acute fatigue or sleepiness, is a major problem for many workers, according to TUC guidance.
Factory output expanded in the three months to May, official figures show. Manufacturing output was 1.3% higher than the previous three months.
So far , so good, in the first 100 days since the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) — the higher National Minimum Wage (NMW) for workers aged 25 and over — according to an analysis by the Resolution Foundation, with no reduction in employment. But is everything at work so rosy?
One in five established sponsored academy chains (eight out of 39) are performing substantially below the national average for attainment and improvement for disadvantaged pupils, according to a new analysis published by the Sutton Trust charity.
Volume 78, Issue 27, 7 July 2016
Another tranche of 40 top executives whose remuneration packages was over £1 million feature in the table. These 40 packages totalled £101.38 million, giving an average package of £2.53 million.
The overall number of workers fatally injured at work in Great Britain rose for a second successive year, according to the latest official figures.
The number of deaths from mesothelioma, a form of cancer that develops following the inhalation of asbestos fibres, continues to run at over 2,500 a year, official figures show.
The levels and rates of poverty in the UK, including forecasts for future years, have been set out in a House of Commons Library research paper.
Majestic Wine, TSB and Brecon Carreg have joined the 2,600 other employers who voluntarily choose to pay the higher Living Wage rates in London (£9.40 an hour) and the rest of the UK (£8.25 an hour) because this ensures that all their staff earn enough to live on.
Volume 78, Issue 26, 30 June 2016
The UK economy, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), grew by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2016 compared with the previous quarter. That's no change on previous estimates.
There has just been a period of little or no useful debate, of little or no relevant figures either way, and two opposing camps using fear and innuendo. At the end of that period, on Thursday 23 June, the UK seemingly voted to leave the European Union.
As many as three million part-time women workers are excluded from workplace pensions, a TUC reports finds.
More than half (52%) of disabled teachers have been discriminated against, isolated or excluded at work because of their disability, a conference organised by the NASUWT teaching union, has heard.
Concerns about Britain’s trading position with the rest of the world will continue if the latest quarterly figures are anything to go by.
Thirty-two executives whose remuneration package was each worth over £1 million last year shared a total of £68.69 million — that’s an average package of £2.15 million each.
Volume 78, Issue 25, 23 June 2016
A House of Commons Justice Committee report into court and tribunal fees says major changes are urgently needed to restore an acceptable level of access to the employment tribunals system.
Plans to scrap bursaries for student nurses and other NHS staff in England are reckless, unions and charities say.
The government is to write to more than 100,000 people who are set to miss out on the new state pension owing to a lack of contributions.
Workers should be able to self-certify sickness for up to two weeks to help reduce the number of unnecessary GP appointments, doctors say.
One in five new fathers didn’t qualify for paternity pay, a TUC analysis finds.
Volume 78, Issue 24, 16 June 2016
Growth in average weekly earnings received a boost from the introduction of National Living Wage (NLW) in April for workers aged 25 and over.
The inflation measure used by union negotiators posted an increase in May, while that used by the government was unchanged.
The number of unemployed people under the Labour Force Survey count fell by 20,000 to 1.67 million in the three months to April.
In a landmark high court judgment, a UK company has been found liable for the first time for victims of modern slavery.
Employers are being urged to put processes in place to assist working carers. National charity Carers UK states that three in five people will, at some point in their lives, have to care for a friend or family member.
Volume 78, Issue 23, 9 June 2016
The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is to work with Age Scotland to raise awareness of dementia in the workplace.
Thirty top executives whose annual remuneration package is over £1 million feature in the table.
London residents have died as a result of fire station closures imposed by Boris Johnson in his time as mayor.
Merge and acquisition (M&A) activity involving UK companies remains at low levels, official figures show. However, the quarterly value of activity in two sectors is the highest since the downturn in 2009.
Manufacturing output staged a recovery in the latest three months, official figures show.
Unions have welcomed a government climbdown on the Investigatory Powers Bill, in response to a Labour Party amendment. A Tory minister conceded changes that will protect unions from police warrants to seize phone records or emails.
Volume 78, Issue 22, 2 June 2016
There has been a marked increase in the number of employees who say they usually work for home, a TUC analysis shows.
The Office for National Statistics has confirmed that economic growth in the first quarter of the year was 0.4%.
Hansteen may not be a household name, but two directors of the property investment group had a very successful 2015 on the remuneration front.
The employment relations service Acas has urged employers to be flexible with staffing during the Euro 2016 football tournament, which begins on 10 June.
The government and the CAA aviation regulator have been urged to protect the public with comprehensive regulation of drones.
A breakthrough has been achieved by the GMB general union with North Lanarkshire Council over equal pay.
Volume 78, Issue 21, 26 May 2016
Sir Martin Sorrell has again had to defend his bumper pay package, saying shareholders had previously approved the incentive plans at advertising and PR company WPP by a substantial margin. Sorrell’s remuneration package grew to £70,416,000 in 2015.
Going into work while ill may not be such a bad thing after all, suggests a report by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES)
Union membership grew slightly last year, but union density fell again, the latest official figures show.
The UK rates as middle ranking on gender equality in the workplace, according to a survey from Glassdoor Economic Research.
Delegates at the annual conference of construction union UCATT have voted in favour of a merger with or a transfer of engagements to the Unite general union.
Too many FTSE 1000 companies are failing to report on issues such as health and safety incidents, data breaches and employee turnover in their annual reports, according to research by the Valuing Your Talent Partnership.
Volume 78, Issue 20, 19 May 2016
UK unemployment has fallen on both main counts, official figures show.
Growth in average weekly earnings, despite a rise, remained weak in March.
The removal of the check-off method of collecting union subscriptions in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been ruled unlawful after a High Court challenge by the PCS civil service union.
In April, the main inflation measures were back down to the rates posted for the first two months of the year, the latest Office for National Statistics figures show.
Nearly one million people over the age of 75 are living in poverty in Britain, a charity has warned.
Volume 78, Issue 19, 12 May 2016
Forty executives feature in the latest tranche of £1 million plus remuneration packages at top Stock Exchange-quoted companies.
The Unite general union has become the third union to reach a settlement over the blacklisting of workers in the UK construction industry.
Family members employed by MPs are paid on average £5,600 more than other staff, a watchdog has revealed.
There is no accurate overall measure of non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) regulations and, as a result, it has been difficult to assess the effectiveness of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) enforcement activities over time. That’s the damning finding of a National Audit Office (NAO) report into employers’ compliance with minimum wage regulations.
UK industry is in recession, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show.
Lloyds Banking Group has become the first UK organisation to extend its staff healthcare plans to cover gender dysphoria, in a move that campaign groups say more employers should emulate.
Volume 78, Issue 18, 5 May 2016
The Trade Union Bill has become law after receiving Royal Assent. It follows an eight-month battle to block it in and outside Parliament.
Work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb should restate and reclaim the role of Universal Credit in supporting more people into work and then boosting earnings, rather than being a source of savings for the Treasury to meet fiscal targets, a Resolution Foundation reports says.
Hundreds of workers who were blacklisted by large construction firms have won compensation following a long-running lawsuit.
The adverse effects of shift work on women are highlighted in two recent studies.
Plans to end unfair tipping practices and increase transparency for consumers and employees have been announced by the government.
A crisis in health and well-being is engulfing schools, which could lead to a mass exodus of hardworking, dedicated staff unless urgent action is taken by the government, says the public sector union UNISON.
The initial estimate for economic growth at the start of 2016 shows a slowing down.
Volume 78, Issue 17, 28 April 2016
The UK and Welsh governments are willing to take a 25% stake in any rescue of Tata Steel's UK operations, it has been announced.
It may be that António Horta-Osório, chief executive at Lloyds Banking Group, wants to increase his already large remuneration package of £8.54 million on the back of job cuts and the offshoring of jobs.
Even if they were on the voluntary Living Wage rate, it would take nearly 130 years for the lowest paid employees in the water industry to earn the same sum that the highest paid director in the sector earns in 12 months according to new research by the public service union UNISON.
Inflation and average earnings growth are now expected to be lower than previously thought at the start of the year, according to the latest forecasts for the UK economy collated by the Treasury from around 40 City and academic forecasting institutions.
Up to 10,000 young people every year could be helped to find a job in the automotive sector with the launch of an apprenticeship matching service.
Imposed changes to a Department for Transport(DfT) sickness absence policy were unlawful, an appeal court judge has confirmed.
The banks may have brought the country to its knees in 2008, but City firms continue to reward its top people with huge remuneration packages.
Volume 78, Issue 16, 21 April 2016
UK unemployment has risen for the first time in almost a year, official figures show.
Trade body, the Association of British Insurers, is preparing a new guide to pensions language that could see the end of terms such as "uncrystallised pension funds lump sum" and "flexi-access drawdown" which have been used since the pension freedoms.
Growth in average weekly earnings plummeted in February.
Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers with degrees are two and half times more likely to be unemployed than white graduates, according to new analysis published by the TUC.
The government has been forced to make further concessions in its vindictive Trade Union Bill.
Volume 78, Issue 15, 14 April 2016
Young women with vocational qualifications earn 15% less than men with comparable qualifications, according to a TUC analysis
Forty-three executives of top companies were happy to receive a remuneration package of at least £1 million in their firm’s last financial year.
Two company directors have been jailed over safety failings in Heaton Norris, Stockport.
After a stutter, the main inflation measures posted higher increases in March, Office for National Statistics figures show.
The two lead campaign organisations in the EU referendum have been named by the watchdog, the Electoral Commission.
Volume 78, Issue 14, 7 April 2016
The number of high earners in EU banks increased significantly in 2014, according to a new report from the European Banking Authority (EBA).
A year on from the introduction of Shared Parental Leave, a report shows a low take-up by new fathers.
Blacklisted workers will demand compensation in court this week from eight construction firms for loss of earnings over decades.
The latest Official for National Statistics estimate on the economy for the final quarter of 2015 shows it grew by more than previously thought
Age stereotypes can strongly affect people’s choices about who to hire, new research from the University of Kent has shown.
Over the past year, the Acas helpline has dealt with over 7,000 calls related to sex discrimination in the workplace. This has led to employment relations service updating its guide on sex discrimination at work.
More employers are embracing the voluntary Living Wage rather than the lower statutory National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour introduced by the government for workers aged 25 and over.
Younger workers will see their national minimum wage rate rise from 1 October 2016. Workers aged 21 up to 25 will get a 3.7% increase from £6.70 an hour to £6.95 an hour.
Britain’s trading position with the rest of the world deteriorated in 2015. The UK’s current account deficit was £96.2 billion, up from a deficit of £92.5 billion in 2014.
Volume 78, Issue 13, 31 March 2016
Each year, April generally heralds a raft of legal changes. This April sees the introduction of the National Living Wage, which is in effect a higher National Minimum Wage.
A number of City firms have signed up to a new charter that links executive pay to gender diversity
Education secretary Nicky Morgan has insisted there will be no retreat on plans to convert every state school in England into an academy, enduring a frosty reception from teachers as she told them the education system was “in much better shape” than five years ago.
The government likes to bury bad news by releasing it just before parliament breaks. It did so with Perry Beeches The Academy Trust (see previous story) and it did so just before the Easter recess with new plans to privatise the Land Registry.
The government is failing to protect disabled people from discrimination, according to a report arising from a nine-month investigation by a House of Lords select committee.
Volume 78, Issue 12, 24 March 2016
In January, the annual rate of inflation — as measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) — remained at 1.3%.
Three out of four working mothers say they have experienced pregnancy and maternity discrimination, new research suggests.
The lack of effective policy in many of the areas that contribute to the gender pay gap is highlighted in a report by a cross-party committee of MPs.
Owners convicted of dangerous dogs offences will face harsher punishments under new guidelines announced by the Sentencing Council.
The government was defeated in three votes on the Trade Union Bill in the House of Lords on 16 March.
Female carers are taking their employer to the High Court over an equal pay claim.
Volume 78, Issue 11, 17 March 2016
The government’s plans to expand Sunday trading hours in England and Wales have been dropped after they were rejected by MPs.
Unemployment has fallen, official figures show. The number of unemployed people under the Labour Force Survey count fell by 28,000 to 1.69 million in the three months to January.
The economy will not grow as fast as expected in 2016 and the following few years, chancellor George Osborne was forced to admit in his Budget speech.
Coffee pods from the likes of Nespresso and cream liqueurs, such as Baileys, are in and nightclub entry fees are out.
Growth in average weekly earnings appears to be on a roller coaster ride at the moment.
Volume 78, Issue 10,10 March 2016
The Conservative government’s pernicious Trade Union Bill is moving to its next stage in the House of Lords, with the report stage due to start on 16 March.
Manufacturing output went into reverse between the end of last year and the beginning of 2016, latest official figures show.
Millions of people in the UK are not saving enough for retirement, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in its latest report on employers’ pension provision.
There was an increase in both the number and the value of domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involving UK companies between 2014 and 2015, the latest official figures show.
Women who become mothers before the age of 33 earn 15% less than similar women who haven’t had children, according to an analysis published by the TUC on International Women’s Day.
Women have barely half the pension savings of men, according to a new report.
The average settlement level across industry was 2% in the three months to January, according to the EEF’s latest Pay Bulletin — in line with the average throughout 2015. The monthly rise for January was slightly higher at 2.2%.
Volume 78, Issue 9, 3 March 2016
The Supreme Court has granted the public service union UNISON permission to continue its legal challenge against employment tribunal fees.
GDP growth for the final quarter of 2015 was unrevised at 0.5%, official figures show.
A watering down of the government’s interference in trade union matters has been recommended by a House of Lords select committee, but it has given the green light to the Tory proposal that union members should be required to opt in to not opt out of a union’s political fund.
The need to boost productivity in low-paying sectors and among small employers will be reinforced by the introduction of the new National Living Wage (NLW) for workers aged over 25 in April, though there are huge uncertainties over how businesses can achieve this. So suggests a new report on how employers expect to respond to the NLW, published by the Resolution Foundation and the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.
A Bristol company is planning to introduce a “period policy” to allow female staff to work flexibly around their menstrual cycles.
Volume 78, Issue 8, 25 February 2016
Working parents are offered a brief respite from steeply rising childcare costs, as the 2016 Childcare Survey from the family and Childcare Trust shows average prices rose by just above inflation throughout Britain.
Thousands of people could be at risk of being denied jobs and services each year due to unlawful, discriminatory adverts, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHCR) warns.
Thousands of workers will now be able to claim commission previously denied them thanks to a successful ruling on a case brought by UNISON member Joe Lock.
The UK’s top professions are still disproportionately populated by alumni of independent schools, according to the education charity the Sutton Trust, which has been tracking the educational backgrounds of Britain’s elites for over 10 years.
The Trade Union Bill is currently in the committee stage in the House of Lords and some Lords on the Conservative benches are freely putting their biases into speech and print.
The workers’ rights in the UK which are underpinned by EU rules — and which would therefore be at risk if the UK votes to leave the EU are highlighted in a TUC report.
Volume 78, Issue 7, 18 February 2016
In January, the annual rate of inflation — as measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) — was up to 1.3% from 1.2% the previous month. The latest RPI rate is the highest for 13 months: the December 2014 rate was 1.6%.
The number of unemployed people under the Labour Force Survey count fell by 60,000 to 1.7 million in the three months to December.
The gap between university bosses and staff has continued to widen, a new analysis from the UCU university and college lecturers’ union shows.
The rise in average weekly earnings for the whole economy was provisionally just 1.5% in December — the same rise as for January 2015 and down from the 2.2% rise for November.
Volume 78, Issue 6, 11 February 2016
More employers who have failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage have been named and shamed, by business minister Nick Boles. However, none have been prosecuted.
Restructuring in organisations has a mainly negative effect on the welfare of employees regardless of whether there are job losses, according to a new study involving the University of East Anglia (UEA).
The government is to hand local authorities the power to extend Sunday opening hours for shops.
Manufacturing output was flatlining at the end of last year, latest official figures show.
With mental ill-health one of the biggest public health challenges facing society, there is an overwhelming business and moral case for employers to address this challenge.
A woman with dyslexia has won a disability discrimination case against her employer Starbucks, after she was accused of falsifying documents.
Volume 78, Issue 5, 4 February 2016
The pay gap between black and white workers is at its widest at degree level, a TUC analysis shows.
Construction union UCATT has said that it is highly concerned about the delay in bringing charges following the worst fatal accident in the industry for many years.
Over 25,000 jobs are under threat at 52 councils across Britain as Tory funding cuts hit home yet again.
The introduction of Universal Credit will leave working families worse off on average, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said.
The UK economy, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), edged higher in the final quarter of the year, official preliminary estimates show.
A significant increase in the number of unfilled vacancies resulting from skills shortages is reported in the latest official skills survey for the UK.
Chemist chain Boots is increasing the starting rate of pay for customer assistant staff outside of London by 7%, and that of customer assistants in London by 3%.
Volume 78, Issue 4, 28 January 2016
Average pay in Britain is still worth £2,270 less in real terms than it was in 2008 — a shortfall of £44 a week, a new analysis by the TUC reveals.
The government could be forced to think again over plans to restrict trade union funding of political parties after a defeat in the Lords.
Construction union UCATT has called on the Health and Safety Executive to urgently review their reporting methods and for the industry to examine safety requirements, following new evidence on migrant worker deaths.
The red tape contained in the Tories’ Trade Union Bill will cost unions more than £37 million over the next six years.
Almost three-quarters (70%) of retail chain respondents are undecided about their approach to implementing chancellor George Osborne’s National Living Wage, according to research by Willis Towers Watson.
Thirty two executives of top companies were happy to receive a remuneration package of at least £1 million in the firm’s last financial year.
Volume 78, Issue 3, 21 January 2016
The number of unemployed people under the Labour Force Survey count fell by 99,000 to 1.68 million in the three months to November.
New regulations that give zero-hours workers a remedy in the employment tribunal if they are victimised for breaching an exclusivity term in their contract came into effect on 11 January.
The rise in average weekly earnings for the whole economy was provisionally 2.0% in November — up from the 1.9% rise for October.
In December, the annual rate of inflation — as measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) — was up to 1.2% from 1.1% the previous month. The latest RPI rate is the highest since December 2014 when the rise was 1.6%.
Companies that are or have been involved in blacklisting will be excluded from bidding for public contracts, under new regulations that were laid in the Scottish Parliament in December 2015.
Volume 78, Issue 2, 14 January 2016
An expected £6 million fall in Labour’s annual income as a result of legal changes being proposed by the Conservatives will make it impossible for the party to maintain its current structure, staffing or offices, a confidential party document released to the Guardian reveals.
Two more firms have recently announced that they have received Living Wage accreditation.
Partners at the UK offices of the hedge fund Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP were paid an average of £3.3 million pounds in the financial year ending March 2015.
Employers can read workers’ private messages sent via chat software and webmail accounts during working hours, judges have ruled.
The Conservative government may be wielding the axe on civil service jobs, but central government spending on outside consultants and temporary staff is creeping back up, according to a new report by the public spending watchdog. Some consultants are on £1,000 a day
Secret industry documents have revealed that the world’s biggest asbestos factory ran a smear campaign in the 1980s against journalists and campaigners who were trying to expose the deadly consequences of breathing in asbestos dust.
Factory output grew by 0.5% in the three-month period ending November compared with the previous three-month period, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Volume 78, Issue 1, 7 January 2016
Wage growth will remain at around 2% for most or all of 2016, according to the professional body, the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Britain’s richest households have pulled further ahead of the rest of the population as house prices have accelerated, with the top 10% now owning almost half of the country’s £11.1 trillion total private wealth, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The employment relations service Acas has produced a special report which examines the key workplace trends in 2016 to help employers plan for the year ahead and look at how the issues of the day might affect them and their employees
By the end of the first Tuesday of 2016, Britain’s top bosses had made more money in 2016 than the average UK worker earns in an entire year, according to the High Pay Centre’s calculations.
The New Year saw rail fares increase and UK commuters now spend up to six times as much of their salary on rail fares as other European passengers.
It’s a shameful statistic, but nearly half of disabled people are not in work, official figures show. It’s timely then that a manifesto, published by the TUC, aims to promote equality for disabled people and challenge discrimination against them.
The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) will continue to protect the rights of low paid farm workers in Scotland, rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead has announced.
Partners at KPMG — one of the “Big Four" accountancy firms — saw their average remuneration cut by 13% last year, according to the firm’s 2015 annual report.
Volume 77, Issue 50, 17 December 2015
The number of unemployed people under the Labour Force Survey count fell by 110,000 to 1.71 million in the three months to October.
In November, the annual rate of inflation — as measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) — was up to 1.1% from 0.7% the previous month.
The rise in average weekly earnings for the whole economy was provisionally 1.9% in October — down from the revised figure of 2.1% for September — according to the Office for National Statistics.
The TUC has published new guidance — Work and well-being — which sets out the importance of healthy workplaces and provides advice on how to handle specific issues, such as stress, smoking, and obesity.
Dave Prentis has been re-elected as general secretary of the public sector union UNISON.
Volume 77, Issue 49, 10 December 2015
The UK has the third-lowest pensions in the developed world, according to an OECD report, Pensions at a glance.
Postal workers, member of the CWU communications union, are maintaining a service to the public in the run up to Christmas despite difficult and arduous conditions created by the floods in the North of England.
Manufacturing output remains weak latest official figures show. Factory output grew by just 0.4% in the three-month period ending October compared with the previous three-month period. That was an improvement on the 0.4% contraction in the three months to September.
Guidance for solicitors on good practice in working with transgender employees has been published by the Law Society
A good practice guide for workplace reps to help them support trade union members with invisible impairments has been published by the TUC
Mergers and takeovers involving UK companies continued at much lower levels of activity than those seen before the 2008-09 economic downturn, official statistics reveal.
Taking practical steps to recruit and retain more women in science, technology, engineering and maths roles — or STEM for short — could help employers address skills shortages in STEM areas, the professionals union Prospect and professional body the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) have argued in new joint guidance.
To union anger, the Conservative government has announced it is to “consult on options to move operations of the Land Registry to the private sector from 2017”.
Volume 77, Issue 48, 3 December 2015
As many headlines concentrated on George Osborne’s climbdown over tax credit, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) pointed out that it changes nothing in the long run because the cuts would still feature in the new Universal Credit system, which is due to replace tax credits by 2018. And millions of families will be hit.
The reporting of work-related violence is important on any day of the week and not just a shopping frenzy day like Black Friday when shopworkers have faced widespread abuse.
The economy grew by 0.5% in the third quarter of 2015 compared with the second quarter, the latest official estimate shows.
Sometimes a lack of awareness and understanding in relation to gender identity results in employers failing to support staff effectively; often they lack the knowledge and the confidence to do so.
Companies should have to publish the pay gap between bosses and their workforces in the hope of shaming firms into curbing excessive pay and benefits for chief executives, the latest report from the think tank, the High Pay Centre, says.
The government is proposing to freeze a vast swathe of statutory payments from April 2016.
Severe spending cuts are already undermining public service quality, the TUC warns, and that if the chancellor doesn’t rethink his plans to cut spending further, public service outcomes are set to plummet.
The phenomenon of “leaveism” seems to be widespread, particularly in the public sector, new research shows.
Trade unionists in the North West working for United Utilities are considering their next steps after rejecting the company’s plan to close its final salary pension scheme by next spring.
Volume 77, Issue 47, 26 November 2015
Chancellor George Osborne announced a climb down over tax credit changes in his Spending Review and Autumn Statement.
The world is being carved up in favour of global capital in a series of trade agreements, which will do nothing for workers' rights.
There has been an increase in the amount saved into workplace pensions, according to a report from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Factory workers have made up some lost ground against inflation in their pay this year, official figures show. However, they lost ground to other sectors of the economy
Volume 77, Issue 46, 19 November 2015
Hundreds of suicides and thousands of prescriptions for anti-depressants are directly linked to the government’s Work Capability Assessment, a study by Oxford and Liverpool universities has revealed
In October, the annual rate of inflation — as measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) — was down to 0.7% from 0.8% the previous month.
Adjusted for inflation, full-time average weekly earnings increased, while the gender pay gap closed by a narrow margin in April 2015, according to official figures.
Tim Roache, regional secretary for Yorkshire and North Derbyshire region, has been elected to succeed Paul Kenny as general secretary and treasurer of the GMB general union.
A TUC analysis shows that more than nine in 10 (91%) working tax credit households in the UK will be worse off as a result of the government’s cuts, and sets out the average loss in each part of the UK.
Well over 200,000 jobs were paying less than the statutory minimum wage in April 2015, official figures show.
The GMB general union has published the names of 175 local authority employers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland paying and nine councils committed to pay a Living Wage.
Volume 77, Issue 45, 12 November 2015
The number of unemployed people under the Labour Force Survey count fell by 103,000 to 1.75 million in the three months to September. The unemployment rate was down to 5.3%, the lowest jobless rate since the second quarter of 2008, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The rise in average weekly earnings for the whole economy was provisionally 2.0% in September — down from the revised figure of 3.2% for August — according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Life on many fronts has got worse particular young people and poor white boys, according to the Equality and Human Rights commission (EHRC).
High job demands, stress and job insecurity are among the main reasons why people go to work when they are ill, according to new research by an academic at the University of East Anglia.
Plans to extend Sunday trading in England and Wales have been put on hold by the government in the face of a defeat in the House of Commons.
The Office for National Statistics has introduced a new table in their Labour Market Statistics press release on Average Weekly Earnings — real and nominal — for the whole economy, covering total pay, including bonuses, and regular pay.
Volume 77, Issue 44, 5 November 2015
The Living Wage (LW) outside of London, as promoted by the Living Wage Foundation campaign, is to be increased by 5.1% or 40p an hour to £8.25 an hour from 2 November
The GMB general union has called on the EU to oppose the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) which transfers sovereignty over labour market regulations from elected parliaments to multinationals.
The 33 top executives [listed in the bulletin] laugh in the face of the Living Wage, as they earned at least £1 million a year.
Using agency workers as strike breakers has repercussions for health and safety, the TUC says.
New statutory guidance for public sector procurement to promote fair work has been produced by the Scottish government.
Volume 77, Issue 43, 29 October 2015
The remuneration packages given to 32 executives at 10 companies quoted on the FTSE 350 index feature in the table on page 170. The total remuneration for this group of 32 came to £112.8 million.
Illness accounted for almost two-thirds (64.2%) of the 19.8 million days missed by school-age children in the autumn term last year, but many parents are unsure how to balance their working commitments with looking after their children when they are ill, says the TUC.
The UK economy, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), slowed in the third quarter of the year, preliminary estimates show.
One hundred and forty two people were killed at work, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed in its annual report on health and safety statistics for 2014-15.
New measures to eradicate gender inequality in the work place and remove barriers to women’s success have been announced by prime minister David Cameron.
Northumberland County Council has introduced the Living Wage for its staff across the county.
Volume 77, Issue 42, 22 October 2015
Another tranche of top executives whose remuneration package last year was at least £1 million feature in the table.
Factory output contracted by 0.9% in the three-month period ending August compared with the previous three-month period. That is worse than the 0.4% decrease for the three months ending July.
Blacklisted construction workers are on the verge of securing damages, which could total tens of millions, after unions won an unprecedented admission of guilt from construction companies involved in blacklisting.
Nearly one in four jobs outside of London pay less than the Living Wage — the pay level suggested for an adequate standard of living.
The time has come to put in place regulations requiring the safe, phased and planned removal of all the asbestos that still remains in place across Britain, a cross-party group of MPs says.
Shared Parental Leave and pay will be extended to working grandparents, chancellor George Osborne has announced.
Volume 77, Issue 41, 15 October 2015
Both of the main inflation indicators were down last month, with the consumer price inflation moving into negative territory.
A gay man has lost a legal bid for his husband to be recognised with the same pension rights as a wife would have in a heterosexual relationship.
The number of unemployed people under the Labour Force Survey count decreased by 79,000 to 1.77 million in the three months to August. The unemployment rate was cut to 5.4%, the lowest jobless rate since the second quarter of 2008, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The rise in average weekly earnings for the whole economy was provisionally 3.1% in August down from the revised figure of 3.6% for July, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Social network giant Facebook paid just £4,327 in corporation tax in 2014, its latest UK results show.
Volume 77, Issue 40, 8 October 2015
Employers delivering public services across the country are joining unions in condemning the Conservative government’s Trade Union Bill, the UNISON website reports.
The UK’s current account deficit was £16.8 billion in the April to June 2015 quarter, down from a revised deficit of £24.0 billion in the January to March 2015 quarter. The narrowing of the current account deficit was mainly due to a narrowing in the deficit on the trade account.
An insight into public attitudes towards the gender pay gap and transparent reporting has been revealed in a new report.
The 20p an hour rise in the National Minimum Wage from 1 October was given a guarded welcome by the unions, as any gains made now and with chancellor Osborne’s National Living Wage of £7.20 an hour next April will be hit by cuts to tax credits.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the TUC has issued guidance for union reps, employees, line managers and employers for how best to support colleagues with cancer at work.
Thirty four top executive who received a total remuneration package of at least £1 million feature in this week’s table of executive excess.
Volume 77, Issue 39, 1 October 2015
Company executives continue to enjoy substantial retirement benefits, says the TUC in its latest annualPensionsWatch survey.
The annual list of the top 30 employers for working families has been revealed by the Working Families website during National Working Life Week.
A building firm and two executives have escaped lightly over the death of a building worker.
The gender pay gap stands at 19.1% in the UK in terms of median pay rates for all employees (full-time and part-time), higher than the EU 2014 average of 16.4%.
There are only a few changes to employment law that come into effect on 1 October or sometime during the month.
Supermarket chain Morrisons is the latest retailer to announce a tidy pay rise, following on from the likes of rival Sainsbury’s and IKEA.
The UK economy grew in the second quarter of the year, official figures show.
Volume 77, Issue 38, 24 Septembert 2015
The Law Society has published proposals to improve the employment tribunal structure — for employees, employers, and the administration of justice
Supermarket Lidl has said it will become the first UK supermarket to implement the Living Wage asrecommended by the Living Wage Foundation.
The cap on redundancy pay for public-sectorworkers will be set at £95,000, the government has confirmed.
The economy is expected to grow by 2.6% this year, according to Forecasts for the UK economy, a monthly comparison of independent forecasts collated by the Treasury.
The number of employment tribunals has plummeted over the past three years.
Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has been sentenced for safety breaches discovered duringan investigation into a death of a worker at its Merseyside plant. Its fine was pitiful.
Women are less likely to meet the qualifying criteriafor automatic enrolment into a pension, new research finds.
Pressure to go to work when sick — presenteeism — is a major issue for organisations. More than one in eight (13%) workers would have to be hospitalised and have no other choice before calling in sick, according to Canada Life Group Insurance.
Volume 77, Issue 37, 17 Septembert 2015
As the Tories’ Trade Union Bill had its second reading in parliament, opposition to it is growing.
Unemployment under the Labour Force Survey count edged higher by 10,000 to 1.82 million in the three months to July. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5%.
The rise in average weekly earnings for the whole economy was provisionally 3.7% in July against the revised figure of 2.3% for June, according to the Office for National Statistics.
In August, the annual rate of inflation — as measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) — was up to 1.1% from 1.0% for each of the previous three months.
Volume 77, Issue 36, 10 Septembert 2015
The City of London dominates new figures on pay in banking released by the European regulator.
The number of people on zero-hours contracts has increased to almost three-quarters of a million over the past year, official figures show.
Leading human rights groups have warned that the Trade Union Bill is “a major attack on civil liberties in the UK”.
Factory output contracted by 0.8% in the three month period ending July compared with the previous three-month period; the June decrease was 0.3%.
The old adage of "you never see a poor bookie" is writ large this week in the list of 30 top executives whose remuneration package was £1 million or more last year.
Volume 77, Issue 35, 3 Septembert 2015
The present government’s desire to follow in Margaret Thatcher's footsteps with a sell-off of the family silver” — the nationalised industries — to create a shareholding democracy won't work. In fact, UK plc is majority-owned by the “rest of the world”.
The long-running legal process over the public services union UNISON’s fight for the abolition of tribunal fees continues after the Court of Appeal rejected the union’s case for a judicial review.
The UK economy is growing, but only steadily, the latest official estimates show.
Women earn more than men in their 20s, but then gender pay gap flip flops back in favour of men, a new analysis finds.
Nearly 90 people a month are dying after being declared fit for work, according to new data that has prompted unions and campaigners to call for an overhaul of the government’s welfare regime.
There is retail and restaurant flavour to the latest list of executives whose remuneration packages amounted to over £1 million last year.
Volume 77, Issue 34, 27 August 2015
An independent body appointed by the government which verifies the costs and savings of proposed changes to businesses and civil society has slammed the government’s impact assessments on trade union proposals as “red — not fit for purpose”.
Working 55 hours or more a week is linked to a 33% greater risk of stroke and a more modest (13%) increased risk of developing coronary heart disease compared with working a standard 35 to 40 hour week, according to the largest study in this field so far, led by UCL and published in The Lancet.
The government has outlined a package of plans to increase the number of quality apprenticeships across England.
There seems to be some confusion at the Treasuryover public sector pay rises.
The gender pay divide shows up in the latest tranche of 30 top executives.
Volume 77, Issue 33, 20 August 2015
Executive pay has continued to climb at the expense of ordinary workers, says the High Pay Centre.
In July, the annual rate of inflation — as measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) — was 1.0%, the same rise as for the previous two months.
Rail fares for season tickets and other regulated fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages over the last five years, according to a new analysis by the TUC and the rail unions’ Action for Rail campaign.
Bogus self-employment comes with a cost to the worker and the public purse. As many as 460,000 people could be “bogusly self-employed” meaning workers miss out on holiday pay, the government loses tax revenue and responsible businesses could be undercut, says Citizens Advice.
Two more firms have committed to pay the Living Wage in London or elsewhere.
Volume 77, Issue 32, 13 August 2015
Families are set to face a challenging summer attempting to find childcare as the number of available places across the country drops significantly.
Unemployment rose the second consecutive month, the latest official figures show
Earnings growth was down for a third month in a row, official figures show.
Employers are expecting to hand out average pay rises of 2% in the coming year. Interest rates on hold but rise on horizon
UK interest rates have remained unchanged since March 2009. However, there were indications from Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, of a hike in the rate in 2016.
Volume 77, Issue 31, 6 August 2015
Twenty five top executives whose total remuneration package was £1 million or more last year feature in the table.
In another vindictive attack on unions, the Conservative government has announced its intention to abolish the practice of check-off across all public sector organisations. But it could backfire on them by making unions stronger.
Food producer for the health and social care sector, Apetito UK, has committed to ensuring that all of its 1,100 employees receive the Living Wage or higher from early 2016
Almost half of UK workers (48%) went to work over the last year despite being ill, according to recent research
Night working has grown since the recession, and there are now over three million employees who are regular night workers in the UK, a TUC report says.
Factory output contracted by 0.3% in the second quarter of 2015 compared with the first.
Three new guides on equality have been published by the employment relations service Acas.
Volume 77, Issue 30, 30 July 2015
The Bank of England’s chief economist has said that business investment has been lower than was “desirable” for years and shareholder power was leading to slower growth,
The economy, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), is estimated to have increased by 0.7% in the April-June quarter of 2015 compared with 0.4% growth in the first quarter.
Thousands of new mothers are forced to leave their jobs due to discrimination, new research shows.
Restricting facility time for union representatives in the public sector would be counterproductive and may damage levels of trust between employers and employees and ultimately lower labour productivity, according to new research.
The number of members contributing to their union’s political fund has increased, according to the latest annual report of the union watchdog, the Certification Officer.
The number of members contributing to their union’s political fund has increased, according to the latest annual report of the union watchdog, the Certification Officer.
The number of working days lost to industrial action increased by over three-quarters to over three-quarters of a million, official figures show.
Volume 77, Issue 29, 23 July 2015
The decline in union influence has helped bosses’ pay balloon.
Ikea, the Swedish-owned multinational, has become the first major retailer in the UK to commit to becoming a Living Wage accredited employer.
Existing employment policies are failing to address the biggest challenges facing older workers, according to a new study.
There will be a four-month wait before the full pain is revealed, but chancellor George Osborne has ordered government departments to find an additional £20 billion worth of cuts over the next five years.
Conservative-controlled Bromley council is ratcheting up the pressure on opponents of its privatisation programme by suspending a union rep in a bid to silence critics of its privatisation programme, the Unite general union has claimed.
Volume 77, Issue 28, 16 July 2015
In June, the annual rate of inflation — as measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) — stood at 1.0%, the same rise as for the previous month
Conservative claws have at last been revealed in the publication of the Trade Union Bill. There are no surprises in the attacks on unions and the Labour Party’s finances.
There are worries that the unemployment bubble may have burst as both main counts showed a rise in the latest official figures.
The rise in average weekly earnings for the whole economy was provisionally 2.6% in May against the revised rise of 2.7% in April, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Volume 77, Issue 27, 9 July 2015
Chancellor George Osborne has delivered his seventh Budget, the first for a majority Conservative government since November 1996. He said his Budget offered the country a “new contract”, but the unions called it a “con trick”.
Britain’s trading position with the rest of the world improved slightly in the first quarter of the year, official figures show.
Recent child poverty statistics showed that 2.3 million children are still living in relative poverty and half a million more are living in absolute poverty than in 2010.
The government’s tax-free childcare scheme has been given the go-ahead, following a Supreme Court judgment. However, the scheme which was due to introduced this autumn and then next year will now be delayed until 2017.
The economy grew more than previously thought in the first quarter of the year.
There was no increase in manufacturing output in the most recent three months, official figures show.
London is outperforming other parts of the UK in economic and jobs growth, while the economic recovery is weakest in the North West and Northern Ireland, a TUC study shows.
Volume 77, Issue 26, 2 July 2015
The gap between the income of many families and the cost of a decent standard of living is still much wider than before the recession, the poverty campaign group, the Joseph Rowntree Foundations (JRF), says in its 2015 report on the Minimum Income Standard.
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has formally become an affiliate to the TUC. It is the first Royal College to be a member of the TUC.
Pregnant employees are entitled to reasonable time off with pay for antenatal care made on the advice of a registered medical practitioner, says guidance from the employment relations service Acas.
A series of occupational safety and health education toolkits for teachers, aimed at introducing health and safety topics to primary school children are now available.
Promoting a culture that improves the health and wellbeing of employees is good management and leads to healthy and productive workplaces, says the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Workplace pension schemes are now seen as the safest way to save for retirement, according to the latest research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The government’s decision to freeze Child Benefit until 2018 will cost households who claim the benefit more than £2,000 by the next election — regardless of any further cuts still to be announced in the Budget — a TUC report reveals.
With thermometers set to hit 30°C in the South East, and the mid to high 20°Cs in other parts of England and Wales, the TUC is calling on employers to temporarily relax workplace dress codes to help their staff work through the heatwave as comfortably as possible.
Volume 77, Issue 25, 25 June 2015
The total deficit of the defined benefit schemes of the top 250 FTSE companies has grown by £5 billion in a year. The total deficit in these DB pension schemes at 31 December 2014 is estimated to be £12 billion, a deterioration of £5 billion from the figure 12 months earlier, according to JLT Employee Benefits.
In a discussion on the post-election labour market, John Cridland, director-general of the CBI employers’ body, suggested that. while the economic recovery has been rich in jobs. a rise in wages has been delayed.
Southampton Solent University has made a commitment that the university’s main contractors will pay the Living Wage, so as to ensure that nobody working on campus is paid below it.
UK productivity levels continue to lag behind our competitors and have led to much talk of the "productivity puzzle".
Total UK public sector employment has fallen to its lowest level since the official figures began tobe collated in 1999.
29 executives earned a total of £65.41 million last year — an average remuneration package of £2.26 million.
Volume 77, Issue 24, 18 June 2015
The lowest-paid workers in school kitchens across the north London borough of Camden will be paid an extra £2.55 an hour, following a successful campaign led by the public service union UNISON.
Living standards for some will have seen an improvement as average earnings growth has recently outstripped the rise in retail inflation.
Inflation rebounded last month. In May, the annual rate of inflation — as measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) — stood at 1.0% against a rise of 0.9% the previous month, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Unemployment has continued to fall in the spring months, official figures show.
A slump in tribunal claims was revealed in Ministry of Justice figures as the government announced there would be a review of the impact of employment tribunal fees.
Volume 77, Issue 23, 11 June 2015
The number of organisations that are accredited as Living Wage employers has reached a milestone.
The basic statutory rights that employers must provide to intended parents who are having a child through a surrogacy arrangement are explained in a useful new TUC booklet.
Manufacturing output and the overall output of production industries increased in the most recent three months, official figures show.
Blacklisted workers have rejected a “derisory” compensation offer from panicked building bosses trying to keep a lid on the burgeoning scandal as it goes through the courts.
As a part of its continuing efforts to help branches and regions fight facility time cuts — and cope following a cut — the public service union UNISON has published a revised guide to facility time, with substantial additions.
Seventeen former and serving cabin crew are planning legal action against British airlines saying they have been poisoned by contaminated cabin air.
There has been little recognition in the boardroom of the need for pay restraint, unlike other areas of working life.
Volume 77, Issue 22, 4 June 2015
Merger and acquisitions (M&A) activity involving UK companies remains at an historically low level, official figures show.
The gap between the hourly earnings of union members and non-union members — the union premium — widened in 2014, official figures show.
The economy did grow in the first quarter of the year as estimated earlier, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
Prescribed persons and bodies to who (sic) individuals can make a protected disclosure have been listed in an official document.
Office workers should be on their feet for up to four hours a day to curb the health risks of too much cumulative sitting time.
Volume 77, Issue 21, 28 May 2015
Almost a third of the UK population experienced income poverty in at least one year between 2010 and 2013, official figures show.
Workers who are union members are much more likely to receive job-related training compared to workers who don’t belong to a union, a new report reveals.
More than two out five university and college lecturers on casual contracts, such as zero-hours contracts, have struggled to pay household bills.
The health and safety watchdog has launched nearly 300 investigations at schools in the past three years, according to the Schools Week website.
The government has finally outlawed the use of exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts from 26 May. But unions are unimpressed.
The growth in weekly earnings in 2014 was the lowest reported for 17 years, according to an analysis from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
Volume 77, Issue 20, 21 May 2015
In April, the annual rate of inflation — as measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) — was unchanged at 0.9%, according to the Office for National Statistics. RPI inflation remains at its lowest rate since November 2009 when inflation was 0.3%.
Figures from the Carers UK and Age UK charities show the number of carers aged 85 and over in England has risen by a staggering 128% in 10 years to over 87,000.
There should be wide-ranging reforms to performance- related executive pay, a report from the High Pay Centre says.
The Crown Estate has become the first national property business and landowner to achieve accreditation as a Living Wage employer.
The future of the Co-operative Group’s membership of the Co-operative Party has been secured after a vote at the group’s AGM in Manchester.
The Conservatives received around £140,000 more in donations than the Labour Party in the run-up to general election day.
Volume 77, Issue 19, 14 May 2015
The 2015 general election saw the Conservative Party confound the opinion polls by winning power with an overall majority of 12 seats.
Average weekly earnings growth picked up in March, but only as a result of City bonuses, official figures show.
The fall in unemployment has continued in the early months of 2015, but at a slower rate than last month, the latest official figures show.
Manufacturing output appears to be faltering in the early months of 2015, official figures suggest.
The new business secretary Sajid Javid has promised “significant changes” to strike laws in the Queen’s Speech, which will take place later this month.
Volume 77, Issue 18, 7 May 2015
Economic growth has slumped to its weakest level since the final quarter of 2012, according to the Office for National Statistics.
A union rep blacklisted after complaining about anti-Liverpool jibes on his manager’s Facebook page said he was proud to stand up for Scousers after winning a tribunal for unfair dismissal.
Forty top executives feature in the latest table of directorswho picked up at least £1 million last year
Three-quarters of women felt workplaces were still too inflexible for them to return to after they had taken an extended career break, to have children for example, a study has found.
Workers in Scottish airport group HIAL’s security company AMSL have voted to accept a management offer to harmonise their terms and conditions over the next 20 months following a six-year battle for equality.
Attending meetings at the workplace in the capacity of a union or health and safety rep is working time for the purposes of the Working Time Regulations, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled.
Volume 77, Issue 17, 30 April 2015
There is no let-up in the largesse handed out to executives in UK’s top boardrooms.
Help for union reps in supporting members with epilepsy is available in a new TUC guide.
Media owner Richard Desmond has handed over a £1 million donation to the United Kingdom Independence Party’s election fund, but can’t find the money to give his newspaper staff a pay rise.
Organisations that can afford to pay the Living Wage should do so, according to research by Nationwide Building Society.
Anne Douglas, national secretary at the union for professionals, Prospect, is to co-chair a new independent group tasked with promoting a fairer workplace, the Scottish government has announced.
The right to adoption leave is now a "day one right", so employees will not need to have a qualifying period of service.
Industrial action by four unions is expected to take place on the eve of the general election — 6 May — over Tata Steel’s pension closure proposal.
Volume 77, Issue 16, 23 April 2015
Under the Labour Force Survey (LFS) count, unemployment fell by 76,000 to 1.84 million in the three months period December to February compared with the previous three-month’s total of 1.91 millionbetween September to November.
A new employment law that enables Sikhs to wear turbans in all workplaces has come into force.
Dave Ward, the deputy general secretary (postal) will replace the incumbent, Billy Hayes, from the1 June for a five-year period.
In February, earnings growth for the whole economy was provisionally just 1.3% against the revised 1.4% rise in January, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Over the past four years black and Asian workers have been disproportionately affected by the rise in casual work, according to a new report from the TUC.
A landmark ruling as to what constitutes public interest in whistleblowing cases has been given by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).
Official figures show that in April 2010, the month before the last general election, average weekly earnings were £448 and by February 2015 had risen to £485 — a increase of 8.3%.
Volume 77, Issue 15, 16 April 2015
The Conservative Party's election manifesto promises more attacks on trade union rights.
Low pay and employment inequalities among ethnic minority employees and the role of occupational choices is the focus of a new study from the anti-poverty campaigners, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Manufacturing output appears to be faltering in the early months of 2015, official figures suggest
Long hours, staff shortages and the mental demands of the job are placing an enormous burden on ambulanceworkers, according to a new survey.
Cheaper clothing contributed to be the slowdown in the rate of inflation, official figures show.
Individuals over the age of 55 now have access to their defined contribution (DC) pension savings in full.
Volume 77, Issue 14, 9 April 2015
The ability to take shared parental leave is the main changes in employment law sphere coming into effect this April. Aside from an initial two weeks of maternity leave for the mother, up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay can be shared between parents.
The UK government’s workplace compensation scheme covers only a tiny proportion of those made ill by their work and needs urgent reform, a new study has warned.
The Conservative Party’s claim that under Labour there would be a tax rise for every working household has been slated by the respected think tank, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
Two recent successes in the south west on the Living Wage have been announced by the public services union UNISON.
Two of the business leaders who signed a letter supporting the Conservative's economic strategy are from companies named and shamed by the coalition government for not paying one or more workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW
Britain’s trading position with the rest of the world continued breaking records for the wrong reasons in 2014, official figure show.
Thirty executives who received £1 million a year in total remuneration last year feature in the table.
Volume 77, Issue 13, 2 April 2015
The economy grew at a faster pace than initially estimated, revised official figures for 2014 show.
The public service union UNISON has been granted permission by the Court of Appeal to go ahead with appeals against the decisions of the High Court refusing its two Judicial Review applications challenging the lawfulness of employment tribunal fees.
There should be a public inquiry into blacklisting, the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee says in its final report on the subject.
Staff on zero-hour contracts at Co-op Funeralcare are to be offered new contracts, with guaranteed hours and improved terms and conditions, following a ground-breaking agreement with the retail union Usdaw.
The royal family faces industrial action short of a strike by low paid staff in Windsor Castle as the PCS public and commercial services union opens a ballot over allowances.
Workers have been experiencing a significant increase in stress, which in some cases has led to mental ill health, as a result of the impact of austerity on their work and home lives, a new report from the TUC says.
Volume 77, Issue 12, 26 March 2015
Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise, the Conservative peer and chief executive of retail chain Next, has called the Living Wage “irrelevant” and an “invention” that will reduce employment opportunities.
Cheaper food and price movements in furniture and furnishings contributed to be the slowdown in the rate of inflation, official figures show.
The electronic cigarette is in and the satnav is out in the opinion of the Office for National Statistics
An analysis by the employment relations service Acas of calls to its telephone helpline on the issues most affecting agency workers, to gauge the impact of the 2010 Agency Worker Regulations on this employment relationship is called Three sides to every story: the impact of the Agency Worker Regulations.
The wealthiest 10% of households in Scotland own nearly half the country’s wealth, according to a new report.
The Metropolitan Police don’t appear to like having their dirty secrets exposed, as they have arrested blacklist campaigner and author Dave Smith on trumped up charges of obstruction as he was taking part in a peaceful demonstration against Crossrail.
Growth in take-home pay slowed in February, according to the payments processor VocaLInk.
Volume 77, Issue 11, 19 March 2015
The economy grew by 2.6% in 2014, chancellor George Osborne said in his final Budget before the May election.
Under the Labour Force Survey (LFS) count, unemployment fell by 102,000 to 1.86 million in the three-month period ending January from the previous three-month’s total of 1.96 million
A former undercover policeman has revealed that his spying activities stretched to other unions outside the construction industry.
Average weekly earnings growth appears to have started the year from a low point, given the predictions that workers’ living standards will improve during 2015.
Some eight months late, the government’s review of the management of asbestos in schools has finally been published. The Asbestos in Schools (AiS) campaign said it was “a positive step forward” and makes a number of constructive proposals and concessions that the government had not previously made.
Volume 77, Issue 10, 12 March 2015
The UK had the sixth widest gender pay gap across the 28 European Union (EU) member states in 2013.
Manufacturing output increased at the start of 2014, but is still below its first quarter of 2008 peak, official figures show.
Nine in 10 emergency services staff and volunteers surveyed have experienced stress, low mood and poor mental health at some point while working for the emergency services, the mental health charity Mind has found.
Vice-chancellors of UK universities earn over £260,000 on average and are spending thousands on luxury flights and hotel accommodation, according to figures compiled by the university and college lecturers’ union UCU.
Over a quarter of the governing members of the Tory designed NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), which have responsibility for a budget of £65 billion, have links to a private company involved in healthcare.
In 2014, merger and acquisition activity involving UK companies fell to lower levels than experienced during the depth of the 2008-09 economic downturn and was at its lowest level since 1987, when ONS first published overall merger and acquisition data.
Around half of the net growth in female employment in 2014 came from women moving in to lower-paid part-time jobs, according to a TUC analysis.
Volume 77, Issue 9, 5 March 2015
The UK economy grew by 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to official figures.
Migrant workers have brought various benefits to UK employers that have led to productivity boosts and company expansion, new research has found.
The number of young people who were not in education, employment or training increased in the final quarter of 2014.
The latest estimate of the number of people whoare employed on zero-hours contracts in their main employment, from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), which is a survey of individuals in households, is 697,000 for October to December 2014, representing 2.3% of people in employment.
General low pay across the care sector and tight budget constraints facing care providers means that paying a Living Wage to all UK care workers cannot realistically be achieved without additional public funding, a new study from the Resolution Foundation think tank has found.
Business leaders from across the UK say excessive pay for those at the top is the biggest threat to the reputation of business, according to research from the High Pay Centre.
The outsourcing of public services provision to private contractors has a detrimental impact on the workforce and a knock-on effect on the quality of care provided.
Volume 77, Issue 8, 26 February 2015
Half the jobs in some parts of Britain are paying less than the Living Wage, the TUC said at the start of the second week of the TUC’s Fair Pay Fortnight.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has admitted health and safety breaches in connection with the death of an Edinburgh firefighter. Ewan Williamson died in July 2009 after becoming trapped while tackling a blaze in Scotland’s capital.
Conservative Party headquarters received almost two and a half times the sum the Labour Party received at its HQ in 2014, according to a Fact Service analysis. Payments in kind and donations to constituency parties are not included in the analysis.
The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has recommended a 3% increase in the National Minimum Wage.
The slowdown in the growth in manufacturing output continued into December.
Volume 77, Issue 7, 19 February 2015
The limit for a week’s pay when calculating compensation for basic unfair dismissal will increase to £475 from 6 April.
The lack of earnings growth means the coalition government is collecting £33.4 billion less in income tax and national insurance than official forecasts suggested.
Higher City bonuses distorted the average weekly earnings figures at the end of 2014.
Under the Labour Force Survey (LFS) count, unemployment fell by 97,000 to 1.86 million in the threemonth period ending December from the previous three-month’s total of 1.96 million.
Cheaper petrol and food continue to be the main contributors to the slowdown in the rate of inflation.
Volume 77, Issue 6, 12 February 2015
The huge growth in the remuneration packages of top executives shows no sign of abating.
One of the Big Four accountancy firms is promoting corporate tax avoidance on an “industrial scale”, and the tax industry needs more stringent government regulation, according to the House of Common's Public Accounts Committee.
Top retailer Sports Direct is facing a claim for millions of pounds from nearly 300 workers who were excluded from the retailer’s bonus scheme because they were on zero-hour contracts.
Retail union Usdaw has expressed its disappointment over a ruling in the European courts that represents a setback to shop workers fighting for compensation.
Volume 77, Issue 5, 5 February 2015
The coalition government’s austerity measures have led to a reduced commitment on the part of public sector workers towards their organisation, new research has found.
The escalating cost of caring for the elderly means councils will have to divert £1.1 billion from services like fixing potholes and running libraries and museums from April, new analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) shows.
More than a third of disabled jobseekers have been discriminated against during the recruitment process, according to research commissioned by the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI).
Female employees, older workers and low-paid staff have seen smaller real wage falls than male employees, younger workers and those on higher pay, according to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
Growth in the UK economy slowed down at the end of last year, the first estimates show.
The cold weather death toll this winter is expected to be the highest for 15 years.
Volume 77, Issue 4, 29 January 2015
Unscrupulous employers have been known to take advantage of the fact that migrant workers are often unaware of their employment rights. A new online guide to help combat this exploitation so that everyone is treated fairly has been launched by the TUC.
The 4,000-strong ceramics union Unity has voted overwhelmingly to merge with the GMB general union. The members voted by 93% in favour of transferring engagements to the UK’s third largest union.
A Work Foundation report has called on the government to support measures to increase the flexibility of sickness absence policies, to allow employees with fluctuating health conditions to pre-emptively arrange part-time sick leave.
The outlook for 2015 is looking slightly better now than it was in December 2014, according to the latest forecasts from City and independent forecasters collated by the Treasury.
In the last twelve months on average 241 shop staff are assaulted every day, according to the retail and distribution workers’ union Usdaw.
Twenty-five highly paid executives feature in Fact Service’s first pay table of 2015.
A call for an improved official earnings measure that captures all workers and not just employees has been made by the left-of centre think tank, the Resolution Foundation.
Volume 77, Issue 3, 22 January 2015
Schools across Scotland are now serving up free school meals to every Primary 1-3 pupil, following the Scottish government’s expanded free schools meals policy coming into effect on 5 January.
Under the Labour Force Survey (LFS) count, unemployment fell by 58,000 to 1.91 million in the threemonth period September to November from the previous three-month’s total of 1.97 million.
In November, earnings growth for the whole economy was 1.8% down from the revised figure of 2.0% for October, according to the Office for National Statistics. However, the retail price inflation (RPI) rate in November was 2.0% so workers’ living standards continue to be hit.
Travel disruption can affect an employee’s ability to get to work on time or in some cases at all, the employment relations service Acas says. For situations from public transport cancellations to severe weather, employers and employees should consider how this could impact on the workforce
A growing funding crisis in local government is threatening the future of local public services in England, according to a new analysis by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES).
Volume 77, Issue 2, 15 January 2015
Enforcement of the National Minimum Wage must be continuously improved in order to combat those employers who are actively trying to find ways not to pay their workers properly ...
Factory output in the three months to November was up by 0.4% on the previous three-month period compared with a 0.5% increase in the three months to October.
Circle Holdings, which operates Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire, said its franchise was “no longer viable under current terms”.
In December, the annual rate of inflation — as measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) — was down to 1.6% from 2.0% the previous month ...
Supermarket giant Tesco has confirmed plans to close its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme and to introduce a flexible benefits package for store workers to help the employer reduce annual costs of up to £250 million.
The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) should be abandoned as the UK’s main measure of inflation, according to a new report. More importantly for trade union negotiators, the report recommends that the Retail Prices Index (RPI) should be abandoned as soon as possible.
Volume 77, Issue 1, 8 January 2015
People are being put off holding unfair employers to account by too-high fees and a lack of awareness about support, Citizens Advice has found
The business-friendly coalition government has introduced legislation to reduce potential costs to employers following the recent court decision on holiday pay.
The economy is expected to pick up in 2015, according to the latest forecasts collated by the Treasury.
By the end of Tuesday, 6 January, Britain’s top bosses had made more money in 2015 than the average UK worker earns in an entire year, according to calculations by the High Pay Centre think tank.
In the third quarter of 2014, Britain’s trading position with the rest of world deteriorated with the UK’s current account deficit widening to £27.0 billion from £24.3 billion in the second quarter.
The explosion in the use of umbrella companies is undermining the implementation of the government’s auto-enrolment scheme, the construction workers’ union UCATT has warned.
Commuters on the UK’s privatised railways could be spending more than twice as much of their salary on rail travel as passengers on publicly-owned railways in France, Germany, Spain and Italy, rail campaigners have warned.
Volume 76, Issue 50, 18 December 2014
Under the Labour Force Survey (LFS) count, unemployment fell by 63,000 to 1.96 million in the three month period August to October from the previous period’s total of 2.02 million. However, the fall was the slowest for a year.
Earnings growth staged a small recovery, but still lags behind inflation, latest official figures show.
The retail inflation rate was at its lowest level for five years, official figures show.
The government’s Fit for Work service was launched on 15 December with the advice aspect coming on stream. In England and Wales the service is being run by a private contractor Health Management, while the Fit Work Scotland service is run by the Scottish government.
The public service union UNISON has been granted permission to appeal the High Court’s decision to turn down the union’s second Judicial Review application over the government’s decision to introduce employment tribunal fees.
Volume 76, Issue 49, 11 December 2014
Spending cuts on a “colossal scale” are being made in a bid to get the public finances into balance by 2018-19, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said.
Spending cuts on a “colossal scale” are being made in a bid to get the public finances into balance by 2018-19, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said.
The increased use of zero-hours contracts and agency workers by employers is preventing young people from obtaining permanent jobs, according to the TUC.
An income squeeze, benefit delays and excessive utility bills are blamed by a cross-party group of MPs for a huge rise in the use of food banks.
Latest official figures show manufacturing output expanded at the start of autumn.
Reducing income inequality would boost economic growth, according to an OECD analysis. The think tank finds that countries where income inequality is decreasing grow faster than those with rising inequality.
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The Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 came into force on 1 December 2014 and apply in respect of babies expected to be born on or after5 April 2015.
Annual business expenditure on research and development (R&D) in the UK showed a recovery in 2013 after the blip of a fall in 2012, according to official figures.
The economy will grow more than expected at the time of the March Budget, but there is more austerity to come, according to chancellor George Osborne as he made his last Autumn Statement before the 2015 general election.
Mergers and takeover activity involving UK companies has remained at the low levels experienced since the 2008-09 recession, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.
Even though the law was changed 40 years ago to protect pregnant women from ill-treatment at work, the attitudes of many employers are still stuck in the 1970s — with the sacking, bullying and sidelining of expectant mothers commonplace, a TUC report alleges.
Two unions — UNISON and Unite — have signed a recognition agreement with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
Volume 76, Issue 47, 27 November 2014
There has been no change in the official estimate of how the economy fared in the third quarter of the year.
Plummeting wages under the Tory-led government have been even greater than reported due to major flaws in the government’s preferred method of calculating inflation, according to new research.
Urgent action must be taken to improve skill levels and how they are developed in order to boost productivity, wages and social mobility, according to a report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, supported by the CBI and the TUC.
Full-time average weekly earnings fell in real terms but the gender pay gap narrowed in April 2014, according to official figures.
Full-time average weekly earnings fell in real terms but the gender pay gap narrowed in April 2014, according to official figures.
There were almost a quarter of a million jobs paying less than the legal minimum wage in April 2014, official figures show.
An agreement has been reached between the Unite general union and the petrochemical company Ineos at its Grangemouth plant, allowing the union continued direct access to recruit new starters at the complex.
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Unemployment fell by 115,000, the latest official figures show.
Earnings growth staged a small recovery, the latest official figures show.
The retail inflation rate was unchanged over the past two months, official figures show.
Scotland Yard has been accused of seeking to cover up its involvement in the blacklisting of more than 3,200 construction workers following the emergence of minutes of a meeting between a senior officer in its anti-extremism unit and the organisation running the list.
More than 70 MPs in the coalition government have links to private healthcare interests, according to the Unite general union.
Volume 76, Issue 45, 13 November 2014
Working an irregular shift pattern may be causing long-term damage to people’s memory and mental abilities, new research has shown.
Members of the Unite general union have won a victory over the disclosure of information for the purpose of collective bargaining to a recognised trade union.
EU migrants pay in more to the UK than they take out, according to a new study.
New guidance on managing bereavement at work has recently been published by the employment relations service Acas.
Thousands of construction workers are seeing cuts in their pay as a result of being forced to operate via umbrella companies, according to a report from the construction workers’ union UCATT.
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Pay settlements show little movement
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New courses for members and stewards.
Inflation leaps to 3.2%
More regulation of gig economy needed
Appalling risk of suicides in construction
Fat cats — the great pay divide
Racist abuse after Brexit vote
Lack of diversity at top in Wales
Papers for the meeting on Monday 3 April.
Meeting on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 4.30pm.
Nottinghamshire Police have taken the bold step to identify misogyny as a hate crime and Northern UNSION are keen for this to be replicated in our region. The aim of the event is to identify how we can move the issue forward across the region with all three Police and Crime Commissioners.
Swings and scooters of inflation basket
No real improvement in weekly earnings
Cosmetic improvement with Living Wage
Zero-hours contracts at record high
Unemployment falls below 1.6 million
Agenda and annual report.
Economic forecasts in Hammond's Budget
Mixed fortunes in ethnic women's pay gap data
Company merger and acquisitions in 2016
Numbers on zero-hours contracts at a high
GMB take on DX delivery firm
Former chancellor's nice big earner
Charter to stop violence at work
Saturday 25 March. Hear grassroots, union and guest speakers and watch the Reel News film showing the Durham Teaching Assistants’ story.
Saturday 25 March, to plan UNISON LGBT activities for the year ahead.
A joint training session for trade union and community activists on how to organise to defeat the politics of division. 18 March 2017.
March calendar of events and activities.
Trade Union Act regs come into force
Gender pension gap leaves women short
Violence at work — the nasty truth
Bookseller's £7m salary
Money purchase pension are norm
British Gas denied appeal in Lock case
Government fails in ethnicity review
Papers for the meeting on Monday 6 March.
Papers for the retired members' meeting on 17 March.
Winners in February.
Morning seminar and afternoon remembrance service in Hartlepool on Friday 28 April 2017. There is also an Eve of WMD ‘Gig’ on Thursday 27 April.
Government green paper on pensions
A 'Stern diet' for fat cat directors' pay
Employers — don't miss out on talent
Argos repays £2.4 million to 37,000 staff
Economic growth revised upwards
Work fears of disabled people revealed
Migrants have helped make Britain. It’s time to celebrate us
NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association
Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care
London transport spending equivalent to £1,500 more per head than North East
Minimum wage cheats named and shamed
Inflation hits three-year high
Unemployment at 11-year low
Inflation erodes growth in weekly earnings
Migrants are always the scapegoats. But now they’re taking on Ukip’s lies
I, Daniel Blake is a realistic depiction of life on benefits. Isn’t it?
English social care system for elderly facing 'complete collapse'
North East peers want law to make Government investigate impact of Brexit on region
North East recruitment drive revealed as jobless total in region rises
UK employment growth driven by foreign nationals, figures show
The NHS needs a rethink. Its priorities no longer make sense
Top Labour politicians come to 'UKIP area' Sunderland for Brexit debates and festival
Rothbury Community Hospital inpatient ward closure public meeting this week
Shopping will cost you more as prices rise, but is Brexit to blame?
Campaigners calling for u-turn over Post Office move
UK labour shortages reported as EU worker numbers fall
Britons living in the EU face Brexit backlash, leaked paper warns
Then the Daily Mail came for Gary Lineker, and we said: ‘Enough!’
Brexit survey revealed: What you would do if given second shot at EU referendum
Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC
There will be a shameful betrayal of the Brexit low-paid
Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire
NHS 'pays £7.5m a year for 20 most expensive agency doctors'
Drive to bring health and social care together is a well-intentioned mess
Sunderland, 19/20 May 2017.
Sign Language (BSL) Introduction, 2 March 2017
Dementia Workshop, 30 March 2017
Regional Education Calendar 2017
A&E in England had worst delays ever in January, leak suggests
Why was Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes the star of Prime Minister's questions?
Number of patients stuck in hospital 'far higher than NHS data shows'
It's time corporate tax dodgers started losing lucrative council contracts
More council housing needed in the North East - government report reveals
Council tax, youth funding and bins: 6 things to look out for from Sunderland budget meeting
TyneMet and South Tyneside colleges merger: What it means for jobs, campuses and its new name?
Review of tribunal fees finally published
Plan to tackle abusive hiring practices
Insecure work on rise
Twenty eight directors share £68.37 million
A list of affiliations and donations that the branch committee has approved since January 2015.
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report
NHS ID scheme could deter eligible patients, say MPs
Councils may cut social care provision due to underfunding, LGA says
Nursery schools: ‘What society gives children less chance than their parents?’
Council tax rise planned for Northumberland residents as authority faces £36m cuts
'Trump can't hack Trebs' - the best signs from Newcastle anti-Trump demonstration
Racism at work
Economy grows but there's a shortfall
Advice on gender pay gap from Acas
Tories offer no solution on discrimination
Eight assaults a day in Welsh schools
A quarterly periodical updating branch reps on employment law.
Winners in January.
Northern Region Young Members AGM
UNISON Northern Region Black Members Forum AGM 2017.
Discounted car insurance for UNISON members.
In Newcastle on Saturday 4 February.
Papers for the meeting on 6 February.
Death by a thousand fire service cuts
Guidance on stress
Modern-day slave traders jailed
Fees let bad bosses get off scot free
Top-ranked inclusive employers 2017
Get tough on pay, says pension funds
Agenda and nomination form for the mmeting on 4 February.
Annual Meeting of the Regional Disabled Members Self Organised Group on Tuesday 31 January 2017.
Mental Health Awareness Workshop on Thursday 16 February.
Wales to ditch parts of 2016 Trade Union Act
Inflation rates at highest since 2014
Retail inflation eating into earnings growth
UK unemployment at nine-year low
Public sector pay poised to fall by thousands in real terms, TUC says
May’s promise on workers’ rights is hollow if she doesn’t get a deal
NHS crisis: the one act of self-sacrifice that could rescue our health service
Politicians have ignored the working class for too long
World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%
Crisis, what NHS crisis? Theresa May must stop this denial
Welsh government tables bill to overturn Trade Union Act
UNISON have now been allocated two spots on the 16 January to have guided tours around the Anne Frank exhibition.
Courier's tribunal win against CitySprint
TUC warns over Brexit threat to workers' rights
Lame excuses for not paying minimum wage
High street store fined over safety
Manufacturing output edges higher
Child poverty briefing
Winners in December.
Consultation on political fund review: December-January
We are having our first Reading Ahead launch at Welford Learning Zone on 11 January between 10am and 11am.
Book now to secure your place on one of the courses for Reps at Newcastle College starting in January 2017.
UNISON courses in 2017. These courses are free and open to all members unless otherwise stated.
'Precarious pay penalty' of zero-hours staff
Plans for a Universal Basic Income
2017 — economic forecasts for year
'Fat Cat Wednesday' has been and gone
Northern Ireland to reveal political gifts
UK's deficit in trade in goods gets ever worse
UK economic growth revised upwards