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.... . But Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said the government had "refused to consider the public sector option for a major rail franchise". ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT, pointed out that the deal would mean about 75% of UK rail routes would soon be operated by state-owned foreign companies, after an Italian state firm took over C2C. “Once again the government has refused to consider the public sector option for a major rail franchise and instead it’s a foreign state operator, in this case the Chinese state, which is set to make a killing at the British taxpayers’ expense,” he said. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....”. However councils still struggle with the national political restraint on local authority borrowing to build homes because it counts towards public sector deficit and national debt figures. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Official figures reveal that the number of EU-born workers in the UK fell by 50,000 between October and December to 2. 3 million, in a decline led by people working in banking, the public sector and construction. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Some companies say skills shortages are exacerbating their cost pressures amid early signs that some EU migrants are starting to leave the UK. The Resolution Foundation thinktank said its analysis of official figures showed the biggest falls in EU workers were among graduates and those working in banking, the public sector and construction. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....6%, the leader of the council said he hoped the decision would encourage others to “think completely outside the box”. Ferris Cowper said the local authority had taken “balanced risks” in bucking the national trend and proving “there is a completely different way of running the public sector”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Chinese firm MTR to help operate UK's South West trains franchise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 07:52:43 AM
....Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT, pointed out that the deal would mean about 75% of UK rail routes would soon be operated by state-owned foreign companies, after an Italian state firm took over C2C. “Once again the government has refused to consider the public sector option for a major rail franchise and instead it’s a foreign state operator, in this case the Chinese state, which is set to make a killing at the British taxpayers’ expense,” he said. ...
South West Trains: Hong Kong firm MTR to help run rail franchise image
.... . But Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said the government had "refused to consider the public sector option for a major rail franchise". ...
Council tax bills to rise in nine out of 10 English local authorities image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 11:01:43 PM
....6%, the leader of the council said he hoped the decision would encourage others to “think completely outside the box”. Ferris Cowper said the local authority had taken “balanced risks” in bucking the national trend and proving “there is a completely different way of running the public sector”. ...
The British jobs Brexit makes hard to fill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 04:00:06 PM
....Official figures reveal that the number of EU-born workers in the UK fell by 50,000 between October and December to 2. 3 million, in a decline led by people working in banking, the public sector and construction. ...
How one council is beating Britain's housing crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 07:00:02 AM
....”. However councils still struggle with the national political restraint on local authority borrowing to build homes because it counts towards public sector deficit and national debt figures. ...
Brexit economy: UK faces squeeze on living standards image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 10:30:30 AM
....Some companies say skills shortages are exacerbating their cost pressures amid early signs that some EU migrants are starting to leave the UK. The Resolution Foundation thinktank said its analysis of official figures showed the biggest falls in EU workers were among graduates and those working in banking, the public sector and construction. ...
FTSE CEOs 'earn 386 times more than workers on national living wage' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 06:30:27 AM
....”. The trust’s “pay tracker” report highlights the big gaps between FTSE bosses such as Sir Martin Sorrell of advertising firm WPP, who was awarded more than £40m in 2016, and public sector workers, who have seen their incomes squeezed by years of austerity. ...
Rising food and fuel prices hoist UK inflation rate to 2.3% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 11:27:08 AM
....The ONS also published figures on the public finances on Tuesday, showing chancellor Philip Hammond remained on track to cut the deficit this financial year. Strong tax receipts helped cut public sector net borrowing to £1. ...
Low UK interest rates 'hurt productivity but saved jobs' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 08:03:10 PM
...."What would be in it for frontier companies? A more productive supply chain is clearly in their interests. The public sector could also play a useful nudging role in its procurement practices," Mr Haldane said in his speech. ...
NHS trust triples injury payout to £9.3m under controversial new rules image
....75%. In documents published after the budget, it emerged the government’s finances will take a near-£6bn hit as a result of the increased bill faced by the NHS and other parts of the public sector as a result of the changes made to the way compensation awards will now be calculated. ...
Jones Bootmaker is on the brink – but it's not all gloom on the high street image
....The reasons for this transformation is obvious: de-industrialisation and the growth of employment in the non-unionised service sector; curbs on the power of trade unions; an increase in labour supply. In addition, the one area where trade union density remains high – the public sector – is subject to a 1% pay cap. ...
UK unemployment is as low as 1975 – but why aren't wages rising? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 11:18:08 AM
....The reasons for this transformation is obvious: deindustrialisation and the growth of employment in the non-unionised service sector; curbs on the power of trade unions; an increase in labour supply. In addition, the one area where trade union density remains high – the public sector – is subject to a 1% pay cap. ...
Jobless rate down but wage growth slows image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 09:32:42 AM
....The latest data showed that wages are growing at the slowest rate since April of last year. "This weakness was broad based, with wage growth moderating in the financial and business services, distribution, construction and public sectors," said Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. ...
Public sector workers first to face cut in real pay, says thinktank image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 07:32:43 AM
....The Resolution Foundation said the situation for 5. 4 million public sector workers is expected to worsen over the rest of the decade as pay restraint and high inflation eat into their take-home pay and living standards. ...
Bailiff industry still problematic, say charities image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 08:00:16 AM
.... They have called on the industry to be independently regulated and for a free, clear process to complain about bailiffs to be introduced. Bailiffs (or enforcement agents) collect debts owed to local authorities, the tax man and other public sector bodies such as the Child Maintenance Service, consumer credit lenders and utility companies. ...
UK economy will grow more strongly than expected, says BCC image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 07:01:15 AM
....Its survey, based on responses from 2,119 UK employers, found hiring confidence had fallen sharply in London and Scotland, the two strongest remain-supporting regions of the UK. Manpower’s overall net employment outlook, covering the private and public sectors, dropped to +5% from +7% three months ago, showing there were still slightly more employers who planned to hire staff than cut them. ...
Too many firms game the system. They should be transforming lives  | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... On the other, private employers who can’t and won’t live up to the promises made by ministers and the models confected by mandarins. When David Cameron began his austerity cuts, his pledge was that the private sector would fill in the gaps left by the shrinking public sector. ...
Trump faces formidable institutional obstacles – so what can he do? | Barry Eichengreen image
....Trump’s other flagship proposal is a $1tn infrastructure programme. But this initiative will run headlong into deficit concerns, and it is fundamentally at odds with Republican scepticism about big government, and specifically about the public sector’s capacity to carry out investment plans efficiently. ...
UK workers record lowest rate of sick days since records began image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:48:44 PM
....The ONS said the groups with the highest rates of sickness absence were women, older workers, those with long-term health conditions, smokers, public health sector workers and those working in the largest organisations. “The groups that have seen the greatest reduction in sickness absence rates over the past two decades are workers with long-term health conditions, workers aged 50 to 64, and those in the public sector,” it said. ...
Budget 2017: manifesto row clouds chancellor's attempt at low-key package image
....”. The government was also criticised by the Association of British Insurers for a self-inflicted near-£6bn hit to its finances as a result of the increased bill faced by the NHS and other parts of the public sector due to changes to the way compensation awards for botched operations and other errors are calculated. ...
Government finances face near-£6bn hit over changes to personal injury payouts image
. The government’s finances will take a near-£6bn hit as a result of the increased bill faced by the NHS and other parts of the public sector as a result of changes made to the way compensation awards for botched operations and other errors are calculated. ...
Philip Hammond's budget is a long way from tackling future challenges | Larry Elliot image
.... Part of the uncertainty is due to Brexit but not all of it. Real incomes were always going to be squeezed this year by welfare cuts, pay restraint in the public sector and the rising inflation caused by the bounce back in oil prices. ...
Philip Hammond breaks manifesto pledge with budget tax grab image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 04:05:32 PM
....Hammond sought to underscore government policies to “help ordinary working families” such as support with childcare costs and the “national living wage”. But he disappointed anti-poverty campaigners who had urged him to do more for those on the lowest incomes by scaling back welfare cuts and abandoning a freeze on the pay of public sector workers. ...
UK growth forecast for 2017 revised up image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 02:12:25 PM
...." . The OBR said: "The government remains on track to meet its targets for the structural deficit and public sector net debt. ...
Budget: Money for robots, cars and 5G image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 02:04:53 PM
.... . In addition, the government wants there to be full-fibre connections to public sector buildings including schools and hospitals. ...
High levels of violence and use of force at last G4S-run child jail, report finds image
....Oakhill is the last of the three G4S-run child jails. Medway STC was taken back into the public sector after the Panorama undercover exposé and a third STC, Rainsbrook in Northamptonshire, was transferred to MTC Novo last year. ...
BT's £1.2bn Champions League splurge is price of staying in Sky game image
....In January, BT stunned investors by admitting that an accounting scandal at its Italian arm was much worse than first thought, triggering one of its biggest ever one-day share price falls and wiping £8bn off its shares. The Italian crisis, as well as the revelation of a significant slowdown in UK public sector work and orders from international companies, prompted BT’s first profit warning in almost a decade. ...
Philip Hammond vows UK will fight back if it gets bad Brexit deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of March 2017 11:06:21 AM
....Former prime minister Major said last week that Theresa May’s government must avoid souring the article 50 negotiations with “cheap rhetoric” and give voters an honest warning about the risks of Brexit. Hammond went on to confirm that the government is prepared to cut business taxes to attract investment away from the EU – a move that is widely seen as leading to further public sector cuts. ...
Budget 2017: No 'spending sprees', Hammond warns image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 5th of March 2017 02:20:28 AM
....Writing in the Sunday Times, he said that calls for "massive borrowing to fund huge spending sprees" were "reckless, unsustainable and unfair on our young people who would be left to deal with the consequences". Public sector net debt - not including public sector banks - was £1. ...
More than half of new-build homes in England 'have major faults' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 07:01:10 AM
....”. Public land should be invested in public-private partnerships to deliver affordable homes and generate long-term revenues for the public sector. ...
UK’s housing market is broken, and only a radical solution can fix it | Peter Hetherington image
....Ministers, implicitly critical of the building industry, have floated the idea of giving powers to the Land Registry, which logs house transactions and – ostensibly – ownership of land, to try to uncover the scale of the problem. There is even a strong hint that the public sector – councils and government agencies – rather than developers should get the financial benefit from an uplift in land value once planning permission is granted. ...
BME career progression 'could add £24bn a year to UK economy' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 07:01:21 AM
....”. She also called on the public sector to set good examples on hiring, mentoring and promotion and to ensure that when government contracts are awarded they go to bidders who show a commitment to diversity. ...
German budget surplus highest since 1990 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 02:29:14 PM
Ex-John Lewis boss: 'The Tories are the insurgents in the West Midlands' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 07:00:00 AM
....“The simple point about John Lewis is that it’s been successful partly because of its model, which is all about owners [the employees] giving that extra commitment and therefore a better service experience,” said Street. “So then you say, ‘OK, where else is labour-intensive and this differential effort could make an impact?’ What we want to look at is the opportunity for mutuals in the public sector here. ...
UK borrowing and growth better than expected for budget, says report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 07:00:31 AM
....Martin Beck, senior economic advisor to the EY Item Club, said: “The OBR will paint a marginally better picture of the UK economy and public finances in the short term, but fiscal policy faces major challenges on both the revenue and spending sides in the longer term. However, the continued robustness of the economy and lower-than-expected public sector borrowing mean that there is little pressure on the chancellor to use fiscal levers to support activity or fill any fiscal ‘black hole’. ...
UK labour shortages reported as EU worker numbers fall image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 07:01:07 AM
.... Employment agencies have warned that the UK’s food industry is facing the worst labour shortage for at least 12 years. The public sector is expected to be severely impacted by the risk of a drop in EU labour, with 43% of education and 49% of healthcare sector employers surveyed in the Labour Market Outlook saying they believed EU migrants among their workforce were considering leaving. ...
Brexit: the price of post-truth pounds in our pockets image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 06:59:00 AM
.... No one is likely to kick up a fuss if the talent is imported. Meanwhile, public sector headhunters will also be out in force, searching for a new member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee, following last week’s announcement of Kristin Forbes’s decision to turn down a second term and return to her native US. ...
It's time corporate tax dodgers started losing lucrative council contracts | Paul Monaghan image
....Matching this volume of activity is the political breadth of the councillors that have tabled motions to date, who include Labour, Co-operative, Green, Liberal Democrat and Conservative elected representatives. Now the Government’s new Public Procurement Note sets out what should be a consistent approach across the public sector for any potential service contracts in excess of £173,000 and works contracts over £4m. ...
UK supreme court backs woman's right to receive late partner's pension image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of February 2017 10:31:29 AM
....Shlomit Glaser, a solicitor specialising in family law at the London firm Glaser Jones said: “This is an important breakthrough for cohabitees in accessing their partner’s pensions, putting them in the same position as a married person on the death of a partner. It has wide implications for public sector schemes. ...
Robots 'could replace 250,000 UK public sector workers' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 09:10:14 AM
. Almost 250,000 public sector workers could lose their jobs to robots over the next 15 years, according to a new report which claims machines would be more efficient and save billions of pounds. ...
Scotland needs publicly funded bank, says thinktank image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of February 2017 07:00:20 AM
....Common Weal said its concerns were heightened after an investigation by the Guardian and the Ferret, an investigative website, revealed the Scottish government would lose about £932m in low-cost public borrowing because its private financing deals had broken EU rules on public spending. The Office for National Statistics said four major construction projects, including the Aberdeen bypass and two new hospitals, had to be counted as public sector spending under those rules. ...
Britain’s housing crisis could be solved – if only the government wanted to | Jonn Elledge image
.... Gradually filling London with apartment blocks of the sort that line the boulevards of Paris or Vienna could go some way to meeting the city’s housing need, without turning it into the set of Blade Runner. The public sector even owns large tracts of land where we could put these new homes. ...
Highly paid part-time roles on the up as employers embrace job shares image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 30th of January 2017 12:01:38 AM
....The other job shares on this year’s power list were at the charity Age UK, at the Home Office, Croydon council, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Ministry of Defence and the Scottish government. Mattison said that while public sector employers dominated the senior job shares list for now, she hoped more private sector firms would follow their lead. ...
After the Italian job, BT boss must make sure success doesn’t blow up in his face image
.... In fact, it’s been the worst week for the telecoms company since it was privatised in 1984. BT’s share price fell by more than 20% on Tuesday, their biggest ever fall in a single day, after it revealed an accounting scandal in its Italian division had cost £530m and warned of a slowdown in business from the UK public sector and international corporations. ...
BT insists Italian scandal is under control as profits plunge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of January 2017 09:54:01 AM
....”. The third-quarter results showed a 37% fall in pre-tax profits to £526m, with the fallout of the scandal and a slowdown in UK public sector work and international corporate business overshadowing better results elsewhere. ...
BT shareholders will remember profit warning for years | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 05:47:06 PM
.... What went wrong? Why were two different teams of forensic accountants needed to get the full story? It is not only BT’s remuneration committee that should be examining “the wider implications” – so should the audit committee. The other half of the profit warning related to a slowdown in UK public sector work and orders from international companies. ...
'There's a danger of a generation who can't afford to retire' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of January 2017 08:05:59 AM
.... I was struck by their variety and diversity; from baby boomers retiring with final-salary pensions and no mortgage, to those reliant on the state or unable to stop work; from younger people trying to save for house deposits and old age at the same time, to those in middle age who have given up on doing either. One commenter, Schwitters, wrote about friends in the public sector in the late 50s to 60s, retiring on pensions “that are quite bewildering”. ...
Public sector pay poised to fall by thousands in real terms, TUC says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of January 2017 07:22:07 AM
. Nurses, teachers and firefighters’ pay will drop by thousands of pounds in real terms by the end of the decade unless the government softens its stance on public sector salaries, the TUC has said in a new analysis. ...
Water, water everywhere: utility firms get green light to sell beyond local regions image
....From 1 April, 1. 2m eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations in England will for the first time be able to switch water supplier, as they already can in Scotland. ...
Southern rail: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn backs striking drivers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 12:28:00 AM
...."The government seem to be more interested in protecting Southern rail despite its appalling service. "I would want that franchise brought back into public ownership and the public sector. ...
Consumer spending slowed over Christmas period, Visa figures show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 9th of January 2017 12:01:01 AM
....”. She said the government could help to protect living standards with decent pay rises for public sector workers, continued rises in the minimum wage to keep pace with inflation and by ensuring that spending on projects such as rail and road improvements targets communities where decent jobs are in short supply. ...
Why we must make homes truly affordable for our key workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 7th of January 2017 07:00:12 AM
....Separate research from Which? this week claimed that shared ownership schemes, which have long been touted as a key part of the solution, also create their own affordability challenges. Rental growth across Britain, but particularly in London, has raced ahead of wage inflation since the 2008 global financial crisis, especially for those in the public sector where, in some roles, wages have been frozen. ...
Renewables investment in UK will fall 95% over next three years – study image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 01:31:36 PM
....“The picture of private sector investment is very clear: it is rapidly moving away from high carbon infrastructure. In contrast, public sector high carbon investment is rising, although slowly,” the authors wrote. ...
Women suffer much more work stress than men, says psychiatrist image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 30th of December 2016 06:00:25 AM
....By contrast, women aged 25-34, 35-44 and 45-54 were all statistically higher than average, with statisticians attributing this partly due to the fact that they predominate in some of the most taxing frontline roles, such as teaching and nursing. The HSE added: “The occupations and industries reporting the highest rates of work-related stress remain consistently in the health and public sectors of the economy. ...
Zero-hours workers '£1,000 worse off a year' than employees image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 30th of December 2016 12:01:17 AM
....Zero-hours contracts are widely used by retailers such as Sports Direct and JD Sports, restaurants, leisure companies and hotels. The care industry is estimated to employ 160,000 workers on zero-hours contracts while the public sector, especially the health service, has increasingly adopted them. ...
UK in 2030: older, more unequal and blighted by Brexit, report predicts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of December 2016 12:01:49 AM
....Britain in the 2020s will continue to see a hollowing out of middle-income jobs, with large numbers of well-paid jobs in a few industries – largely in London and the south-east – offset by a growing precariat of poorly paid, often self-employed workers. “There will be more self-employed workers in the 2020s than public sector employees,” the report says. ...
Public sector pay down by thousands in real terms, says TUC image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 23rd of December 2016 12:03:19 AM
. Many people working in the public sector have suffered real terms pay cuts over the last five years, according to the TUC. ...
Italian cabinet gives green light to Monte dei Paschi di Siena bailout image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 02:09:24 PM
....Analysts at Barclays said any state intervention for MPS may not be enough to solve the problem facing the banking system, which has amassed bad lending at a time when the economy has been stagnating. They said the six largest banks could need €30bn to clean up their balance sheets and even if the €20bn “were to represent sufficient firepower to plug the hole, we doubt the decision to deal with MPS through a public sector solution will represent a template to be unrolled across the system quickly”. ...
Italy's political class should be very alarmed if MPS needs state bailout image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of December 2016 07:38:35 PM
.... The companies had been billing the government for placing electronic tags on offenders who were dead or in prison. They were told to engage in “corporate renewal” – in other words, get their houses in order – and they would be banned from bidding for public sector work in the meantime. ...
Government borrowing falls less than expected in November image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of December 2016 10:21:45 AM
....It's traditionally a tough month for the Exchequer, with more money flowing out than flowing in. But the government (more accurately, the public sector) over-spent its income by more than expected - and therefore had to borrow £12. ...
The Guardian view on trade unions: needed as much as ever | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 06:42:05 PM
....What workers need is not more legislation to curb trade unions, but a trade union movement that is modern and responsive to the needs of the world where most people work. Trade union members tend to be older, better off and work in the old public sector. ...
Don’t complain about the strikers – they’re only doing what we all should in 2017 | Paul Mason image
....One of the most pitiful things about the political class, and the economists who whisper certainties in their ear, is their distance from the actual experience of work. As trade union rights have become eroded throughout the private sector, and large chunks of the public sector become privatised, a culture of coercion has taken root at work. ...
UK employment falls in months after Brexit vote image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 05:29:53 PM
....“This is the first genuine disappointment we have seen in the hard data since the Brexit vote,” said Alan Clarke, UK economist at Scotiabank. John Philpott, an employment expert and director of The Jobs Economist, said a rise in public sector jobs was not enough to offset a fall in private sector employment. ...
MPs expected to receive pay rise of more than £1,000 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 02:22:00 PM
....4% pay rise worth more than £1,000 in April next year, taking their salaries to £76,011. Increases are based on the annual change in average weekly earnings across the public sector, which the Office for National Statistics calculated on Thursday at 1. ...
Scottish auditors to investigate £9bn private finance bill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 07:00:19 AM
.... Critics argue that the process costs governments more over the long term and fails to hold private operators to account. The Office for National Statistics raised the pressure on the NPD programme last year by deciding that the £865m in construction costs of four major private finance projects – the Aberdeen bypass, two hospitals and a blood transfusion service headquarters – must be added to government accounts under new EU spending rules because the schemes are heavily controlled by the public sector. ...
December strikes do not signify new 'winter of discontent' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 06:14:41 PM
....There is real concern within the union movement that the government could use the current series of disputes to initiate a new round of employment laws to further limit the scope of industrial action. The Trade Union Act, which became law in May, imposes a minimum 50% turnout in strike ballots, with key public sector strikes requiring the backing of at least 40% of those eligible to vote. ...
Our problem isn’t robots, it’s​ ​the​ ​low-wage car-wash economy | Paul Mason image
.... If Amazon, Pret a Manger, the courier industry and the construction firms were obliged by law to negotiate with unions, and to cease repressing them, there would be upward pressure on wages across the whole economy. Another way of creating that pressure would be for local and national government to hike public sector pay. ...
Dear Jeremy – your work problems solved image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 10th of December 2016 07:00:07 AM
....I have managed people in the past and have considered whether using my skills to manage a team in a different area would be a solution, but I’m not sure what role I would have the experience for. I have also considered roles such as careers advice, but am reluctant to make a move to the public sector. ...
Greece under fire over Christmas bonus for low-income pensioners image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 06:52:09 PM
....But social tensions are also spiralling. “Tsipras is worried and that is why he made this move,” Grigoris Kalomoiris, chief policy maker at the union of public sector employees Adedy, told the Guardian. ...
Carillion blames Whitehall upheaval after Brexit vote for orders fall image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of December 2016 01:53:24 PM
....The company’s work ranges from the completed expansion of Liverpool FC’s main stand at Anfield to building the 670-bed Midlands Metropolitan hospital, which is scheduled for completion in 2018. UK public sector revenue of £1. ...
Housing crisis 'creates in-work poverty' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of December 2016 12:02:46 AM
...."After the financial crisis, UK wages fell further than in any other developed country except Greece. It is time for employers to give their staff fair pay and decent hours, while the government should lift the public sector pay cap and invest in our economy. ...
Chris Grayling unveils plans for fully privatised rail line image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of December 2016 12:01:57 AM
....While officials at the Department for Transport have disputed reports that Grayling is seeking more immediate challenges to Network Rail, unions pledged to fight the proposed changes. The RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, said: “This is a politician who doesn’t believe in the public sector, who spent five years at the justice department and left a prison system in chaos and now wants to do the same on the railways. ...
I work in HR and want a change of direction image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 5th of December 2016 07:00:17 AM
....I have managed people in the past, and have considered whether using my skills to manage a team in a different area would be a solution, but I’m not sure what role I would have the experience for. I have also considered roles such as careers advice but am reluctant to make a move to the public sector. ...
Dear Jeremy – your work problems solved image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 3rd of December 2016 07:00:15 AM
.... To add to this, I don’t particularly enjoy the job and it isn’t a career I would have chosen. I studied an arts degree and took temping work in the public sector to pay the bills alongside the unpaid or poorly paid work I was doing for a small theatre company. ...

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