21 January 2014
In the UK, debates about psychosocial risks in the workplace are led by the Health and Safety Executive  (HSE ), the national independent regulator for health and safety in the workplace. In consultation with the social partners, the HSE has developed an approach to psychosocial risks at work that focuses on collective issues related to the nature of work, the design of work and the work environment, rather than focusing on the behaviour and practices of individual workers.  http://www.hse.gov.uk/  http://www.hse.gov.uk
12 May 2010
During 2009, pension scheme deficits rose sharply largely due to reduced investment returns. According to estimates (21Kb PDF)  published by pensions advisers Pension Capital Strategies (PCS ), the deficit for all UK private sector defined benefit or final salary pension schemes (FSPSs) on 31 December 2009 was GBP 212 billion (€246 billion as at 8 May 2010) compared with just GBP 37 billion (€42.9 billion) a year earlier. PCS describes the year’s performance as the worst on record. This pensions crisis has seen the bank Barclays, the global energy group BP and the supermarket chain Morrisons all close their FSPSs to new members in 2009.  http://www.pensionstrategies.co.uk/MungoBlobs/pdfs/091231pcsindex.pdf  http://www.pensionstrategies.co.uk/
16 February 2010
On 4 December 2009, the European steelmaker Corus  confirmed that it could no longer sustain the losses at its Teesside Cast Products (TCP ) business in northeast England. As a result, it announced that TCP’s Redcar blast furnace, Lackenby steelmaking plant and South Bank coke ovens would be ‘mothballed’ – that is, their operations suspended indefinitely – at the end of January 2010, leading to 1,700 job losses.  http://www.corusgroup.com/en/  http://www.corusgroup.com/en/company/divisions/long_products_divisions/teesside_cast_products/
01 April 2009
The objectives of the report are to investigate how companies in three sectors: the automobile industry, the banking business and road haulage experience EMU with regard to the practicalities of the introduction of the EURO, industrial relations, pay, employment, working conditions, restructuring of the companies and forms of business organisation.
12 January 2009
The system of general practitioners (GPs) issuing workers with a sick note if they are ill has not been changed since the National Health Service (NHS ) was established in 1948. However, in *a report entitled* Improving health and work: Changing lives (1.76Mb PDF) *, published on 25 November 2008,* the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP ) and the Department of Health (DH ) announced that sick notes are to be replaced by ‘fit notes’ as part of a package of reforms to manage sickness absence more effectively.  http://www.nhs.uk/  http://www.workingforhealth.gov.uk/documents/improving-health-and-work-changing-lives.pdf  http://www.dwp.gov.uk/  http://www.dh.gov.uk/
22 July 2007
On 4 May 2007, managers at the Robbs retail store, in Hexham, set off a fire alarm to round up staff to announce their redundancy. The fire alarm at the Robbs store was deliberately set off to clear the multi-level building of shoppers, while staff made their way to the designated fire point. The 140 staff were then told, in a short statement by management, that the store would be closing within two weeks. The redundancies were announced after efforts to find a buyer for the store had failed. (The firm’s parent company Owen Owen had gone into administration in February 2007.)
22 July 2007
On 25 April 2007, the House of Lords issued a judgment (90Kb PDF)  in favour of 36 school-dinner ladies who were pursuing a claim for equal pay under the Equal Pay Act 1970  against their employer, St Helens Borough Council.  http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200607/ldjudgmt/jd070425/derby.pdf  http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2003/20031656.htm
12 June 2007
Industrial relations developments in Europe 2006 highlights the most significant industrial relations developments over the past year – both at national and EU level. It examines the key issues covered by collective bargaining – pay, working time, job security, training, and equal opportunities – and looks at developments in the area of social partner activity, industrial action, cross-border activity and reconciliation of work,family and private life. A special thematic chapter explores the theme of gender and career development, looking in particular at workplace segregation, the underrespresentation of women in managerial posts and the prevalence of women’s involvement in part-time work.
17 May 2007
On 25 January 2007, a European Court of Justice (ECJ ) judgement  stipulated that UK pension rules offer inadequate protection for workers whose final salary pension schemes collapse.  http://curia.europa.eu/  http://curia.europa.eu/jurisp/cgi-bin/gettext.pl?where=&lang=en&num=79929874C19050278&doc=T&ouvert=T&seance=ARRET
26 April 2007
In recent times, trade union criticism concerning the power of private equity companies and their role in initiating redundancies has hit the headlines. In particular, Permira, Europe’s largest private equity firm, is one of several companies that have been targeted by the GMB general trade union.