This week’s news in brief: Be part of survey

Personnel Today is supporting a major salary survey in conjunction with the
HW Group, part of TMP Worldwide Human Resources, and is looking for HR
professionals to take part. It is seeking to achieve an insight into the total
reward packages received by professionals working in six market sectors – IT
and telecommunication, manu-facturing, retail, financial services, professional
services and the public sector – and will be published on 6 June. As part of
the survey we are looking for HR professionals to take part, in confidence, in
a short telephone interview on pay and benefits.

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Fewer strike days

The second lowest ever number of days were lost through strike action in
1998. Figures show the UK lost 12 working days per 1,000 employees compared
with an EU average of 48 days. Alan Johnson, minister for competitiveness,
said, "These figures provide clear evidence that the climate of employment
relations is changing away from the confrontation of the 1970s and 80s towards
an approach based on fair treatment and partnership at the workplace."

NUJ deal on papers

TR Beckett, part of the newspaper company Johnston Press, has signed a union
recognition deal with the National Union of Journalists. The deal is the first
the union has signed in more than a decade. It will cover staff at the Worthing
Herald, Littlehampton Gazette and Shoreham Herald.

Dads miss home time

Nearly 60 per cent of fathers say long working hours stop them spending time
with their children. Nearly half of the men questioned said they would stay at
home to look after their children if they could afford to. The survey by Calpol
found 50 per cent would also like to be able to take two weeks’ paternity

IIP for police force

The Greater Manchester Police force has been recognised as an investor in
people. The force has 10,000 staff and is the largest in England and Wales to
receive the award. Areas highlighted in the force’s supporting evidence include
planning and evaluation of staff training.

Unpaid overtime

Nearly half the UK’s charity workers regularly work overtime without
payment, according to a survey. The research by public sector union Unison
found low pay and lack of training are also a problem. Unison has 30,000
members in the voluntary sector. Eighty per cent said pressure and workload has
increased in the past 12 months.

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