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Workplace inequalities have increased significantly across Europe as a result of the global economic crisis, and will continue to do so as more and more countries introduce austerity measures and labour reforms, according to a new study published by the International Labour Office (ILO).

The TUC and the National Union of Students (NUS) are launching a new campaign calling for the fair treatment of interns. The event at TUC headquarters in central London will begin a year of campaign activity for fairer and better internships.

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that the Working Time Directive precludes national rules which make entitlement to paid annual leave conditional on a minimum period of 10 days’ actual work. That entitlement cannot be affected where the employee is on sick leave which has been duly granted, as a result of sickness or an accident at his place of work or elsewhere.

Recent research by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has shown that a third of successful job seekers accepted a new job without knowing anything about the associated pension provision. Around 25% turned up for work on their first day still unaware of whether a pension was available, and 6% signed an employment contract without any knowledge of the pension provision.

A new report from national charity Citizens Advice reveals that tens of thousands of workers in low paid, low skilled jobs are being denied their legal right to take time off.

The Government’s new paternity leave rules allowing new fathers to take up to six months paternity leave will come into effect on Sunday 3rd April. However new research from uSwitch.com reveals that while most fathers welcome the change, financial constraints and concerns over career impact or job security will prevent many from taking advantage of the new rules. 

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