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Historic LSE Cleaners’ Strike: Outsourced workers fight segregation

Historic LSE Cleaners’ Strike: Outsourced workers fight segregation

#breakingnews, News, Politics, Specials, Student
For the first time in LSE's 126 year history, cleaners went on a 2-day strike for equal benefits as in-house staff. The demands of the strike highlight the larger problem with outsourcing in UK universities.   Mildred Simpson, 60 years old, has spent the past 16 years trying to keep the London School of Economics spotless. One of the cleaners at the leading research institute into inequalities, she works 11 hours a day, under contract from Noonan Services (a company that outsources cleaning staff to UK universities). Yet the benefits she receives are negligible compared to LSE in-house staff- 1% pension, no sick pay for the first 3 days- and workload that has cost her a knee. So she's on strike.   https://youtu.be/De91vv-EoOk The conditions of the strike, i.e., th
Mainstream Vegan: UK’s economy becomes greener

Mainstream Vegan: UK’s economy becomes greener

Animals, Culture, economy, Experience, Food, Health, Taste, trends, Uncategorized
It's official. UK lactose intolerants are cheering and hipsters are more mainstream than ever. Dairy-free milks have been added for the first time ever to the inflation basket. The results published by the Office for National Statistics included soya and almond milk to a list which the main purpose is to serve as a reference of the actual consumer trends. The Office and several analysts point out that this may have happened due to the recent growth of "free-from" diets such as Veganism. A new wave of millennials addicted to new trends and worried about their health have pushed these products up to the top of the list. Every day we see in supermarkets how new meat-free, gluten-free or dairy-free options appear on the shelves, on most occasions, at a high value. This can be explained as a
What will Brexit mean for UK tech startups?

What will Brexit mean for UK tech startups?

#breakingnews, Audio, brexit, EU investment, EU referendum, EU talents, International, Media, News, Politics, Social media, Tech, Tech startups, Video
UK’s tech entrepreneurs remain concerned over Brexit despite the government’s recent investment guaranteed on the Spring Budget. Talent access Jack*, a london-based tech entrepreneur, said that he is to launch a startup company, but is concerned over Brexit. He told Westminster World that he fears the hiring cost of his business would spiral because of a “hard Brexit deal”. The 29-year-old will create a digital publishing platform where consumers could be engaged by various visual content. He said: “Especially for digital startups, their employees have never had to think about residential opportunities here, whether they need visa or not. Even if Brexit is not here yet, for many of them it would make no sense to take jobs in the UK if after a year they will have to apply for certain
Funding campaign to return deported grandmother to UK surpasses goal

Funding campaign to return deported grandmother to UK surpasses goal

#breakingnews, International, News, Politics
Online fundraiser to bring Irene Clenell home surpassed its goal of £20,000 A grandmother who has been married to a British man for 27 years has been deported from the UK to her country of origin, one day after a fundraising campaign to return her home surpassed its target of £20,000 by nearly £7000. Irene Clennell was held in a Scottish detention centre from the beginning of February, and was flown to Singapore on Sunday. She was granted indefinite leave for residence in the UK until it was invalidated by her visits to Singapore to care for her ageing parents. Clennell’s sister-in-law, Angela Clennell, described the rules that permitted the deportation as “intense and unfair.” She said that her brother, Irene Clennell’s husband, was severely ill. Clennell unsuccessfully tried to repea
Power to the People: Do petitions really work?

Power to the People: Do petitions really work?

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A petition banning Donald Trump from making a state visit to the UK has garnered more than 1 million signatures in the past 24 hours. The petition, made on the UK Parliament website, required only 100,000 signatures to be considered for debate in the Houses of Parliament. In response, Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she will not be withdrawing the invitation extended to US President Trump, part of the “special relationship” she wants to create between the US and UK with impending Brexit. In a statement, she said the visit remains “substantially in the national interest.” The situation is reminiscent of last year, when, following the Brexit referendum, a petition was created on the UK Parliament website, signed by four million people, asking for a second EU referendum. In r
Downing Street confirms US President State visit despite Anti-Trump Petition reaching over a million

Downing Street confirms US President State visit despite Anti-Trump Petition reaching over a million

News, Politics, Uncategorized
An online petition to stop Donald Trump’s state visit  has been widely shared and reached over a million signatures over the past few days. The signatures started increasing rapidly after the US President's travel ban on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim countries came into effect over the weekend. On average, the petition is currently getting more than 600 signatures every minute. via GIPHY Prime Minister Theresa May announced the visit on her recent US trip, hours before the ban was signed. The petition says: “Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.” In London, young people who signed the pet
Amazon’s scandal: workers living in tents

Amazon’s scandal: workers living in tents

#breakingnews, Business, News, ReportingWeek2
The multinational Amazon, in charge of thousand of deliveries across the world, has been accused again of poor work conditions and misconduct. A few employees of its centre in Dunfermline, Scotland, have been found sleeping in tents outside the building in the middle of a wood. The retailer has been suffering this kind of accusations since last year GBM trade union declared workers shifts and environment were making them develop "physical and metal illnesses". The whole recent scandal was primarily discovered by The Times reporter, Mary O’Connor, who went undercover into the warehouse and found out that workers were underpaid and doing over 60 hours a week. A large number of them are seasonal workers hired to help with the Christmas deliveries. The journalist contacted the Liberal Democ

Decrease in teenage pregnancy rates could be affected by cuts in contraceptive services

Health, ReportingWeek2
The Office of National Statistics said rates of teen pregnancy are now at their lowest since 2013. However, this progress could be reversed due to government cuts to the public health budget, research has revealed. A study carried out by Advisory Group Contraception shows that various GPs across the UK are limiting or have stopped providing forms of contraception. The research comes after the announcement in 2015 by the ex chancellor George Osborne, that there would be a £200million cut to public health budget from April of this year until 2021. Registration records showed that in 2016, the birth rate among older women was higher than younger mothers. But reducing this type of services could alter this figure as teenagers today are more likely to avoid unplanned pregnancies thanks t
Is the Brexit Vote Breaking Millennial Relationships?

Is the Brexit Vote Breaking Millennial Relationships?

EU referendum, News, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Student, Uncategorized, Video
Outside the British Supreme Court last week, the atmosphere was tense, as pro-Brexit campaigners stood metres away from an anti-Brexit protest. Suddenly, a tussle between two protesters erupted, that had to be broken up by 7 policemen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYN1M2jUe7g Remain and Leave voters fundamentally disagree on almost all issues. A Twitter poll conducted for Westminster World, with 51 participants, showed that 86% of them have argued with someone they know about Brexit. Have you ever argued with anyone you know about #Brexit ? Poll for @WestWorldUK — Blyth Brentnall (@BlythBrentnall) December 7, 2016 “Brexit revealed a number of divides in UK society: between more and less educated people, older and younger people; and to some extent the class divide as well.
Snooper’s Charter: Death Knell for UK Journalists?

Snooper’s Charter: Death Knell for UK Journalists?

Data Journalism, Media, News, Opinion, Politics, ReportingWeek1, Uncategorized
The Draft Communications Data Bill, or Snooper’s Charter as it is most commonly referred to, was passed into a law last month, despite calls for it to be repealed from various groups. Proposed by Theresa May in 2012, in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations, it legitimises the same mass surveillance which Snowden’s leak had shown the UK government was guilty of. In particular, the surveillance had targeted journalists from major media organisations, placing investigative journalists on a “threat” list. The new Bill, by allowing government organisations to snoop on all internet history, cuts off the freedom of journalists to research certain topics freely, especially those not aligned with the government agenda. Snowden’s leaked documents had exposed how under PRISM, the