In the UK in the second quarter of 1990, wage deals were averaging at 9%, but by the third quarter of 1992 they had decreased to 3.9%. Manufacturing sector awards were running at 2.8%, the lowest since the figures began to be compiled in 1981; 23% of manufacturing firms had imposed pay freezes for more than six months. Only 1% reported pay deals of more than 7.5%, and there were none above 8.5%.
The advantage of pay freezes is that the unit labour cost in the UK has now decreased to below the levels in Germany and Japan, making the country more competitive in manufacturing.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.