News in brief

Pregnancy sackings

Each year, around 30,000 working women are sacked, made redundant or leave their jobs due to pregnancy discrimination, according to research by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). Of the 441,000 women pregnant at work each year, just under 45 per cent experience some form of discrimination because of their pregnancy, a fifth said they lost out financially, and 5 per cent felt pressured to hand in their notice.

Super union green light

The GMB has confirmed it is the latest union to be invited to join a proposed ‘super union’ along with Amicus and the Transport & General Workers’ Union. This would give the new union 2.5 million members and make it a dominant industrial presence. It would be the largest trade union in the private sector, and would also have a major voice in public services.

HR training in Moscow

Nottingham Trent University is to run its postgraduate diploma in personnel management in Moscow, Russia. The two-year course, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is the first of its kind in Russia. It will be aimed at English-speaking Russians who have worked in management-level positions for several years.


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