The head of Govia Thameslink Railway - Southern's parent company, has given his reaction to the decision of ASLEF union members to reject a deal in the ongoing dispute about driver-only trains.
British Airways cabin crews are to stage a fresh wave of four strikes from February 22 in a dispute over pay, Unite union has announced.
Unite members are already planning a four-day walkout from February 17 and have held several previous stoppages in January and at the start of this month.
Members of the so-called mixed fleet have taken 11 days of action so far this year in protest at "poverty" pay. Unite said its members at the airline were "piling on the pressure" by striking repeatedly.
Workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE plc) in Berkshire have started a 48-hour strike this morning.
Six hundred employees, members of Unite, have walked out of the company's Aldermaston and Burghfield sites in a dispute over pensions.
It's their second 48-hour strike this month.
More to follow.
Staff shortages at South East Coast Ambulance are affecting performance as well as staff morale, according to a new report.
That's according to a report due to be presented at a board meeting later.
SECAMB - which had been placed in special measures last September - says it is trying to recruit, even looking as far afield as Australia to try to fill vacancies.
It says there's a national shortfall in paramedics, and its strategy will address this.
When it comes to job interviews, first impressions count. That's why one charity is helping women to get back into work by giving them a new outfit, help and support.
Smart Works - which has a base in Reading in Berkshire - helps those who are unemployed and who may have faced various challenges.
The charity is now looking to expand to help even more women, as Lauren Hall reports.
More of us are choosing to work from home. According to the latest figures almost 700,000 people in the South / South East now take the opportunity to take a short walk from the bedroom to the office. That's about 16 per cent of the working population.
This week is Work from Home Week, and our bosses are being encouraged to think about the benefits of offering staff a better work life balance. Amy Lea reports.
One in five working parents admit they never sit down and have breakfast with their children. That's just one of the findings in a survey of more than 2,000 people into the effects of our increasingly pressurised lifestyles.
Many schools are finding increased demand for their breakfast clubs where mums and dads can drop their children off before school and still be confident they're getting a healthy start to the day.
Wesley Smith reports:
- 60% said that their child's school breakfast club was very important for their day-to-day life
- Over half (58%) said that the breakfast clubs enabled their children to have breakfast in the morning without being rushed
- Over a third (33%) stated that they or their partner would have to give up work if it were not for the school breakfast club
- Almost a third (28%) said that the breakfast clubs saved them on average between £10 - £25 per week
Our reporter, Wesley Smith, has interviewed: Theresa Pooley, Mother Minara Begum, Mother Simone Roberts-Lawlor, Mother Oli Burton, Organiser
Today the government placed a multi-million pound order for a new airborne surveillance system which will protect the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The contract sustains hundreds of jobs across the south.
Richard Jones reports.
The RMT rail union has announced it will suspend strike action by cleaners on Great Western Railway (GWR) if the workers' contracts are improved.
The pending strike action is over claims of serious bullying, discrimination and poverty working conditions on GWR's cleaning contract operated by Servest UK.
The union is calling for agency workers to be made members of GWR staff to end its two tier workforce. It says GWR and Servest UK must commit to giving the workers a fair contract at today's meeting.
The union says a key demand is for basic sick pay in line with GWR staff. It claims the current situation has forced many of the cleaners into debt with two thirds owing money to payday loan companies in the past year as a result of falling sick.
The strike is due to take place between 5.59am on Thursday 19th January and 05.58am on Saturday 21st January.
GWR has a golden opportunity today to end this dispute and stop hiding behind its sub-contractor and avoiding proper responsibilities to the workers who clean their trains.
If today’s meeting between GWR and Servest results in GWR committing to making the necessary changes to its cleaning contract, for a fair settlement for our cleaner members, then we will call off our strike.
If no commitment is forthcoming then we will be left without a choice but to go ahead with the action. Recent strike action by RMT Cleaner members on GWR was rock solid and we expect the same this week.
RMT’s cleaner members on GWR will not stand by while they are mercilessly exploited by privateers, while rail companies fill their coffers as fares soar through the roof.”
Growth at Gatwick Airport could support more than 13,000 new jobs according to a new report commissioned by the airport.
The report by Oxford Economics suggests the additional roles would be in place by 2025.
It also found the airport could contribute an extra £6.5 billion to the UK's economy.
In 2016, the airport contributed £5.3 billion to the economy and supported 85,000 jobs.
The report is the most detailed assessment of Gatwick's economic impact ever undertaken.