… in brief

This week’s news in brief

Sacked over e-mail

City bank Credit Lyonnais has suspended an employee on full pay after he
boasted of a recent sexual conquest via the company e-mail system. Trevor
Luxton, 22, was suspended after an e-mail containing details of the affair was
circulated around the internet but he has denied writing the lewd message.

More Tube strikes

Further Tube strikes are predicted after pay talks between RMT union
officials and managers ended last week without a breakthrough. Conservative
shadow transport secretary Tim Collins has called for changes in the law so
strikes could only be called if a majority of an organisation’s union members
vote in favour rather than a majority of those taking part in a ballot.  www.rmt.org.uk

E-learning strategy

The Learning and Skills Council has unveiled a new strategy to broaden
access to e-learning and is calling for more co-operation between private and
public sectors. The LSC wants to widen access to e-skills and IT and has
published a report outlining its aims. It claims e-skills are largely confined
to further education colleges.  www.lsc.gov.uk

Healthcare shortfall

Staff working in the public sector receive less than half the private
healthcare provision offered to private sector employees. Research by
Simplyhealth states only 41 per cent of public sector organisations provide
private medical insurance, whereas the private sector typically offers more
than 90 per cent of workers healthcare options.  www.simplyhealth.uk.com

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