Topic: Trade union and workforce issues

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Are modern families waving or drowning?

12 Mar 2019 in Briefings

Working Families and Bright Horizons Family Solutions have published their Modern Families Index, produced annually since 2012. It looks at how working families manage the balance between work and family in the UK.


The local government officer – is it time for a change?

13 Feb 2019 in Briefings

Councils are facing substantial challenges, and this has led to an increased need for its workforce to change and adapt. The skills and experience needed will be broader then the technical expertise that has stood many in good stead historically.


Sexual harassment in the workplace: new responsibilities  

24 Jan 2019 in Briefings

In its inquiry the Women & Equalities Select Committee heard that employer responsibilities are poorly understood, and its report recommends a shift in the burden for tackling sexual harassment at work from individuals to employers who would be under an obligation to take responsibility for changing behaviours at work.


How healthy is our workforce?

6 Dec 2018 in Briefings

What are the factors behind workforce sickness and what contributes to a healthy workforce? How can leaders and managers influence the content of any organisational health and wellbeing programme and how can they personally influence the culture of the organisation?


DfE – Teacher workload advisory group

28 Nov 2018 in Briefings

Teacher working hours in England are significantly higher than other countries with implications for recruitment and retention. The latest DfE plan to reduce workload is on data collection reduction, and also a letter from the Secretary of State signed by some national organisation (but not local government) announcing ‘there is still more to do’.


Public service comparisons within the EU

21 Nov 2018 in Briefings

This European Commission research is a snapshot of how the public services of the member states are doing. It provides a potential platform on which trends in performance can be measured across a range of performance criteria. The briefing is one of our series covering international local government issues.




Converting schools to academies: Public Accounts Committee

29 Aug 2018 in Briefings

The Commons Public Accounts Committee has reported on converting schools to academies drawing on National Audit Office work. It looks at local support for schools, including Academy Trust failure, and the consequences for the school system in England; it finds that “arrangements for oversight of schools are fragmented and incoherent”.