This week’s international news: redundancy deals now the games are over

Adecco, the company which handled the recruitment, training and supervision of more than 7,000 permanent and temporary staff for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, is now managing a redundancy programme for the workers now the event is over. The programme, created by Adecco’s Lee Hecht Harrison, includes a range of services such as an on-line career centre and career planning workshops.

Improve image to attract staff, chemical firms told

The European Association for Business Research Planning and Development in the Chemical Industry has said companies can lift their financial performance and their poor public image if they act now to attract the right employees. Launching the first results of a major research project, entitled Scenario 2010, the association warned that companies would be facing a difficult future if they did not start paying attention to their employees, customers and innovation.

Touch was not sexual harassment, court decides

A Spanish court has ordered Majorica – the American-owned cultured pearl manufacturing company – to reinstate a foreman who was fired for touching a female employee’s bottom, saying the action did not constitute sexual harassment, according to a report in the Independent. The regional court in Majorca ordered the company to pay him £62,500.

Asia leading the way in clothing production

The geographic distribution of employment in the production of textiles, clothing and footwear has shifted dramatically towards Asian countries, with China accounting for nearly 20 per cent of the global workforce, according to a report issued by the International Labour Office. Labour Practices in the Footwear, Leather, Textiles and Clothing Industries found that employment remained stable at 30 million during the 1990s after suffering a global decline in the 1980s.

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