…in briefOn 9 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today This week’s news in briefUS full employment The US could be looking at ‘full employment’ again within a year if itseconomy rebounds with even half the momentum of previous recoveries, accordingto analysis by employment consultant Watson Wyatt. To reach full employment theUS would need to see a pick-up in employment of just 1.2 per cent. www.watsonwyatt.comCWU options open The Communication Workers Union is due to decide this week on what action totake in response to Consignia’s plans to cut 30,000 jobs over the next threeyears. The two sides hope to reach an agreement that will ensure the 30,000redundancies are voluntary. The move is expected to cost Consignia £400m. www.cwu.orgPorters in walkout Porters and cleaners at Glasgow Royal Infirmary have staged a wildcat strikeover job cuts they claim could endanger patients’ lives, despite the GMB unionwarning against the move. About 100 workers walked out after 10 porters on temporary contracts withSodexho, the domestic services company at the hospital, lost their jobs. www.gmb.org.ukRMT rejects pay offer Leaders at the Rail Maritime and Transport union have rejected a pay offerfor thousands of London Underground workers, and warn that industrial actionwill be taken unless an improved offer is made within the next two weeks. Thepay offers – a one-year deal worth 2 per cent or a three-year deal worth 2.5per cent now and at least 2 per cent in each of the following years – weredescribed as an ‘insult’. www.rmt.org.ukRace bias for women Women in the UK believe that racial origin limits their choice of jobs andaffects progression up the career ladder, according to a poll of 1,100 women bythe Commission for Racial Equality. Two-thirds of white and three-quarters ofnon-white women think race limits career choice. Only half the respondentsquestioned think the UK is a society based on equal opportunities. www.cre.gov.uk Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.