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first_imgThis week’s news in briefPoor literacy skills One in five adults do not have the literacy or numeracy skills of mostchildren starting secondary school, according to a new report by the CBI andthe TUC. The report, Brushing up the basics, claims seven million adults havebasic skills difficulties – costing the UK economy about £10bn each year.  www.cbi.org.uk  www.tuc.org.ukUrgent action needed The Transport & General Workers’ Union says urgent action is needed bythe Government to end manufacturing job losses. T&G general secretary BillMorris said figures show that 10,000 manufacturing jobs a week have been lostover the last three months, and that the Information and Consultation Directiveshould be introduced immediately to help halt the slide.  www.tgwu.org.ukUnemployment falls New figures from the Office for National Statistics show the claimant counthas dropped by 4,500 to 940,500, leaving a jobless rate of 3.1 per cent.However, the Government’s preferred measure – The Labour Force Survey (LFS) –actually measured a rise in unemployment. LFS includes those out of work, butnot claiming benefits.  www.statistics.gov.ukNATS faces action The National Air Traffic Services is facing the threat of industrial actionafter executives received large bonuses despite problems within the service.Staff were unhappy to discover that a former deputy chairman and the CEOreceived payments after the move to new headquarters. NATS said any strikewould be wholly unjustified and the payments were part of a contractualagreement.  www.nats.co.ukDon’t miss out! Don’t miss an opportunity to attend the fifth Employers’ Law briefing inassociation with Allen & Overy. This one-day conference, held on 5 December2002 at the British Library, London, will focus on ‘managing incapacity’,approaching the challenges from legal, HR and occupational health perspectives.The issues for discussion will include disability discrimination, drugs andalcohol and stress. For further information about this event please contactJacqui Winn on 0208 652 3304 Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. … in briefOn 19 Nov 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more