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Bus company and union agree on pay offer

A pay deal has been agreed with the union Credit: ITV

Oxford Bus Company and the union Unite have reached a pay deal which has been formally accepted by its membership. More than 400 bus drivers walked out of depots and joined picket lines in Oxford, causing disruption for passengers across the city.

We're pleased to say that, after a series of constructive meetings, we have made a pay offer that has been accepted by the majority of Unite's members. We look forward to returning to the regular, constructive dialogue with Unite we've enjoyed in the past, so that we can continue to deliver the quality bus services the people of Oxford have come to expect.

– Phil Southall, Managing Director, Oxford Bus Company

Tesco fined £200,000 after worker slips and is injured on shop floor

A member of staff was off work for several months Credit: ITV

Crawley Borough Council has prosecuted Tesco for a Health and Safety accident. The supermarket has been fined £200,000.

The prosecution was taken by the council following an incident at the Tesco store in Hazelwick Avenue, Three Bridges in 2014.

Water leaking onto the shop floor had caused a risk to both staff and customers. A member of staff slipped and was injured, causing her to be off work for several months.

Tesco had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three offences, breaching its duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and failing to report an injury following an accident within 15 days under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.

Tesco Stores Ltd was also ordered to pay the council’s costs of more than £51,000.

Councillor Geraint Thomas, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability at Crawley Borough Council, said: “This case shows the importance that we place on safety, both for workers and customers who could be at risk through poor practices.

“It’s imperative that business operators maintain a safe working environment for staff and the public and that effective arrangements are made to report similar accidents to the authorities within 15 days.”

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Dreamland pushes to recruit local workers

Dreamland re-opened its doors in 2015 Credit: PA

Dreamland in Margate is holding a recruitment fair today, to find seasonal workers for the busy summer months. They're hoping to attract local candidates. 96 per cent of the park's workforce is currently from Kent.

There will be a wide range of seasonal roles to apply for; the park is looking for retail and customer services staff, ride operators, restaurant and bar hosts, facilities and security staff and entertainers.

Those wishing to apply to work at the entertainment park are invited to attend the fair on Friday 17th March 2017 from 1pm until 4pm.

Scheme designed to create more apprenticeships

From next month, thousands of employers will have to start paying into a system designed to create more apprenticeships.

The new system will affect many private companies, hospitals, schools and councils. It's part of a government drive to create 3 million apprenticeships - particularly those that offer the highest levels of qualification.

As part of National Apprenticeships Week,our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports on how prepared people are for the new world.

Interviewees: Hannah Sturgess, Degree apprentice; Lewis Green, Degree apprentice; Neil Carberry, Director, Employment and Skills, CBI; Prof Neil Marriott, Deputy Vice-chancellor, University of Winchester; Christine Trotter, HR Director, Marketing Sciences.

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Strikes: Bus passengers to face 'significant disruption'

The Oxford Bus Company is warning passengers that they will face "significant disruption" during two days of planned strikes.

The Company said it had been unable to reach a settlement with the Unite union in a dispute over drivers' pay for the Christmas 2016 period.

Union members will strike on Thursday 2nd March and Monday 6th March.

The bus company is advising its passengers to make alternative travel arrangements.

We're sorry and concerned to hear that Unite, the union representing around 70% of our people, is intending to take strike action on the 2nd and 6th of March 2017. We understand this is in relation to Christmas and New Year working arrangements from last year.

This is disappointing as we've made a number of offers to Unite to settle the dispute but these have been rejected without consulting their members. Also we're disappointed that Unite has chosen not to follow the agreed dispute resolution procedure before triggering the ballot.

We're very keen to resolve the dispute, and our door is open for talks, but in the meantime we're putting plans in place to make sure we can offer customers the best service possible if strikes go ahead. Special contingency timetables are available for our customers on our website, and will shortly be available in print form."

– Phil Southall, Managing Director of Oxford Bus Company

ASLEF train drivers reject Southern deal - Rail boss says: 'Naturally we're saddened'

More industrial action to come in the dispute on Southern trains

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.

“Naturally we’re saddened and hugely disappointed, as will be our passengers, with today’s decision by drivers, particularly as the agreement carried the full support and recommendation of the ASLEF leadership. We now need to understand the issues which led to this outcome and we’ll be seeking to meet with the union as soon as possible to see how we can agree a way forward.”

– Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway, Southern’s parent company

BA cabin crews to take more strike action

Cabin crew to go on strike again Credit: ITV

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.

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