…in brief

This week’s news in brief

Effects of terrorism

The findings of a new CBI/Mori poll of 250 top executives shows just how
deep the wounds of 11 September are proving to be for British business. More
than 60 per cent admit that the attacks have damaged business prospects, with a
third of companies expecting a serious impact on demand.

HSE guide cuts stress

The Health and Safety Executive has launched new guidelines to help small
firms prevent work-related stress. The leaflet, Work-Related Stress: A Short
Guide, uses a question and answer format to provide practical advice on issues
relating to stress at work. It covers a range of topics including an
explanation of what stress is and what causes it as well as employers’ legal
duties over stress.  www.hse.gov.uk

Manufacturing fall

Manufacturing output in the UK last month fell by the largest amount for
nearly a decade. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that
output reduced by 1.6 per cent in September, the biggest monthly fall since May
1992. There were significant reductions in electrical and optical equipment,
paper, printing, publishing, computers and the mobile phone industry.  www.statistics.gov.uk

Awards tackle bias

The Department for Work and Pensions is urging recruitment consultancies to
enter the Age Positive Recruitment Awards of Excellence 2001. The awards, which
take place later this year, are part of a wider campaign to challenge
employers’ prejudices towards age. For more details call 08457 330360 or e-mail

Pilots’ pay resolved

A dispute between CHC Scotia and the British Airline Pilots’ Association
(Balpa) over the difference in pay between helicopter pilots and
better-rewarded commercial airline pilots is set to be resolved. The parties
have agreed terms on a revised deal that has been sent to Balpa members
employed by Scotia with a recommendation that they vote for acceptance.  www.balpa.org.uk

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