27 Mai 2001
In a rare show of unity, the three main teaching trade unions have launched a joint campaign to cut teachers' workloads and secure a 35-hour working week. Delegates at the April 2001 annual conferences of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) backed a common resolution calling for:
27 April 2001
Members of the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU) and Manufacturing Science Finance (MSF) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a merger between the two unions. The resulting "super-union" - still to be named - will be the second largest affiliate of the Trades Union Congress, behind the public services union, Unison, and the largest affiliate of the Labour Party. The AEEU has over 732,000 members whilst the MSF has almost 300,000, giving a combined membership of over 1 million. According to the two merging unions, the new organisation will have assets of over GBP 100 million and an annual income of more than GBP 60 million.
27 April 2001
On 5 March 2001, the trade and industry secretary, Stephen Byers, announced that the government had accepted a recommendation by the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC) to increase the adult rate of the national minimum wage (NMW) from GBP 3.70 per hour to GBP 4.10 on 1 October 2001. The government has also agreed "in principle" to a further recommended increase in the NMW to GBP 4.20 in October 2002, "subject to the economic conditions prevailing at the time".
27 April 2001
In its March 2001 submission to the Department of Trade and Industry, responding to the government's green paper on parental leave  (UK0101106F ) the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) urged the government to abandon proposals which would give new parents a statutory right to reduce their working hours. The CBI says that companies favour the encouragement of flexible working practices to help parents balance work with family responsibilities, but are opposed to legislation on the matter. The CBI argues that it would be impractical to introduce a legal right to work part time because firms cannot guarantee reduced hours. The suggested so-called "harm test", allowing employers to refuse requests to work part time in certain circumstances would, says the CBI, "only increase uncertainty" and lead to more employment tribunal cases.  http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/g_paper/index.htm  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/working-conditions-undefined/green-paper-on-parental-leave-receives-mixed-reception
27 März 2001
During February 2001 there were developments in several important areas that have been the subject of EIRO records in recent months. These are outlined below.
27 März 2001
A legal challenge to the holiday entitlement provisions of the UK's Working Time Regulations 1998  (UK9810154F ), launched by the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) in January 1999 (UK9901176N ), was referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) by the High Court in the UK. On 8 February, Advocate General Antonio Tizzano issued his opinion  on the case (C-173/99) and supported the union's claim that the current UK legislation is incompatible with the requirements of the EU working time Directive (93/104/EC ).  http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si1998/19981833.htm  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/new-working-time-regulations-take-effect  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/union-mounts-legal-challenge-to-working-time-regulations  http://europa.eu.int/jurisp/cgi-bin/gettext.pl?lang=en#=79989791C19990173&doc=T&ouvert=T&seance=CONCL&where=()  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31993L0104&model=guichett
27 Februar 2001
As requested by the government, the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC) is continuing to monitor and evaluate the impact of the national minimum wage (NMW) and will be making recommendations on whether it should be increased, in a report due by July 2001 (UK0007182N ). On 31 January 2001, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) presented evidence to the LPC. This follows evidence given during November and December 2000 by the government, the Confederation of British Industry and the Engineering Employers Federation (UK0101108N ).  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/terms-of-reference-for-review-of-national-minimum-wage-announced  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/government-and-employers-submit-evidence-on-national-minimum-wage
27 Januar 2001
On 11 December 2000, the Department for Education and Employment published a consultation paper  outlining proposals for simpler and speedier employment tribunal procedures for handling cases relating to equal pay for women and men. In 1999-2000, there were some 2,400 equal pay complaints made to employment tribunals. The procedures for handling such cases, particularly those concerning equal pay for work of equal value, have been criticised because of the length of time – sometimes years – that they can take to reach a conclusion. The new proposals follow the November 2000 announcement of amendments to employment tribunal rules more generally (UK0012102N ).  http://www2.dfee.gov.uk/consultations/consult_doc.cfm?CONID=6  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/government-announces-employment-tribunal-reforms
27 Januar 2001
As requested by ministers, the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC) is continuing to monitor and evaluate the impact of the national minimum wage (NMW), currently GBP 3.70 per hour, and will be making recommendations on whether the NMW should be increased in a report due by July 2001 (UK0007182N ). During November and December 2001, the government, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) presented evidence to the LPC.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/terms-of-reference-for-review-of-national-minimum-wage-announced
27 Dezember 2000
On 27 November 2000, the Prime Minister and other leading members of the government announced a series of measures to limit the impact of regulation on business. In the area of employment relations, the key reforms proposed by the government centre on amending employment tribunal procedures to deter and penalise the pursuit of unreasonable cases by claimants. The initiative is designed to meet sustained criticism from employers' groups of the growing administrative burden imposed by regulation (UK0004165N ) and of the emergence of a "compensation culture" reflected in record increases in employment tribunal claims against employers.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/governments-pro-business-credentials-under-attack