Midlands glimpses the new abnormal

Image caption Chancellor Rishi Sunak visited the Worcester Bosch factory on Thursday ‘The health or welfare of the people should be the supreme law’ It is two months since Boris Johnson quoted his hero, the Roman statesman and philosopher Cicero, to fend-off initial demands for an early easing of the lockdown to limit the economic damage. Paradoxically, it is just… Read more →

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Rishi Sunak’s ‘Kickstart’ jobs scheme: Back to the future?

Image copyright PA Media When Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his £2bn “Kickstart” jobs scheme this week, for some it sounded strangely familiar. Those of a certain age may remember the Future Jobs Fund – the scheme set up by then-Labour Prime Minster Gordon Brown and Chancellor Alastair Darling in 2009 in reaction to the global financial crash. Like the current… Read more →

Coronavirus: Emirates set to cut 9,000 jobs

Image caption Emirates president Sir Tim Clark The president of Emirates said the Middle Eastern airline is set to cut as many as 9,000 jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first time the world’s biggest long-haul carrier has disclosed how many jobs will be lost. Prior to the crisis, Emirates had 60,000 staff. Sir Tim Clark said… Read more →

Tax cut for Scots home buyers starts next week

Image caption Kate Forbes said she was delighted to remove uncertainty from the market A temporary cut to the transaction tax on house sales will be introduced next week, the Scottish government has said. Finance Secretary Kate Forbes announced the cut to the land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) on Thursday. The move followed UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of… Read more →

EasyJet ‘using sickness records to decide job cuts’

Image copyright PA Media EasyJet has been accused of intending to use pilots’ sickness records when drawing up plans for over 700 job cuts. The Balpa pilots’ union said it was “unnecessary and wrong”, claiming the airline was risking safety because unwell staff would report for work. EasyJet said general absenteeism could form part of its assessment, but denied sickness… Read more →

Boohoo action on exploitation claims ‘inadequate’

Image copyright Boohoo One of Boohoo’s largest shareholders is dumping stock in the fashion firm after it said the company had failed to address concerns about working conditions at a supplier in Leicester. Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) criticised Boohoo’s response to exploitation claims as “inadequate in scope, timeliness and gravity”. Allegations of poor pay and conditions at a factory emerged… Read more →

Coronavirus: Package holiday firms told to sharpen up on refunds

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Resorts are now welcoming back British tourists More than 100 holiday companies have been told to speed up their refunds policy for coronavirus cancellations. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has received more than 17,500 complaints from people whose holidays have been hit by the virus. In an open letter from the CMA, companies have… Read more →