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Reform to the retail prices index methodology

Submission by Prospect to HM Treasury & UKSA

July 2020

www.prospect.org.uk

 Introduction

Prospect is the trade union representing skilled professionals and technicians in the public and private sectors. Our members have been engaged with the discussions on changes to the RPI methodology over the last decade. Our members have an active interest in the future of this particular index. RPI is still used as the uprating index for many defined benefit pension schemes and also wage negotiations. There is concern that the proposed change will have a detrimental impact on member incomes. Our response will outline our concerns and suggest how we think ONS should approach changes to the RPI methodology.

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Rights under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations apply to the broader category of worker, rather than just employees, an employment tribunal has ruled.

This is the first time that it has been accepted that the regulations apply to the wider group of workers – including freelancers, contractors, interns and others on atypical working arrangements.

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1676 FeatureProspect vice president Ele Wade said technology has been changing the world of work for centuries and this has created challenges and opportunities for workers. “The challenge for our time is how we handle the use of data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning,” she said. She pointed to a growing awareness of bias becoming embedded in algorithms. New tech could be used to monitor workers or replace them; or it could be used to make work safer and more interesting as artificial intelligence takes on monotonous tasks. Prospect is already seeing the impact of this technology in areas as diverse as nuclear decommissioning and climate science. Wade argued that it is our job as trade unionists to put workers in the driving seat of this change, including by helping to develop tech workers’ collective voice such as those in the recent Google walkouts. A recent poll by Prospect found that 58% of workers felt they have no say in the implementation of new tech at work. Ele concluded by saying that although this seems like “daunting new territory”, unions have the experience to improve the working lives of these workers.

The full text of the motion from Prospect and the amendments by Community & FDA follows:

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Why you are better off with Prospect... -  A special update from Prospect Legal - PDF available here.

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Prospect has called for tough regulatory action to protect defined contribution pension scheme members when they access their pension pots.

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