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....The original art work will be on display for one of Austen’s predecessors on the tenner, Charles Dickens, featuring a cricketing scene from The Pickwick Papers, which also includes a visit to the Bank of England. Dickens, having known real poverty in childhood and seen his father imprisoned for debt, was very careful with money all his life, drove fierce bargains with publishers, and featured many foolish spendthrifts in his books including Mr Micawber who also lands in a debtors’ prison. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....“The retailer is trying to reinvent itself into the Selfridges of sports in the UK, while at the same time launching in the US, and fighting off concerns from shareholders and MPs about corporate governance and working conditions in the UK. All this while the weak pound is increasing costs, and the British consumer is facing rising inflation and weak wage growth – not a pretty combination for the price-sensitive shoppers who turn to Sports Direct for a bargain,” Khalaf warned. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The review reflects my lifelong search for measures that lie in two overlapping circles: things that are progressive and things that are possible, given the political, social and economic reality we face. One analysis of the review said it should have advocated the creation of a continental-style system of sectoral collective bargaining overseen by powerful trade unions. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Why my ‘gig economy’ review favours gradual change over quick fixes | Mathew Taylor image
.... The review reflects my lifelong search for measures that lie in two overlapping circles: things that are progressive and things that are possible, given the political, social and economic reality we face. One analysis of the review said it should have advocated the creation of a continental-style system of sectoral collective bargaining overseen by powerful trade unions. ...
Mike Ashley brushes off 60% dive in profits as shares in Sports Direct rise image
....“The retailer is trying to reinvent itself into the Selfridges of sports in the UK, while at the same time launching in the US, and fighting off concerns from shareholders and MPs about corporate governance and working conditions in the UK. All this while the weak pound is increasing costs, and the British consumer is facing rising inflation and weak wage growth – not a pretty combination for the price-sensitive shoppers who turn to Sports Direct for a bargain,” Khalaf warned. ...
Jane Austen to star in Bank of England literary links exhibition image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 11:42:14 AM
....The original art work will be on display for one of Austen’s predecessors on the tenner, Charles Dickens, featuring a cricketing scene from The Pickwick Papers, which also includes a visit to the Bank of England. Dickens, having known real poverty in childhood and seen his father imprisoned for debt, was very careful with money all his life, drove fierce bargains with publishers, and featured many foolish spendthrifts in his books including Mr Micawber who also lands in a debtors’ prison. ...
Burberry drops plans to redevelop Leeds mill despite pick-up in sales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of July 2017 01:52:25 PM
....” She said there had also been a rise in Chinese shoppers heading to Hong Kong, after a long period of decline. The UK remained Burberry’s fastest-growing market as international travellers continued to take advantage of the drop in the value of the pound since last year’s Brexit vote to pick up a bargain. ...
Gig economy: now is the time to ease the burden for workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of July 2017 06:00:16 AM
....If Taylor wants to establish German-style “workplace citizenship” in the UK, he must set out the practical steps. In the gig economy, a blast of old-fashioned collective bargaining could do more to improve the lot of workers than technical tweaks to current employment laws. ...
Forget Alexa, Amazon's next big product is ... wine image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 11:18:41 AM
.... It’s calling it “the first wine ever developed from conception to release with Amazon Wine”, the company’s booze brand launched in November 2012. Unusually for Amazon, this new brand isn’t aimed at undercutting the competition with bargain-basement prices, as with its Amazon Basics line. ...
Deliveroo set to become a tech 'unicorn' as investors seek a slice image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of July 2017 11:57:55 AM
.... Couriers should be referred to as “independent suppliers”, according to the document seen by the Guardian, and that, instead of hiring riders at a recruitment centre, senior staff should undertake “onboarding” at a “supply centre”. In a key case relating to the future of the gig economy, the Central Arbitration Committee is investigating whether Deliveroo’s drivers are independent contractors, as the company argues, or whether they should be classified as workers with rights to holiday pay, the national minimum wage and collective bargaining via a union. ...
South Sudan's million-strong refugee crisis is a test for the World Bank image
.... Such a scheme would have the added benefits of employing refugee teachers from South Sudan and of strengthening the Uganda education system. At a time when aid spending is (rightly) filtered through the lens of whether it offers value for money, investing $500m in the education of South Sudanese refugee children is a colossal bargain. ...
Citizens Advice warning over 'phantom goods' scams image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of June 2017 11:06:24 PM
....A rising number of people are being caught out by "phantom goods" scams - when items are bought online but are never delivered, Citizens Advice says. Cars, flights, furniture and insurance are among the goods and services which buyers think they are getting at a bargain, but which do not exist. ...
Sky-Fox takeover deal likely to face competition probe image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of June 2017 04:12:56 PM
....Mr Watson said undertakings from the Murdoch family were "not worth the newsprint they are written on" as he warned that lessons had not been learned from the phone-hacking scandal. He also accused the Conservatives of forming "an implicit bargain" with the Murdochs as he pushed Ms Bradley to order part two of the Leveson Inquiry into phone-hacking. ...
Brexodus has begun. We EU nationals know staying on is too big a gamble | Joris Luyendijk image
.... After all, this was true of the interests of the Irish, the Northern Irish, the Scots and the Gibraltarians too. It is also not just that EU nationals have morphed from afterthought to “bargaining chips” to be traded in the negotiations with the EU for, say, a better fishing quota. ...
Brexit could destroy the UK's food and farming industry – or be the making of it | Felicity Lawrence image
....But the big farm and landowner-lobby groups are quietly pleased that Gove’s resurrection has at least given them a high-profile secretary of state with sufficient intellect and clout to demand his own seat at the Brexit talks. Whether Gove can force the future of our food and farming to prominence in negotiations – or reduces it to a bargaining chip to be thrown away for other gains – will depend on his approach. ...
Frances O’Grady on insecure work: ‘the heartbreaking bit is  they think it’s normal’ image
.... She also rebuts the idea that falling trade union membership leaves them without a mandate, but she wants better access to workplaces. “Surely it should be possible for workers to have the right to be represented by a union and also to have a right for unions to bargain on their behalf. ...
Soft Brexit, hard Brexit – What is the difference for expats? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 23rd of June 2017 02:24:00 PM
....2 million UK expats currently living in member states. This was the biggest concern for expats, as in the run-up to the negotiations the UK government had seemed intent on using the rights of EU nationals in the UK as a bargaining chip to secure the rights of UK expats. ...
Low wages are 'return to pre-industrial Britain', says Bank of England economist image
....The lack of wage growth in Britain’s economy is the result of turning the clock back to the days before the Industrial Revolution when there were no trade unions and self-employment was rife, the chief economist of the Bank of England has suggested. Andy Haldane said the current relationship between pay and employment had more in common with the period between 1500 and 1750 than in the subsequent period, because in the post-1750 era, collective bargaining and the expansion of full-time paid employment meant workers were able to secure generous pay awards when labour was scarce. ...
Life and death in Apple’s forbidden city image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 08:30:02 AM
....In 2012, 150 workers gathered on a rooftop and threatened to jump. They were promised improvements and talked down by management; they had, essentially, wielded the threat of killing themselves as a bargaining tool. ...
Whole Foods, then a whole industry? Amazon sinks teeth into supermarkets image
.... Amazon generates enormous cashflows but its investors are happy to see those returns ploughed into new markets. That has been Bezos’s true brilliance: he has corralled supportive long-term investors who have accepted the explicit bargain that Amazon’s mission is to acquire revenues first and worry about dividends later. ...
UK attracts record overseas tourists after pound's Brexit slide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of June 2017 11:47:05 AM
....2bn, up 14%. Chinese visitors shopping for bargains in London have helped luxury goods companies, but tourism body Visit Britain said the biggest increase in long-haul passengers has been from North America. ...
Mulberry says terrorism and election uncertainty may have hit UK sales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 05:00:13 PM
....Two-thirds of the brand’s bags sold outside the UK, and half of those sold in the UK, now come from Mulberry’s latest collections designed by its creative director, Johnny Coca, who also joined from Céline in 2015. Sales at established UK stores rose 5% in the year to 31 March as some London outlets enjoyed double digit growth in tourist visitors on the hunt for bargains prompted by the drop in the value of the pound against the euro and dollar since the Brexit vote last summer. ...
Election 2017: Hung parliament and coalition means more house prices turmoil, warn experts image
....". The chance of a post-election bounce in values has been written off by some critics, but said savvy buyers could snap up bargains in the coming months. ...
Austerity has strangled the British economy. Only Labour gets this | Joseph Stiglitz image
....Under Ronald Reagan in the United States and Margaret Thatcher in the UK, there was a rewriting of the basic rules of capitalism. These two governments changed the rules governing labour bargaining, weakening trade unions; and they weakened anti-trust enforcement, allowing more monopolies to be created. ...
Why are human travel agents still so much better than websites? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of June 2017 09:37:43 AM
....It’s been more than 20 years since Expedia was founded as a division of Microsoft, kicking off the online travel market. Today, the industry has swelled to an enormous size, taking in machine learning-powered flight bookers such as Hopper, luxury-focused bargain hunters such as Secret Escapes, and a host of mobile-first booking apps like Trivago. ...
The strange death of strikes in Britain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 3rd of June 2017 06:00:46 AM
....During the election campaign, Jeremy Corbyn has been tirelessly presented as a figure that will take Britain back to the strike-stricken 1970s. In the era of globalisation, that is hugely unlikely – but measures to improve the bargaining position of workers are now long overdue. ...
Brazil meat-packing giant JBS to pay record $3.2bn corruption fine image
....6bn paid by Brazilian building firm Odebrecht. Brazil's President Michel Temer is in danger of being toppled thanks to testimony given by J&F's owners, Joesley and Wesley Batista, under a plea bargain. ...
Painstaking detail of Brexit process revealed in EU documents image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of May 2017 06:00:00 AM
....2 million Britons on the continent. In a red rag to hardline Brexiters, the document stresses the European court of justice (ECJ) must have full jurisdiction for ruling on disputes about citizens’ rights, while the European commission ought to have full powers for monitoring whether the UK is upholding the bargain. ...
Greece warns recovery threatened if debt deal is blocked at next talks image
....”. Athens, Tsakalotos continued, had kept its side of the bargain, legislating highly unpopular reforms to produce savings of 2% of GDP, while the European Union and International Monetary Fund had not kept theirs. ...
Deliveroo accused of 'painting a false picture' at work tribunal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 04:23:13 PM
....Deliveroo has been accused of running a campaign of misinformation and implementing last-minute changes to contracts in an effort to prevent riders from gaining better employment rights. In a key case relating to the gig economy, the Central Arbitration Committee is investigating whether Deliveroo’s drivers are independent contractors, as the company argues, or whether they should be classified as workers with rights to holiday pay, the national minimum wage and collective bargaining via a union. ...
'Car boot-sale' diamond set to fetch £350,000 at auction image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 01:20:10 AM
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Where does an A-lister land when they waft in from paradise? Yes, Luton image
. It was once a byword for bargain-basement flights and holiday hell, defined for a generation by Campari ads and Lorraine Chase. ...
Let’s move to Rothbury, Northumberland: ‘It’s pretty near perfect’ image
.... Few rentals: a two-bed flat is perhaps £500pcm. Bargain of the week This vast Georgian town house might not seem a bargain at £615,000: but seven bedrooms! With emoov. ...
Brazil's stock market plunges after corruption claims image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 04:31:38 PM
.... There is currently no minimum retirement age. There are also labour reforms on the cards to weaken trade union bargaining powers and make hiring and firing workers easier. ...
Government accused of ignoring workers' plight as UK faces pay squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 09:24:55 AM
....8%, the Office for National Statistics said. John Philpott, the director of the JobsEconomist, said: “This is a jobs market that looks better on paper than it feels in the pocket, reflecting a structural shift in the types of work people do and the relative bargaining power between workers and bosses. ...
Disney hack: Ransom demanded for stolen film image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 09:16:25 AM
.... These days our digital possessions are the new family silver. However there is no guarantee, even if you do give in to the demand, that the criminals will keep their side of the bargain (they are criminals after all), or that you won't end up on a list of easy targets and be hit again. ...
Aldi plans to open up to eight stores in some UK towns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 06:56:14 PM
....9% – meaning £1 out of every £14 spent in the UK on groceries goes into Aldi’s tills – while Lidl is also making gains. Research group Kantar predicts Lidl could also overtake Waitrose this summer as the discounters benefit from new store openings and shoppers search out bargains amid a return to food price inflation. ...
Deliveroo bows to pressure to change contracts for UK couriers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 06:16:37 PM
....”. Deliveroo’s contract change comes before a planned hearing at the Central Arbitration Committee in London later this month where riders will attempt to force the company to recognise their trade union membership and collective bargaining rights. ...
Bristol housing charity tops list of UK’s most-prosecuted landlords image
....Property investor specialist Terry started off purchasing properties for himself and in 2003 he founded ADR Property Group. The firm sourced and managed properties in the north-west on behalf of investors keen to pick up bargains. ...
GMB claims ballot 'victory' for Bridgend Lidl staff image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 10:58:42 AM
....A Lidl spokesman said: "We believe that our employees are fairly represented within the business, without having to engage with unions and creating a fragmented workforce. "The proposed bargaining unit does not reflect the Lidl ethos of one company, one team. ...
Lidl on course to surpass Waitrose and enter UK supermarket top seven image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 08:24:46 AM
. Lidl is on track to overtake Waitrose to become the UK’s seventh-biggest grocer as early as this summer as the discounters benefit from new store openings and shoppers search out bargains amid a return to food price inflation. ...
Where oil rigs go to die image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 04:30:18 AM
.... As sun and drizzle conspired to form a rainbow over Broad Bay, Morrison pointed out that, for a moment, Winner seemed to float at the end of it. During the weeks of the rig’s stay on Lewis, there had been an unbargained-for turn in public opinion. ...
General election: May paves way for end to pledges on NI and income tax image
.... He also vowed to overhaul workers’ rights with a 20-point plan that would outlaw zero-hours contracts and double paternity leave. Speaking to Peston, McDonnell also talked about a return to collective bargaining in the workplace and a return to pay deals being set on an industry-wide basis. ...
The Guardian view on Apple-Uber affair: reasons to tame Silicon Valley | Editorial image
....me customers had had with rival taxi companies. Even if their email was notionally anonymised, this use of it was not something the users had bargained for. ...
Brexit brain drain threatens UK universities, MPs warn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 05:00:39 AM
....”. The Liberal Democrats’ education spokesman, John Pugh, said: “Theresa May’s insistence on using European citizens as bargaining chips is already leading to an exodus of academics from the EU. ...
What does the snap election mean for your finances? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 01:10:00 PM
....There was instant good news for holidaymakers as the pound soared to a six-month high against the euro, US dollar and other major currencies. Markets decided that a Conservative landslide would strengthen the Prime Minister’s hand when bargaining with the EU, and this boosted the pound. ...
Sports Direct breaks into US market image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 08:32:02 AM
.... . Nicholas Hyett, equity analyst, Hargreaves Lansdown said Sports Direct had picked up a "bargain out of bankruptcy proceedings". ...
The Guardian view on the IMF: a global institution in an age of protection | Editorial image
....The problem is that the policy response to these trends – including that of the IMF itself – has been inadequate. While the IMF’s macro-economic department has been urging a softer line on austerity, the teams sent in to sort out crisis countries have prescribed the same old medicine – cuts in wages and public spending, with a diminished role for collective bargaining. ...
Burberry's sales growth slows despite 'exceptional' UK performance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 05:23:32 PM
....”. Burberry said it had enjoyed an “exceptional” performance in the UK, where tourists are taking advantage of the low value of the pound to pick up bargain bags and trench coats. ...
Burberry shares dive despite sales rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 09:32:28 AM
....". George Salmon, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: "UK sales continue to surge ahead, as credit-card wielding tourists with expensive tastes flock to these shores to take advantage of sterling's weakness and pick up a currency-induced bargain. ...
Brazil's Odebrecht to pay $2.6bn fine for corruption image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 17th of April 2017 05:35:57 PM
.... . The fine was a plea bargain deal agreed last year with the US, Brazilian and Swiss authorities. ...
But it was spreads that put the ‘uni’ in Unilever image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of April 2017 06:00:23 AM
....Meanwhile, in what appears to be the sort of luck you’d expect to land only at an Irish retailer’s door, ABF said in February that Primark had been enjoying a boost from tourists drawn to Britain by the cheap pound. Sales at the cut-price fashion chain’s two stores in London’s Oxford Street were up 10% as the UK’s premier high street benefited from an influx of bargain-hunting visitors. ...
Brazil graft probe focuses on World Cup football stadiums image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 12:34:38 AM
.... Testimony released by the Brazilian Supreme Court alleges that builders and politicians illegally profited from the construction of stadiums used in the 2014 football World Cup. The plea bargain testimony was given by executives working for Odebrecht - the continent's biggest construction firm. ...
Employment is high, skills are in demand. So why is pay still not rising? | Larry Elliott image
.... To say the least, it is unusual for an economy to be nearing full employment with absolutely no upward pressure on wages. There are record job vacancies and reports of skill shortages, both of which would normally increase the bargaining power of employees. ...
Free trade warning – IMF, WTO and World Bank say it must be defended image
....In a chapter from its forthcoming World Economic Outlook, the IMF said half of the four percentage point fall in labour’s income share was due to rapid progress in information technology and the potential to automate routine tasks. It added that technology was twice as important as globalisation in reducing labour’s share of income but said the ability of firms to outsource production to lower-cost countries had eroded workers’ bargaining power. ...
The experts’ guide to making your garden bloom on a budget image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 8th of April 2017 06:00:31 AM
.... If you buy flowering bulbs in a pot you will pay over the odds. Bulbs from Poundland can be a great bargain, but don’t be duped into buying spring bulbs now. ...
Travel websites ticked off over 'misleading' claims image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 7th of April 2017 12:33:04 PM
. Websites that show bargain prices for flights, hotels and other travel bookings, are not giving customers accurate information, say European consumer protection authorities. ...
UK charities fined for data law breaches image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 10:20:45 AM
...."The generous British public expect charities to safeguard their data and raise funds responsibly, and in return they donate in their millions," said the commission's chief operating officer David Holdsworth. "Sadly in these cases charities have not kept their side of the bargain. ...
Will populist leaders stifle the global recovery – or vice versa? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 03:32:12 PM
.... It is hard to overstate how much rides on the Sino-US relationship, and how damaging it would be if the two sides cannot find a way to work together constructively. The Trump administration believes that it has the bargaining tools to recalibrate the relationship to America’s advantage, including a tariff on Chinese imports or even selectively defaulting on the more than $1tn the US owes to China. ...
Up to 100,000 UK jobs at risk as Merkel and Juncker ally warns on euro clearing image
....“We need to know immediately from the government what its strategy is to protect jobs in the finance sector, because all we have witnessed so far is silent bewilderment. “Labour will fight for a Brexit that works for everyone, unlike the hard-right Tory elite who want a low-wage, tax-haven, bargain-basement economy. ...
Will the new 12-sided £1 ever be  worth a mint? Here’s how to coin it in image
....Most fairs feature the odd box of junk and they can have hidden jewels. There are bargains if you are prepared to look. ...
Apple wins Australia ruling to retain Apple Pay dominance image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 07:46:25 AM
....Four banks had wanted to negotiate with Apple to gain access to its payments technology for their own apps, avoiding having to pay fees to Apple. But the country's competition watchdog has now barred them from collectively bargaining with Apple. ...
Cool your jets, Michael O'Leary – Brexit unlikely to ground Ryanair | Nils Pratley image
.... Then the commission demanded at the 11th hour that MTS, the Italian platform for trading government bonds, be thrown into the deal. Milan, it seems, hated the idea of being a bargaining chip in an Anglo-German deal that would simultaneously advance French interests. ...
UK businesses welcome May's free trade call but warn of no-deal Brexit disaster image
....Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF Energy, which is behind the new Hinkley Point C power station, added: “As an EU national who has lived in Britain for 15 years, Brexit is not just a professional question, it’s also personal. “I’m convinced that both the UK government and EU leaders know very well that the 3 million EU citizens in Britain and around 1 million Britons living in Europe do not want to become bargaining chips. ...
Settle Brexit bill quickly to boost chance of free trade deal, say pro-EU Tories image
....”. Asked about rebels who would like the issue settled quickly, he said: “I don’t think anyone is going to find it easy to say to their constituents that they didn’t think it important to drive a hard bargain. ...
Populism is the result of global economic failure image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 01:23:10 PM
....To take just the last of these four pillars, the idea was that trade unions and minimum wages were impediments to an efficient labour market. Collective bargaining and statutory pay floors would result in workers being paid more than the market rate, with the result that unemployment would inevitably rise. ...
Second cycle courier wins holiday pay at gig economy tribunal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 12:56:13 PM
....Judge Joanna Wade said the contract Boxer had signed “did not reflect the reality of the situation” and he had signed it because he had no choice. “The inequality of bargaining power at this point was very notable,” she said in a two-page ruling. ...
Brexit could damage UK's fight against corruption, says OECD image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 10:07:05 AM
....The report praises the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for recent successes in pursuing major corruption cases, including a multimillion-pound settlement with the engineering giant Rolls-Royce earlier this year. However, several civil society groups told the report’s authors they were concerned that “Brexit could increase the risk of UK companies threatening to relocate and potential loss of UK jobs as a bargaining chip in negotiations with prosecutors over charges”. ...
Trouble on the ranch image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 12:01:57 AM
.... . "Agriculture is a good bargaining tool," he says. ...
London 'cheaper than New York or Tokyo' after pound's Brexit plunge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 07:00:07 AM
.... So, in the survey, Singapore scored 120 (20% higher than New York) while London scored 89, or 11% less than New York. London’s new-found bargain-basement status has encouraged a flood of international shoppers to the city. ...
Brazil prosecutor targets politicians in Petrobras scandal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 11:19:32 PM
....Brazil's top prosecutor has asked the Supreme Court to open 83 new investigations into politicians as part of a long-running corruption probe involving state oil giant Petrobras. The names were mentioned in plea bargain testimony of former executives of construction firm Odebrecht, but have not been made public. ...
Too many firms game the system. They should be transforming lives  | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... And they all struck it lucky with Tolcher. Tranmere Rovers could have done what so many other companies do with the billions taxpayers spend on apprenticeship training: game the system and use it as a source of bargain-basement, publicly subsidised labour. ...
Bogus self-employment exploits workers and scams the taxman | Paul Mason image
....Trapped between this world and a benefit system that is useless for short-term disruptions, many low-paid people see self-employment as an insurance policy: you can always quit and go somewhere else. And the ability to do so, in a tight labour market where your own boss is facing tough deadlines, gives you implicit bargaining power when faced with shouting or bullying or favouritism. ...
Brexit and Bochum haunt Vauxhall in the new battle for Ellesmere Port image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of March 2017 04:00:38 PM
....But unions reckon talks about a new model to replace the Astra will start again some time next year. And unlike 2012, ministers and union bosses are likely to have less bargaining power in these negotiations. ...
Will the  diesel car you are driving today be worthless in five years’ time? image
....He says that while the sale of new diesels in the UK has barely been dented, the market for new and secondhand vehicles looks “a lot less certain”, and in continental cities that have seen restraints on diesel use, older car values have fallen. “It could be a bonus for high-mileage, bargain-seeking motorists who mostly drive out of town, but that will be scant comfort to the out-of-pocket urban vendor who probably thought they were doing the environmentally correct thing in choosing diesel. ...
Asda imposes harsher terms on suppliers after pound's Brexit slide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 10:25:36 AM
.... In some cases it causes cashflow issues and can make the difference between the survival and failure. One Asda supplier, who asked not to be named, said: “Asda already drives a hard bargain on price so this is all the more irritating in what are difficult trading conditions. ...
Government defeated on Brexit bill image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 07:06:57 PM
.... . For her opponents that's distasteful, immoral even, because many people who have made their lives in the UK could be used, so the phrase goes, as "bargaining chips" in a negotiation. ...
Primark sales boosted by bargain-hunting tourists after pound's Brexit slide image
....Primark has joined luxury brands such as Burberry in enjoying a boost in sales from tourists drawn by the cheap pound. Sales at the cut-price fashion chain’s two stores in Oxford Street, central London, were up 10% in the six months to 4 March as the UK’s premier high street benefitted from an influx of bargain-hunting visitors, particularly from China. ...
Windfarms aren’t the real reason energy bills are rising. Blame the free market image
.... That was up 12% year-on-year. But, according to analysts at Hargreaves Lansdown, it is still a bargain for the agents – because it is a third of what they were paying a decade ago on local press advertising to get a fraction of the Rightmove audience. ...

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