All articles by: James Douglas

Oxfam apologises over sex scandal

Published: February 17, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Oxfam has agreed to stop bidding for UK government funding until it can show it meets the “high standards” required following the Haitian sex scandal. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt …

Night workers face higher cancer risk

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) confirmed the increased risks of cancer for workers who carry out night or shift work. Researchers from Sichuan University, China, reviewed 61 studies published …

Games contractors to pay Living Wage

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Birmingham City Council has confirmed that any contractors hired to deliver works or services for the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be paid the voluntary Living Wage. Birmingham’s Living Wage policy …

Gender pay gap averages 11 per cent

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The results so far of an analysis of the data from the first 570 organisations to publish their gender pay gaps found that the average gap in mean hourly pay …

Probe to look at ‘shares for pay’ scams

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by James Douglas

New research into whether some companies are repurchasing their own shares to artificially inflate executive pay has been announced by the government. This review is part of the broader package …

Union calls for pupil violence code

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The GMB union has urged schools to adopt a code of conduct on handling pupil violence against staff. “Our school staff members are being attacked at work on a daily …

News In Brief

Published: February 11, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Almost all local authorities in England are set to raise council tax and service charges, according to the 2018 State of Local Government Finance research. The planned increases come as …

Oxfam aid at risk after Haiti scandal

Published: February 10, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The government is reviewing its work with Oxfam after the UK-based charity was accused of covering up the use of prostitutes by aid workers in Haiti. The Department for International …

Revenue says interns must be paid

Published: February 9, 2018
Written by James Douglas

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has written to more than 500 firms over the last three months reminding them that interns classed as workers must be paid the minimum wage. …

Oligarchs face cash probe

Published: February 3, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Russian oligarchs suspected of corruption will be forced to spell out sources of income which fund their luxury lifestyles in the UK. Seecurity minister Ben Wallace said the move was …

Ireland to vote on abortion

Published: January 30, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The Irish government is to hold a referendum at the end of May on whether to repeal a constitutional amendment that effectively bans abortions. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that …

Millions face long wait for disabled benefits review

Published: January 29, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Labour has condemned the Government after its admission that every disabled person receiving a Personal Independence Payment will have their claim reviewed Debbie Abrahams, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary (pictured), pointed …

Legal reforms needed to protect women

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The UK legal system is failing women and needs fundamental reform, according to a ground-breaking report, which found that violence against women and girls is “endemic” in the UK. The …

Demand for public inquiry over blacklisting

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The barriers to justice faced by thousands of workers whose lives have been blighted being blacklisted by a secretive organisation set up by the UK largest construction companies have been …

Treasury watchdog warning over housing crisis

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The Treasury select committee has warned that Chancellor Philip Hammond’s plans to tackle the housing crisis will fail without further reforms. His November Budget move to abolish stamp duty on …

MPs voice concern over Rohingya return

Published: January 16, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The Commons International Development Committee has raised “grave concern” about the plight of thousands of Rohingya people being returned to Myanmar, warning, that rape and sexual violence remain weapons of …

Williamson quits Labour team

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Tribune columnist Chris Williamson has quit Labour’s frontbench as shadow fire minister, but promised to continue to “loyally support” Jeremy Corbyn as he announced his surprise decision to return to …