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    Public sector pay freeze stokes union anger

    Shutterstock Unions have responded angrily to chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of a pay freeze for swathes of public sector workers yesterday with Unison general secretary Dave Prentis saying: ‘This is austerity, plain and simple.’ Much of the criticism centred on the view that the public sector as a whole played its part in keeping the […] More

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    Scientists surprised at construction industry Covid clusters

    The construction industry has been singled out as being a higher-than-expected source of Covid-19 outbreaks given stringent safety regulations being imposed on it. A member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said yesterday (22 November) he had been “surprised” by the rates of transmission in the construction sector. Speaking on Sky’s Sophy […] More

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    Matt Hancock supports military-style reservists system for NHS

    Photo: Shutterstock, posed by model The NHS could gain a pool of reservists similar to those provided for the police and army under a proposal to extend the coronavirus volunteer scheme after the pandemic. Health secretary Matt Hancock has signalled his support for a private members’ bill that could see the creation of a system […] More

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    Priti Patel inquiry ‘finds evidence of bullying’

    Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images The Prime Minister is expected to announce his decision about home secretary Priti Patel’s future in the Cabinet, after an inquiry found she had broken ministerial behaviour rules. An independent investigation, commissioned by the Cabinet Office after former Home Office permanent secretary Sir Philip Rutnam resigned from his post alleging that […] More

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    Public sector pay freeze set to be announced

    Sandor Szmutko / Shutterstock.com Millions of public sector workers in England are likely to see their pay frozen next year, but NHS staff are set to be exempt from the freeze. According to the BBC, chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to restrict public sector pay in his Spending Review next week, which will set out […] More

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    Travel restrictions behind glut of work visas

    Terminal 2 at Heathrow airport lies empty during lockdown Shutterstock New government figures show that far fewer migrants have applied for, and been granted visas to work in the UK in the past few months. The decline in applications, caused by a combination of Covid-19 travel restrictions and Brexit, has created a glut in the […] More

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    Businesses urged to use the Redundancy Payment Service

    Shutterstock A prominent accountancy firm has warned that businesses facing closure are failing to use the government’s Redundancy Payments Service. Moore director Chris Tate said that in some cases his firm had witnessed, businesses had had no need to become insolvent because they could not afford basic restructuring because they could have used the RPS. […] More

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    Boeing cuts jobs as aviation sector views bleak future

    Boeing aircraft at the company’s Seattle plant Shutterstock Boeing is set to cut 30,000 workers as it continues to struggle with global costs while the coronavirus pandemic continues. The news came as the International Air Transport Association called for more concerted efforts from governments to protect the sector and Heathrow reported it was losing traffic […] More

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    PwC to resign as Boohoo auditor after working conditions inquiry

    Mauritz Antin/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock In the latest sign of growing fears among large accountancy firms over reputational damage, PwC is set to resign as auditor of fashion retailer Boohoo. The online clothing company has been under scrutiny over working practices, pay and conditions in its supply chain with a recent review by lawyer Alison Levitt finding that […] More

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    OECD predicts 7.1% unemployment in UK and criticises lack of training

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has forecast that unemployment will rise from its current 4.5% to 7.1% in 2021, less than some earlier projections from within the government. It added it was ‘remarkable’ how job support schemes in countries had kept mass unemployment at bay. The think-tank also revised its estimate for […] More

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    Services sector ‘overlooked’ in Brexit trade talks

    “Four and a half million jobs depend on this sector”   Baroness Donaghy. Photo: UK Government The needs of the UK’s £225bn professional services sector are being overlooked in the UK-EU trade talks according a sub-committee of the House of Lords. More than 4.6 million people – 13% of the workforce – are employed in […] More

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    MPs to investigate UK firms’ links with Chinese exploitation of Uyghurs

    Uyghur women work in a cloth factory in Hotan county, Xinjiang province, China. Photo: Azamat Imanaliev/Shutterstock The extent to which UK businesses are exploiting the forced labour of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region of China will be investigated by MPs in an inquiry probing the use of forced labour in UK supply chains. The Business, […] More