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Amazon workers in Delaware reject trade union membership

A small number of Amazon warehouse workers in Delaware have voted against joining a union, which claims that the employees were under pressure from the firm to stay away from third-party representation. In a vote administered by the National Labour Relations Board (NLRB), the Amazon staff voted 21 to six against joining the …

HP wants HUNDREDS of hapless staffers OUT by April - trade union

Hundreds of British HP workers are being lined up for the chop this quarter with almost a half expected to come from Enterprise Services. Ian Tonks, national officer for IT and comms with trade union Unite, met with HP last week - as did the UK Works Council - to thrash out the latest tranche of local job cuts. He told us: "784 …
Paul Kunert, 11 Feb 2014

First Dell, now IBM: 15,000 jobs face the axe at Big Blue, says union

IBM is set to spend another $1bn on job cuts this year to eliminate an estimated 15,000 jobs worldwide, according to trade union Alliance@IBM. The company has already spent the same amount of money last year on 'workforce rebalancing', its euphemism for redundancies. Big Blue's chief financial officer for finance and enterprise …

'Nearly 1,350' HP Enterprise Services staffers strike over redundancies – union

Nearly 1,350 HP Enterprise Services workers downed tools as part of multi-day industrial action in protest against the mass redundancy programme, at least according to the PCS trade union. Industrial officer Alan Brown said up to 90 per cent of the union's 1,500 HPES members went on strike on Wednesday and Thursday this week, …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2013
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Germany strikes again over Amazon warehouse pay

German union Verdi has not given up on the hopes that striking at Amazon warehouses will change the mega-etailer’s mind about pay. Verdi wants workers at distribution centres in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Graben, and Rheinberg to walk out as it continues its agitation over pay and working conditions. "Amazon still refuses to …
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Striking Amazonians warn: Don't rely on us for Christmas pressies

Amazon workers in Germany are preparing to go on strike once again, in the middle of the busy holiday period, backed by a delegation demonstrating outside Amazon HQ in Seattle. The Verdi trade union has said that workers would be striking in Amazon's warehouses in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig and for the first time in Graben, while a …

O2 averts strike action over mass Capita outsourcing deal

The Communication Workers' Union has called off its strike ballot, scheduled to close today, following a last-minute deal with O2 and outsourcing giant Capita, the details of which haven't been released. The union called the ballot last week, following O2's announcement that call centre staff would be transferred to outsourcing …
Bill Ray, 18 Jun 2013
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Read IBM's note to staff announcing mandatory training and 10% pay cut

IBM has instituted a new, mandatory training program for some US employees whom management claims don't measure up in the skills department – and participants will be required to give up 10 per cent of their salaries for the privilege. The program was announced in a memo issued to the affected staffers, all of whom work in the …
Neil McAllister, 17 Sep 2014

EU Competition chief: So what if I didn't tame Google? You're all 'irrational' anyway

Europe’s unelected competition czar has signed off with a sour burp aimed at his elected critics in Parliament. "I don't think antitrust investigations should be part of the conventional political debates," Joaquín Almunia complains in the Wall Street Journal. He was quizzed on his failure to deal with Google, a case which …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2014
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Securobods claim Middle East govts' fingerprints all over malware flung at journos

Researchers at Toronto-based Citizen Lab have shot down denials by Syria, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates regarding attacks against activists, journalists and dissidents, labelling some of the assaults as incompetent. The team gathered tens of thousands of documents and files detailing the malware and social engineering …
Darren Pauli, 31 Jul 2014

Report: IBM to peddle its chip wing

IBM is rumored to have retained Goldman Sachs to help it put a price on its semiconductor division. The news was reported by the Financial Times on Thursday afternoon, California time, and follows IBM's long-expected announcement of the sale of its server division to Asian electronics giant Lenovo. At the time of writing …
Jack Clark, 07 Feb 2014
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Amazon faces its third strike in Germany

Amazon is facing its third one-day strike in Germany over pay and benefits, as trade union Verdi gets workers in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld to knock off work from 5am BST. The two sites, which house around 5,000 workers altogether, already held partial strikes when 600 Bad Hersfeld staff stopped work on 14 May along with 300 …
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O2 brushed off outsourcing 'rumour' - but it's happening ... to THOUSANDS

More than 3,000 helpdesk staff at mobile network O2 will be transferred to outsourcing giant Capita and around 600 made redundant by August, according to the Communications Workers Union. The trade union described the move as "a betrayal". O2 owner Telefonica, meanwhile, told the Telegraph that only 2,000 positions would be …
Bill Ray, 21 May 2013

HP: Yes, we plan to axe another 7,100 European staffers

HP has confirmed that more than 7,000 workers in Europe are headed for the chopping block, with sources telling us that a good whack of the cuts will be made in Enterprise Services. In June 2012, HP began consultations with union and staff over plans to get rid of 8,000 jobs in the region, and it confirmed that thousands more …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2013
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Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

Computer Science Corporation (CSC) workers heading for the chopping block in Britain have been asked to train their replacements in India and the Czech Republic. Some 750 staff in the UK have been threatened with redundancy under the IT giant's global workforce shakeup, and roughly 200 roles will be moved offshore. CSC - …
Paul Kunert, 02 Aug 2013

HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash

HP will axe workers in Sheffield and shunt their roles to Renfrewshire in Scotland to bag a £7m grant from the Scottish government, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) trade union claims. It's understood the multimillion-pound grant from the public purse is a reward for boosting local employment. About a third of support …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2013
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Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'

A study funded by the BBC into editorial bias has concluded that it isn't Left Wing enough: it's too friendly to business, and far too hostile to the European Union. The "voice of the licence-fee payer", the BBC Trust, commissioned the study, and gave the job to academic Mike Berry of the Glasgow Media Group - the latter a Dave …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Sep 2013
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Achtung! German Amazon workers out on strike

Hundreds of workers at web bazaar Amazon’s central depot in Germany have walked out on strike in protest over working conditions and pay. Around 500 people protested on Tuesday at the box-crammers' Bad Hersfeld site, which is one of seven distribution points in the country. It is the first time Amazon workers have launched …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Apr 2013
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'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'

This was the week when IBM told a bunch of staffers that their skills weren’t up to scratch. To sort the problem out, Big Blue says it’s going to force them into mandatory training and make them give up ten per cent of their salaries for the privilege. In an email to workers, IBM said: A recent assessment revealed that some …

Company selling you out? You've been TUPE-ed

Everyone on your team is called into an obligatory meeting by the boss, and no one knows what it’s about. Just for once, there really is something worth hearing: your manager announces that you and everyone you work with are on your way out. But there’s nothing to worry about, because your jobs are being moved to a new employer …
SA Mathieson, 19 Nov 2013
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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has announced a legal tweak intended to allow police officers to turn up at the homes of gun owners, without warning, and demand to inspect guns stored on the premises. A new Crimestoppers hotline is also in operation to encourage people to dob in gun owners they suspect of …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Oct 2014
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IBM workers start trade union

Our friends over at IDG Net are reporting that workers at Big Blue are in revolt over a proposed change in pension plans and are trying to organise a union. And the workers are using the Internet to coordinate their efforts. Over at IBM Union, the workers are asking that the firm start to respect individuals again. The workers …
Mike Magee, 17 Aug 1999
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Union threatens Shell with legal action

Royal Dutch Shell faces legal action from trade union Unite over the terms of its redundancy package, a week after telling staff that more than 3,000 IT jobs were to be outsourced at the firm. A leaked memo that appeared on an anti-Shell website last week revealed that staff at the oil giant had been told of the firm's plans to …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2008
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Fujitsu and Unite shake hands on pay, pensions deal

Staff at Fujitsu’s UK sites in Manchester and Crewe have ended their long-running dispute with the electronics giant after bosses agreed to bump up salaries and sort out other quibbles including pensions. Trade union Unite released a canned statement on Friday welcoming the agreement, which settles a dispute dating back to June …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Jan 2012

Will Google's rivals swallow the 'labelling remedy' pill?

Google will have a green light to offer "manipulated" search results and "to discriminate against competitors" if its preferred competition remedy is accepted by the EU, at least according to 39 national consumer bodies in Europe. We don't yet know the specifics of the terms Google offered (and that the European Commission will …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Apr 2013
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Govt, trade union, telecoms firm aim to solve skills shortage

The DTi, AEEU* and EXi Telecoms (that's the government, a trade union and a telecoms company) have set up a joint plan to tackle the skills shortage in the telecommunications industry and reckons it will create up to 4,000 jobs in the next two years. How will it do it? By retraining employees in manufacturing industries that …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Feb 2001
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Union blasts chip industry's 'cancer risk denial'

The UK’s largest trade union has slammed the semiconductor industry after it told the British government that a national study to look into the effects of work-related cancer in the chip biz was unnecessary. Unite said today that it was perplexed by senior bosses at chip firms who insist that there was “no clear evidence” that …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Apr 2008
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Web workers to get own trade union

Web workers will be asked to unite in solidarity against the repression of the managing classes if a new trade union receives the backing it needs. The brothers and sisters behind W4U -- the World Wide Web Worker's Union -- claim that a global union would be able to negotiate with employers on issues such as wages, overtime and …
Tim Richardson, 11 Aug 1999
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European HP workers take IT giant to court over 'high handed' job cuts

HP's European Works Council* is suing the firm and terminating its works council agreement with the global giant, claiming HP has obstructed the European consultation process over its mega redundancy programme. It now plans to negotiate a new agreement under more recent legislation. Globally around 27,000 29,000 HPers will …
Paul Kunert, 12 Nov 2012
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Ex-France Telecom CEO probed over staff suicide spate

Former France Telecom chief executive Didier Lombard is under investigation following a spate of staff suicides at his firm in 2008 and 2009. Lombard was in charge of the company when more than 30 employees took their lives and others attempted to kill themselves amid mass redundancies at the telco. A court in Paris, which is …
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Greenpeace, unions attack 'secret UN plans to seize the INTERNETS'

Greenpeace and the International Trade Union Confederation are the latest to lay into the UN International Telecommunications Union for trying to grab hold of the internet, blithely unconcerned by the complete lack of any such plan on the ITU's part. In an open letter signed by the Director and Secretary respectively (pdf, short …
Bill Ray, 16 Nov 2012
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ICO: How 'sensitive' is personal data? Depends what it's used for...

The sensitivity of personal information should be determined by the reasons behind why the information is to be processed, the UK's data protection watchdog has said. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) outlined its view in a new paper in which it analysed the European Commission's proposed new EU Data Protection …
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Feb 2013
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Entire US Congress votes against ITU control of internet

The US House of Representatives has voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to keep the internet "free from government control," in a move clearly aimed at the United Nations' World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), currently taking place in Dubai. In a display of bipartisanship rarely seen on Capitol …
Neil McAllister, 05 Dec 2012
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Is the World Wide Web for luvvies and VCs – or for all of us?

The Web turns 25 years old today, and its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has written yet another declaration of rights – a "Magna Carta" – to mark the occasion. These incessant anniversaries are proof that journalists and media luvvies love looking backwards rather than reporting what's in front of them - warts and all. But …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Mar 2014
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Unite calls off strikes at Fujitsu

Trade union Unite has halted strike action at Fujitsu UK after negotiating an eleventh-hour deal with management over pay. However, unlike the Public and Commercial (PCS) Services union, Unite stopped short of publicly discussing the deal it had brokered for members. Industrial action has been due to take place in Manchester, …
Paul Kunert, 05 Oct 2011
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NHS IT fiasco workers threaten lunch-hour revolt over job cuts

IT bods working on the car-crash NHS patient records project will stage a protest during Thursday lunchtime over compulsory redundancies at their employer, CSC. As Computer Sciences Corporation's contract with Blighty's health service grinds to a messy end, the Virginia-based firm announced it will axe 500 jobs in the UK - 30 …
Anna Leach, 18 Apr 2012
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Small.biz slams union's 'sickie' advice

The UK's Federation of Small Business has taken exception to an article by union Amicus which the former reckons is advising employees on the best way to throw a sickie during the World Cup. The offending "World Cup fever" piece kicks off with: "So you want to watch the World Cup, but you are meant to be at work when it's on: …
Lester Haines, 15 Jun 2006

Tech firm CEOs more restrained than most at limiting personal pay

If you want to see the greatest disparity between the average worker and the CEO's pay packet, America is the place to be. But while the heads of many blue-chip US firms cash in more than most, the country's technology bosses are more abstemious. Since 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission has required publicly-traded …
Iain Thomson, 03 May 2013

Take a temp job in Oz and become office pariah

If you’ve contemplated a year or three working in Australia on a temporary visa, think again. A domestic political storm means the climate for temporary skilled workers is likely to worsen. Australia escaped the worst ravages of the global financial crisis, experiencing neither a technical recession nor a major bump in …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2013
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Amazon faces tribunal over ‘trade union’ sacking

A former employee of Amazon.co.uk has appeared before an employment tribunal in Bedford claiming that he was dismissed for wanting to join a trade union. Alex Ferguson claims he was sacked three days after bosses found out he was thinking of joining a trade union. Amazon.co.uk "strongly refutes" Mr Ferguson's claim, insisting …
Tim Richardson, 15 Aug 2003

'That time I hired a call girl to do my taxes while I f****d my accountant'

This was the week when international fugitive, criminal suspect and self-described eccentric millionaire John McAfee released a tongue-in-cheek video explaining how to uninstall the security software of his one-time company. Riffing on his, shall we say, unpredictable reputation, McAfee had the following to say on the NSFW video …
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Gov report: Actually, evil City traders DIDN'T cause the banking crash

So we've now got the official report on the glorious cock-up that was Halifax Bank of Scotland. There will of course be cries that lessons must be learned, such things must never be allowed to happen again and that the guilty must be punished, as is traditional in such post mortems. But the important thing is that the right …
Tim Worstall, 05 Apr 2013

Google WILL wriggle away from Euro probe... but THEN what?

Google seems on course to win an remarkable victory over competition regulators in Europe. The deal could potentially seal in Google's dominance over the search business for five years, forbidding further prohibitive action against it - and setting a high barrier for potential startup competitors across a range of sectors. Most …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Nov 2013
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Expert to finger air steward commentards who 'harassed' pilot

A trade union has been ordered to let an independent expert examine its computer database to try to identify anonymous users of a forum it operated who allegedly defamed and harassed an airline pilot. The High Court said its order was both necessary and proportionate and rejected claims made by the Unite union that the scope of …
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Feb 2012

Goodbye Blighty: The alternative reality of Quatermass II

The Quatermass Experiment saw Nigel Kneale lay the foundations of what, in the era of trilogies, prequels, sequels and reboots, the entertainment biz would almost certainly call "a franchise". Kneale created Professor Bernard Quatermass, a gifted British rocket scientist whose adventures would be told and re-told eight times …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2013
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Samsung suppliers broke labour laws, but didn't hire kids

Samsung Electronics has said it is now taking “corrective actions” after a month-long audit it set up identified several instances of suppliers breaking local Chinese labour laws, although not-for-profit groups remain sceptical about the prospect of widespread and lasting change. The investigation, which was instituted after an …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Nov 2012
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Free the people from office chains and commuting pain!

Norman Baker, the UK's Transport Minister, has outlined a consortium dedicated to getting more people working away from the office, for the good of the economy, and the planet. The "Anywhere Working" consortium is backed by big businesses, businesses who stand to make money from more remote working admittedly, but the unions are …
Bill Ray, 18 Nov 2011
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BT strike ballot halted over possible 'technical breaches'

A planned strike ballot by BT staff has been scrapped due to "legal technicalities", the Communications Workers Union confirmed yesterday. BT workers received ballot papers late last month, to support or oppose what would have been their first strike since 1987. Talks over pay broke down in early June and 55,000 members of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jul 2010
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Foxconn allegedly hid underage workers from inspectors

Apple faces increased pressure today after its manufacturing partner Foxconn was accused of using forced student labour and hiding underage workers during high-profile independent inspections last week. Foxconn also makes components for other manufacturers, but Apple is its most prominent customer. The Register spoke to Debby …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Feb 2012
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Seagate poised to swallow LaCie, haul fattened bod into channel

Spinning disk supremo Seagate has nailed down an agreement from Paris-based external drive products manufacturer LaCie to snap it up, and LaCie is up for it – though the trade union and regulatory stuff is still being worked out. If the transaction completes, Seagate will be able to round out its mainstream consumer storage …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2012