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					January 2010



 CHANGES TO EMPLOYMENT LAW 2010

 2010 will see a number of important changes to employment law that UNISON reps
 and officers should be aware of. These include the introduction of a “fit note”
 system and the right to request time off for training.

 UNISON Bargaining Support has produced a factsheet outlining the changes to
 employment law that are currently scheduled for the coming year. All the changes
 outlined in the factsheet are due to be passed into law before May 2010, although
 some of the changes will not come into force until after that date. New guidance will
 be issued by UNISON Bargaining Support if any of the legislation outlined in this
 document is subject to change or is not enacted.

 To download the document, click here:
 http://www.unison.org.uk/file/Changes%20to%20employment%20law%202010.doc

 CHANGES TO ISA REGISTRATION CRITERIA ANNOUNCED

 The Government has reviewed and changed the criteria under which people working
 with children will be required to register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority
 (ISA).

 Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) has responsibility for deciding who should
 be barred from working with children and vulnerable adults. The Authority will
 administer the vetting and barring scheme which will determine who can and cannot
 work with children on a “frequent and intensive” basis.

 Following a review of the vetting and barring scheme, the Government has decided
 to change the definition of “frequent and intensive” to mean work which takes place
 with the same children once a week or more, (or 4 days in one month or more or
 overnight).

 Voluntary registration with ISA for all new employees starts from 26 July 2010.
 Employers must check that the relevant employees are registered from 1 November
 2010. Staff already working in a regulated activity and who have not moved into a
 new role with a new employer will be able to apply for registration from 1 April 2011,
 with mandatory registration by 31 July 2015.

 For further details of the Government’s response to the review click here:
 http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/safeguardingandsocialcare/safeguardingc
 hildren/vettingandbarringscheme/vettingvandbarring/

 For an updated UNISON factsheet on this issue, click here:
 http://www.unison.org.uk/file/Independent%20Safeguarding%20Authority.doc




                  Bargaining Support Group e-mail: bsg@unison.co.uk
                  Bargaining Zone: www.unison.org.uk/bargaining
IT‟S NOT PART OF THE JOB – NEW GUIDE TO TACKLING VIOLENCE AT WORK

UNISON Health and Safety have produced a new guide to help you tackle violence
at work. This is a major issue for many UNISON members. This guide is aimed at
helping UNISON branches campaign and negotiate with employers to reduce
exposure to violence in the workplace.

You can order copies of the guide from UNISON Communications using stock
number is 1346.

An electronic version can be seen here:
NEW FACTSHEET ON ACAS CODE COVERING TIME OFF FOR TRADE UNION DUTIES

Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) has recently issued a new
code of practice and guidance on time off for trade union duties. The purpose of the
code is to give advice to employers and trade unions on the implementation of the
Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act (TULR(C)A) 1992 and its
subsequent amendments.

Acas revised the code following a request from the Minister of State for Employment
Relations and Postal Affairs, Pat McFadden MP in 2008. The code and the
guidance which accompanies it contains important changes that UNISON reps
should be aware of.

UNISON Bargaining Support has produced a factsheet summarising the rights of
trade unionists to paid time off and highlighting the recent changes made by Acas.
The new factsheet can be downloaded here:
http://www.unison.org.uk/file/ACAS%20guide%20to%20time%20off%20for%20trade
%20union%20duties.doc

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 November, RPI annual inflation was 0.3%, compared to -0.8 per cent
in October. The 1.1% increase in a single month is the largest rise since March
1990. The largest upward pressure on RPI came from increased transport costs,
particularly on fuel. CPI – the government’s preferred measure of inflation stood at
1.9% in November, up from 1.5% in October.

CPI excludes housing costs, which can make up half of peoples’ expenditure, and
so should not be used in bargaining. For a prolonged period CPI has been below
RPI, but the current period is a rare exception to this rule.

IRS's panel of expert economic commentators expect RPI to average 2.4% in the
first quarter of 2010, and to average between 2.4% and 2.7% over the remainder of
the year.
                   Bargaining Support Group e-mail: bsg@unison.co.uk
                   Bargaining Zone: www.unison.org.uk/bargaining
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 EARNINGS AND LATEST PAY SETTLEMENTS
Average earnings, excluding bonuses or regular pay, rose by 1.7 per cent in the
year to October 2009, unchanged from the September rate. Average earnings
including bonuses rose by 1.5 per cent in the year to October 2009, up from the
September rate of 1.4 per cent.

In the year to October pay growth (including bonuses) in the private sector stood at
1.1 per cent compared with 2.8 per cent for the public sector. Excluding bonus
payments, growth in the private sector stood at 1.4 per cent compared with 2.7 per
cent for the public sector.

The consensus view of IRS's panel of expert economic commentators is for weak
average earnings growth to continue into 2010 after a boost from the bonus round in
the first quarter of the year.

The IRS measure of pay awards - the midpoint in the range of basic pay deals -
stands at 1.2% in the three months to 30 November 2009, according to the latest
provisional analysis.


UNEMPLOYMENT


The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (the claimant count) in
October 2009 increased by 12,900 on the month to reach 1.64 million

The unemployment rate for August to October 2009 was 7.9 per cent, unchanged on
the quarter. The number of unemployed people increased by 21,000 over the
quarter to reach 2.49 million, the highest figure since the three months to March
1995. However, this is the smallest quarterly increase in the number of unemployed
people since March to May 2008. The number of people unemployed for up to six
months fell by 98,000 on the quarter to reach 1.31 million.

The number of people unemployed for more than 12 months increased by 49,000
over the quarter to reach 620,000.

                Retail     Headline   Consumer   Average     Headline   Headline
              Price      RPI (%       Price      Earnings    rate       rate with
              Index      increase     Index      Index       without    bonus (3
              (Jan       on year      (CPI)      (Jan        bonus(3     month
              1987=      ago)                    2000=100)   month      average)
              100)                                           average)

                216.6       0.3         1.9
  Nov - 09
                216.0       -0.8        1.5        140.1        1.6        1.5
  Oct - 09
                215.3       -1.4        1.1        139.9        1.8        1.4
 Sept - 09
                214.4       -1.3        1.6        139.5        1.9        1.6
  Aug - 09
                213.4       -1.4        1.8        139.3        2.2        1.7
  July – 09
                   Bargaining Support Group e-mail: bsg@unison.co.uk
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             213.4        -1.6        1.8       139.2       2.4        2.5
 June - 09
             212.8        -1.1        2.2       139.2       2.6        2.3
  May - 09
             211.5        -1.2        2.3       139.1       2.7        0.9
  Apr - 09
             211.3        -0.4        2.9       138.9       3.0        -0.3
  Mar - 09
             211.4        0.0         3.2       138.8       3.2        0.2
  Feb – 09
             210.1        0.1         3.0       138.6       3.5        1.7
  Jan - 09
             212.9        0.9         3.1       138.4       3.6        3.0
  Dec - 08
             216.0        3.0         4.1       138.2       3.5        3.1
  Nov - 08



ECONOMIC BACKGROUND “CUT „N‟ PASTE” – December 2009

The median pay settlement level for the whole economy for the three months to 30
November 2009 was 1.2%

Average earnings, excluding bonuses or regular pay, rose by 1.7 per cent in the year
to October 2009, unchanged from the September rate. Average earnings including
bonuses rose by 1.5 per cent in the year to October 2009, up from the September rate
of 1.4 per cent.

In the year to November, RPI annual inflation was 0.3%, compared to -0.8 per cent in
October. The 1.1% increase in a single month is the largest rise since March 1990.
CPI – the government‟s preferred measure of inflation stood at 1.9% in November, up
from 1.5% in October.

IRS's panel of expert economic commentators expect RPI to average 2.4% in the first
quarter of 2010, and to average between 2.4% and 2.7% over the remainder of the
year.




                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


Oxfam                           0        1800                             01/10/2009
Forestry Commission            3.9       3200                             01/10/2009
Mencap                          1        6900                             01/10/2009
PRIVATE SECTOR
Electrical Contracting JIB
(E, W & NI)                     5        40000                           04/01/2010
Plumbing Mechanical
Engineering Services JIB
(E, W & NI)                     0        50000                           04/01/2010
Electrical Contracting JIB
(Scotland)                      5        8000                            04/01/2010
Engineering Construction
NJC                             2        20000                           04/01/2010




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

				
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