…in brief

This
week’s news in brief

Mexico
awaits

The
winner of our latest online competition, sponsored by PersonnelTodayJobs.com,
is Gill Wright, HR manager at Atlantic Cargo Lines in Liverpool. She wins a
week for two in Cancun, Mexico. The winner of a Mini One car at the Recruitment
AD Awards, sponsored by Recruitment-marketing.co.uk, was Tamzin Maxwell, brands
and integrated marketing manager for Burson-Marsteller.

Emotions
on view

BBC
staff last week again turned out in support of former director general Greg
Dyke and to protest against political "pressure and interference" in
the wake of the Hutton report. A senior source at the BBC told Personnel Today
there was a lot of "emotion and sensitivity" about the issue, and
that HR had a vital role to play in restoring staff confidence and morale.

Civil
service strike

Thousands
of workers in job centres and benefits offices are to stage a 48-hour strike
after pay talks collapsed. It is now almost certain that more than 85,000
people in the Department for Work and Pensions will stage a walkout on 16 and
17 February. The Public and Commercial Services Union accused the DWP of
insisting on pressing "unacceptable performance appraisals".

Waste
of time

Two
million working hours are wasted each week because managers are struggling
through traffic to get to work, according to the Chartered Management
Institute. The delays are having a serious impact on business, with 79 per cent
of managers reporting they have missed vital meetings, while nearly one-fifth
claim to have lost business opportunities because of transport disruption.  www.inst-mgt.org.uk

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