'Robbed' of his family's home

A PENSIONER who fought for his country and worked for more than 50 years is being forced to sell his home to pay for his care.

Post hit by new strike

POSTAL workers took fresh wildcat strike action today, causing further delays to mail deliveries.

Post workers back for now

POSTAL workers across Teesside were returning to work this morning, after 95% turned out for two crippling 48-hour strikes.

“Our five existing nurseries are very popular and well regarded. We believe there is a gap in the market in the Tees Valley for our unique approach to childcare which is uncompromising in its child-centred approach”

- Mark McArdle, director of nursery chain Kids 1st, as the firm announced 140 jobs would be created by the opening of two new nurseries in the region.

Union to unveilmore mail strikes

MAIL misery looks set to continue after negotiations aimed at ending the postal dispute ended without any agreement and further strikes were announced.

Postal chaos as talks fail

ROYAL Mail workers walked out today at the start of a second 48-hour strike that will further cripple the postal service.

Managers settle on pay as postal strike starts

ROYAL Mail today announced it had agreed a pay deal with 12,000 of its managers as postal workers continued a strike which has crippled deliveries across the UK.

“For whatever reason, this tripartite system has failed to deliver the goods. Perhaps there are just too many conflicts inherent in a system where three different institutions, with three different policy priorities, have come together to tackle a fast-moving crisis.”

- CBI director general Richard Lambert slammed the UK’s banking regulation system for “failing to deliver” in the wake of the Northern Rock crisis.

Family firm rescues village's post office

A FAMILY firm has stepped in to keep a post office in a small Northumberland village open.

Shop/post office on market

A SHOP and Post Office has come up for sale in a former mining community in Northumberland.

Strikes called as row goes on

FEARS over job losses at Royal Mail on Teesside have prompted a ballot on regional industrial action, in addition to a series of fresh national strikes.

A SURVEY by Pertemps recruitment agency and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) revealed up to 4,500 temporary workers in the North-east could lose their jobs if an EU directive giving them the same rights as permanent staff is approved. According to the study, more than half of North-east firms would significantly reduce their use of temporary staff due to increasing costs if the law was introduced.

THE Communication Workers Union (CWU) announced a fresh wave of Royal Mail strikes will be held by the end of the month, unless a bitter row over pay and conditions is resolved.

Leading the leaders

Director general of the Institute of Directors speaks to nebusiness. Find out what he had to say.

More postal strikes loom

A FRESH wave of national strikes by postal workers will be held by the end of the month unless a bitter row over pay and conditions is resolved, union leaders have announced.

Leading the leaders: Miles Templeman

We talk business, boardrooms and Brown with the director general of the Institute of Directors.

History on wing as kites in baby boom

IT will be a double red letter day today for a spectacular bird of prey which has been successfully reintroduced into the North-East.

Business for sale in rural village

BELLINGHAM Post Office and Store in Bellingham, Hexham, is for sale.

Time-travelling through music

ONE of the many faces made famous by the TV series Doctor Who is to host a special orchestral concert in the North East this week.

Thursday's morning bulletin

Royal Mail struggles to cope with the competition; One in 10 adults would fail a 'personal finance GCSE'; Rat catcher firm Rentokil reassures investors amid 27% fall in profits; Online money transfer firm Neteller blames US internet gaming ban for half-year losses.

Tuesday's markets close

Credit concerns continue to hang over London market; Virgin Media chief steps down; National Savings and Investments achieves record results.

“Our presence in the North-east continues to grow, delivering quality services to our clients across the region and beyond”

- Chris Metcalfe, vice president and executive director of Knowles, as the construction consultancy firm announced plans to increase its Teesside workforce by 50% after moving to bigger premises at Preston Farm Industrial Estate, Stockton.

Fresh postal strikes off for new peace talks

A FRESH wave of strikes by postal workers has been called off to allow new peace talks to be held.

Markets close; Thursday

The next wave of post strikes has been called off to allow talks; Sky is facing scrutiny over its takeover of Amstrad; and there is a bid to find peace in the Remploy factories closures row.

Postal strike to bite again

POSTAL services across the Tees Valley face further disruption from tonight, as a bitter row over pay and jobs remains deadlocked.

Markets close; Wednesday

A second session of strong advances today helped the London market regain ground lost amid recent concerns over credit tightening and US sub-prime mortgages.

Tech Notes

TODAY, technology forms an integral part of most businesses in helping to make quick and accurate financial decisions.

Building a brighter future

BY investing in people and property today, Gentoo aims to make a positive mark for future generations.

Mail set for strike chaos

ROYAL Mail workers will begin a two-week strike today, in a bitter row over pay and modernisation plans.

Two week strike to disrupt deliveries

FRESH strikes by postal workers are to be escalated, disrupting deliveries for two weeks, it was announced today.

Third postal strike threat

A THIRD postal strike was on the cards today with union leaders of 130,000 postal workers set to announce further stoppages in a bitter row over pay and jobs.

Rovers leave Thunder behind

GATESHEAD Thunder threatened a Co-operative National League Two shock when only 6-4 down at half-time at Featherstone Rovers – only for the league leaders to pull away in the second half.

Transport investors travel hopefully

IN the transport sector, Arriva’s share price moved higher over the day after an upbeat statement from rival First Group.

Postal workers row continues

POSTAL workers have again taken to picket lines as a fresh 24-hour strike went ahead in a bitter row over pay and jobs.

Postal strike starts tonight

ROYAL Mail workers across the Tees Valley are due to start a second strike in a fortnight this evening.

Call for Government to intervene in mail row

POSTAL workers are to stage a fresh 24-hour strike in a bitter row over pay and jobs, crippling mail deliveries for the second time in a fortnight.

More strikes for Royal Mail over closures

MAIN post offices across the North-east could be closed today as the Royal Mail is hit by fresh strike action in a row over transferring services to WH Smith stores.

Post Office and shop in former mining community

A shop and Post Office has come up for sale in a former mining community in Northumberland.

Body in garden

A man has been charged with murdering his wife, whose body was found in a box in the garden of their home, police said last night.

Post staff picket main sorting office

Postal workers stood on a picket line outside a Royal Mail sorting office in Gateshead yesterday as part of a national strike over pay and jobs.

Strike will cripple services

MORE than 1,000 Royal Mail workers across the Tees Valley are expected to turn out for a national strike today.


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