All articles by: James Douglas

Women face pregnancy discrimination at work

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The charity Maternity Action has exposed the harsh impact of unfair redundancies on pregnant women and new mothers. One in every 20 mothers are made redundant during pregnancy, mat­ernity leave …

Living Wage rates to rise

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

At least 150,000 UK workers are set for a pay rise as new rates for the real Living Wage rates have been revealed. The rate is to increase by 30p …

Women at most risk from workplace stress

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A new report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)hows that, for the second year running, cases of ill-health through work stress have risen and now stand at 526,000, almost …

Psychiatry vacancies crisis

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has revealed that one in 10 consultant psychiatrist roles is currently unfilled in the NHS in England, a shortfall which has doubled in the past …

News In Brief

Published: November 18, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A new leak of financial documents has revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen’s private estate, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens. The leak, …

No accident, but it’s an emergency

Published: November 16, 2017
Written by James Douglas

BBC researchers have found that the performance of hospitals across the UK has slumped, with targets for cancer, accident and emergency, and planned operations now being missed in large numbers. …

New drugs too pricey for NHS

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Taxpayer-funded medical research which last year cost more than £1 billion is producing medicines which are increasingly unaffordable for patients who need them. A report, published by campaign groups Global …

Oxbridge still prefers toffs

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The dominance by the top two social classes of Oxford and Cambridge University admissions has been confirmed by new data. Four-fifths of students accepted at Oxbridge colleges between 2010 and …

Smaller firms face tax hike

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

New research indicates that more than 56,000 small businesses in England will face steep tax rises next year. Business rate increases will total £152m in April, according to rates specialist …

Two more join Living Wage list

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Two more employers have joined the ranks of those paying the voluntary Living Wage to take the total number of accredited employers to 3,500. Moyses Stevens Flowers, a network of …

Czech tycoon wins election

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Populist billionaire candidate Andrej Babis and his party have won the Czech Republic’s general election Babis is the country’s second-richest man and campaigned on an anti-establishment and Eurosceptic platform. With …

Venezuela opposition wins EU prize

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Venezuela’s opposition and political prisoners have collectively been awarded the European Union’s top human rights accolade, the Sakharov prize. EU parliamentary president Antonio Tajani said many people in Venezuela had …

News In Brief

Published: November 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard will try for a second time to become a member of Labour’s national executive committee. The LGBT rights campaigner, who failed to win an NEC …

Venezuela opposition alleges fraud

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Elections for state governors in Venezuela saw President Nicolás Maduro’s supporters win 17 of 23 state governorships, but opposition leaders have alleged fraud. The opposition Democratic Union Roundtable coalition refused …

Hotel staff win new rights

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The UK’s leading supplier of outsourced hospitality and housekeeping services is to scrap zero-hours contracts. WGC has said it will be a major step forward for workers and is calling …

Millions in pension deficit

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A report by the Defined Benefits Taskforce has found three million members in the most vulnerable pension schemes have only a 50/50 chance of receiving full benefits when they retire …

Labour wants move on energy cap

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Labour has told the government to “get a move on” after it emerged that a price cap on energy bills proposed by the prime minister is unlikely to take effect …

Weah leads the poll

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Former football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are heading for a November 7 run-off in Liberia’s presidential election. According to the electoral commission, Weah, the first African to …

News In Brief

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned that the health system is “straining at the seams” and faces a “precarious” future. The regulator’s annual report raised concerns about staff shortages, …

Paramedics stress crisis

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

One in eight ambulance staff in England had to take time off sick due to stress last year. In the 2016-17 financial year, 2,468 paramedics and health care assistants had …

Cadbury pay deal signed

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Cadbury has agreed a two-year, inflation-proofed pay deal and enhanced maternity pay package covering approximately 1,300 employees at three of its UK sites. Employees — members of the Unite general …

News in brief

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The latest economic forecasts for 2017 see living standards being hit harder as inflation outstrips the growth in average earnings by more than expected at the start of the year. …