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03 April 2003

Workplace Report for reps and negotiators
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 has shifted the focus and hopes that Workplace Report (WR) will find a wider audience.

While WR will still provide the basic pay and conditions information that was the staple of Bargaining Report, it will also look to cover a wider range of issues that are of interest to workplace reps and the growing number of equal pay reps and union learning reps. It will tap into the TUC's increased activity around union reps through its New Unionism project.

The new format and content, with changes based on some of the results of last year's Bargaining Report readership survey, will include regular news items on recruitment and organisation and learning and training.

One of the key findings of the readership survey was the demand for more employment law information. WR will supply this by providing regular round-ups on two major areas of law each month. Regular items will cover sex and race discrimination, the TUPE transfer regulations, contracts of employment and tribunal procedures. This is an invaluable resource that readers will not find available in such an accessible format anywhere else.

Two pages of health and safety news will continue to include details from the Health and Safety Executive of the latest regulations, publications and other resources.

As in Bargaining Report, WR will try to ensure that its main articles each month cover the most important issues facing reps and negotiators and we will regularly rely on LRD's 1,000-plus local union contacts to provide us with details of what is happening at the workplace.

We hope existing readers like the changes and that new subscribers will be attracted to the magazine. Comments, criticisms and suggestions would be welcome.

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