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  • Public sector pay policies

    In early February, in response to five independent pay review bodies' reports recommending pay awards for 1.3 million public service employees, the UK Government announced that the increases should be paid in two stages. These awards influence significantly the level of pay settlements for more...
  • TUC launches pre-election campaign

    The TUC trade union confederation has launched a GBP 1 million campaign to put employee rights at the centre of the forthcoming general election. The campaign is aimed at all parties, but is likely to be met with suspicion by the Government The Trades Union Congress (TUC) launched its campaign to...
  • Future of the Post Office under debate

    A consultative paper launched by the postal workers' union calls for changes to the Post Office which will allow it freedom from excessive regulation without privatisation. The paper has largely been met with approval from management, which is keen to regain the organisation's position as number...
  • Union recognition still an issue

    Despite the fact that UK trade unions have been losing members, in early 1997 groups of employees are still fighting for the right to act collectively and to be represented by unions. At the same time, there are still employers which refuse to recognise unions and to implement what some see as...
  • CBI sets out its plans for 1997

    The CBI employers' organisation has set out a five-point programme of long-term priorities for 1997. CBI hopes that by consulting members on targeted issues, it will be able to draw up concerted plans for the long-term future competitiveness of British industry. At the beginning of February the...
  • "Social chapter" takes centre stage in the election run-up

    The EU "social chapter" has become an important policy issue in the run-up to the UK general election, as the Government and the opposition have taken opposite stances on the role it should play in their future commitments. As the 1 May election date draws nearer, both the Conservative Government...

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