United Kingdom - Gap closes between new and existing long-term agreements - March 29, 2010

The latest figures published in the Labour Research Department's Workplace Report magazine, based on LRD's database of negotiated settlements, suggest that there is now little gap between the increase in lowest basic rates in new deals and those under existing long term agreements. For the three months December 2009–February 2010, LRD's published mid-point for settlements monitored was 1.6%. This is only slightly up on the previous 1.5% figure (November-January). Pay freezes still account for just over a quarter (28%) of December-February settlements. In new settlements only (excluding existing long-term agreements) the mid-point for the three months up to and including February was 1.5%, with pay freezes making up almost four out of ten (39%) of these.

English: http://www.lrd.org.uk/issue.php?pagid=1&issueid=1373

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI atwww.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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