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19th August 2009

Disagreement over Royal Mail means postal strikes continue

New nationwide postal strikes this week are the latest reaction by Royal Mail workers to a rolling dispute with management over modernisation. The ongoing disagreement between the company and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) over changes to pay, jobs and services will now see another round of…
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19th August 2009

Unions call for genuine equal rights for agency workers

Temporary employees need stronger rights, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has told the government after a survey showed that permanent employees get better pay and conditions in the workplace. Unions have through their representative body recommended that agency workers get real protection from…
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19th August 2009

End of an era for the sick note

A new form of sick note will soon tell an employer what tasks an unwell employee can do, rather than giving them blanket excusal from all work. When the so called fit note comes into use in 2010, GPs will use it to tell employers which duties the unwell worker can perform and which they cannot. On…
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19th August 2009

Survey shows gender pay gap is worst for part-time workers

Women who work part time are even worse off than their full-time counterparts when it comes to the pay differential between the sexes. A government survey has shown that female part-time employees earn only 60% of what their male colleagues' get – a gap of 40% – while full-timers earn more, but…
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19th August 2009

UK Supreme Court to open soon

The new final court of appeal in Britain is nearing the date on which it will become operational. The Supreme Court will from October replace the House of Lords in its judicial capacity and undertake the jurisdiction of the House of Lords under the Appellate Jurisdictions Acts 1876 and 1888. Its…
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