HR news round-up: HR stories making the headlines 17 August 2010

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

The threat of a strike by staff at six UK airports this month has been lifted after a new pay offer was tabled, the BBC reports. The Unite union and the airports’ operator BAA agreed a “basis for settlement” following a day of talks.

A construction company was fined £8,000 after a worker was left blind in one eye after he fell through a roof, the Health and Safety Executive said. Gwyndaf Davies, then 21, suffered multiple spine and facial fractures and a brain injury and was hospitalised for nine months after he fell three metres onto a concrete floor while helping re-roof a farm building, reports the Independent.

Telecoms group BT has received more than 100 applications for each of its apprenticeship places this year. BT has had nearly 24,000 applications for the 221 places available on the apprenticeship scheme, according to the Guardian. More young people applied for the positions than the total applications to Oxford University, which attracted 17,000 applications for its 3,000 undergraduate places.

Journalists at Trinity Mirror’s Midlands newspapers have voted to strike next Thursday over job cuts and proposals to close titles and publish the daily Birmingham Post less frequently, the Guardian reports. The strike action involves 150 members of the National Union of Journalists, working across the Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, Coventry Telegraph, Sunday Mercury and Midlands Weekly Media titles.

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