Previous Article Next Article … in briefOn 15 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week’s news in briefFBU considers move The Fire Brigades Union is meeting to consider its next move after theemployers refused to improve the 16 per cent pay offer. Employers claim thecurrent offer, linked to modernisation, is the only way to finance the payincrease, taking starting pay to £25,000 a year. www.fbu.org.ukHidden racism rife A TUC report Black Voices at Work claims that despite progress, hiddenracism continues in the workplace. It calls on the Government to extend racelaws to require all employers to positively promote race equality. www.tuc.org.ukDTI Xmas proposals The DTI has announced proposals to prevent large stores trading on ChristmasDay and spoiling the festive season for workers. Employment Minister AlanJohnson said consultation had started with the aim of protecting staff frombeing forced to work at Christmas. www.dti.gov.uk/ccp/consultations.htmMG Rover strike is on MG Rover staff at the company’s Longbridge plant have voted to strike overterms and conditions. T&G union members voted in favour of strike actionover the company’s 2.2 per cent pay offer, an increase in maternity pay, and acut in the length of service needed to gain extra holiday. www.tgwu.org.ukBusiness-friendly The CBI has urged universities to become more business-friendly to ensuregraduates have the skills needed by the UK’s employers. It has presented apaper aimed at identifying the benefits, barriers and practical ways ofpromoting effective collaboration. www.cbi.co.uk Related posts:No related photos.