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Front-line workers shoulder burden of vaccine mandates

Front-line workers shoulder burden of vaccine mandates

Service industry workers in Canada say they’re bearing the brunt of anger, frustration and general confusion from clients over new vaccine mandates that they had nothing to do with creating, but are now responsible for enforcing. This post was originally published on this site

‘A dark legacy’: unions voice fears over global logistic firm’s spinoff

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‘A dark legacy’: unions voice fears over global logistic firm’s spinoff

Business‘A dark legacy’: unions voice fears over global logistics firm’s spinoffUS-based XPO Logistics has boomed during the pandemic but its reorganisation is causing concern Michael SainatoThu 23 Sep 2021 12.08 EDTLast modified on Thu 23 Sep 2021 12.38 EDTThe pandemic has been a boon to XPO Logistics, the transport giant that delivers the goods for a global companies including retailers from Asos and Walmart. It reported record revenues of $5bn (£3.6bn) last quarter as it helped to ship everything from washing machines to frozen fruit around the world.To make the most of the boom, the US-based multinational has just completed the process of dividing itself in two, with the warehouse and e-commerce arm becoming a separately listed corporation called GXO Logistics. But the road ahead does not look trouble-free. Union leaders in the UK and US are sounding the alarm, pointing to the “dark legacy” of a corporate culture they fear will taint the reorganised businesses.In the UK, where the company delivers an estimated 40% of the beer consumed in British pubs, the trucking division narrowly avoided a strike last month over a below-inflation pay offer, which was later increased. While XPO accepted £100m from the government’s job support scheme during the pandemic, its furloughed workers effectively took a pay cut, because the scheme covers 80% of wages and managers rejected requests to top-up the final 20%.Disputes were further inflamed by XPO’s decision in May to override objections from shareholders …

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2 former SNC-Lavalin execs arrested, charged with fraud and forgery

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2 former SNC-Lavalin execs arrested, charged with fraud and forgery

Two former executives at SNC-Lavalin have been charged with fraud and forgery by the RCMP as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the Montreal-based engineering company.This post was originally published on this site

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EU sends jolt to Apple's Lightning port with proposed law mandating USB charging for all phones

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EU sends jolt to Apple's Lightning port with proposed law mandating USB charging for all phones

The European Union is hoping to say goodbye to junk drawers full of different charging cords by forcing all smartphones sold in the continent to use one standard: USB.This post was originally published on this site

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Lululemon reaches exclusive deal to make Canada's official Olympic and Paralympic gear through 2028

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Lululemon reaches exclusive deal to make Canada's official Olympic and Paralympic gear through 2028

Vancouver-based clothing brand Lululemon has struck a deal to be the exclusive Olympics outfitter of Team Canada for the next four Games.This post was originally published on this site

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U.S. central bank rolls out plan for slowing stimulus this year and rate hikes in 2022

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Canadian borrowers must pay attention as U.S. Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell announces plan to end pandemic stimulus, making borrowing money more expensive, including here in Canada.This post was originally published on this site

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A record number of cargo ships are stuck outside LA. What’s happening?

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A record number of cargo ships are stuck outside LA. What’s happening?

Los AngelesA record number of cargo ships are stuck outside LA. What’s happening? Port complex of Los Angeles and Long Beach, already the busiest in the US, has seen major traffic this week as imports boom Dani Anguiano@ …

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Federal Reserve hints it will end pandemic stimulus programs

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Federal ReserveFederal Reserve hints it will end pandemic stimulus programs Fed chair says it could raise interest rates next year, as long as the Covid crisis is contained Dominic Rushe@ …

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Big pharma fuelling human rights crisis over Covid vaccine inequity – Amnesty

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Big pharma fuelling human rights crisis over Covid vaccine inequity – Amnesty

Rights and freedomVaccines and immunisationBig pharma fuelling human rights crisis over Covid vaccine inequity – AmnestySix companies warned not to put profit before lives as report shows less than 1% of almost 6bn doses have gone to low-income countries Rights and freedom is supported byAbout this contentSarah JohnsonWed 22 Sep 2021 06.46 EDTLast modified on Wed 22 Sep 2021 07.24 EDTAmnesty International has accused six pharmaceutical companies that have developed Covid-19 vaccines of fuelling a global human rights crisis, citing their refusal to sufficiently waive intellectual property rights, share vaccine technology and boost global vaccine supply.After assessing the performance of six Covid-19 vaccine developers – Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Novavax – Amnesty International claims that all are failing to uphold their own human rights commitments and warns they should not be putting profit before the lives of people in the world’s poorest countries.Less than 1% of the almost 6bn doses of Covid vaccine administered worldwide have gone to low-income countries, with almost 80% delivered to wealthy countries. Despite calls to ensure a fair global vaccine supply, some companies have continued to disproportionally distribute vaccines to wealthy countries, according to Amnesty’s report, published today.Agnès Callamard, secretary general of Amnesty International, said: “Big pharma’s intentional blocking of knowledge transfer and their wheeling and dealing in favour of wealthy states has brewed an utterly devastating vaccine scarcity for so many others.”Callamard said: “[These companies’] actions are plunging parts of …

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Netflix acquires works of Roald Dahl as it escalates streaming wars

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Netflix acquires works of Roald Dahl as it escalates streaming wars

NetflixNetflix acquires works of Roald Dahl as it escalates streaming warsContent deal over author of children’s classics such as Matilda and The BFG is firm’s biggest to date Mark Sweney@ …

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