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01 March 2015

New LRD booklet: Pay - getting it right

Pay - getting it right

Bargaining information for union reps

Negotiating, campaigning and representing members on pay and related issues remains at the very heart of trade union activity. The need for strong trade unions to campaign for pay increases for UK workers has become increasingly pressing given the extent to which wages have fallen behind the cost of living since the onset of the financial crisis in 2007-08.

While trade unions have stepped up campaigns and collective action to secure pay rises over the last year, in some cases union representatives face the challenge of simply ensuring that workers receive what they should be legally entitled to from their employers. This LRD guide seeks to provide trade union members and reps with the key information they need when dealing with pay-related issues - whether enforcing statutory rights or negotiating pay increases.

Pay - getting it right provides a guide to the key statutory pay entitlements available to workers, including information that should appear in their pay packets and full details about the National Minimum Wage. It also explores the different forms of pay systems that reps and workers may encounter and which trade unions have to deal with.

The booklet then details the key points union reps need to consider in drawing up a pay claim and negotiating on pay, together with the key sources of information available. Key equality principles and entitlements are also explained, covering different protected characteristics and workers on different types of contract. This is followed by an overview of developments around the Living Wage, including key data and the arguments for paying a Living Wage, union campaigns and policy proposals. The booklet concludes by detailing basic statutory entitlements relating to holidays, sickness, redundancy and parental leave rights and pay.

Pay - getting it right: Bargaining information for union reps is an easy to understand and practical handbook to help union reps and workers deal with pay-related issues.



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