Cautious welcome for Queen’s speech

UK business cautiously group UK200 welcomed some of the government’s proposals to stabilise the financial system, announced in today’s Queen’s Speech – although it said more information was needed on how the measures would work in practice before a final judgement could be made on how effective they would be.

Minister calls on the capitals employers to help young Londoners into work

Last night, Minister for London, Tessa Jowell, called on London’s business leaders to help the capitals young people into work and to ensure they make the most of the Government support available to firms during the recession. Her call to action came as 1070 jobs for young people in London were announced as part of the Future Jobs Fund (FJF), with eight organizations in the capital to provide new posts.

National post strike dates announced

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has said two 24-hour nationwide postal strikes will start on Thursday 22 October.

The union said it had no choice but to announce a strike after the Royal Mail rejected its latest set of proposals.

On the first day, mail centre staff and drivers will strike. The next day it will be delivery and collection staff.

Royal Mail workers vote to strike

Royal Mail postal workers have voted to take strike action over job security and working conditions.

Postal workers voted three to one in favour of action, with 61,623 out of a total of 80,830 workers who voted saying they wanted to strike.

The company and unions have been unable to resolve differences on how best to modernise the postal service.

Royal Mail says it needs to make big changes to combat a fall in the number of letter and parcel deliveries.

There have already been a series of regional strikes around the country in recent weeks that have created a backlog of millions of letters.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which represents the workers, must give seven days notice before any strike begins.