More UK staff work long hours

The UK tops the list of wealthy nations who work excessive hours, according to the International Labour Organisation.

The UK tops the list of wealthy nations who work excessive hours, according to the International Labour Organisation.

The ILO says that one-quarter of UK employees work more than 48 hours a week, more than any other rich nation.

More than 600 million people worldwide are working long hours each week, says the UN body concerned with work trends.

Halfords link up with Boardman

CAR parts and cycles retailer Halfords has posted an 8% rise in annual profits and announced a partnership with Olympic champion Chris Boardman.

The Boardman range of cycles will cover nine different models and 30 frame sizes at prices of up to £1,400.

Halfords also reported annual results, with profits up to £83.5m after like-for-like sales increased 6% on a year earlier.

Sugar sells off stake in Spurs

SIR Alan Sugar has sold his stake in Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur for £25m to sports and media group ENIC International.

ENIC already held 54% of the North London football club, and has now increased its holding to 66%.

Although City rules require ENIC to make an offer for the remaining 34% of the club the group said it intended to keep Spurs listed on the Alternative Investment Market.

Jobcentres must help disabled

A UNION campaigning to save factories employing disabled workers has claimed there was "deliberate policy confusion" over the participation of disabled adults in the workplace.

The GMB said Jobcentres should take over the role of finding work for disabled people from Remploy, which is planning to close 43 of its factories.

Champions of pensions drive

A NETWORK of pensions "champions" has been launched in a drive to give workers more information on how they can save for their retirement.

Pensions Minister James Purnell has backed the TUC initiative, which he said would help overcome barriers to getting sound advice.

The union organisation is training volunteers across the UK on how to give advice and information to their workplace colleagues on pensions. Workers will be able to build a personal pensions profile and see how they can save more effectively.

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