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Taking industrial action A legal guide

08 Sep 2017
UK laws on industrial action were already some of the most restrictive in the developed world before the draconian Trade Union Act 2016 came into force. The TUC described it...

Fat cats still skimming the cream

28 Nov 2016
Top company executives saw their remuneration packages ratchet up again last year albeit at a slightly slower rate according to the latest survey on executive pay by Labour...

Monster pay packets keep fat cats purring

30 Nov 2015
"We win the lottery every year," was the view of one FTSE 100 executive on the huge sum he was paid by his company a few years ago. Nowadays, it's not...

Law at Work 2015 published

28 May 2015
LRD's annual employment law guide Law at Work is an accessible and trusted sources of legal information on employment rights, written specifically from the perspective of trade unions and workers...

New LRD booklet: Pay - getting it right

01 Mar 2015
Pay - getting it rightBargaining information for union repsNegotiating, campaigning and representing members on pay and related issues remains at the very heart of trade union activity. The need for...

2014 LRD Pay survey released

10 Nov 2014
The Labour Research Department has just released its 2014 Annual Pay Survey, which provides comprehensive information on over 750 pay settlements effective between August 2014 and July 2014. Information...

New LRD booklet out September (casualisation at work)

18 Aug 2014
Casualisation at work - a guide for trade unionistsincluding zero hours contracts Casual or non-standard forms of working have been an established feature of the European labour market, with fixed-term contracts,...

Sexual harassment - the problem that continues to blight the lives of working women

26 Feb 2014
UK unions report that sexual harassment continues to afflict the lives of women workers, according to a "snapshot" survey of the 20 largest TUC-affiliated trade unions by Labour Research magazine....

TUPE - a guide to using the law for union reps

06 Feb 2014
The coalition government views TUPE, and in particular, the protection it gives to outsourced workers, as a burdensome barrier to its public sector outsourcing plans. As a result, the government...

Still waiting for a recovery in pay

04 Nov 2013
At 2.5%, union-negotiated private sector pay rises in the year to July had a lower mid-point (median) value than they did in the same period a year earlier, according to...

Tough times for union branches - but they are adapting

29 Nov 2012
The bigger the union branch, the more likely it is to be healthy and active, according to a two-part series of articles on branches in different unions published in Labour...

Pay suffered a double-dip recession in the last pay round

02 Nov 2012
Pay - just like the economy as a whole - suffered a double-dip recession in the 2011-12 pay round that ended in July, according to an analysis in Workplace Report...

Pay gap now closed on prices - but can pay deals hold up?

24 Sep 2012
The gap between pay and prices has closed, but both figures show falls this month. The Labour Research Department's Payline database shows a 2.9% median rise in settlements in the three...

Pay deals average 3% for 2012 so far

28 Jun 2012
Settlements continue to show a rise of 3.0%, according to data from the Labour Research Department's Payline database. This has been the midpoint (median) for increases across the whole...

Private sector pay deals are holding up

30 Apr 2012
Pay settlements are still averaging 3%, according to the Labour Research Department's database of collective agreements.Payline, which monitors agreements across all UK sectors, shows the median basic pay...

Labour Research Department - AGM Keynote Address

16 Apr 2012
The LRD Annual General Meeting keynote address was given by Lucille Thirlby, Deputy Head of Local Government (UNISON). The Local Government Green book agreement covers 1.4 million council staff...

Labour Research Department launches Centenary Appeal

10 Apr 2012
For 100 years, the Labour Research Department (LRD) has been publishing news and information and undertaking research to support the trade union movement. One hundred years on from its launch...

LRD Annual General Meeting (16/04/2012) - Keynote speaker: Heather Wakefield (UNISON)

03 Apr 2012
The Labour Research Department Annual General Meeting is on Monday 16 April from 2.00pm at Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN [the nearest tube stations are Southwark on...

UK unions report recruitment bonanza from pensions strike

25 Jan 2012
Government helps act as recruiting sergeantUK unions are reporting a surge in membership - thanks to the recent huge public sector pensions strike, according to the February issue of Labour...

New practical guide to workplace pension reform explains statutory auto-enrolment

06 Dec 2011
Workplace pensions have been making headlines recently with the government trying to make public sector workers work longer and pay more to get less in retirement. And private sector employers...

Index-linked pay deals offer best hope to workers

07 Nov 2011
Pay deals with an explicit link with inflation are offering the best hope of keeping up with the cost of living, according to a comprehensive pay survey by the Labour...

New legal guide provides practical advice on dealing with redundancy

07 Oct 2011
A clear understanding of redundancy law and associated workers' rights has never been more important than in the current deep economic downturn. According to the latest figures from the Office...

Pay freezes return to private sector

29 Jun 2011
Pay freezes have made an unwelcome return to the private sector, contributing to subdued settlements across the board, according to the Labour Research Department's database of collective agreements.LRD Payline, which...

Pay settlements show gradual rise

23 Jun 2011
Settlements showed a rise in the median (midpoint) - up from 2.5% in the three months to April to 2.7% in the three months to May, according the...

Top pay in academies

27 Apr 2011
A new survey by the Labour Research Department (LRD) confirms what appears to be an emerging trend in school leaders' pay - that pay for senior staff in academies is...

Private sector pay deals show divide

31 Mar 2011
Pay settlements are still lagging well behind inflation, according to monitoring by the Labour Research Department (LRD). This holds even in the private sector where a pay divide seems to...

LRD Annual General Meeting (18/04/2011) - Keynote speaker John McInally (PCS)

23 Feb 2011
The Labour Research Department Annual General Meeting is on Monday 18 April from 2.00pm at Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN [the nearest tube stations are Southwark on...

Most union reps pessimistic on pay and job prospects

07 Feb 2011
The squeeze on employees' spending power could prove fatal to government hopes of a private-sector led recovery in the economy, according to a survey of union representatives. The Labour Research...

Whatever happened to the works canteen?

06 Dec 2010
The works canteen appears to be a declining tradition in British workplaces, with only just over half now having one, according to a survey of union representatives.In a survey carried...

Workplace canteens - a survey of union reps

06 Dec 2010
A Workplace Report survey of 254 workplaces found a significant fall in the proportion that had a workplace canteen compared with a decade ago. Even among those that do, fewer...

LRD invites nominations to our Executive Committtee

29 Nov 2010
If your organisation is affiliated to LRD or you are affiliated as an individual, you are entitled to nominate candidates for election to the LRD Executive Committee for the year...

New survey shows employers cracking down on sickness absence

24 Nov 2010
Against a background of recession and looming widespread job cuts many employers are tightening up their sickness absence procedures, while sick workers are increasingly reluctant to take time off for...

General outlook for pay weak despite recent better deals

08 Nov 2010
The forthcoming pay round will see employees struggle to make up lost ground following an extremely tough bargaining climate in 2009-10, according to comprehensive pay analysis by the Labour Research...

Is the end in sight for national pay bargaining?

29 Jun 2010
Local government facing "a real calamity", says unionThere are signs that national-level pay bargaining is coming under increasing pressure in some parts of the public and private sectors, with one...

Private sector settlements will not compensate for public sector squeeze

28 Jun 2010
Private sector pay settlements are not keeping pace with inflation, according to data for May from the Labour Research Department (LRD). Earnings in the private sector may not be able...

Toilet break troubles

27 May 2010
Many of us are being short-changed by our employers when it comes to the call of nature. According to new research published by the Labour Research Department (LRD), many British...

Pay freezes show clear downward trend in private sector, making public pay curbs more difficult

04 May 2010
Any new government following the 6 May election may find it hard to sustain public sector pay curbs, new analysis of pay data from research organisation Labour Research Department (LRD)...

The Equality Act 2010 - Presentation by Sarah Veale to LRD AGM

20 Apr 2010
Sarah Veale, Head of Equality and Employment Rights at the TUC gave a presentation to the LRD 2010 AGM on 19/04/2010 about the Equality Act. View Presentation...

Gap closes between new and existing long-term pay deals

29 Mar 2010
Those waiting for evidence of a pick up in pay settlements may have to wait a bit longer but there is now little gap between new deals and those under...

LRD Annual General Meeting (19/04/10) - Keynote speaker Sarah Veale (TUC)

19 Mar 2010
All affiliates are invited to send delegates to the LRD AGM. Please notify the names of delegates to us by 9 April either by writing to 78 Blackfriars Road,...

New LRD legal guide - Taking industrial action

17 Mar 2010
Industrial action is in the news and making headlines. Just this month in the public sector 200,000 civil servants took two days of action in protest against cuts and spending...

Pay freezes increase despite rising inflation

08 Feb 2010
Some workers will be going without a pay rise for the second year running in 2010, despite a rise in RPI (Retail Prices Index) inflation to 2.4% for the year...

Inflation the new factor for 2010

06 Jan 2010
The return to positive inflation is likely to influence pay deals in the months ahead, but as yet it is too early to say whether this will outweigh the effects...

LRD Executive Committee Nominations 2010-2011

10 Dec 2009
If your organisation is affiliated to LRD or you are affiliated as an individual, you are entitled to nominate candidates for election to the LRD Executive Committee for the year April 2010 to...

Pay freezes to continue into 2010

23 Nov 2009
While the economy may be poised for recovery, and overall there is a decline in the proportion of freezes in data from the Labour Research Department (LRD), we have not...

No pay 'wipe out' but another year of low pay rises to come, predicts LRD

19 Oct 2009
Labour Research Department's (LRD) comprehensive annual pay round analysis suggests that 2009-10 could be another year of hard bargaining, and low average pay rises, with a picture similar to the...

Pay deals constant at 2.0%

10 Sep 2009
The three-month median (mid-point) pay increase was 2.0% in the period from June to August according to Labour Research Department's (LRD) Payline database. Once account has been taken of late...

Wage freezes are not the only story for pay

27 Jul 2009
There are good pay deals still being done, including in the private sector, according to data from the Labour Research Department (LRD) Payline database. Pay freezes are not the only...

Wage freezes and pay cuts show no sign of let-up in recession

24 Jun 2009
Newly-agreed pay deals continue to bear the brunt of the recession compared to long-term settlements, with around 40% resulting in wage freezes or even pay cuts, according to data from...

Climate change at work - unions playing a vital role

15 Jun 2009
Trade unionists are driving workplace action on climate change and demanding a just transition to a low carbon economy, new research for the TUC has revealed. A Labour Research Department...

Wage levels holding steady but new pay deals are suffering

01 Jun 2009
The Labour Research Department (LRD) Payline database shows that the median pay settlement increase for the month of April was just 2%. The three-month median increase from February...

Pay deals begin to slide

01 May 2009
Pay increase levels have dropped significantly and are continuing to decline. Negotiated pay settlements recorded so far on Labour Research Department's (LRD) Payline database for April 2009 show a marked...

Pay deals reveal two faces of recession

31 Mar 2009
The latest figures on pay deals from the Labour Research Department's (LRD) Payline highlight the two faces of recession. A minority in the most vulnerable companies and organisations have...

LRD Annual General Meeting (20/04/09) - Keynote speaker Roger Jeary (UNITE)

11 Mar 2009
All affiliates are invited to send delegates to the LRD AGM. Please notify the names of delegates to us by 9 April either by writing to 78 Blackfriars Road,...

Pay settlement levels holding up despite inflation rate plunge and growing number of wage freezes

23 Feb 2009
Pay settlement levels according to Labour Research Department's (LRD) Payline database of negotiated agreements across the economy shows that the median increase for pay deals in the three months to...

Pay freezes grip some January settlements while wages overall continue to rise

27 Jan 2009
Pay freezes are the most noticeable new trend in January's settlements posted to the Labour Research Department (LRD) Payline database. But these are balanced by little movement in the levels...

Pay levels now outstripping inflation

22 Dec 2008
Despite falling inflation, negotiated pay increases have remained steady and have in fact risen slightly on last month's headline figure. The median (mid-point) pay settlement levels recorded by Labour Research...

Pay settlement levels drop in response to falling inflation and economic downturn

26 Nov 2008
The median (mid-point) pay settlement levels recorded by Labour Research Department's Payline database fell by 0.2% in the three months to October to 3.8%. The public sector median was...

Drug and alcohol policies at work - a guide for union reps

01 Nov 2008
Employers' attitudes towards drug and alcohol use at work have become a significant issue for trade union representatives to deal with in recent years. Many employers, including high profile private...

Public/private sector divide in settlements as inflation begins to affect pay

27 Oct 2008
The 2007-08 pay round can be described as one rule for the private sector, another for the public sector. The private sector is starting to show the marked impact of...

Request for nominations to LRD's executive committee

14 Oct 2008
If your organisation is affiliated to LRD or you are affiliated as an individual, you are entitled to nominate candidates for election to the LRD Executive Committee for the year April 2009 to...

Monitoring and surveillance at work - a guide for union reps

19 Sep 2008
The installation of cameras in workplace toilets and electronic tagging of employees are just two of the types of unreasonable surveillance by employers which LRD has uncovered in the course...

Leave and pay for working parents - a guide for union reps

06 May 2008
Over the last 10 years, the government has introduced a wide range of measures aimed at helping working parents and carers balance their employment with family and caring responsibilities. Most...

More women become active in trade unions

05 Mar 2008
The profile of women in the UK's biggest trade unions is on the up, according to a new survey by Labour Research magazine - but progress towards full representation is...

New report on attacks on fire crews

11 Feb 2008
Fire crews are being threatened, intimidated and abused, pelted with bricks, bottles, and stones as they fight fires, and the government does not have a grip on the scale of...

LRD Annual General Meeting

07 Feb 2008
The AGM of the Labour Research Department will be held from 2.00pm on Monday 21 April at Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN. All affiliates and members...

LRD Executive Committee Nominations for 2008-2009

22 Oct 2007
Organisations and individuals affiliated to the Labour Research Department are entitled to nominate candidates for election to the LRD Executive Committee for the year April 2008 to March 2009....

LRD publishes employment rights guide in Polish

01 Sep 2007
The independent research and publications organisation Labour Research Department (LRD) has published its first Polish-language employment rights guide. The 24-page guide Prawo w pracy - twoje uprawnienia (Law at work -...

Survey exposes pension packages enjoyed by FTSE 100 directors

05 Aug 2007
Up to 112 directors of FTSE 100 companies are set to receive a pension worth at least ?200,000 a year - and 26 can look forward to a pension of...

Iranian trade union leader speaks to Labour Research

01 Jul 2007
In a recent visit to Britain, Mansour Ossanlou, president of the Iranian bus workers' union Sherkat-e Vahed (Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company), told Labour Research of...

Labour's deputy leadership candidates disagree on key trade union issues

06 Jun 2007
The candidates for the Labour Party?s deputy leadership have revealed strong differences of opinion on issues at the top of the trade union agenda, in an election whose result will...

Survey supports the case for union environment representatives

01 Jun 2007
Trade union workplace representatives are keen to face the climate change challenge, but need legal rights to help promote environmental protection at work, according?...

Helping reps to build on new legal rights for carers

30 Apr 2007
There are an estimated three million workers in the UK who care for dependent adults. In effect, they have to juggle two jobs ? and employers should be taking action...

State benefits and tax credits: find out what you're entitled to

29 Mar 2007
Means-testing can make obtaining benefits very complicated, resulting in millions of benefits going unclaimed - benefits that trade union members are entitled to. The 2007 edition of the Labour Research Department's...

Employers slow to green their workplaces

04 Mar 2007
Employers are proving slow off the mark in “greening” their workplaces, despite the fact that over half the UK's energy is directly used in the workplace....

Get to grips with new asbestos laws

28 Feb 2007
Asbestos is the biggest workplace killer in the UK and is present in hundreds of thousands of offices, schools, hospitals, factories, theatres and construction sites. Since 2004 employers have...

Fears continue to grow over academy schools

16 Feb 2007
A survey by Labour Research magazine has found that local authorities have serious concerns about academy schools' lack of accountability. The government has announced that it wants one in 10...

Third edition of indispensible guide to case law is out now!

31 Jan 2007
A knowledge of up-to-date case law is indispensable for union reps - and to help them, LRD has published Case law at work 2006-07, the...

LRD helps reps to achieve disability equality at work

31 Dec 2006
Although recent years have seen improved legal rights for disabled people, there is much more to be achieved before complete equality for disabled employees is arrived at. In particular, many...

Christmas cheer in the City

06 Dec 2006
As news of exorbitant City salaries and Christmas bonuses fill the newspapers Labour Research has looked at company reports to find out how much some City workers can earn. Labour Research...

LRD updates guide to redundancy law

30 Nov 2006
With high levels of redundancies in a range of sectors and many thousands of workers threatened with the loss of their jobs, it is vital for individuals and their trade...

Nominations for LRD Executive Committee 2007-08

15 Nov 2006
We are currently inviting LRD affiliates to nominate candidates for the LRD Executive Committee for the coming year April 2007 to March 2008. There are 16 places on the Committee along...

LRD guides reps through the confusing new law on age equality

29 Oct 2006
The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations, which came in force on 1 October 2006, make it unlawful to discriminate against individuals in employment and vocational training on the grounds of their...

LRD booklet offers a guide to workplace training initiatives

26 Sep 2006
The last two years have seen significant developments in the learning and skills agenda, with new learning opportunities for workers. Unions have been part of this progress at national, regional...

Survey exposes FTSE 100 directors' luxury pension packages

03 Sep 2006
While millions of workers face belt-tightening in their retirement, a new survey by Labour Research magazine has uncovered details of the super-enhanced pension arrangements of the UK FTSE 100's top...

Top executives' pay is rising twice as fast as their workers' earnings

03 Aug 2006
Chief executives of FTSE 100 companies received an average 10.8% pay rise last year - twice the rate of increase in average earnings for the whole economy. The survey by Labour...

Essential guide to health and safety law from LRD

31 Jul 2006
The Labour Research Department (LRD) has just published the 2006 edition of its acclaimed Health and safety law booklet. Health and safety law 2006 has been fully updated to cover new...

New edition of LRD's best-selling legal handbook is out now

28 Jun 2006
It is becoming ever more important for union representatives to understand the constantly expanding and changing area of employment law - especially now that there is a legal duty for...

New guidance for workers being transferred from one employer to another

11 May 2006
Increasing numbers of company takeovers and mergers, together with government policies such as the Private Finance Initiative and Best Value, mean that ever greater numbers of workers in the private...

Help for safety reps in tackling stress at work

13 Apr 2006
Stress continues to be the main occupational hazard affecting all types of workers, and research shows that employers are not doing enough to prevent workplace stress. The Labour Research Department's (LRD)...

Latest guide from LRD provides practical pensions advice for reps and negotiators

23 Feb 2006
With millions of workers under-saving for retirement, and both employers and the state looking to scale down their pension commitments, the UK's pension's system is in crisis. Last November, Lord Turner's...

Just published: the second guide in a unique series on employment case law

31 Jan 2006
Case law at work 2005-06 is the second booklet in the Case law at work series from the Labour Research Department (LRD). It is a detailed guide to legal cases...

Private sector pensions don't meet Pensions Commission standard

31 Jan 2006
Most employers in the private sector are failing to enrol employees automatically into their occupational pension schemes - a key element of the Pensions Commission's prescription for solving the UK's...

New booklet from LRD: Safety reps in action

30 Nov 2005
Union safety reps make workplaces safer and save lives by preventing injuries and ill health. Now LRD's latest booklet uses findings from our own extensive survey of safety reps, alongside...

LRD booklet helps establish unions as a sustainable force at work

31 Oct 2005
The Labour Research Department (LRD) has published a new guide for union reps and officials, entitled Bargaining to organise. Recruitment is a major challenge for trade unions, and there is clear...

Don't fall foul of the new employment tribunal rules

30 Sep 2005
The Labour Research Department (LRD) has published a new guide for union reps and officials, entitled Employment tribunals - complying with the new procedures. Since the tribunal rules were changed in...

Limited progress in local government pay reviews

31 Jul 2005
Local authorities in England and Wales are at last introducing new pay and grading structures to remove inequalities between manual and non-manual workers' pay, according to research published in the...

LRD publishes essential guide to health and safety law

28 Jul 2005
The Labour Research Department (LRD) has published its essential guide Health and safety law 2005. This annual publication has been updated to contain all the recent developments in health and...

Black and minority ethnic workers - tackling discrimination

29 Jun 2005
Recruiting and organising black and minority ethnic (BME) workers into trade unions is vital, both for improving their conditions at work and for union growth. LRD's new booklet Black and...

Law at work 2005 - new edition of LRD's best-selling legal handbook now out

31 May 2005
Owing to changes in the law in Octrober 2004, it's now more difficult for workers to take claims directly to employment tribunals. This means that workers' representatives will need to...

LRD publishes trade unionists' guide to new information and consultation regulations

30 Apr 2005
Introduced this month, the Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 have the potential to transform unions' relationships with employers at workplace level - but unions need to keep ahead...

LRD's new guide helps members to claim their benefit entitlements

31 Mar 2005
The LRD's annual State Benefits and Tax Credits 2005 has been re-organised to help you easily find out about your entitlements. The booklet explains who can claim for what according to...

New LRD guide sets out remedies for breach of employment contract

01 Mar 2005
Despite the increase in statutory employment law, a contract of employment is fundamental when establishing a person's employment rights and remains the most important source of rights that workers have....

LRD guide shows how to beat workplace bullying

07 Feb 2005
Bullying and harassment continue to blight Britain's workplaces. Every year more than one worker in 10 is bullied, usually by managers but sometimes by colleagues. And harassment - whether on...

Fair trade "must embrace trade unionism"

02 Dec 2004
As the Christmas shopping frenzy hots up, trade unionists are increasingly looking to buy "ethically" - as long as unions are not locked out of the food chain. The latest issue...

LRD publishes unique guide to employment law cases

01 Dec 2004
LRD is publishing, for the first time, a detailed guide to legal cases to assist reps who are preparing to submit employment tribunal claims, as well as those involved in...

New procedures aim to reduce the number of tribunal claims

05 Oct 2004
From this month the government is introducing new dismissal, disciplinary and grievance procedures, with the aim of reducing the number of claims taken to employment tribunals. Employees must follow the...

Unions play increasingly important role in learning at work

06 Sep 2004
Trade unions are playing an increasingly important role in the government's strategy to improve workers' basic skills. The government is supporting trade unions in encouraging workers to take up training...

A decade of executive excess

03 Aug 2004
For the 10th successive year top executives' pay has rocketed, according to the latest Labour Research survey of boardroom pay. Directors of stock exchange companies earning over ?500,000 a year...

LRD publishes essential guide to health and safety law

16 Jul 2004
As union safety reps and health and safety campaigners meet for the annual Hazards conference in Manchester, the Labour Research Department (LRD) is publishing its essential guide Health and safety...

Law at work 2004 - new edition of LRD's best-selling legal handbook now out

21 Jun 2004
This year sees further changes to employment law as a result of the Employment Act 2002, in particular the requirement that all employers have disciplinary and grievance procedures in place...

LRD publishes trade unionist's guide to the new European Union

17 May 2004
As 10 new countries join the European Union from this month, LRD is publishing a complete guide to trade union structures and worker organisation in all 25 EU member states....

New LRD guide helps members to claim their entitlements

06 Apr 2004
The introduction of tax credits for parents, workers without children, disabled employees and now for pensioners means that more people are entitled to financial support from the government. This makes...

LRD marks International Women's Day by publishing guide to women's health and safety

11 Mar 2004
As women trade unionists prepare to attend the annual Women's TUC in Eastbourne, the Labour Research Department (LRD) is publishing Women's health and safety - a trade unionist's guide. This...

Increasing numbers of workers have protection from discrimination

10 Feb 2004
Greater numbers of workers than ever now have legal protection from discrimination at work, with the recent extension of the law to bar discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation...

New guide to help safety reps prevent back pain and RSI

07 Jan 2004
Back pain, repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and other musculoskeletal disorders are among the most commonly reported work-related injuries, affecting over a million workers. But many of these injuries can be...

Over a quarter of union reps deal with discrimination complaints related to sexual orientation

01 Dec 2003
On the day that new laws come into place making it illegal for an employer to discriminate because of a worker's sexuality, a new survey...

Thousands more workers given working time protection

17 Oct 2003
Working time remains a key issue for union representatives, and amendments to the Working Time Regulations, introduced this summer, have provided greater protection for some groups, including young workers and...

Labour becoming party of choice for wealthy donors

27 Sep 2003
Over 40 per cent of the Labour Party's funding now comes from wealthy individuals, according to an analysis of Electoral Commission figures by Labour Research magazine. The share of Labour's...

Is your employer snooping on you?

05 Sep 2003
New guide helps union reps to protect workers' privacy From CCTV to call monitoring, and from "mystery shoppers" to swipe cards, today's workforce is increasingly subject to surveillance and monitoring by...

Another year of executive excess

04 Aug 2003
For the ninth successive year top executives' pay has rocketed, according to the latest Labour Research survey of boardroom pay. Directors of stock exchange companies earning over ?500,000 a year...

New guide to time off for trade union duties

28 Jul 2003
What's the biggest reason employers give for refusing requests for time off for trade union duties - and is it lawful? Can your employer persistently use the reality of staff...

Health and safety law 2003 - New edition of LRD's popular guide out now

23 Jun 2003
There have been many significant developments in health and safety law over the last year, including new regulations concerning hazardous substances and a new approved code of practice on occupational...

Law at Work 2003 - LRD's best-selling legal handbook out now

15 May 2003
This year sees important changes to employment law resulting from the Employment Act 2002. This includes improved rights to maternity pay and leave, and the introduction of paternity and adoption...

LRD publishes updated guide to state benefits and the new tax credits

11 Apr 2003
The introduction of the Working Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit this month means that financial support is available to greater numbers of people in work. As well as...

Workplace Report for reps and negotiators

03 Apr 2003
Labour Research Department (LRD) has just launched Workplace Report magazine, a revamped version of Bargaining Report. Although the magazine contains much of what readers would have found in Bargaining Report, LRD...

LRD guide to new rights for working parents

19 Mar 2003
April 2003 sees the introduction of important new rights for working parents. Fathers and adoptive parents will benefit from a right to time off with pay for the first time....

LRD publishes new guide to hazardous substances

27 Feb 2003
Millions of workers come into contact with hazardous substances at work from common cleaning chemicals to building materials with asbestos. This new booklet from the Labour Research Department looks at...

LRD publishes new guide to employment contracts

28 Jan 2003
Over the last few years there has been an increasing amount of statutory employment law affecting the relationship between employer and employee. For example, employers now have to pay their...

New Labour fails to modernise judiciary

06 Dec 2002
The judiciary is still largely made up of the usual suspects - privileged, white, elderly men - despite the election of the young fresh New Labour government in 1997, according...

Scrooge firms operate two-tier Christmas

05 Dec 2002
Christmas comes but once a year - and that's once too often for some employers, according to survey of union reps in Labour Research magazine. Labour Research's regular survey of...

Stress is still the main hazard at work

11 Nov 2002
Stress continues to be the main occupational hazard affecting all types of workers, according to the latest figures from the TUC. And evidence from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)...

Temporary workers gain new rights from this month

07 Oct 2002
Fixed-term contract workers have until this month lost out on many employment rights. One in four workplaces paid no sick pay, for example, and one in eight denied them holiday...

Half of Tory MPs hold paid jobs outside parliament

07 Oct 2002
Tory MP Tony Baldry topped up his parliamentary salary to the tune of over ?1 million last year, according a Labour Research survey of MPs' business interests. The MP for Banbury...

Pensions under threat?

06 Sep 2002
Over a third of employers in a recent Labour Research Department (LRD) survey had closed their final salary pension scheme and replaced it with a money purchase arrangement, giving fewer...

New LRD guide to rehabilitation at work

16 Aug 2002
Every year 27,000 people leave work permanently because of work-related injuries and illness, and up to a sixth of people who are off work for more than six weeks never...

Another year of executive excess

01 Aug 2002
Embargo: Not for use before Friday 2 August 2002 For the eighth successive year top executives' pay has rocketed, according to the latest Labour Research survey of boardroom pay. Directors of...

New guidance for workers facing a transfer

24 Jul 2002
Increasing numbers of company take-overs and mergers, together with government policies such as the Private Finance Initiative and Best Value in the public sector, mean that ever greater numbers of...

Two hundred lords a'leaping

03 Jul 2002
One in three lords are directors of companies, according to a Labour Research analysis of the first compulsory register of peers' interests. But some lords have not registered their business...

LRD publishes updated health and safety law guide

14 Jun 2002
Recent months have seen a number of significant developments in health and safety law, in particular rulings that affect compensation in stress and asbestos cases. There has also been progress...

Law at Work 2002 - LRD's best-selling guide now out

23 May 2002
The Labour Research Department (LRD) this week publishes the most comprehensive edition yet of its best-selling legal handbook Law at Work 2002. The 176-page guide could not be more timely,...

LRD's updated guide to State Benefits 2002

08 Apr 2002
The Labour Research Department (LRD) has just published its fully-updated, annual guide to state benefits, State Benefits 2002, listing all the new rates of benefit effective from 8 April 2002. State...

Scottish manufacturing goes into free fall

02 Apr 2002
News of naval base job losses on the Clyde comes as a new survey shows over 18,000 Scottish manufacturing jobs have gone in the last 14 months. Labour Research magazine tracked...

Union women still face glass ceiling

13 Mar 2002
As the annual TUC Women's conference starts in Eastbourne, a new survey carried out by Labour Research magazine reveals that women still face barriers getting into the top decision-making roles...

Equal pay now firmly on union agenda

13 Mar 2002
Recent campaigns by the Equal Opportunities Commission, trade unions and the government have put closing the gender pay gap firmly on the negotiating agenda. Despite the government's unwillingness to impose...

Top directors avoid pensions crisis

06 Mar 2002
Hundreds of top company executives are set to rake in six-figure annual pensions while the nation's workforce is gripped by pension panic, according to a survey by Labour Research magazine. As...

Combative employers wield strike-busting laws

08 Feb 2002
Recent tough action by South West Trains against striking guards reflects a generally more combative approach by employers to industrial action, with a sharp increase in the numbers resorting to...

New LRD guide to redundancy law

05 Feb 2002
Many thousands of jobs were lost last year as a result of the events of 11 September. But even before that redundancies were rising and job losses look set to...

Company directors get record golden farewells

02 Jan 2002
A record 14 company executives received golden handshakes of over ?1 million in the latest accounting year, a survey in Labour Research reveals. This is by far the highest number...

Workers are priced out of housing across the country

01 Dec 2001
Workers on average earnings are being priced out of the housing market across the country, according to an investigation by Labour Research magazine. The problem, already identified in London and...

Bullying and harassment at work ? a trade unionist's guide

20 Nov 2001
Bullying and harassment at work is becoming an increasingly prominent issue for trade unions. While unions have been addressing sexual and racial harassment for some years, bullying in a wider...

Work-life balance - a negotiator's guide

17 Oct 2001
Flexible or "family-friendly" working has been on the trade union agenda for some time now, with unions and the TUC pushing for legal changes that give workers rights to balance...

Dismissal - know your rights

06 Sep 2001
Important changes to the law on dismissal in recent years mean that it is vital for union representatives and activists to have clear, comprehensive and up-to-date information on the law...

London workers need at least ?3,340 extra a year

26 Jul 2001
The latest survey of London Weighting, published in the trade union magazine Bargaining Report, shows that people working in inner London need at least ?3,340 a year - and those...

Unions need to step up recruitment in call centres

02 Jul 2001
Unions have a long way to go before they can say they have a grip on call centres, according to a survey by Labour Research magazine. But some unions have...

Essential guidance for safety reps: Violence at Work - a safety rep's guide

01 Jul 2001
Research shows that at least 1.2 million violent incidents take place at work each year, and that anyone who works with the public is at risk. The latest booklet from...

Tories still get corporate millions

02 Jun 2001
The Conservative Party has received a total of ?1.74 million in company donations since the last election from 62 companies. The latest Labour Research survey of company political donations reveals that,...

The layperson's guide to the law at work

01 May 2001
The popular trade union guide Law at Work which explains the law in the significant areas union reps have to deal with, is now available from the Labour Research Department...

Company executives retire gratefully

06 Mar 2001
Retiring company executives are increasingly looking forward to six-figure annual pension entitlements, according to Labour Research magazine. Its annual survey of directors with the highest pension entitlement in each FTSE 100...

Unpaid leave "not an option", say working parents

05 Mar 2001
The most popular family-friendly measure the government could give working parents is paid parental leave, according to a survey carried out by Labour Research magazine. The survey, of 152 trade union...

Union members get wide ranging legal benefits

02 Dec 2000
Trade unions have expanded beyond recognition their most popular membership benefit - legal advice and representation, according to a survey in Labour Research magazine. The survey of 47 unions reveals that...

Tackling workplace stress - a guide for safety reps

23 Nov 2000
Work-related stress is now one of the most serious occupational health problems in the UK. It affects an estimated five million workers - almost a fifth of the entire workforce....

Is Labour losing touch with its roots?

24 Sep 2000
Local Labour Parties and trade union activists are in danger of drifting apart, according to a survey of union branch officers published in the latest issue of Labour Research magazine. Two...

Workers gain new rights to support in disciplinary hearings

06 Sep 2000
Since Monday 4 September, workers have gained the new legal right to be accompanied to disciplinary and grievance hearings. A new booklet published today by the Labour Research Department (LRD)...

Unions recruit before seeking recognition

04 Sep 2000
Unions have increasingly been building up membership in workplaces before seeking recognition from employers, according to a new survey of union officials published in Labour Research magazine. The survey knocks on...

Bright new magazine for trade unionists

01 Sep 2000
Labour Research, the UK's leading magazine for trade unionists, has undergone major changes to bring together all the current favourite elements of the magazine with useful additional sections in a...

Executive pay spirals out of control

01 Sep 2000
Top executives' pay rocketed by over a fifth on average in the past year - four times the rate of increases for employees in general. The annual Labour Research directors' salary...

The meeting that saved Rover

17 Aug 2000
New details on the behind-the-scenes talks that resulted in the Phoenix Consortium taking over the Rover car business are revealed today in this year's English edition of the German trade...

New LRD guide to European works councils

01 Aug 2000
The Labour Research Department (LRD) is today bringing out a new guide to European works councils aimed at trade unionists and employee representatives. A European works council brings together employee representatives...

London workers need at least ?3,287 more a year

20 Jul 2000
People working in inner London need at least ?3,287 a year - and those in outer London ?1,028 more - than those living outside the capital to compensate them for...

New legal guide to part-time workers' rights at work

01 Jul 2000
New UK regulations providing equal treatment for part-time workers come into force today. To coincide with the regulations, the Labour Research Department (LRD) is publishing a guide to part timers'...

The Law at Work - for the layperson

12 Jun 2000
The Labour Research Department's biennial guide to the law at work is published just as the new law on trade union recognition comes into force. With trade union representatives increasingly...

Factory closures hit heartlands

05 Jun 2000
Strong evidence of a north-south divide in the labour market since Tony Blair became prime minister is revealed in a survey of manufacturing job losses, published in the latest issue...

LRD guide to tackling disability discrimination

24 May 2000
Tackling disability discrimination - a trade unionists' guide is published today by the Labour Research Department (LRD). This booklet aims to assist trade unionists to tackle disability discrimination in the...

State Benefits 2000

25 Apr 2000
The Labour Research Department (LRD) has today published its fully-updated annual guide to state benefits - State Benefits 2000. State benefits has become an increasingly complex area. LRD's annual guide...

Union women everywhere, except the top

08 Mar 2000
As trade union women meet for the first TUC Women's Conference of the century, they find themselves absent from the most senior tier of the trade union movement, according to...

RSI - a trade unionists' guide

25 Feb 2000
The Labour Research Department (LRD) today publishes a trade unionists' guide to preventing and dealing with work-related repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). RSI is a growing risk for increasing numbers of...

Executives look to cosy retirement

02 Feb 2000
Leading company executives are likely to retire on six-figure company pensions, and many of them will get over a quarter of a million pounds a year, according to a new...

Parental and Dependency Leave - a negotiators' guide to workers' rights

29 Jan 2000
The Labour Research Department is today publishing a trade unionists' guide to the important new rights to "family-friendly" leave which employees have gained under the Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations...

Unions go for ballots in mayor selection

26 Jan 2000
The vast majority of unions who are entitled to participate in the selection of Labour's London mayoral candidate are balloting their members before making their choice, according to a survey...

New Safety publication launched

20 Jan 2000
This month sees the launch of a brand new monthly health and safety bulletin from the trade-union research organisation, the Labour Research Department (LRD). Safety Rep includes the latest health and...

Tory corporate support at all-time low

29 Nov 1999
The Conservative and Labour Parties are both increasingly reliant on wealthy individuals like Michael Ashcroft for their cash, a survey about to be published by Labour Research magazine reveals. While...

LRD Publishes Trade Unionists' Guide To The ERA

16 Nov 1999
The Labour Research Department (LRD) has today published a trade unionists' guide to the Employment Relations Act 1999. Whilst wishing it could have gone further, trade unionists have welcomed the...

The men with the Midas touch

02 Nov 1999
Former BSkyB boss Sam Chisolm topped this year's table of golden handshakes produced by Labour Research magazine, with a leaving gift of ?2.8 million after less than 10 years in...

Watch your back - LRD's guide to preventing back pain and injury at work

08 Oct 1999
Work-related back injury is a major health and safety concern for trade unionists. More than a third of all reported industrial accidents each year are manual handling injuries and of...

Time off for trade union duties - an LRD guide

22 Sep 1999
Employee representatives are the heart and soul of the trade union movement. Representatives need time off to carry out their responsibilities effectively and efficiently - whether they are representing individual...

Unions make inroads into no-go areas

01 Sep 1999
Unions have started to make inroads into parts of big business that were previously union-free zones, according to a survey in Labour Research magazine. This has led to new recognition...

Company fat cats remain untamed

01 Sep 1999
Huge bonuses have helped ensure that top company directors enjoyed above-inflation pay rises again last year. The latest Labour Research survey of executive pay shows that the average rise for...

Colleges in deficit despite staff leakage

03 Aug 1999
Nearly two in five further education colleges ended in financial loss last year despite cutting thousands of lecturers' jobs. A survey of 275 English colleges by Labour Research magazine showed...

On-board hazards blow sky-high

03 Aug 1999
In-flight hazards will injure thousands of passengers and cabin crew members this summer, according to an investigation by Labour Research magazine. Cabin baggage accidents, long working hours, violence, pesticides and...

LRD publishes trade unionists' guide to sickness absence policy

28 Jul 1999
Sickness absence control is high on both the management and political agenda. Employers view absence control as a way of cutting costs and, with the regular publication of absence rate...

"Old Boys'" network runs remuneration committees

01 Jul 1999
Fat cat directors have their boards' remuneration committees to thank for their annual salary increases. Labour Research examined the composition of the remuneration committees of 98 of the largest FTSE...

Just how family-friendly is business?

01 Jul 1999
Despite making a shift towards more "family-friendly" employment practices, some of the largest British companies will have to move quickly to comply with the forthcoming legislation on family leave, according...

Up to 12 times pay for millennium workers

30 Jun 1999
Staff expected to work whilst friends and family are celebrating the start of the new millennium will be paid up to 12 times their basic salary. And those on standby...

Office health and safety - a safety reps' guide

18 Jun 1999
When union reps at a call centre tackled a problem with overcrowding in a room used for computer training, they referred their management to minimum legal space standards. As a...

Directors making whopping profits on share options

01 Jun 1999
Company directors have been raking in huge profits from that favourite boardroom perk, the share option scheme, according to a survey by Labour Research magazine. The Labour Research survey of...

Judging Labour on the judges

01 Jun 1999
One of Labour's election pledges was to modernise the judiciary. But according to a survey by Labour Research magazine, little has changed in the two years since Labour came to...

Understanding Your Contract - LRD's guide to employment contracts

21 May 1999
Employer imposed changes are frequent feature of industrial relations today. But in law, an employer cannot unilaterally decide to change a contract. Understanding Your Contract - LRD's guide to employment...

Pay deals follow downward trend in prices

19 May 1999
Following yesterday's fall in the rate of inflation to 1.6%, trade union negotiators' magazine Bargaining Report (BR) finds a fall in the level of pay settlements to 3.0% in the...

?750 standby lump sum or eight times normal hourly pay rate for working over the Millennium

05 May 1999
While health workers are contemplating industrial action over the NHS's failure to offer a national agreement on Millennium working, the trade union negotiators' magazine Bargaining Report finds many employers in...

State Benefits 1999

01 Apr 1999
The Labour Research Department (LRD) is today publishing the 1999 edition of its annual guide to State Benefits. State Benefits 1999 covers the full range of both means- tested and...

New guide provides essential information on the National Minimum Wage

10 Mar 1999
As of April 1999 and for the first time ever in the UK, the vast majority of workers are covered by a national minimum wage. The newest booklet from the...

Part-time workforce continues to grow as part timers gain new employment rights

01 Mar 1999
The government is preparing regulations to implement the provisions of a European directive which gives part-time workers equal rights with full timers. Using statistics from the Labour Force Survey, Labour...

Dip in private sector pay rises

17 Feb 1999
The mid-point for private sector pay settlements was 3.3% in the three months to January down from 3.5% in December according to the latest figures published in the trade union...

Directors' golden nest eggs

01 Feb 1999
While most employees worry about how they will manage on their meagre pension, some company directors can look forward to a generous nest egg when they retire, reveals a survey...

Major conference on union recognition

28 Jan 1999
The Labour Research Department is holding a major conference on union recognition. The conference takes place as the debate over the content of the government's proposals on union recognition mounts...

New guide to health and safety law published by LRD

26 Jan 1999
Health and safety at work is one of the key issues for trade unions, so reps need to be fully aware of current legislation and advice. LRD's latest booklet, Health...

No evidence yet of fall in pay rises

25 Jan 1999
Although there has been a downward trend in inflation since last May there is little evidence of pay settlements falling, according to the latest figures published in the trade union...

First trade union analysis of the Employment Relations Bill

16 Jan 1999
Labour Research Department (LRD) has published the first detailed examination of the eagerly awaited Employment Relations Bill from a trade union perspective. Its latest booklet, The Employment Relations Bill -...

Labour peer heads list of top dividend earners

05 Jan 1999
Fat cat company directors are pocketing huge sums of money in dividend payments, reveals a survey in the January issue of Labour Research magazine. Top dividend earner in the latest...

Redundancy - a trade unionists' guide to the law and best practice

08 Dec 1998
Over the last year more than three quarters of a million people have lost their jobs and redundancies appear to be once more on the increase, so it is vital...

Tory donations take a dive

29 Nov 1998
Corporate political donations to the Conservative Party in the period since the announcement of the 1997 general election took a nose dive compared with previous election years, Labour Research's annual...

Minimum wage/maximum hypocrisy - Double standards of CBI fat cat bosses

31 Oct 1998
On the eve of the CBI's annual conference which starts tomorrow in Birmingham, Labour Research magazine exposes the employers' federation's double standards over the minimum wage. In its evidence to...

First negotiators' guide to the Working Time Regulations published

13 Oct 1998
For the first time ever in the UK, the majority of workers are now legally entitled to a maximum working week, paid holidays, and to breaks and rest periods, as...

No end to fat-cat pay offs

02 Oct 1998
Not only are private companies failing to heed government pleas to show more restraint when it comes to executive pay, but the trend for large pay-offs to departing directors is...

Unions continue to fall foul of complex ballot laws

02 Oct 1998
Legal actions taken against trade unions by employers are few are far between, the latest annual survey by Labour Research has found, with just nine such actions recorded since September...

Employment Tribunals - LRD's guide to the new procedures

22 Sep 1998
There is only a 50% chance of winning a case at an employment tribunal, so LRD's latest booklet, Employment Tribunals - LRD's guide to the new procedures will be invaluable...

Negotiating the net - a guide for trade unionists

27 Aug 1998
Trade unionists are increasingly likely to use the Internet, and those connected find it a valuable tool for their union activity, according to a survey of union branches by the...

New guide to working safely with VDUs published

20 Jul 1998
There has been an enormous growth in recent years in the number of people engaged in work on a VDU. It is estimated that there are now around 5.5 million...

Survey reveals surge in equal pay claims and record level of compensation

01 Jul 1998
The annual survey of equal pay cases by the trade union negotiators' magazine Bargaining Report shows a surge in equal value cases with 45 new cases compared to an increase...

First trade union analysis of employment white paper published

18 Jun 1998
The Labour Research Department (LRD) has today published the first trade union critique of the government's employment white paper Fairness at Work. Entitled Will "fairness" work?, this LRD booklet has...

London workers need extra ?3,111 in their pay packets

18 Jun 1998
People working in inner London should claim a London weighting allowance of at least ?3,111 a year and those in outer London need ?1,004, according to the trade union negotiators'...

The Law at Work - for the layperson

20 May 1998
Trade union reps increasingly need a basic understanding of employment law to represent their members at work. The Law at Work published today by the Labour Research Department covers all...

Smoking completely banned in third of workplaces

01 May 1998
Indoor smoking bans have been introduced in a third of workplaces and nearly half have introduced policies which prohibit smoking in work areas, according to the results of a survey...

State Benefits 1998

25 Apr 1998
The Labour Research Department (LRD) is today publishing the 1998 edition of its annual guide to State Benefits. State Benefits 1998 covers the full range of both means- tested and...

LRD launches unique bargaining information service on the Internet

01 Apr 1998
The Labour Research Department launched its exciting new Internet pay and conditions information service PayLine in April. Now, through the World Wide Web, union negotiators, reps and researchers have got...

Safety Reps in Action

25 Mar 1998
The 200,000 union safety reps in Britain perform a vital role in maintaining and improving standards of health and safety in the workplace. But to do so they need to...

LRD guide to Worker Representation in Europe

01 Mar 1998
The Labour Research Department (LRD) is today publishing a trade unionists' guide to worker representation in Europe. The growing economic ties between the countries of the European Union (EU) and...

NHS chiefs: high pay, poor performance

03 Feb 1998
Thirteen NHS trust chief executives received six-figure salaries last year despite failing to meet their financial targets, according to investigations by Labour Research magazine. Labour Research examined trust annual reports...

Occupational health services seen as "management tool"

03 Feb 1998
Many occupational health services are seen as "a management tool" by employees because of their lack of accountability to their representatives, according to the results of a survey of trade...

Union action for race equality

21 Jan 1998
The Labour Research Department (LRD) is today publishing a trade unionists' guide to action for race equality. Produced in collaboration with the TUC, Union Action for Race Equality - a...

Black trade unionists under-represented at the top

08 Dec 1997
Ethnic minority trade unionists are still under-represented in prominent union positions despite union success in establishing forums for black participation. A major survey published by Labour Research magazine reveals that,...

LRD Guide To Performance Appraisal

04 Dec 1997
The Labour Research Department (LRD) has today published a trade union negotiators' guide to performance appraisal. Although by no means a new practice, performance appraisal has assumed an increasingly important...

Bargaining for equal pay - a trade unionist's guide

05 Nov 1997
Despite almost 30 years of equal pay legislation, women continue to earn significantly less than men. In 1996, women working full time earned just 80% of the average hourly earnings...

New LRD guide: Finding out about your pension

08 Oct 1997
The Labour Research Department (LRD) is today publishing a guide which aims to provide individuals with all the information they need to ensure they get the best possible pension benefits...

Executives part on good terms

26 Sep 1997
Top company directors are still leaving firms with six- and seven-figure golden handshakes, despite evidence that average pay-offs are declining slightly, according to a survey in Labour Research magazine. In...

Most top firms recognise unions

03 Sep 1997
Forty-two out of the largest 45 UK firms recognise unions at some level, according to a new survey by Labour Research magazine. The list includes the largest UK employer -...

Directors' pay rises quadruple average

02 Sep 1997
Top directors' pay has been rising by an average of 16% - more than five times as fast as inflation and four times as fast as average earnings. A survey...

LRD publishes action guide to stress, bullying and violence at work

25 Aug 1997
Stress, bullying and violence are serious workplace hazards. As with other health and safety problems in the workplace, trade union reps need a thorough understanding of their causes, effects and...
 

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