Fact Service March 2019

Issue 11 (14/03/2019) - Female empowerment; Alexa, add yourself to the shopping basket

; Factory output shrinks but GDP higher


; Big deal boosts foreign takeover value in UK; Holiday pay campaign to raise awareness

Issue 10 (07/03/2019) - The long wait for Women's Pay Day; Discrimination success for civil service unions; Disabled passport aims to get people support; Police colluded in blacklisting



Issue 11

Female empowerment
 (227 words)

The UK ranks 13th for female economic empowerment out of 33 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), ...
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Alexa, add yourself to the shopping basket
 (792 words)

Smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home have been added to the list of items monitored by the government to ensure the UK’s measure ...
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Factory output shrinks but GPD higher
 (429 words)

Manufacturing output shrank again in a generally dismal set of economic figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Big deal boosts foreign takeover value in UK
 (486 words)

Inward mergers and acquisitions (M&A) — foreign companies acquiring UK-based companies — increased notably in 2018 compared to 2017. 
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Holiday pay campaign to raise awareness
 (351 words)

The government has launched its first holiday pay advertising campaign to raise awareness of rights, as part of the modern Industrial Strategy
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Issue 10

The long wait for Women’s Pay Day
 (568 words)

The TUC has said that this year’s Women’s Pay took place on 6 March. That was the day when the average woman started getting paid compared to the ...
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Discrimination success for civil service unions
 (558 words)

Almost 50 civil servants who were discriminated against due to their age or ethnicity have secured over £1 million in compensation from the obdurate ...
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Disabled passport aims get people support
 (512 words)

A new disability passport has been launched by the TUC and the GMB general union to help disabled people who fall out of work or switch employers ...
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Police colluded in blacklisting
 (601 words)

Erroneous information about a trade unionist was passed by the police to a secretive blacklisting operation that resulted in the worker being refused ...
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