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British Airways Pilots call off next week’s strike

British Airways pilots have called off the next strike in their dispute, which had been scheduled for 27 September. Last week, a two-day stoppage called by the pilots’ union, Balpa, forced BA to cancel almost all its flights. The strike followed failed negotiations between the union and the airline over a pay offer of 11.5% […]

Record number of entries and finalists at the 2019 International Engage Awards: the only customer and employee engagement awards programme

Engage Business Media’s 2019 International Engage Awards programme has broken new records with more entries and more finalists than ever before in their history. This is the first year the originally titled Engage Awards have been named the International Engage Awards to recognise the global scope of entries from our community of industry-leading companies around […]

Topshop empire plunges to huge loss

Sir Philip Green’s Topshop retailing empire plunged to a loss last year, blaming a “dramatically” changed retail landscape and increased competition. The business, which also includes Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins, has since agreed a rescue deal with its creditors that triggered 48 store closures. The results for the year to 1 September 2018 show a loss […]

TUC calls for ban on class discrimination at work

Trade union body the TUC has called for legal measures to tackle discrimination based on class at work. Among the proposals, it said firms should be forced to report any gaps in pay between workers from different social backgrounds. The body said graduates from wealthier families were more than twice as likely to start on […]

Apple says sorry that workers listened to Siri voice recordings

Apple has apologised following revelations that it paid third-party workers to listen to voice recordings of Siri users. The practice known as ‘grading’ has been used by several tech firms as a way of improving the quality of speech recognition. However, Apple, Google and Microsoft all halted such work recently, following public outcry. Apple said […]

Hospitals in England set to receive £850m revealed

Twenty hospitals in England due to receive an extra £850m funding for upgrades to outdated facilities and new equipment have been revealed. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will formally announce the plans – part of NHS spending pledges totalling £1.8bn – at a Lincolnshire hospital on Monday. Projects the £850m will pay for include a new women and […]

BA Pilots’ deal is fair says airline boss

The boss of British Airways-owner IAG has said a pay deal being offered to its pilots is “fair”, adding that he is hopeful strikes can be averted this summer. British Airways will re-enter talks with the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) on Friday. Members of Balpa have rejected an offer of an 11.5% wage rise […]

Unite calls off Heathrow strikes set for late July

Strikes by 4,000 Heathrow airport workers on Friday and Saturday have been called off so they can vote on a new pay offer. The strikes would have hit flights on one of the busiest weekends of the summer. Frontline staff have been offered a 7.3% pay increase over two-and-a-half years. Two more 48-hour strikes from […]

NDAs: new laws to crack down on workplace ‘gagging’ clauses

The government says it will crack down on the use of workplace “gagging clauses” to cover up allegations of harassment, discrimination and assault. Many businesses use non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to protect commercially-sensitive information. But bosses have been accused in high profile cases of using the clauses to silence victims of workplace abuse. The proposed new […]

Huawei controversy: Government decision on 5G rollout is delayed

A decision on whether controversial Chinese firm Huawei should be excluded from the rollout of 5G mobile phone networks in the UK has been postponed. Culture secretary Jeremy Wright said the government is “not yet in a position” to decide what involvement Huawei should have in the 5G network. Mr Wright said the implication of the […]