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Bosses say PM ‘unclear’ over face masks for workers

Bosses say PM ‘unclear’ over face masks for workers

Business
Bosses of major companies said on Sunday that the prime minister had left them in the dark about whether they would be required to provide face coverings to employees returning to work during the coronavirus pandemic.Sky News has spoken to a number of chief executives who say they were left "bemused" by a lack of clarity from Boris Johnson over several elements of the government's plan to ease the UK lockdown. One of those present on a call with Mr Johnson following his statement on Sunday evening said he had described face masks as being "of small use" in restricting infections, but had said their use would not be made mandatory. ...
Port Talbot: Tata Steel bosses ‘can’t keep funding losses’

Port Talbot: Tata Steel bosses ‘can’t keep funding losses’

Business
The chairman of the Tata group has said the company "can't have a situation where India keeps funding losses" at its Port Talbot steelworks. Natarajan Chandrasekaran, chairman of the Tata Sons group which owns the steelworks in Port Talbot, said the plant needed to be "self-sustaining" in an interview with the Sunday Times. Tata Steel's pre-tax losses were £371m last year, up from £222m in 2017-18.The Unite union said the claims added "more pressure" on workers."Everyone will tell you that the Tatas have gone way beyond to keep this going," said Mr Chandrasekaran. "Anybody else would have walked away. "I don't want to make those tall statements [about commitment]. We are taking some hard calls. So, hopefully, we should see some r
Brexit: Bosses seek cut to immigrant salary threshold

Brexit: Bosses seek cut to immigrant salary threshold

Business
The next prime minister should lower the salary threshold for foreign workers in the UK from £30,000 to £20,000, a group of business and education bodies has said. They say that such a move would help to avoid "acute" skills shortages.Currently any non-EU citizen working in the UK must earn at least £30,000, but under current proposals this will be extended to EU citizens after Brexit. The Home Office said it was still consulting on the plans.The extension of the threshold was proposed in last year's Immigration White Paper, which set out the government's vision for a post-Brexit immigration system. However, the coalition - including the British Retail Consortium, business advocacy group London First, Universities UK, and UK Hospitality among others - war
Pope warns oil bosses of climate threat

Pope warns oil bosses of climate threat

Science
The Pope has told oil company bosses that climate change threatens the future of the "human family". The oil executives had been invited to the Vatican in Rome for an audience with the pontiff.Pope Francis said a radical energy transition is needed to save what he called "our common home".The head of BP agreed that the world must find urgent solutions to environmental problems - but said all must play a part.The Pope warned him and other bosses: "Civilisation requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilisation."The oil bosses were brought to the Vatican alongside fund managers who invest in their stocks.The companies represented were believed to include Eni, Exxon, Total, Repsol, BP, Sinopec, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, and Chevron.Pope urges acti...
Love Island bosses ‘axe lie detector tests’ after series of reality show suicides

Love Island bosses ‘axe lie detector tests’ after series of reality show suicides

Entertainment
Love Island bosses have reportedly decided to axe their famous lie detector challenge following a number of deaths linked to reality TV shows.The decision comes following the passing of a former The Jeremy Kyle Show guest, as well as the suicides of former Love Island stars Sophie Gradon, 32, and Mike Thalassitis, 26According to an ITV source, the decision was made as part of efforts to clean up the show’s image.Lie detector tests have been a dramatic part of the ITV2 show in the past and saw couples grilled about their romances. Related Articles The results were then shown to the rest of the islanders as well as viewers.A source told The Sun: “A series of top-level meetings have been held over the past few weeks with regard to safety measures and duty of care procedures.“One of the iss