Black and ethnic minority (BAME) staff working for London's authorities are paid 17% less on average than their white counterparts, a report has found.The Mayor of London has published the first ever ethnicity pay audit of the Greater London Authority (GLA) Group - including police and fire services.Of the 42 top-paid staff only two were BAME, the report said.Sadiq Khan said he was "determined to confront this inequality" that can become "deeply entrenched" over time.The ethnicity audit found the pay gap was "particularly stark" at the Met Police, the Greater London Authority and the capital's two development corporations.There was no pay disparity at the London Fire Brigade, where both white and BAME employees earned an average of £16.36 per hour.Disparities were caused not by BAME employees being paid less for the same job but by under-representation in senior jobs, the report concluded.A gender pay audit published by the mayor in 2016 found female employees were paid 5% less on … [Read more...] about London authorities’ BAME staff paid less than white counterparts
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While you wait for expert help, follow the PASS rule: Pull the pin, Aim the hose, Squeeze the lever, and Sweep the hose. How to handle fire mishaps: An expert's advice Photograph: Courtesy minthu/Pixabay.com What we do when we first spot a fire in a home, office or restaurant is key to stopping a fire from going out of control. And knowing how to operate a fire extinguisher is crucial to it. But how many of us really know how to use a fire extinguisher? How to use the fire extinguisherThe basic rule to remember when using a fire extinguisher is PASS: Pull the pin, Aim the hose, Squeeze the lever, and Sweep the hose. Step 1: Pull the pin Most fire extinguishers have a ring attached to secures them. Keep the nozzle pointed away from you and pull this pin. Step 2: Aim the hose at the base of the fire Identify the source of the fire. Stand at a distance of about 8 feet and aim the nozzle at the source of the fire. Remember not to aim at the flames. Step 3: Squeeze the … [Read more...] about Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher? It’s never too late to learn!
London was awash today with the brightly coloured flashes of the Pearly Kings and Queen's society as their annual Harvest Festival began in the Guild Hall in Gresham Street, in the City of London. Clad in jet black suits, adorned with the classic white buttons, festival goers caught whatever sunshine managed to peak through the clouds and spread it across the city. The Pearly Kings and Queen's arrival in the city brings Morris dancing and maypoles to parts of the city as they parade their way from Guild Hall towards St Mary Le Bow church for a service of thanksgiving. The tradition of the Pearly Kings and Queens was started in the 19th century by Henry Croft. Henry was born on the 24th May 1861 in a Victorian workhouse. As a young man he worked to raise money for other orphans, Henry began wearing a suit adorned with flashy buttons to attract attention and increase donations. His clever thinking proved so successful that soon other charities were asking for his … [Read more...] about London’s famous Pearly Kings and Queens turn out in their iconic buttoned outfits to mark their annual Harvest Festival celebrations
The government faced calls for a major change of direction on public services, pay and jobs on Saturday as tens of thousands of people marched through central London to demand a “new deal”. Jeremy Corbyn won huge applause from the crowds in Hyde Park when he pledged that the next Labour government would create a ministry to guarantee workers’ rights. The Labour leader accused the Conservatives of cutting public spending while protecting those who dodge taxes. “We will give workers more power, by strengthening their rights and freedoms to organise together to improve their lives,” he said. Union members and campaigners from across the UK travelled to the capital for the demonstration, which was organised by the TUC. It said that a decade on from the financial crisis, real wages were still worth £24 a week less than they were in 2008 and were not expected to return to pre-crash levels until 2025. At that point, real wages in the UK will have been in … [Read more...] about TUC rally demands ‘new deal’ for workers and public services
Are you anxious about the double-dip recession? Unsure about how to pep up a seriously flagging country? Don't fret – Boris Johnson has the answer. You take billions from British taxpayers and pump it into the economy – but don't do anything daft like spread the cash around Britain, heavens no. You blow it all in the capital. "A pound spent in Croydon is of far more value to the country than a pound spent in Strathclyde," Johnson told the Huffington Post in an extraordinary interview this weekend. And in what was evidently an off-day for his internal censor, he went on: "You will generate jobs in Strathclyde far more effectively if you invest in parts of London." So there it is: the sometime contender for the Conservative leadership wouldn't mind a Keynesian stimulus, thanks very much – so long as it's kept strictly within the M25, rather than wasted on the rained-upon provincials. On the one hand, this is simply Boris being Boris, during a campaign to be re-elected … [Read more...] about No, Boris – spending more on London won’t fix the country’s economic woes