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Councils have spent more than £200 million on settlements with staff - most of which include "gagging orders", an investigation has found. Over the past five years, 17,571 "compromise agreements" or settlements were signed by council workers. Most include a strict clause preventing them from criticising their bosses, BBC Radio…
Care services for the elderly and disabled could hit breaking point with the introduction of the new National Living Wage (NLW), councils say. Town councils, who have battled against a £5 billion social care funding gap since 2010, fear the new measure which starts on April 1 could heap significant…
Workers are being urged to make sure they are paid the new national living wage after research revealed a third of people never check their payslips. The new rate of £7.20 an hour comes into force on April 1 for workers aged over 25, giving more than a million low-paid…
Health officials have raised concerns over the safety of patients after junior doctors announced plans to carry out the first full walkout of doctors in the history of the NHS. The move, announced by the British Medical Association (BMA), comes as a result of the dispute with the Government over…
Tens of thousands of care workers are being paid less than the minimum wage because their employers do not count travel time in between appointments, a union has claimed. Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said more than 200,000 care workers were receiving illegal wages. Unison said councils across England and…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have announced they have been accredited as a Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation. Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive, SSSC said: "I’m so proud to be accredited as a Scottish Living Wage employer. It confirms our commitment to our staff, just as they…
The Government has come under attack after announcing a "miserly" 1% pay rise for public sector workers, including doctors and nurses. The awards, following recommendations from pay review bodies (PRB), cover more than one million employees, including staff in the armed forces. NHS staff, doctors and dentists, and members of…
A planned strike by workers at the charity Action for Children has been suspended to allow talks to continue aimed at resolving a pay row. Members of Unite and Unison were due to walk out on Wednesday, but the period for possible industrial action has been extended for four weeks.…
Workers at the charity Action For Children have voted in favour of strikes in a row over pay. Members of Unite backed walkouts by 77%, and other forms of industrial action by a larger margin. The union urged the charity to resolve the long-running pay dispute through the conciliation service…
Several NHS chief executives who apparently put their names to a key letter used by Jeremy Hunt to justify imposing new contracts on junior doctors have withdrawn their support for such a plan. The names of 20 health trust bosses in England were attached to a letter advising the Government…
The head of the Royal College of GPs has said she is "shocked and dismayed" by the imposition of a new contract on junior doctors. Dr Maureen Baker, chairwoman of the college, said the move would damage morale in the NHS and left doctors feeling like they could not provide…
Thousands of junior doctors across England are on strike after last-ditch talks failed to reach an agreement. Junior doctors - all medics below consultant level - are providing emergency care only in the 24-hour walkout, which started at 8am. It is the second strike by the British Medical Association (BMA)…

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