Perthshire plant hire giant Morris Leslie was hit hard by the Covid 19 pandemic, however the company was struggling before that because of Brexit. Six months before Covid 19 shut down building sites and locked down the UK the company Morris Leslie has already experienced tough times. Uncertainty because of Brexit had already caused building projects to be shut down or paused causing a much lower demand for plant hires and sales. This slowdown had caused an oversupply of construction equipment meaning more competition and so reduced prices. Then Covid 19 hit and the group’s vehicle auctions and Sunday car boot market were shut down.
Singapore is having a boom in technology jobs across all sectors but has a shortage of tech workers. According to Ravi Menon, the managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore the country will have to rely on foreigners to fill the employment gap.
The Covid 19 pandemic has brought up many varied concerns in the workplace for employers and employees alike. In the area of health and safety at work the pandemic has caused many changes and brought about new considerations and concerns. A recent tribunal, Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Ltd., sheds light on the example of an employees' refusal to work on health and safety grounds, due to fear of contracting Covid 19.
Five new lawsuits have been brought against Amazon.com Inc. by women who worked in corporate or warehouse management roles. They have accused the online retailer of gender bias, racial bias or both as well. Saying that the company favored men over women in their career growth as well as allowing supervisors to denigrate them and retaliate after complaints were lodged.
Taxpayers are subsidising the rail industry by £1m per hour, to run trains that are virtually empty. The government put in place a £12bn support package to prevent train operators facing financial collapse when fare income fell to nothing due to the pandemic lockdown in the UK. The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, was quoted as saying “We have, during the pandemic, stepped in to save every single rail job without exceptions.”
A firm located in Bangor in Northern Ireland has secured a £20 million contract producing personal protective equipment (PPE) which has created 130 new jobs. The firm, Denroy, also manufactures specialist aerospace components. It will produce FFP3 masks for use by Health and Social Care employees in Northern Ireland. The single use FFP3 single-use masks were designed by the company’s aerospace engineers, it filters 99% of particles from the air, so also filtering the small respiratory droplets in which Covid 19 can be transmitted.
American company Basecamp's CEO Jason Fried recently announced in a blog post a ban on employees being allowed to share at work their “societal and political discussions”.