HR news round-up: HR stories making the headlines 8 September 2010

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

BBC management is expected to reveal within the next couple of days the concessions it will offer staff over changes to their pensions to try to avoid impending industrial action, according to the Guardian. It is understood that director-general Mark Thompson will communicate to staff the new package being put to unions designed to plug what BBC management claims is a deficit of between £1.5 and £2 billion.

There will be mass protests similar to the poll tax riots because of the Government’s “deeply mistaken” spending cuts, the country’s top trade union boss predicted today. Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, said everybody, not just union members, should join a series of national protests, reports the Daily Mail.

Most people believe retirement as we currently understand it will not be possible in the future, a BBC Newsnight poll has suggested. Some 70% of the 1,000 asked thought it would not be feasible for people to stop work then live on a pension for up to 30 years, the ComRes survey found.

One-fifth of all tax records held by HM Revenue & Customs could contain errors, an internal review has concluded. The Telegraph reports that disclosure of the potential errors has led to more calls for significant changes to the tax system. An all-party group of MPs will today tell the Treasury that HMRC is “a 19th century organisation” in need of fundamental reform.

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