Comments are closed. …in briefOn 12 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article This week’s news in briefEqual pay audit call Trade union Amicus is calling on the Government to introduce compulsoryequal pay audits. The move comes after three-quarters of the 6,000 companies itapproached to complete a pay audit refused to do so, while 25 per cent failedto respond. In all, only 50 firms agreed to carry out an audit. www.aeeu.org.ukSteel tariff jobs risk The general secretary of Amicus, Sir Ken Jackson, claims more than 5,000jobs could be lost in the UK because of the US tariffs on steel imports. Hesaid the US decision to load a 30 per cent tariff on imports could cost 18,000steel jobs in the European Union and 5,000 in the UK. The union estimates thatthe losses will occur as cheap steel imports flood into the EU. www.aeeu.org.ukKitemark launched Barbara Roche, Minister for Women, last week launched a gender equalitykitemark. The aim of the Castle Award, named after Barbara Castle whointroduced the Equal Pay Act in 1970, is to reward employers’ work in tacklingequal pay issues. www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk/castleawardsRenaming trend Staff are being given fancy job titles instead of cash, research claims.According to the survey of 1,700 workers by Reed.co.uk, companies are using‘uptitling’ to motivate and retain staff when budgets are tight. Almost half ofthose questioned thought a new job title would improve their job satisfaction. www.reed.co.ukJobcentre strike fear Up to 10,000 Jobcentre and benefit office staff will strike unless theGovernment scraps plans to remove safety screens, the Public and CommercialService Union has warned. There are 225 new safety-screen free offices set toopen later this year, and 750 staff have already been on strike over theremoval of safety screens. www.pcs.org.uk Related posts:No related photos.