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Tata Steel goes to ACAS to try to solve dispute

Tata Steel UK goes to ACAS to try to solve pension dispute Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tata Steel UK says it's approached the conciliation service ACAS to try to resolve a pension dispute wth its workforce.

The company has sites across the North East, at Hartlepool, Skinningrove, Lackenby, Darlington, York and Blaydon.

A one day strike is planned for later this month. Tata says it's facing a projected shortfall of more than £2 billion pounds this year. The Unite union says it's provoking the biggest crisis in the steel industry for a generation.


Prince Harry helps launch RWC 2015 trophy tour

Prince Harry helped mark the 100 days until the start of the Rugby World Cup at a launch event in London, ahead of its arrival in the North East.

The Webb Ellis Cup at Twickenham Stadium with Jonny Wilkinson and Prince Harry (right) as part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour of the UK & Ireland. Credit: PA

Newcastle is hosting three matches this October and tourism experts hope the tournament could bring as much as £43 million into the region.

Prince Harry and Former England player Jonny Wilkinson with the Web Ellis Cup during the 100 days until the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup event at Twickenham Stadium, London. Credit: PA

Prince Harry made a speech the Trophy Tour at Twickenham this morning, alongside England legend Jonny Wilkinson.

Prince Harry talks to school children at Twickenham as part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour of the UK & Ireland. Credit: PA

The Webb Ellis Trophy is coming to the region at the end of next month as part of a nationwide tour.

Rugby World Cup trophy tour officially launched

The Webb Ellis Cup Credit: ITV

The Rugby World Cup trophy tour gets underway today as the countdown until the start of the tournament reaches 100 days to go.

The Webb Ellis Cup enters the North East on July 30 and travels to the following destinations:

  • Close House, Heddon-on-the-Wall - July 30
  • Newcastle City Centre - July 30
  • Alnwick Castle - July 30
  • Tynemouth - August 1
  • Northumbria University - August 2
  • Gateshead International Stadium - August 2
  • The Angel of the North - August 3
  • Darlington Mowden Park - August 3
  • West Hartlepool RFC - August 3

Click the link for more information about the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.


Credit union opens new branch

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The North East Credit Union is opening its first town centre branch in Gateshead.

For the first time, they say, they will be able to offer the same facilities as rival banks and building societies on the High Street.

The NEFirst Credit Union is a merger of smaller credit unions in the region, which have provided savings and loan accounts for more than 20 years.

Geordie musicians make music rich list

Sting is 8th richest musician in the UK according to new rich list Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sting and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini have made it onto a list of the richest musicians in the UK.

Sting, who was born in Wallsend, is joint 8th on the Sunday Times Rich List of Musicians, with an estimated fortune of £180 million.

Cheryl, who grew up in Newcastle, is second on The Times' Young Musicians Rich List. She is said to be worth £12 million.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Magpies sponsor Wonga posts huge loss

Newcastle United's controversial shirt sponsor, payday lender Wonga, has announced huge losses.

The business has posted a pre-tax loss of £37.3 million in 2014.

It is not clear whether the results will affect Wonga's sponsorship of Newcastle United.

Last year, the company was ordered to pay compensation of more than £2.5 million by the Financial Conduct Authority after sending threatening legal letters from fake law firms to 45 thousand customers.

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