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					October 2010

 NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE RATE ANNOUNCED

 The national minimum wage for workers aged 21 and over has increased from £5.80
 to £5.93 an hour. The age at which workers qualify for the main rate has been
 reduced from 22 to 21.

 Workers aged between 16 and 17 will see their minimum rate increased from £3.57
 to £3.64, whilst a new rate of £2.50 an hour is introduced for apprentices.

 The “development rate” for workers between 18 and 20 rises from £4.83 to £4.92.
 All these changes take effect from 1st October 2010. A summary of the new rates is
 below.

          £5.93 - the main rate for workers aged 21 and over
          £4.92 - the 18-20 rate
          £3.64 - the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18
          £2.50 - the apprentice rate, for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in
           the first year of their apprenticeship
 The National Minimum Wage rates are the subject of an annual review by the Low
 Pay Commission.



 WORKERS PRIORITISE PROTECTION AGAINST UNFAIR TREATMENT

 A study carried out by Unions 21 has found that “protecting workers against unfair
 treatment” is what workers believe should be unions’ top priority. As the table of
 results below shows, Protecting workers against unfair treatment, Ensuring good
 pension provision and Setting pay, benefits and bonuses also rate very highly.

                                       Very      Quite     Not very Not at all
                                       important important important important
     Protecting workers against           77          19           3           1
     unfair treatment
     Protecting existing jobs             65          27           6           2
     Ensuring good pension
                                          64          28           4           3
     provision
     Setting pay, benefits and
                                          61          30           6           2
     bonuses
     Promoting equal opportunities
     for women and ethnic                 49          33          12           6
     minorities
     Obtaining information about          43          44          10           3
     management plans

                    Bargaining Support Group e-mail: bsg@unison.co.uk
                    Bargaining Zone: www.unison.org.uk/bargaining
 Working with management to              37          44          14           5
 improve quality/productivity
 Making work interesting and             21          32          36          10
 enjoyable


The survey, “Beyond the General Election, The Future for Unions, included workers
across all sectors of the economy and was carried out online by YouGov.

It also found that half of all workers with a union in their workplace say that
protecting equal opportunities is very important.

Union members are more likely than non-members to think it important to obtain
information about management plans. Workers in the private sector are less likely
than the average to think that this is important.

To see the full results of the survey click here:
http://www.unions21.org.uk/publications


UNISON EVIDENCE ON FAIR PAY

Will Hutton is leading an independent review of Fair Pay in the Public Sector,
commissioned by the Coalition government. The review is considering the
government’s proposal that top salaries in the public sector be no more than 20
times those of the lowest paid.

UNISON’s submission to the Review argues that fairness in public service pay
cannot be defined simply in relation to a top-to-bottom ratio. What is needed is a
thorough consideration of how fairness should be secured for all members of the
workforce at all levels of the pay scale, with special attention to the gender pay gap
and the need to set minimum pay rates at a level that ensure workers a living wage.

UNISON’s argues that the issue of fairness in public service pay should not be
treated in isolation from this wider problem of income inequality in society as a
whole.

Evidence drawn from UNISON member surveys revealed that a significant
proportion of respondents across all UNISON sectors say that their pay and/or
grading does not adequately reflect the value of the work they do. UNISON
members consistently say that pay is an indicator of how they are valued, which in
turn has a profound effect the loyalty and trust they feel towards the organisation for
which they work.

UNISON’s submission and supplementary evidence to the Hutton Review of Fair
Pay in the Public services can be found at:
http://www.unison.org.uk/file/UNISON%20submission%20to%20Hutton%20Review
%20of%20Fair%20Pay%20in%20the%20Public%20Sector%20and%20supplement
ary%20evidence.doc


GUIDANCE ON VOLUNTEERING FOR THE OLYMPICS

                 Bargaining Support Group e-mail: bsg@unison.co.uk
                 Bargaining Zone: www.unison.org.uk/bargaining
XpertHR has produced guidance for employers on how to deal with employee
requests for time off to volunteer for the 2012 Olympic or Paralympic games. The
guidance suggests that there are positive reasons for employers to allow staff time
off, including the benefit to the community; development of new skills and improved
morale, physical health and experience outside of work.

Options are provided to ensure that staff can take time off with pay, where possible,
including carry over and banking of holidays and special paid time off carry out work
on the Olympics/Paralympics.


POSITIVELY PUBLIC BRIEFING

This month’s Positively Public Briefing is out now. To view the latest edition click on
the link below.
http://www.unison.org.uk/PositivelyPublic/ppbriefing.asp


INFLATION

In the year to August, RPI annual inflation was 4.7 %, down from 4.8 % in July. The
main upward pressures on inflation came from air transport, and food (particularly
bread, cereals and vegetables)

IRS's panel of expert economic commentators expect RPI inflation to drop from
4.7% in the third quarter of 2010 to 4.1% in the final quarter, lowering further in the
first half of 2011, averaging 3.8% over the first quarter and 3.5% over the second
quarter of the year.

CPI annual inflation – the Government’s target measure – was 3.1 % in August,
unchanged from July.

To find out more about RPI inflation take a look at UNISON’s RPI factsheet at:
http://www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/B262.pdf



AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS AND LATEST PAY SETTLEMENTS

Average earnings growth including bonuses increases in the year to July 2010, from
the June rate of 1.1 % to 1.5 % in July 2010. Growth in average earnings excluding
bonuses (regular pay) also increased from the June 2010 rate of 1.6 % to
1.8 % in July 2010.

In the year to July pay growth (including bonuses) in the private sector stood at 1.2
% compared with 2.7 % in the public sector. Excluding bonus payments, growth in
the private sector stood at 1.3 % compared with 2.8 % in the public sector.

For further explanation of the current disparity between public and private sector
pay, see this factsheet:
http://www.unison.org.uk/file/Public%20private%20sector%20pay%20arguments.do
c
                  Bargaining Support Group e-mail: bsg@unison.co.uk
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 The XpertHR measure of pay awards - the midpoint in the range of basic pay deals -
 stands at 1% in the three months to 31 August 2010, down on the revised figure for
 the three months to the end of July, according to the latest provisional analysis.


 UNEMPLOYMENT

 The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (the claimant count)
 increased by 2,300 between July and August 2010 to reach 1.47 million..

 The unemployment rate for the three months to July 2010 was 7.8 %, down 0.1 on
 the quarter. The number of unemployed people fell by 8,000 over the quarter to
 reach 2.47 million

 The number of people in employment aged 16 and over increased by 286,000 on
 the quarter to reach 29.16 million. Employment is up 301,000 on the year but is
 345,000 lower than two years previously.

 The number of men in employment increased by 221,000 on the quarter, to reach
 15.61 million, while the number of women in employment increased by 65,000 on
 the quarter to reach 13.55 million.


             Retail        Headli     Consumer       Average      Average
             Price       ne RPI       Price          Weekly       Weekly
             Index       (%           Index          Earnings     Earnings
             (Jan        increase     (CPI)          total pay    regular
             1987=       on year                     (including   pay
             100)        ago)                        bonuses)     (excluding
                                                                  bonuses)
Aug - 10      224.5          4.7           3.1
  Jul - 10    223.6          4.8           3.1           1.5          1.8
 Jun - 10     224.1          5.0           3.2           1.1          1.6
 May -10      223.6          5.1           3.4           2.7          1.8
 Apr - 10     222.8          5.3           3.7           4.1          1.9
 Mar -10      220.7          4.4           3.4           4.3          2.0
Feb – 10      219.2          3.7           3.0           2.5          1.7
 Jan - 10     217.9          3.7           3.5           0.9          1.4
Dec – 09      218.0          2.4           2.9           0.7          1.2
Nov - 09      216.6          0.3           1.9           0.7          1.2
 Oct - 09     216.0          -0.8          1.5
Sept - 09     215.3          -1.4          1.1


 ECONOMIC BACKGROUND “CUT ‘N’ PASTE” – October 2010
 The XpertHR measure of pay awards - the midpoint in the range of basic pay deals -
 stands at 1% in the three months to 31 August 2010, down on the revised figure for
 the three months to the end of July, according to the latest provisional analysis.
                      Bargaining Support Group e-mail: bsg@unison.co.uk
                      Bargaining Zone: www.unison.org.uk/bargaining
Average earnings growth including bonuses increases in the year to July 2010, from
the June rate of 1.1 % to 1.5 % in July 2010. Growth in average earnings excluding
bonuses (regular pay) also increased from the June 2010 rate of 1.6 % to
1.8 % in July 2010.

In the year to August, RPI annual inflation was 4.7 %, down from 4.8 % in July. The
main upward pressures on inflation came from air transport, and food (particularly
bread, cereals and vegetables)




                Bargaining Support Group e-mail: bsg@unison.co.uk
                Bargaining Zone: www.unison.org.uk/bargaining
SECTOR/ORGANISATION                       STAFF     COMMENTS       EFFECTIVE
                              INCREASE   COVERED                     DATE
                              %

PUBLIC AND VOLUNTARY
SECTOR

   Forestry Commission          1.4       3354                      01/10/10
  Scottish Prison Service       1.0       3900                      01/10/10
 School Teachers Rev. Body      2.3      482,000                   01/09/2010
PRIVATE SECTOR

         Morrisons              2.3      100,000                    04/10/10
            Asda                2.0      143,000                    01/10/10
 Building and Allied Trades
             JIC                2.0      100,000                    13/09/10
      Vauxhall Motors            0        2000                      01/09/10




                                                 Bargaining Support Group e-mail: bsg@unison.co.uk
                                                 Bargaining Zone: www.unison.org.uk/bargaining

				
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