UK government to assess employers’ progress on ethnic discrimination
21 February 2018
The Business department is to assess progress made by employers on recommendations in the McGregor-Smith Review into black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) participation and progression in the workplace. It has commissioned research by Business in the Community into what steps …. [more]


Germany: IG Metall secures 4.3% pay rise and right to 28-hour week
19 February 2018
Germany’s largest trade union, IG Metall, won a partial victory in its battle with employers for a big pay rise and the right to shorter hours. After a series of 24-hour strikes at major employers, IG Metall and the Südwestmetall employers’ federation agreed a pay rise of 4.3% (the union had been …. [more]


UK: Another important EWC ruling from the CAC
13 February 2018
The Central Arbitration Committee has made another important ruling on European Works Councils, largely against the employer. The EWC at US IT company Oracle – which was set up under the fallback rules in the UK “TICE” Regulations – complained that the company had carried out a …. [more]


UK government responds to Taylor report on modern working
8 February 2018
Described as “major reforms” (by the government) and “feeble” (by employment law experts), the Business Department’s response to last year’s Taylor report on modern working practices certainly covers a lot of ground. It includes plans to: …. [more]


Unite launches new online tool to fight for higher pay in 2018
5 February 2018
UK and Ireland trade union Unite has created a new online tool to help union reps push for higher pay. The Pay Claim Generator allows union reps to gather the latest information from Companies House, the Office for National Statistics and the Unite’s own database of “tens of thousands of pay …. [more]