Economy

British Airways’ plans to axe 12,000 jobs on August 7 has provoked an angry warning from the Unite union about an ‘immediate” ballot to strike. Unite has accused the airline of operating a “fire and rehire” policy and has written to BA pilots, cabin crew and engineers saying strike action is likely “with immediate effect”. In a letter to BA, the...

Outrage as over-40s face tax hike to fund social care

The government is considering introducing an age-tax on over-40s to help fund the UK’s crisis-hit social care sector. A report that ministers are studying radical plans to hike tax or national insurance contributions for people aged over 40 has caused...

TikTok’s new HQ in UK at risk as talks with government breakdown

Tiktok’s plans to base its international headquarters in the UK are in doubt after the Chinese social-media giant pulled back from talks with the government. ByteDance – the parent company...

Masks ‘might be mandatory’ for English shoppers – call for PM to clarify mixed...

Boris Johnson has signalled that face coverings will become mandatory for shoppers in England by announcing the government will make its decision on them “in the next few days”. Labour...

Coronavirus employment scheme – Chancellor to unveil youth employment boost

In his mini-budget today, the Chancellor is set to announce a £2bn investment into a new coronavirus employment scheme for young people. Under the scheme, the government will pay...

Pubs open at 6am – ‘let’s not blow it’ pleads PM while Wales and...

The first ministers of Scotland and Wales have slated the UK government’s “shambolic” handling of the quarantine-air-bridges saga on the eve of England’s easing of lockdown that will see pubs open from 6am today...

UK to allow tourists next week

The United Kingdom is set to open its doors to non-essential travellers beginning next month as part of the government’s efforts to revive the ailing economy. Ministers have said that blanket restrictions will be relaxed...

‘More idiotic rubbish’ – government’s ‘air bridges’ plan slammed by Ryanair

Ryanair has slammed the government’s plan for “air bridges” and a “traffic light system” as “more idiotic rubbish” and called for all of the restrictions on the industry to be lifted completely. The government is...

UK begins trade talks with Australia, New Zealand

The United Kingdom formally commenced a free-trade negotiation with Australia and New Zealand, almost five months after its exit from the European Union (EU). A report by Al Jazeera on Wednesday quoted Australia’s Trade Minister...

Number of Brits on benefits up 126%, unemployment up by 600,000

The number of British people receiving work-related benefits soared by 126% between March and May as the number of people employed over the same period plunged by 600,000. Office of National Statistics figures released today...