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Labour joins Facebook advert boycott over ‘hateful material’

Labour joins Facebook advert boycott over ‘hateful material’

Technology
Labour is joining the advertising boycott of Facebook "in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement", one of the party's senior MPs has said.Shadow minister Rachel Reeves told the BBC the party wanted "to express our concern about the failure of Facebook to take down some hateful material". Companies including consumer goods firm Unilever have also joined the campaign.Facebook has said harmful posts would be removed but some could stay if they have news value.The Facebook advertising boycott was started by the "Stop Hate for Profit" campaign in the wake of George Floyd's death in police custody in the US city of Minneapolis.The organisers, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, accused Facebook of allowing "racist,...
Labour Ministry allows EPF withdrawal amid lockdown

Labour Ministry allows EPF withdrawal amid lockdown

Finance
NEW DELHI: The labour ministry has allowed over 6 crore subscribes of retirement fund body EPFO to withdraw an amount not exceeding their three months basic pay and dearness allowance from their EPF account in view of the lockdown to fight COVID-19. The ministry has issued a notification in this regard on March 28, 2020 to amend the Employees' Provident Fund Scheme 1952, a labour ministry statement said. The decision is taken in view of lockdown across the country to fight COVID-19. The notification permitted non-refundable withdrawal not exceeding the basic wages and dearness allowance for three months or up to 75 per cent of the amount standing to the credit of their EPF account, which ever is less, the ministry said. The COVID-19 has been declared pandemic and therefore employees workin...
Tesco halts production at Chinese factory over alleged ‘forced’ labour

Tesco halts production at Chinese factory over alleged ‘forced’ labour

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Tesco has suspended production of charity Christmas cards at a factory in China after a six-year-old girl found a message from workers inside one.The note, found by Florence Widdicombe, was allegedly written by prisoners in Shanghai claiming they were "forced to work against our will"."Please help us and notify human rights organisation," the message said.Tesco said it was "shocked" by the report, adding: "We would never allow prison labour in our supply chain."The supermarket said it would de-list the supplier of the cards, Zheijiang Yunguang Printing, if it was found to have used prison labour.Florence was writing cards to her school friends when she found that one of them - featuring a kitten with a Santa hat...
Woman accused after posting ads costing £17,000 on Facebook attacking Labour

Woman accused after posting ads costing £17,000 on Facebook attacking Labour

Technology
A corporate lobbyist running Facebook ads attacking Labour's housing policy has been accused of misrepresenting two of the UK's biggest estate agents.Jennifer Rebecca Powers has spent £17,094 on ads during the election campaign from the Facebook page Right to Rent, Right to Buy, Right to Own. The ads, which have been seen between 1.6 and 1.9 million times, attack Labour's housing policy, saying "landlords will lose their livelihood overnight" and questioning whether a Labour government would "seize your property".To support her claims, Ms Powers added quotes to her website from two of Britain's largest estate agents, Savills and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).When contacted by Sky News, both companies said their views had been misrepresented.
General election 2019: Labour says NHS figures show decline in GP services

General election 2019: Labour says NHS figures show decline in GP services

Health
Labour has highlighted NHS figures which it claims show a decline of GP services under the Conservatives.The figures show that in October there were six million GP appointments - out of 31 million - for which patients had a wait of more than two weeks. Labour said it was "yet more damning evidence of the crisis our NHS is in after a decade of Tory cuts". The Tories responded by highlighting their plans to deliver 50 million more GP appointments by 2024-25 if elected.The figures, from NHS Digital, do not distinguish between those patients who were content to wait for a more routine meeting at their local surgery and those who wanted a more immediate appointment and could not get one.The latest data from NHS Digital show that 2.45 million patients waited b...