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
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
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