Britain could run out of food by this time next year if it cannot maintain the flow of goods after Brexit, the National Farmers’ Union has said. After it emerged that the government was drawing up plans to stockpile food in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the British Retail Consortium and drug manufacturers issued more warnings about possible supply shortages, we asked for your views. About 300 readers got in touch, with more than half saying they had already started stockpiling or were seriously considering doing so, and the rest sharing their concerns about shortages after a no-deal Brexit. The most popular food items people wanted to store were staples such as flour, olive oil, dried pasta, rice, powdered milk, coffee and tinned items such as tomatoes and sardines. Many readers also highlighted “luxuries” such as chocolate, and there was mention of stocking up on over-the-counter medicines such as painkillers and antihistamines. Many respondents acknowledged that … [Read more...] about ‘I’m already stockpiling’: readers preparing for a messy Brexit
Worker rights consortium
Employers across the country are to be given an EU citizen “toolkit” to help staff from the bloc to register for a new immigration status that will be legally required after Brexit. The Home Office unveiled a package of briefing packs, posters and leaflets at an event involving representatives of some of the biggest employers and groups campaigning to preserve the rights of the estimated 3.5 million to 3.8 million EU citizens living and working in the UK. The campaign group the3million said the government was putting “the cart before the horse” with the launch, given that EU citizens and Britons on the continent still had no legal guarantee of their status post-Brexit. “Eight in 10 EU citizens [in the UK] are of working age so I understand why the government is focusing on employers with this toolkit but it’s all very premature when the withdrawal agreement is still being negotiated,” co-founder Nicolas Hatton said. He pointed out that a live … [Read more...] about UK employers to get ‘toolkit’ to help them register EU workers
The structural shift of shopping away from the High Street and towards digital is not just making town centres increasingly grim. It is also creating a looming economic crisis which nobody seems to be addressing: the problem that we’re providing fewer and fewer places for low-skilled people to work. Since the great post-war consumer boom, retail has been the go-to place for school leavers to get their first taste of employment. It’s also been a big recruiter of people — often mothers — looking for part-time employment to juggle around childcare. This week we learned that 50,000 retail jobs will be lost through store chains going bust or shutting parts of their estate this year. At this rate, the British Retail Consortium has said, two-thirds of jobs in shops could be gone by 2025. Today’s weak figures from Sainsbury only highlight the pressure retailers are under. Now, even company bosses relying on mass market consumer sales are beginning to … [Read more...] about Jim Armitage: What about the workers if we let the High Street die?
In a theatrical presentation yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu claimed to have secured intelligence showing that Iran was secretly continuing elements of a nuclear weapons program. Is this part of a coordinated drive to war as tensions across the Middle East reach a boiling point? Tuesday's weekly series "False Profits — A Weekly Look at Wall Street and Corporate Capitalism with Daniel Sankey" continues looking at the top economic issues of the day, today focusing on T-Mobile and Sprint's potential merger and foreign investors losing interest in US debt. Financial policy analyst Daniel Sankey joins the show. The first group of migrants in a much publicized caravan from Central America came across the border near Tijuana last night. Celebrations erupted as the group was allowed through. However, the first prosecutions were announced yesterday as well, with 11 people receiving … [Read more...] about Tensions Flare After Netanyahu’s Theatrics: War With Iran on Horizon?
UK companies with over 250 employees have been told that by April they must publish their gender pay gap data. That leaves around 9,000 firms having to reveal the disparity between what men and women are paid. According to the Office Of National Statistics (ONS) last year men were paid, on average, 18% more than women. In Wales that figure is 14.8% according to the Trades Union Congress in Wales (TUC). At the time of writing this 74 companies had declared their findings, with more due in the coming days. Welsh companies which have declared their gender pay gap between men and women: If companies fail to publish data the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it would approach employers informally at first before eventually “fines and convictions” were sought. In Wales the disparity ranges massively geographically. Flintshire is the worst offender where there is an average pay gap of 27.8% between men and women. Carmarthenshire with only 0.6% difference between men … [Read more...] about Here’s how much more men are paid than women in these Welsh workplaces