UK Employee Relations Articles
Please note that many other articles with IR implications appear under different headings, e.g, employment law.
March 23 2016 - Social media's presence in the workplace grows more prolific by the day, and as such is impacting the way in which managers, employees and even
job applicants communicate.
December 30 2014 - Full text of TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady's New Year message.
September 9 2014 - Ian Abel of Michael Lewin Solicitors comments on ACAS statistics regarding the first quarter of Early Conciliation
December 18 2013 - A Settlement Agreement (previously known as a compromise agreement) is a legally binding confidential agreement between you and
October 9 2012 - The latest CIPD Absence Survey shows a drop from an average of 7.7 to 6.8 days per employee.
October 3 2012 - The annual statistics for claims in employment tribunals (ETs) for 2011/2012 have just been published.
The statistics show a 15% reduction in ET claims being presented and an increase in costs awards by ETs, where over 80% have been made against
claimants. Despite this, the Government is intent on its employment law reform programme under the auspices of promoting growth - especially for
October 5 2011 - The announcement by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Chancellor George Osborne that
the qualification period for the right to claim unfair dismissal will be extended from one year to two years has attracted mixed responses.
April 23 2011 - Employers are concerned that they are vulnerable to frivolous or unjustified employment tribunal claims
according to a Conflict Management survey published prior to a recent CIPD conference.
June 9 2010 - UK unions are supporting economic recovery by helping to reduce stress and lack of motivation in the workplace according to a
recent report from the TUC.
October 10 2008 - A recent report finds that UK businesses are being badly affected by poorly
managed conflicts in the workplace. A timely new book may help.
August 24, 2008 - The Department for Business has released figures showing
trade union membership in Wales grew by nearly 6,000 members (1.5%) in 2007.
Updated June 26, 2008 - Employees in small and medium sized businesses in Europe averaged almost two hours a day on the Internet, with half an hour
on non-work-related sites.
November 19 2007 - An independent study report shows that Acas
is a highly cost-effective organization returning £16 for every pound invested in the employment relations service.
November 28 2006 - A new survey of almost 5000 managers by law firm Peninsula suggests
that the majority are concerned that this year's office Christmas parties will lead to employment tribunal claims
because of bad staff behaviour.
28 April 2006 - Today's annual TUC Trade Union Trends 'Focus on Recognition' survey
shows that the number of agreements signed with employers has fallen despite a
trebling of the number of trade union campaigns for recognition deals.
November 30 2005 - British Airways has announced plans
to re-structure the business and cut 35% (357) of its
1,715 management jobs by March 2008.
25 October 2005 - A Polish union official joins the North West TUC
to help Polish workers get a better deal at work.
30 September 2005 - A report from the CBI (the employers' organisation)
shows that British businesses have major concerns about the complexity of the new
employment tribunal procedures despite a fall in the number of tribunal cases
since the reforms were introduced last October.
27 May 2005 - 179 union recognition agreements were achieved in 2004, according to a TUC report.
1 July 2004 - 'Stop snooping', a report in a recent
edition of the TUC backed Hazards magazine, says that new technologies and the lack of
privacy rights at work mean bosses can monitor employees constantly and secretly, which
is bad for their productivity and health.
11 June 2004 - Work stoppages in the UK fell to just 133 in 2003 - the lowest ever recorded.
2 April 2004 - Workplace Mediation is becoming an increasingly popular dispute resolution method to resolve interpersonal employee conflicts including harassment and bullying complaints. Nora Doherty, Director of Professional Mediation Resolutions (PMR) explains what mediation is, how it can be most appropriately used by organisations and what kind of training staff may require.
9 September 2003 - CBI Chief Digby Jones called for trade unionists to turn away from the language of
confrontation to a constructive agenda that meets the needs of the constantly changing and
ever increasing demands of a competitive, globalised economy.
9 July 2003 - From October 2004, there will be a requirement for
employers and employees to follow a minimum three-stage process to ensure
that disputes are discussed at work.
8 July 2003 - The Work Foundation has warned that
the DTI's plans to make organisations consult their employees about business decisions
are facing a huge challenge in trying to change the attitudes
and practice of the many companies hostile to employee consultation and information
7 July 2003 - The government is required to implement the EU Directive on Information and Consultation.
The DTI has now agreed a framework with the TUC and CBI.
12 June 2003 - Brendan Barber's City University Vice-Chancellor's Lecture.
3 March 2003 - A DTI review of The Employment Relations Act (1999) indicates that
it is succeeding in delivering
better working standards and promoting a new climate of co-operation
between workers and employers.
24 February 2003 - Trade union recognition is still rising across the UK, according to the TUC's annual
survey, Focus on Recognition, but the going is getting tougher as unions are left with smaller, more resistant
and obstructive employers to deal with.
15 October 2002 - A survey of organizational 'netiquette' from The Work Foundation
reports that employees are increasingly likely to be fired because of 'kiss and tell' and other inappropriate emails.
12 August 2002 - Acas will have a vital role to play in spreading good practice and resolving disputes
over the next few years, according to Acas Chair Rita Donaghy.
12 August 2002 - The UK workplace is increasingly becoming a zero tolerance
zone for bullies according to research published today by The Work Foundation.
25 March 2002 - Parcelforce Worldwide' workforce of 11,700 people
will be reduced by around 6,700, over and above natural turnover.
25 February 2002 - A survey of 600 senior managers by Amicus, the union for managers
and professionals in Consignia, indicates that the Post Office lacks
the skills, direction and leadership to cope with the challenges it faces.
22 October 2001 - £1.2 million of Government money is available to businesses and
organisations wanting to develop workplace practices
to improve communication between bosses and workers under a new round
of the DTI's Partnership Fund.
8 October 2001 -
The consultation document Routes to Resolution: improving
dispute resolution in Britain has provoked an angry response about the
'partial privatisation' of ACAS from the Industrial Society.
17 May 2001 - ETUC/UNI demonstration calling
on Marks and Spencer to reconsider closure of their European operations
19 February 2001 - The TUC claims that 20,000 major workplace injuries a year could be
prevented, and a third of a million days sickness absence avoided
if more businesses and unions took a partnership approach to issues of
health and safety.
1 February 2001 - Over half a million temporary workers in the UK should benefit from changes
to employment rules.