…in briefOn 18 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today This week’s news in briefHonda union deal Staff have voted for union recognition at Honda in the biggest ballot yet.Over 70 per cent of the vote was in favour of the AEEU representing theSwindon-based staff. Honda had previously rejected a voluntary recognitionagreement, but co-operated after it was taken to the Central ArbitrationCommittee. Seventy-two per cent of the 4,000 employees voted. www.aeeu.org.ukRow over council pay Local government has slammed staff pay claims, describing them as”completely unrealistic”. Unions want a rise of £1,750 or 6 per centdepending on which is greater, but the Employers’ Organisation for LocalGovernment claims this would add on average 11.7 per cent, costing localgovernment in England and Wales £1,685m. www.lg-employers.gov.ukFirms opt for job cuts Employers are blind to the alternatives to redundancy and are responding intraditional fashion to the economic cool-down by making swingeing job cuts,claims joint research by Reed Executive and CIPD. More than 80 per cent of the870 staff surveyed have clear ideas about what their employer could do totemporarily cut costs without making redundancies. Call centre stress Staff in call centres should be given better training and more time torecover after receiving an abusive call, according to new advice for employers.The HSE found many of the industry’s 2 million staff feel stressed at work.Half of those questioned are permanently monitored electronically to measureperformance and four out of five were judged on the duration of calls and thetime lags between them. www.hse.gov.ukCosts put before staff Cost factors are more important than staff demands for work-life balance inthe adoption of teleworking. An IRS survey suggests that teleworking is drivenby hard business reasoning rather than concern for employees’ welfare.”Closing an office” and “using space more efficiently” werekey reasons for many of the 215 employees surveyed. www.irseclipse.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.