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McDonald’s braced for first ever UK strike as staff demand living wage and an end to zero-hour contracts

McDonald’s faces its first-ever UK strike today as workers walk out over pay and conditions. Dozens of staff voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, amid concerns about working conditions and zero-hours contracts. They plan to mount early-morning picket lines before holding a rally in Westminster. The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union wants at least a £10 hourly wage ...

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Life in UK vs life in Ireland: which is cheaper?

Brexit’s dark cloud looms large over us all as we wait for a bit of clarity as to our future relationship with our nearest neighbour once its tortuous break-up with the EU is done and dusted. However there are fewer Irish people more in the dark than the 300,000 or so actually living across the Irish Sea. The decision to ...

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Trouble flares at Birmingham Prison

Trouble broke out at HMP Birmingham after inmates refused to return to their cells. The disorder was confined to one wing and involved a “small number of prisoners”, according to the Prison Service. It began just after 17:00 BST on Sunday and was resolved at 23:45. No staff or prisoners were injured. The Prison Service said the incident did not ...

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UK minister stresses need to ensure air travel is safe, Singapore News & Top Stories

Even as a ban on travellers carrying laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices on flights is being progressively lifted, Britain will not hesitate to reintroduce the restrictions if necessary. “This is an escalating arms race with people who will do us damage,” warned Britain’s Aviation Minister Martin Callanan, in an exclusive interview with The Straits Times. He was speaking ...

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Riot breaks out at HMP Birmingham one of UK’s biggest prisons

Tornado squads rushed into another HMP Birmingham in December last year (Picture: PA) Riots have erupted at a prison in Birmingham with ‘one wing lost’, reports have suggested. Footage posted online shows armed officers rushing into HMP Birmingham, one of the country’s biggest prisons, seeking to quell the raging unrest. Witnesses claim Tornado teams were sent in to try and ...

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Bell Pottinger chief Henderson quits over S Africa campaign

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Members of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance, including communications spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme, outside Bell Pottinger’s London offices last month The chief executive of one of the UK’s best known public relations firms has stood down amid claims it stirred up racial tensions in South Africa. James Henderson, boss of Bell Pottinger, resigned weeks after the ...

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Frankfurt WW2 bomb defused after mass evacuation

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bomb disposal experts from Germany’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Division sat next to the defused device on Sunday Bomb disposal experts in Frankfurt have successfully defused a massive unexploded bomb from World War Two, officials have announced. The news was greeted with spontaneous applause among some of about 65,000 people who were evacuated to enable experts ...

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Second day of action called to show migrants’ contribution to UK | World news

A national call to action for all migrants to come out on to the streets and demonstrate their contribution to British society will be launched on Monday. The callout has been organised by One Day Without Us (1DWU), an organisation set up to counter increasingly racist and xenophobic attitudes towards migrants following the Brexit vote. A Migrants’ Rights Network report ...

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EU Brexit Head Says U.K. Must Be `Educated’ on Cost, BBC Reports

By September 3, 2017, 12:30 PM EDT European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the British people need to be “educated” about the price they will be pay for quitting the bloc, according to the BBC on Sunday, citing comments made at a conference in Italy. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg “There are extremely serious consequences of leaving the single market ...

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