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first_img Comments are closed. This week’s news in briefUnions told to focus The new Trade and Industry Secretary has told unions to stop focusing on jobprotection and start concentrating on helping members compete in the employmentmarket. At the AEEU conference in Blackpool, Patricia Hewitt said, “Thereis no such thing as a job for life, but there can be employability forlife.”  www.aeeu.org.ukBlunkett’s permit plan Plans by the new Home Secretary to introduce a work permit system linked toskills shortages have been welcomed by the CBI. David Blunkett is consideringeither an Australian-style points system or the US green card regime. The HomeOffice said it was too early to say which option was favoured by theGovernment.  www.home-office.gov.ukSad staff work best Unhappy employees are more productive than their happy colleagues, claims astudy. Research from the University of Alberta, Canada, says sad staff makehalf as many mistakes and devote more energy to their work than their happiercounterparts. Co-author Robert Sinclair said, “Sad people devote moreenergy to their work in order to distract themselves from their feelings.”  www.ualberta.caGlaxo cuts 1,000 jobs Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is to cut 1,000 jobs in the UK. Thecompany intends to cut 500 jobs at its Liverpool plant, and 400 at a site inCounty Durham. “We are committed to providing extensive support toaffected employees and their communities,” said Tim Tyson, president ofglobal manufacturing and supply at GSK.  www.gsk.com Related posts:No related photos. …in briefOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more