A four-day working week could be the future in an independent Scotland

SNP members have called on Scottish government ministers to instigate a review that could bring about a four-day working week in the event of independence. A motion at the party’s annual conference, this year being held virtually due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, passed by 1,136 votes to 70. Contained in the resolution was a call for ministers to review working practices in Scotland, including a possible shift to a shorter working week. The resolution states: “Conference calls on the Scottish Government to undertake a review into how working practices should be adapted to meet the needs of the future economy, including the possibility of a four-day working…

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Pubs to stop selling alcohol in Wales as part of new coronavirus restrictions

Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in Wales will be forced to stop selling alcohol and to shut by 6pm in a new round of restrictions that begin on Friday night ahead of Christmas, first minister Mark Drakeford has said.The new regulations that come into force from 6pm on 4 December will also see cinemas, bowling alleys and other indoor entertainment venues forced to shut their doors until they are reviewed on 17 December.The announcement comes just three weeks after the end of Wales’s 17-day firebreak lockdown and amid another rise in coronavirus cases particularly among under-25s in 17 of the country’s 22 local authorities. (PA Graphics)On Monday, Drakeford…

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Flu vaccination: information about the extended programme

Flu vaccination: information about the extended programme Ref: PHE publications gateway number: GW-1773 HTML Flu vaccination: information about the extended programme (print version) Ref: PHE gateway number 2020359 PDF, 232KB, 2 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@phe.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Source link

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Hepatitis C: risk in healthcare workers pre 2007 clearance review

United Kingdom Advisory Panel for healthcare workers infected with bloodborne viruses (UKAP) prepared this report as supporting evidence to recommend the Chief Medical Officers of the 4 countries in the UK with concerns over the hepatitis C risk: UKAP demonstrated no evidence, at that point in time, of transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections from HCW to patient since 2007, although the possibility of undetected transmission event(s) could not be ruled out. UKAP recommended that the 2007 health clearance guidance should not be amended to include the pre 2007 cohort. Source link

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A Tory MP just took ‘tone deaf’ to a whole new level

A tweet by a Conservative MP seemed rather tone deaf. Because the seeming ignorance he displayed in just a few characters was quite something to behold – even by Tory standards. But delving deeper, was he actually using the NHS and its staff to make a political point against his own government? ‘Doing a Redwood’ Veteran MP John Redwood is clearly not happy with his government’s approach to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Because he tweeted that: Why not open and staff all the Nightingale hospital capacity they need… and get the rest of the NHS back to full capacity for everything else? Why not open and staff all…

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Black Friday revealed how far away we are from a sustainable future

Black Friday saw flash sales in fashion, beauty, technology, and beyond, in which corporations encouraged consumers to buy products at heavily reduced prices. While many took part in the nationwide spending spree, others highlighted the social and environmental costs of the mass consumption these dramatic sales encouraged. Some took to social media to share their concerns; the GMB Union staged a protest outside Amazon’s London HQ highlighting “dehumanising” working conditions at the company’s warehouses. This year’s Black Friday highlighted the extent of exploitative corporate behaviour. Black Friday sales ‘Fast fashion’ giant PrettyLittleThing attracted a great deal of attention for promoting discounts of up to 99% off thousands of…

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Starmer’s awful week ends on an even sourer note

It’s not been a good week for Keir Starmer. From National Executive Committee (NEC) walk-outs to briefing the Sun, the Labour leader has been mired in controversy. But the situation just got a whole lot worse for him.Strong-arming BristolAs The Canary previously reported, there have been some dodgy goings on in Bristol. The SKWAWKBOX wrote that the party machinery suspended prominent members of two of the city’s Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs). It noted on 25 November that the party had suspended:First the chair and one co-secretary of Bristol West… for allowing a motion – decisively passed – in support of Jeremy Corbyn. Then the other co-secretary… on the nebulous grounds of…

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Andy Burnham calls for more Government support on Tier 3

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, has written to the region’s 27 MPs calling for cross-party support to demand more money for areas in Tier 3 lockdowns and to get some restrictions lifted in two weeks’ time.Tier 3Greater Manchester’s 2.8 million residents, along with much of the rest of the North, will be under Tier 3, the highest level of restrictions when England’s national lockdown ends at midnight on 1 December. Burnham said he wants more financial support from the government for Tier 3 areas when the issue is debated in parliament on 1 December. He also said on current infection trends in Greater Manchester, the area…

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