File photo dated 26/01/18 of money. A study from Unite found that increasing minimum wage rates to £10 an hour for workers over the age of 18 would boost public finances by £5.6 billion a year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday July 4, 2018. The study showed that 5.2 million women would benefit from higher wages, especially those in the hospitality and retail sectors. See PA story INDUSTRY Wage. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Just under 240 employers have been “named and shamed” in the latest minimum wage underpayment list from HM Revnue and Customs. Here is the full list, with East of England companies highlighted. 1. Sportswift Limited, trading as Card Factory, Wakefield WF2, failed to pay £430,097.87 to 10,256 workers, with average arrears of £41.94 per worker 2. T.J. Morris Limited, trading as Home Bargains, Liverpool L11, failed to pay £272,228.44 to 6,743 workers, with average arrears of £40.37 per … [Read more...] about Employers named and shamed for underpaying staff – the full list
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Elon Musk’s 'zombie-killing' flamethrowers are already available to buy on eBay – less than 48 hours after the first batch was picked up by customers. The Boring Company-branded flamethrowers are listed on the auction site with prices ranging from $3,000 (£2,200) to $20,000 (£14,900). That's around 40 times the original $500 (£374) price tag. An instruction manual for the gun is also available on eBay for $250 (£187). Elon Musk sold a limited run of 20,000 flamethrowers back in February to raise $10 million (£7.02 million) for his high-speed tunnel venture, the Boring Company. The firm plans to build a network of tunnels where vehicles are transported on electric skates to their destination, reducing traffic on the surface. Musk had earlier sold 50,000 hats to help raise money for the project. Scroll down for video Elon Musk's Boring Company flamethrowers are being sold between $3,000 (£2,200) and $20,000 (£14,900) on eBay, … [Read more...] about Elon Musk’s flamethrowers are already on eBay for as much as $20,000
Football legend “King” Kenny Dalglish has become Sir Kenny as he leads more than 1,000 people receiving gongs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The former Liverpool striker and manager, 67, is knighted for services to football, charity and the City of Liverpool. Also honoured are screen stars Emma Thompson and Keira Knightley, ex-University Challenge host Bamber Gascoigne and rapper Ms Dynamite. The list is full of hundreds of unsung heroes, from counsellors and a Holocaust survivor to Britain's longest-serving poppy seller. But there are also fatcat bosses of Royal Mail and Network Rail whose gongs are likely to prompt accusations of rewards for failure. Here is the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List in full. Honours in numbers In total, 1,057 people have received an award. Of the total number recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this year, 210 have been made an OBE, 392 an MBE, and 318 awarded a BEM. There are always rows over gongs for cronies and … [Read more...] about Queen’s Birthday Honours full list for 2018
It feels as though it's been a grim time for our local car industry of late - so what does the future hold for the thousands of workers who depend on it? Last year, Vauxhall announced it was cutting 400 jobs at its Ellesmere Port plant, which builds the Astra. And, in January, it announced 250 more could be cut, taking the total number of workers down to some 1,200. The Ellesmere Port plant is suffering because Astra sales have fallen. And the site also faces an uncertain future after Vauxhall was taken over last year by French car giant and Peugeot owner PSA. Across the Mersey, Jaguar Land Rover said, in January, it was cutting production at its Halewood plant - where some 6,000 people work, to help it cope with falling sales. It announced a "temporary adjustment" to the shift pattern - but insisted there would be no impact in jobs and said it would continue investing in the plant. On top of any local issues, the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit and over the future of diesel cars is … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for thousands of Mersey car workers?
As a woman in her twenties, living in the countryside does come with its disadvantages. Compared to your average urban dweller, planning for any form of social gathering often requires much greater consideration for travel arrangements. And speaking from personal experience, having enough mobile signal to make and receive phone calls or texts is another important factor. But when I stop and think about what this country way of life has given me over the past twenty six years, and how it has shaped me as a person, those flaws become rather insignificant. My Westcountry has always been largely dominated by horses. A passion which has been passed down the family line, as a young child I was at my happiest when either sat on a pony or generally in their presence – notably perched on top of my mother’s amazingly patient thoroughbred with a mane comb as she ate her food. Can capturing the passion of a workforce for its location pay off? For Robert Camp, managing partner at … [Read more...] about Why we #BackTheSouthWest: ‘Being able to saddle up and escape for a couple of hours is sheer bliss’