HR news round-up: HR stories making the headlines 10 August 2010

A round-up of HR-related stories in today’s newspapers.

More than 1,700 staff in UK schools were accused of misbehaviour by parents or pupils last year, figures obtained by the BBC reveal. More than half of these were allegations of physical assault or “inappropriate restraint”, Freedom of Information data reveals.

Australia has advertised for British people to visit and become koala catchers, beer tasters or shark taggers, reports the Telegraph. The South Australian Government has launched the campaign to poach stressed and bored Brits, advertising a range of jobs “in stark contrast to the UK’s long working hours, high taxes and increasing retirement age”.

David Cameron is to announce a crackdown on benefit fraud that could see greater use of credit ratings agencies to help identify wrong claims. He will promise an “uncompromising strategy” to reduce the £5.2 billion annual cost of fraud and error, reports the BBC.

Holidaymakers are facing more travel chaos following the news that a strike by ground staff could bring British airports to a standstill before the Bank Holiday weekend, according to the Daily Mail. Airport staff, including 6,185 firefighters, security guards and ground staff, will vote on whether or not to take industrial action in a strike ballot this week.

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