HR news round-up: HR stories making the headlines 23 July 2010

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

Thousands of workers at UK airports will today start voting on whether or not to launch a campaign of industrial action over pay, threatening disruption before the end of the summer holidays, reports the Independent. Unite said 6,000 of its members who work as engineers and support and security staff will vote over the next few weeks over a “measly” offer.

Outsourcing firm Capita has predicted “significant” outsourcing opportunities in the wake of the Government’s austerity drive, reports the Telegraph. The company said it was experiencing “buoyant demand” for outsourcing across both the private and public sectors as it revealed its bid pipeline was £4.4 billion compared with £3.7 billion in February.

Londoners will be offered the chance to learn skills to help them take advantage of the thousands of new jobs being created by the Crossrail project, says the Independent. A skills and employment strategy was launched yesterday, setting out how local people will be given the chance to work on the £16 billion project.

Academics face changes to their pensions after trustees gave approval for major changes to the scheme. Some 130,000 members of the universities’ final-salary scheme could see changes to their pension age and higher contributions, reports the BBC.

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