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....’”. But that pride did not erase what Ortiz described as a prevailing mood of “mass disappointment” over working conditions and what he alleged were avoidable work-related injuries. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....He will say: “Over recent decades, government work policy has focused primarily on getting people into jobs with, as current record employment levels attest, considerable success. Yet persistent scandals of bad working conditions, poor legal safeguards and job insecurity suggest that bad work is all too common. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Uber is to start offering its minicab drivers sickness cover in exchange for a £2 per week fee, in its latest bid to head off criticism over working conditions for its 40,000 drivers in the UK. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... . Sports Direct came under fire last year for its working conditions, including at its Shirebrook distribution centre. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Drakeford said the company was looking at making some roles automated or more efficient , while at the same time improving conditions for staff as part of a drive to improve service. Ikea became an accredited living wage employer, under the independently verified scheme, early last year, and Drakeford said it had introduced other improvements to working conditions, including one weekend off in four for all employees, guaranteeing more contracted hours and staff rotas a month in advance, all of which was helping to retain workers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....”. The employment agency has experienced a torrid 16 months since the publication of a Guardian investigation into working conditions at Sports Direct, which resulted in a deal where the retailer, Transline and a second agency, the Best Connection, agreed to make about £1m available in back pay to affected workers. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....’”. But that pride did not erase what Ortiz described as a prevailing mood of “mass disappointment” over working conditions and what he alleged were avoidable work-related injuries. ...
Ikea to create 1,300 UK jobs in three new stores image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 10:02:07 AM
....Drakeford said the company was looking at making some roles automated or more efficient , while at the same time improving conditions for staff as part of a drive to improve service. Ikea became an accredited living wage employer, under the independently verified scheme, early last year, and Drakeford said it had introduced other improvements to working conditions, including one weekend off in four for all employees, guaranteeing more contracted hours and staff rotas a month in advance, all of which was helping to retain workers. ...
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Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 05:01:52 AM
....He will say: “Over recent decades, government work policy has focused primarily on getting people into jobs with, as current record employment levels attest, considerable success. Yet persistent scandals of bad working conditions, poor legal safeguards and job insecurity suggest that bad work is all too common. ...
Zero hours workers are 'missing out on paid holidays' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 8th of May 2017 12:35:20 PM
.... . Sports Direct came under fire last year for its working conditions, including at its Shirebrook distribution centre. ...
Asos dumps controversial temp agency as Sports Direct row continues image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 06:17:22 PM
....”. The employment agency has experienced a torrid 16 months since the publication of a Guardian investigation into working conditions at Sports Direct, which resulted in a deal where the retailer, Transline and a second agency, the Best Connection, agreed to make about £1m available in back pay to affected workers. ...
Uber to offer UK drivers sickness cover in return for £2-a-week fee image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 12:51:55 PM
. Uber is to start offering its minicab drivers sickness cover in exchange for a £2 per week fee, in its latest bid to head off criticism over working conditions for its 40,000 drivers in the UK. ...
Sports Direct staff supplier Transline faces administration image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 03:57:01 PM
....A spokesman said it was appointing administrators to protect its "business, employees and customers". Last year, a Commons committee raised concerns over working conditions at Sports Direct's main Shirebrook warehouse. ...
Sports Direct agency Transline preparing for insolvency image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 10:49:04 AM
....”. The employment agency has had a torrid 16 months since the publication of the Guardian’s investigation into working conditions at Sports Direct, which resulted in a deal where the retailer, Transline and a second agency, The Best Connection, agreed to make about £1m available in back pay to affected workers. ...
Sports Direct's £78m move into US retail stuns analysts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 03:41:12 PM
....The retailer said on Friday it had received approval from Delaware bankruptcy court to buy 50 stores trading as Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports through the bankruptcy process of Eastern Outfitters, the chains’ parent company. Sports Direct, majority owned by its chief executive Mike Ashley, is under pressure after a Guardian investigation in 2015 into its working conditions and investor criticism of its corporate governance standards. ...
Londoners work 'three weeks a year more than rest of UK' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 02:14:56 AM
.... . Long hours and stressful working conditions "have created a toxic burden on Londoners" argues Sian Berry, who represents the Green Party on the London Assembly. ...
Facing the future image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 16th of April 2017 11:29:50 PM
.... . But until recently, robots were strictly segregated from human workers - partly to protect the humans, and partly to stop them confusing the robots, whose working conditions had to be strictly controlled. ...
Rise of the intern minority harms job hopes for the majority image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 07:11:58 PM
....The report, The Inbetweeners: The New Role of Internships in the Graduate Labour Market, claims that while about 11,000 internships are advertised each year, the real number on offer is as high as 70,000. But many of the positions do not offer meaningful learning opportunities, have poor working conditions, and are inaccessible to young people without the connections or the knowhow to obtain one. ...
Sports Direct workers' representative faces 'uphill struggle' – union image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 08:37:03 AM
....The appointment of Alex Balacki, 30, follows a tumultuous 16 months for the retailer. This included its billionaire founder, Mike Ashley, being hauled before MPs to be questioned over “Victorian” working conditions at the company’s warehouse, following a Guardian investigation that exposed how workers at the depot were being paid less than the legal minimum wage. ...
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Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 06:00:00 AM
....Compared to its rival Sports Direct, JD Sports Fashion is the explorer wearing the trainers. Both have seen their reputations savaged by reports of poor working conditions at their warehouses. ...
Online shopping and the plight of delivery workers: share your experiences image
. The inexorable rise of internet shopping has unleashed a flood of reports of low pay and bad working conditions for those on the frontline of this consumer revolution: delivery workers. ...
Asos chief says warehouse conditions are 'great' despite complaints image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 05:13:48 PM
....Unveiling a better than expected 38% surge in sales, Beighton said Asos’s twentysomething shoppers cared about the way their clothes were produced and ethically sourcing its products was “not optional” but a “business imperative”. He said the company had published a list of all its suppliers and put more resources into monitoring the factories it uses around the world in terms of working conditions, health and safety and minimum wage “throughout the supply chain”. ...
From smugglers to supermarkets: the 'informal economy' touches us all image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 11:13:18 AM
.... Think sweatshops, migrant agricultural labour, unregistered miners. Researching the informal economy teaches us about the lives of many of the most vulnerable in our society - often uninsured, without contracts, sick days, unions, fair working conditions. ...
'Out of control' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:02:11 AM
....The business is similar to a regular recruitment agency, in that it maintains an online listing of available jobs, and acts as a mediator between would-be employees and hiring managers. However, Enabled also offers what it calls "accessibility brokering", which means that it works to ensure that businesses are able to offer employees the working conditions they need to perform at their best. ...
A ‘jobs miracle’ that leaves millions worse off | Observer editorial image
.... Their prevalence is likely to grow, but today the bulk of labour market exploitation is of a more analogue nature. Sports Direct is perhaps the most infamous example of modern exploitation: workers on zero-hours and agency contracts subjected to dreadful working conditions more akin to a Victorian factory than a modern workplace. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:00:20 AM
....Ikea said it takes what drivers have told the BBC "very seriously'' and are "saddened by the testimonies". It said it puts ''strict demands'' on its suppliers concerning wages, working conditions and following applicable legislation, and audits them regularly to check compliance. ...
DPD and Parcelforce face MPs' questions over working conditions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 02:58:20 PM
. Parcel delivery firms DPD and Parcelforce Worldwide could be called before a parliamentary committee to answer questions about the working conditions faced by their self-employed couriers. ...
Philip Hammond’s budget – our writers give their views | Polly Toynbee, Zoe Williams, Frances Ryan, Faiza Shaheen and Kate Maltby image
....He announced modifiers to the business rate hike that sound good on their own – especially for pubs – but only if you forget what extraordinary rate increases are underpinning them. He set his sights particularly on the self-employed, describing at tedious lengths the difference in national insurance contributions between a self-employed person earning £32,000 and their peer on PAYE; he did not mention that 91% of self-employed people are earning £20,000 or less, 84% are living in poverty (based on their self-employed earnings), and that self-employment generally reflects newly precarious working conditions in which employers avoid giving contracts in order to sidestep rights. ...
Senate votes to repeal labor protection laws that safeguarded poultry workers image
....“There are a lot of good industries out there,” Berkowitz said, but she does not believe poultry processing is one of them. “You shouldn’t be allowed to get away with hiring workers and then terrorizing them to get away with unsafe working conditions. ...
Sick Parcelforce couriers can be charged up to £250 if they can't find cover image
....Details of the policy applied by the Royal Mail-owned business emerged days after rival courier company DPD was criticised for charging some drivers who take time off for illness. And it will fuel concerns about precarious working conditions in the “gig economy”, amid a series of disputes about the employment status of people who work for firms such as Uber and Deliveroo. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 12:17:26 AM
.... "Their conditions of work in Australia typically are better than many other countries from which they come. If you came from India or China, the working conditions in Australia are fantastic compared to that, so people would be in a very good position. ...
Police say they were 'authorized by McDonald's' to arrest protesters, suit claims image
.... On “multiple occasions” officers “seemed to take direction from McDonald’s”, the complaint charges. Last November, police officers stepped behind the counter of a fast-food restaurant to prevent workers from signing petitions calling for better working conditions, the protesters’ lawyers claim. ...
How high street clothes were made by children in Myanmar for 13p an hour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 12:04:43 AM
.... “Over the past few years, Myanmar has rapidly become a popular sourcing destination for the garment industry due to a huge pool of cheap labour and favourable import and export tariffs. However, working conditions in this industry are far from acceptable. ...
‘Your husband could end his MBA with little but debt to show for it’ – our work expert responds image
....• I know a few people that have gone from music technology to web development. Lots of opportunities and good working conditions. ...
Brothers jailed for trafficking people from Poland to work at Sports Direct image
....Erwin Markowski, 38, and his brother Krystian, 35, lured 18 men from Poland to work at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook warehouse, Nottingham crown court heard. Poor working conditions at the factory, including body searches and pay below the legal minimum were exposed by an undercover Guardian investigation in 2015. ...
Textile firms paying UK workers £3 per hour, investigation finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of January 2017 06:00:25 AM
.... The retailer said it would “not tolerate suppliers paying less than the minimum wage” and that a member of its compliance team had visited United Creations last week. Missguided said: “We take the allegations … very seriously and demand the highest standards of safety, working conditions and pay from all of our suppliers and subcontractors. ...
Jaguar Land Rover fined £900,000 after worker lost leg in accident image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 19th of January 2017 06:43:34 PM
....JLR, which contested the case but was found guilty after a trial, said its thoughts remained with the injured worker, who it said had suffered life-changing injuries through no fault of his own. The company said in a statement: “Jaguar Land Rover is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all employees, and strives to continuously improve working conditions. ...
UK Christmas retail: the winners and losers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 01:23:56 PM
.... Headline profit before tax and one-off items is set to exceed expectations of £200m by up to 15% thanks to bumper sales – up 10% on a like-for-like basis in the 49 weeks to 7 January. JD has overtaken Sports Direct as the UK’s biggest sportswear retailer by market value, but both companies face mounting pressure over poor working conditions at their warehouses. ...
Jeremy Corbyn calls for maximum wage law image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 09:22:20 AM
....”. Earlier, he told Good Morning Britain that his planned speech on migration was not a “sea change” in his previous thinking, but aimed at giving “clear definition that we protect the working conditions and wage levels that are here” for any migration system post-Brexit. ...
Mike Ashley criticises shareholders of Sports Direct over Keith Hellawell image
....However, Ashley said last week that he wants Hellawell to reconsider his position, which inflamed relations with some investors further. Sports Direct also appeared to row back on a commitment to conduct an independent review of working conditions and corporate governance. ...
Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell rejected by shareholders again image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 01:06:49 PM
....”. The company also appeared to row back on a commitment to conduct an independent review of working conditions and corporate governance, adding: “In view of continuing frustrations, the board will meet in the near future to reconsider all options in relation to its review of corporate governance. ...
Observer business agenda’s review of the year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 1st of January 2017 09:00:02 AM
....When you start the year as a FTSE 100 company, but end it in second place on the list of the “modern Christmas cracker jokes” (according to UKTV’s comedy channel Gold) you can assume it’s been a challenging year. The company in question is, of course, Sports Direct, which spent 2016 engulfed by a crisis over pay and working conditions at its depot in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, where it was revealed that workers were effectively receiving less than the national minimum wage after unpaid body searches and tough financial penalties for slight lateness. ...
Iain Wright, the MP bringing Mike Ashley and Sir Philip Green to book image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 30th of December 2016 07:00:26 AM
....There are parts of his statement that appear conciliatory, but then plenty more that would irk both tycoons who, according to Wright, have come to encapsulate the corporate excess that may have contributed to the country voting to leave the European Union. Ashley was hauled in front of Wright’s business committee over working conditions at his sportswear chain Sports Direct, in the wake of a Guardian investigation that showed the company’s warehouse workers were being paid less than the national minimum wage. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 30th of December 2016 12:03:50 AM
....RBS said it had not seen full details but pledged to "look closely" at it once it had. The way companies are managed - and how much bosses are paid - has been been under particular scrutiny this year following the collapse and loss of 11,000 jobs at BHS and the revelations about pay and working conditions at Sports Direct. ...
UK model agencies found guilty of price-fixing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of December 2016 11:55:07 AM
....Storm model Hannah Cassidy said the AMA’s guidance had been “essential because the pressure and dangers of exploitation are real”. “I have benefited from their experience in negotiating rates, working conditions, terms and image use,” she said. ...
JD Sports to investigate Kingsway worker conditions image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 07:33:22 AM
. JD Sports is launching an investigation into working conditions at its Kingsway distribution centre after a report by Channel 4 found workers complaining it was "worse than a prison". ...
Share Hunter: Sports Directs first half results hit by slide in pound  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 11th of December 2016 06:14:00 PM
.... . On top of that, founder Mike Ashley was called before Parliament to explain working conditions in Sports Direct’s Derbyshire warehouse. ...
Amazon accused of 'intolerable conditions' at Scottish warehouse image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 11th of December 2016 04:08:20 PM
. Amazon has been accused of creating “intolerable working conditions” after allegations that workers have been penalised for sick days and that some are camping near one of its warehouses to save money commuting to work. ...
Uber is treating its drivers as sweated labour, says report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 01:51:59 PM
. Uber treats its drivers as Victorian-style “sweated labour”, with some taking home less than the minimum wage, according to a report into its working conditions based on the testimony of dozens of drivers. ...
Capita capitalises on robots before new chair Powell powers in | Nils Pratley image
.... Here are a few facts to help his inquiries. This paper’s exposé of working conditions at the Shirebrook warehouse was honoured at the British Journalism awards this week. ...
Sports Direct chairman lambasts critics as profits fall image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 07:26:28 AM
....Sports Direct also reported a big drop in half-year profits, which it blamed partly on the fall in the pound. The retailer, which has been criticised over working conditions, said reported pre-tax profits fell 25% to £140. ...
US bank quit Sports Direct role over share deal concerns, court filing claims image
.... The retailer is scheduled to publish its half-year results on Thursday, when Ashley will update the market on the company’s performance but also face questions about a controversial arrangement between Sports Direct and a delivery company owned by his brother that is being scrutinised by the Financial Reporting Council. He also faces allegations that the retailer tried to secretly record a private conversation between MPs who visited its warehouse to check on working conditions. ...
So, Mike Ashley, can  we handle the truth? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 4th of December 2016 07:00:07 AM
....”. Which brings us to how long it will take Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley to crack at the retailer’s interim results this week, when inevitably he’ll be asked about working conditions at his embattled firm. ...
Asos accused of underpaying new warehouse staff image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 07:29:02 PM
....The discovery of the pay bands forms the latest in a string of criticisms aimed at companies using temporary workers after the Guardian exposed last year how warehouse workers at Sports Direct were being paid less than the national minimum wage. The disclosure has prompted the GMB to examine launching legal claims on behalf of workers at the Asos warehouse – on a day the union also held protests outside the retailer’s annual shareholder meeting in London, as part of its long-running campaign to highlight what it says are poor working conditions in the group’s Barnsley depot. ...
Fallout from Italy's referendum will be both financial and political image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 07:00:56 PM
.... Only an 87% improvement in share price to go, then. “We have nothing to hide and much to be proud of,” declared Nick Beighton, chief executive of online clothing retailer Asos, in October when working conditions in the firm’s warehouse in Barnsley came under the spotlight. ...
North Sea oil firms see hope after turmoil, survey reveals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 12:01:33 AM
....Companies, including BP and Shell, cut their headcount by an average of 15% in the year to October, while contractors, including supply chain firms such as Wood Group, reduced theirs by 7%. The survey also found that 40% of the 130 firms surveyed have adjusted working conditions, mostly by reducing pay. ...
Strikes in China over foreign employers selling out to local companies image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 25th of November 2016 02:28:09 AM
....Production at the smartphone camera parts facility, which employs 4,000 people, was halted for two weeks after Sony announced it had been sold to Shenzhen O-Film Tech. Protesters fear working conditions and pay could suffer and are also concerned about possible job cuts. ...
Lufthansa strike: nearly 900 flights cancelled in pilots dispute image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 02:27:27 AM
....Meanwhile a separate walkout by cabin crew at Lufthansa’s low-cost airline Eurowings led to the cancellation of more than 60 flights at airports in Hamburg and Düsseldorf on Tuesday. The industrial action was called by Germany’s biggest services union Verdi in a row over pay and working conditions. ...
Buy-to-let lending falls as tougher rules bite image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of November 2016 12:43:50 PM
....It is also trialling new branches in communities left without banking services, with a new opening in Glastonbury where screens will enable customers to talk to remotely based advisers. Amid the widening debate over precarious working conditions for millions of people in modern Britain, the society said that apart from being one of the earliest to promise a “living wage” to all staff it is also providing a “living pension”. ...
TTIP was defeated by activists – Trump just exploited public anger over it | Nick Dearden image
....It also includes a fundamental challenge to trade policy – ensuring that trade does not prevent government’s ability to uphold human rights and tackle climate change and does not get in the way of providing decent public services or protecting small businesses and small farmers. Beyond this, trade can play a part in building a better world – for instance through ensuring life-saving technologies are transferred without harsh intellectual property restrictions, and encouraging a “race to the top” in terms of working conditions. ...
Amazon drivers 'work illegal hours' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 12:15:14 AM
.... . The retailer could face questions in parliament over the working conditions at the company. ...
MPs demand Sports Direct 'bugging' explanation image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of November 2016 12:54:14 PM
....Mr Wright added that he assumed Mr Ashley's suggestion that one of the MPs had planted the device was "a spur of the moment misjudgement". Sports Direct declined to comment on the MPs' letter, but in a statement yesterday said: "The [Sports Direct] board is disappointed that reporting of a possible recording device (the veracity of which has yet to be determined) has overshadowed the truly important issues that this visit should have focused on - the true working conditions and worker satisfaction at Shirebrook. ...
Sports Direct board denies authorising 'bugging' MPs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of November 2016 11:32:13 AM
....The board said it did not authorise the use of any device. Sports Direct said in a statement: "The board is disappointed that reporting of a possible recording device (the veracity of which has yet to be determined) has overshadowed the truly important issues that the visit should have focused on - the true working conditions and worker satisfaction at Shirebrook. ...
Sports Direct 'bugged' our visit to Shirebrook warehouse, say MPs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 02:13:46 PM
....Among issued raised were staff being kept on site at Shirebrook after their shifts for body searches, putting them below the legal minimum wage. Concern about working conditions led to Sports Direct's founder Mike Ashley being called to appear in front of the Business and Skills Committee. ...
Sports Direct accused of secretly recording MPs during warehouse visit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 01:54:08 PM
.... He also pledged to review if the company needs to engage so many of its workers’ temporary contracts. The committee has no real powers to punish the tycoon if he fails to deliver on his pledges, although Wright had promised to “continue to hold Mr Ashley’s feet to the fire, in as constructive a manner as possible, checking on the progress he makes on improving working conditions for workers at his premises”. ...
Uber is misleading drivers about its legal defeat, claims union image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of October 2016 05:59:58 PM
. The GMB union has accused Uber of misleading its drivers by claiming last week’s tribunal decision on working conditions only affects two drivers involved in the case. ...
Uber loses right to classify UK drivers as self-employed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of October 2016 05:55:11 PM
.... The government has recently announced a six-month review of modern working practices and HMRC is setting up a new unit, the employment status and intermediaries team, to investigate firms. MPs launched an inquiry last week into pay and working conditions in the UK which will look at the status and rights of agency and casual workers and the self-employed for the purposes of tax, benefits and employment law, and how to protect them. ...
Child refugees in Turkey making clothes for UK shops image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of October 2016 11:14:50 PM
....Panorama reporter Darragh MacIntyre spoke to dozens of Syrian workers who felt they were being exploited. He said: "They speak of pitiful wages and terrible working conditions. ...
Samsung Galaxy Note 7: The unanswered questions image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of October 2016 03:55:07 PM
....But one environmental pressure group urged it act responsibly. "Mobile phones have valuable and precious materials within them, the mining for which can cause significant environmental harm - and can sometimes be carried out in appalling working conditions in developing countries," said Friends of the Earth's policy director, Mike Childs. ...
Sports Direct hit by slide in pound image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 7th of October 2016 02:31:31 PM
.... . It has been a tumultuous year for Sports Direct which has been criticised for working conditions at its Shirebrook distribution centre. ...
Low paid 'miss out on flexible working' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of October 2016 11:07:51 PM
.... . Within days of being told flexible working conditions were not an option, she made the decision to leave her job and set up her own business. ...
Virgin East Coast rail staff to strike on 3 October image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 26th of September 2016 12:38:33 PM
....Workers on Virgin Trains East Coast are to stage a 24-hour strike on Monday 3 October, the RMT union has announced. The union said the action was being taken over threatened job cuts, as well as disputes over working conditions and safety. ...
Football's first lady image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 23rd of September 2016 08:59:45 PM
....The latter has previously proved a thorny issue for Fifa with regards to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, after a number of damning reports on conditions for construction workers, including from Amnesty International. "In regards to the working conditions in Qatar, we are fully aware of the situation and risks," says Ms Samoura. ...
Sports Direct: Ashley steps in as chief executive resigns image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 23rd of September 2016 06:35:52 AM
....Mr Ashley, Sports Direct's billionaire founder, was called to answer questions from MPs, who compared working practices at the warehouse with "that of a Victorian workhouse than that of a modern High Street retailer". In the wake of that, the sportswear chain's lawyers produced a critical report of its working conditions. ...
Sports Direct 'should cut agency ties' in Shirebrook image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of September 2016 02:09:56 PM
....A Commons committee has written to Transline Group, stating the agency "lacked credibility" in its evidence to the Sports Direct inquiry. MPs also raised concerns about working conditions for agency staff at the company's headquarters in Shirebrook. ...
Zero-hours contracts rise to 903,000 workers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of September 2016 08:37:46 AM
....". The Resolution Foundation said some workers favoured the flexibility, but the think tank called on the government to provide more help for people with insecure working conditions. ...
Sports Direct hears shareholder anger at annual meeting image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of September 2016 07:11:15 AM
. Sports Direct has heard from angry shareholders at its meeting with investors, despite the firm's pledge to improve working conditions. ...
Sports Direct to put workers' representative on the board image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of September 2016 06:29:01 AM
....However the firm warned that "only so much can be achieved" in the three months since it started to reform its business and it admitted it will take "far longer to improve the general culture". In June, in an appearance in front of the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee investigating working conditions at the firm, Mr Ashley admitted the firm had "probably" outgrown his ability to run it. ...
Dear Jeremy – your work problems solved image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 20th of August 2016 05:59:06 AM
.... A number of staff members, including myself, approached the trustees to express our concerns.  The boss was eventually ushered out over the following year, but not without considerable damage to staff morale, with several leaving because working conditions became so difficult. ...
I'm struggling with my career choice – should I join the merchant navy? image
.... I felt a bit of a fraud and not really qualified for the role. The job was a high-pressure one and the working conditions added to my stress. ...
Virgin Trains East Coast August strikes suspended image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of August 2016 04:46:03 PM
....Virgin East Coast train workers have suspended plans for strikes due to start this week. Members of the RMT union were due to stage three 24-hour strikes on 19, 26 and 29 August and ban overtime for 48 hours from 27 August in a row over job cuts, working conditions and safety. ...
My charity's old boss was terrible, but the new one is worse – what can we do? image
.... A number of staff members, including myself, approached the trustees to express our concerns. The CEO was eventually ushered out the following year but not without considerable collateral damage to staff morale, with several people leaving because working conditions became so difficult. ...

Rail passengers face higher fares despite strike chaos
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of August 2016 11:37:00 AM
.... . The union also staged strikes on Eurostar services and hit passengers in the South-East with strikes on the Southern network in a row over jobs, working conditions and safety. ...
Virgin Trains East Coast strikes to be held in August image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 12th of August 2016 11:12:00 AM
.... Depot maintenance workers will not be taking strike action. The union accused Virgin and Stagecoach, who run the franchise, of trying to "bulldoze through a package of cash-led measures that would decimate jobs, working conditions and threaten the safety regime that currently ensures a guard on every train". ...

Bank Holiday train chaos: Virgin staff announce strike over August weekend at same time as Eurostar workers' action
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....Rail passengers face an August Bank Holiday weekend of chaos after the announcement of a second round of strike action. Workers on Virgin Trains East Coast are to stage three 24-hour strikes - including one on Bank Holiday Monday - in a row over jobs, working conditions and safety. ...

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