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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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    Teachers told to disable NHS contact-tracing app, claims union

    Shutterstock Teachers are being asked to disable the NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app while at school in order to reduce the number of staff required to self-isolate, according to a union. The NASUWT claimed that headteachers and local councils’ public health teams were telling staff to either switch off their phone, disable the app or disregard […] More

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    Heathrow staff to strike over ‘fire and rehire’ plans

    Helene Munson / Shutterstock.com Workers at Heathrow Airport are set to strike for four days in December in a dispute over plans to ‘fire and rehire’ staff on reduced pay. The strike, organised by Unite, will involve firefighters, engineers, campus security, baggage operations, operation and airside workers. Some 85% of union members who took part […] More

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    Workers’ right to picket continues under lockdown

    Shutterstock Workers taking lawful industrial action continue to have the right to picket their workplace during Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, following a legal challenge by trade union Unite. A judicial review was due to be heard at the High Court on Friday (13 November) against the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police and the Secretary of […] More

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    Uber sued for ‘automated’ dismissals

    Photo: Proxima Studio / Shutterstock In the first legal challenge of its kind, former Uber drivers in the UK and Portugal are suing the taxi-hailing company for using an algorithm to sack them. On behalf of four ex-Uber drivers, the App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU) has asked a court in Amsterdam to overrule Uber’s […] More