All articles by: James Douglas

News In Brief

Published: March 23, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Unemployment posted a second increase in as many months. The number of unemployed people in the UK increased by 24,000 to 1.45 million in the three-month period ending January 2018 …

Trump appoints hawk to security post

Published: March 23, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Donald Trump has replaced US National Security Adviser HR McMaster with former United Nations ambassador John Bolton (pictured). Bolton, a Bush-era hawk who has backed attacking North Korea and Iran, …

Watchdog wants action for working dads

Published: March 20, 2018
Written by James Douglas

The women and equalities committee warned that Government efforts to support fathers in the workplace have not yet delivered. Chair Maria Miller said: “Workplace policies have not kept up with …

Redundancies threaten tech training standards

Published: March 17, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Hundreds of planned redundancies at further education college will threaten the UK’s ability to deliver a world-class skills and technical training for thousands. Hull College is seeking the equivalent of …

News In Brief

Published: March 17, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) by UK companies abroad reached a 17-year high in 2017, but inward M&A slumped. The total was dominated by the completion of two high-value deals: the …

Trump dismisses May’s trade war concerns

Published: March 5, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Donald Trump has  rejected Theresa May’s “deep concern” over his plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports into the US. In a telephone conversation, the prime minister urged the …

Trump threatens trade war

Published: March 2, 2018
Written by James Douglas

Donald Trump has declared the US would find a trade war “easy to win”. After announcing that steel imports would face a 25% tariff and aluminium 10%, the President also …

Xi readies China for return to one-man rule

Published: February 25, 2018
Written by James Douglas

China’s governing Communist Party has proposed removing a clause in the constitution which limits presidencies to two five-year terms in a bid to allow Xi Jinping to extend his rule …

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 …