News in briefOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today This week’s news in briefFE business boost Businesses are to help decide what courses further education colleges shouldoffer, in a £43m initiative to ‘put learners’ and employers’ needs first’, theGovernment has announced. Estelle Morris, education secretary, said learningand skills councils would review regions and if areas lacked the institutionsneeded, new ones would be set up. www.lsc.gov.ukPay rises speed up Salary increases are expected to accelerate in 2002-03 despite concernsabout the future economic climate, according to the 2002 Salary Budget Surveyby Watson Wyatt. The survey shows that companies are budgeting for an average 4per cent salary increase for the coming fiscal year. www.watsonwyatt.comPay checks urged The Equal Opportunities Commission advised employers to check their paysystems are fair after a female cleaner won a case for sex discrimination andvictimisation when she found she was earning 60p per hour less than a malecolleague. Hannant Cleaning Services was ordered to pay £2,540 compensation. www.eoc.org.ukBuilding site cheats The leader of building workers’ union Ucatt is calling on the Government toraid building sites to catch dole cheats, the bogus self-employed and thesub-contracting companies that enable these practices to take place. GeorgeBrumwell’s call follows a Benefits Agency blitz last month on the ScottishParliament building site, which discovered that one in eight workers was abenefit cheat. www.ucatt.org.ukEU harmony criticised British and Italian employers are hoping a new alliance between the CBI andItalian group Confindustria will prevent further EU employment laws. In a jointstatement on labour market policy, timed to influence the latest EU summit inSeville, the groups criticise the EU for attempting to develop Europe-wide lawsin areas where it is difficult to harmonise national approaches. www.cbi.org.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.