Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to United Kingdom as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

England and Wales: Covid infections fall but “it ain’t over yet”

Whilst the official number of deaths from COVID-19 has continued to fall, it remains at a significant level and could well rise this Autumn and Winter …

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United Kingdom: Chaos is growing across a number of sectors due largely to pressures from rising living costs

Although there have been settlements such as those for bus drivers in Arriva NW, tram drivers in Edinburgh, Scottish police, workers at Prestwick and Leeds-Bradford airports, larger bargaining groups have not been so easily assuaged …

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United Kingdom: Aldi gives warehouse workers second pay boost within a year

The discount supermarket chain Aldi is giving its warehouse workers their second pay rise in a year …

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United Kingdom: State Pension if you’ve lived in Australia, Canada or New Zealand

Employers with staff nearing retirement age may wish to note changes that will affect pensioners in the coming year …

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United Kingdom: Only 1% of UK firms offer cost-of-living payment to staff – ONS

The consumer price index rose by 10 …

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United Kingdom: CMA probes broadcasters over wage-fixing concerns

First labour rate fixing case initiated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) …

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United Kingdom: Continued high incidence of COVID-19 and lack of precautions

The proportion of the UK population testing positive for COVID-19 is currently 3 …

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United Kingdom: Stagnation nation

The Resolution Foundation and LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance have concluded that the UK is a “stagnation nation” …

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United Kingdom: The UK signs data adequacy agreement with South Korea

An agreement that will allow businesses to share personal data with fewer restrictions and no contractual safeguards has been reached …

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United Kingdom: Work-related fatal injuries (2021/22)

123 workers died in work-related accidents over the year ending 31st March 2022 …

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United Kingdom: Virgin Money to hand out £1,000 cost-of-living bonus to staff

Virgin Money announces it will pay a one-off £1,000 cost of living bonus later this month …

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United Kingdom: Paid holiday for part-year workers cannot be pro-rated

The calculation method used to determine pay for annual leave must be the same for both permanent and irregular/term-time workers …

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United Kingdom: Thousands of PwC staff to get 9% pay rise to help with cost of living

This month, more than 20,000 employees of the major audit firm PwC in the UK will receive a salary increase of at least 9% …

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United Kingdom: Cost of living pay increases across the banking sector

NatWest bank has agreed to give the lowest paid staff who earn less than £32,000 (US$38,355) across the bank an additional 4% salary increase from September 2022 …

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United Kingdom: Cadbury workers secure pay deal worth up to 17.5%

The chocolate manufacturing company Cadbury has reached a pay agreement with the Union Unite …

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