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WATCH: Paramedics strike over job-evaluation

Hundreds of paramedics at the North West Ambulance Service are on strike across the region in a dispute with their employers.

The GMB union is demanding an independent investigation into a delayed job grading scheme. The action though has been condemned by management.

Ralph Blunsom reports:

IoM Gov proposes increase to minimum wage

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The Isle of Man's parliament is due to approve an increase in the minimum wage later this month.

It follows recommendations from the Minimum Wage Committee to the Department for Enterprise.

Changes include removing the different wage rates for those aged 18 to 20 and 21 to 24, so that the main rate will apply to all over 18.

Other proposals are:

  • the hourly rate for employees over compulsory school age but not yet 18 would increase by 15p from £5.70 to £5.85.
  • the main rate of minimum wage for workers aged over 18 will be £7.85 an hour, an increase of 35p for workers over 25 years, 65p for workers aged 21 to 24, and £1 for workers aged 18 to 20.

If approved by Tynwald, the new rates would take effect from 1st October.

The recommendations to Tynwald are put forward in the spirit of fairness and equality as we continue to position the Isle of Man as a progressive, diverse, and attractive place to live and work. The simplification of the different minimum wage rates will also support our Island’s drive to attract and retain more young workers as well as streamlining the guidelines for employers.

– Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise



MP slams company over 'devastating' job losses

An MP has vowed to lobby the Prime Minister after online retailer Shop Direct announced plans to pull out of Greater Manchester, with the loss of almost 2,000 jobs.

The company, which owns Littlewoods and Very, said it would begin to close its distribution centres in Shaw, Oldham, and Little Hulton in Salford, as well as its returns centre at Raven Mill in Chadderton, in 2020.

Debbie Abrahams, the Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, said she would be writing to Theresa May to demand the PM and government ministers are ‘fully engaged’ in supporting affected workers.

She also blasted the company for failing to engage with both herself and Oldham council before announcing the news.

'Take a lunch break and go home on time' - TUC urges employees

Workers are being encouraged to go home on time. Credit: PA

Workers in the North West are being urged to take a lunch break and leave on time.

New figures show they did nearly three million pounds worth of unpaid overtime last year.

The TUC says almost half a million people here put in an average of 7.6 hours a week in unpaid overtime during 2017.

This averages £5,897 a year that each of those workers is losing out in pay.

The union is calling on bosses to move away from a long hours culture.

Lots of us are willing to put in a bit of extra time when it’s needed. But it’s a problem if it happens all the time.

– Lyn Collins, TUC Regional Secretary

Shortage of local doctors on the Isle of Man

Nobles Hospital in Douglas has 34 spaces for doctor roles. Credit: ITV Granada

The Isle of Man's Nobles Hospital needs more local doctors.

34 positions are currently vacant, 14 of which are consultant roles.

Figures were revealed in yesterday's House of Keys sitting by Jason Moorhouse, who said 24 doctors are locum and six posts are junior.

The Department of Health and Social Care Minister Kate Beecroft has previously stated that the department's overspend was largely due to paying temporary doctors.

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