17 February 2011
Expert suggests grievance cases over pay may continue in 2011
Employers across all sectors in the UK may need to brace themselves for more grievance cases brought by workers on the grounds of pay discrimination throughout 2011, it has been suggested.
According to Andrew Goodwin, senior economic advisor to the Ernst & Young ITEM Club, the coming year is likely to hold "little respite" for the country's workforce in terms of their stagnant salaries.
Therefore, more workers may be dissatisfied with the level of wage they receive for their services in the aftermath of the global economic downturn for a while longer, which could lead to more employee grievances.
"It is unlikely that private sector employees will be able to force through significant pay rises while unemployment is so high," Mr Goodwin noted.
However, he added that "as the recovery gains greater traction" in 2012, pay freezes will begin to thaw, which is likely to have a positive effect on worker morale.
This comes after Frances O'Grady of the Trades Union Congress stated that pay deals in the UK must improve.
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Posted by Daniel Stevens