Over 30 Companies in the UK participate in a 6-month trial to run a 4-day Working Week Without Pay Cuts
In a pilot scheme offering dreamy reality to employees, over 30 companies across the UK will begin offering 4-day working weeks comprising of 32 hours of work without any change in compensation or benefits.
A six-month pilot was launched across the UK last week, with staff at 30 companies cutting their hours with no loss in pay. pic.twitter.com/8GLQEqsbxN
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) January 24, 2022
With a focus on productivity and worker’s well-being, 3D Issue, Advice Direct Scotland, Autonomy, Blink, Legacy Events and Common Knowledge are some of the companies that have joined this trial.
The #4DayWeek is coming… ⏰
Get ahead of the curve by joining one of the UK’s biggest #4DayWeek trials in 2022! Contact us to find out more about the programme & how you can benefit from our unrivalled support 👇https://t.co/GzqFwhe0DL
— Autonomy (@Autonomy_UK) January 24, 2022
Campaigners say, ‘the cutting of working hours will also benefit the retailers as workers will have more time on their hands to spend on food, socializing, hobbies such as DIY, gardening and more’. They call it a ‘win-win’ scenario for all.
Charlotte Lockhart, CEO of 4 Day Week Global, the company that has organized this trial, stressed how working less is important for our mind to come up with ideas as well as solutions.
When do your best ideas come to you?
Charlotte Lockhart of @4dayweek_global shares simple insight on creating space for brilliant ideas to surface.
— 3-Day Weekend Club (@3dayweekendclub) January 24, 2022
With this pilot, the UK joins the US, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand where many companies are participating in the 4-day work week programme.
Ryan Breslow, Founder & CEO of a Tech company in US recently shared their company’s success in experimenting the 4-day week and declared the reduced working hours, a permanent switch.
Bolt is now the first tech unicorn to permanently switch to a 4 day work week 🚀⚡️🔥
Our 3 month experiment proved every core thesis:
We’re never going back and here’s why 👇
— Ryan Breslow ♥️ (@ryantakesoff) January 5, 2022
Ukraine Crisis Continues on the Brink of War as Russia Reacts to US and NATO
In recent weeks, the geopolitical attention has focused on the Ukraine as the US witnessed an accumulation of Russian combat forces near Russia’s border with Ukraine and in Belarus.
The Western Allies have delivered written responses to the Kremlin as US President Joe Biden repeatedly warns of a mid-February attack from Russia in Ukraine.
I spoke with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to discuss our coordinated diplomatic efforts and reaffirm our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We will respond decisively — along with our Allies and partners — if Russia further invades Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/hRaUIxyxCd
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 28, 2022
The Kremlin has denied any intention to invade the Ukraine and said that the NATO and US responses did not address Russia’s fundamental concerns. It has also asked NATO countries to ‘stop inflaming the conflict in the east of the Ukraine’.
☝️ Attention was drawn to the fact that the US and NATO responses did not address Russia’s fundamental concerns such as stopping NATO expansion.
— MFA Russia 🇷🇺 (@mfa_russia) January 28, 2022
Ukraine President Zelensky called on the West to avoid creating panic as Ukraine officials continue to tamp down the warnings.
Television Presenter and Political Activist, Jack Posobiec shared a clip of Zelensky’s interview.
BREAKING: President Zelensky slams Biden after Botched Call
“I am the President of Ukraine. I am based here. I think I know the details better.” pic.twitter.com/Nw3jrRtV4K
— Truckistan Amb. Poso 🏁 (@JackPosobiec) January 28, 2022
Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the US has put 8,500 troops on alert to be ready to deploy to Europe, reassuring the NATO of their efforts as Russia continues its military build-up near Ukraine.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said that the U.S. has put about 8,500 troops on alert to be ready to deploy to Europe, potentially on very short notice, in the latest effort to reassure NATO allies in the face of a Russian military buildup near Ukraine https://t.co/6ZMY1Ixx8b pic.twitter.com/xtCyQevsYD
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 24, 2022
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said she plans to visit the frontline between Ukrainian forces and Russian backed separatists with Jean-Yves Le Drian, her French counterpart.
British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told BBC in an interview that the UK could support NATO by increasing its forces and about Russia’s fears he said, ‘you get more NATO on your borders if you break international law and become more aggressive.’
The UK and the Netherlands are close NATO allies and stand united in our commitment to European security.
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) January 26, 2022
Watford FC Appoints Roy Hodgson as New Manager after Sacking Claudio Ranieri
Former England and Crystal Palace Boss, Roy Hodgson has joined Watford Football Club until the end of the season. Ray Lewington, who managed the Hornets from 2002 to 2005, re-joined the Club as the assistant manager.
We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Roy Hodgson as the club’s manager.
Welcome to Watford, Roy!
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 25, 2022
The new appointments were made as Claudio Ranieri was sacked after a three-and-a-half-month stint with Watford, who are currently 19th in the Premier League standing, following a disastrous loss to Norwich City.
As he left their training ground, Claudio expressed that ‘Watford can be saved’ while wishing them the best.
🗣 "Watford can be saved and also arrives a fantastic manager, I wish all the best."
Claudio Ranieri speaking from his car after leaving Watford's training ground following his dismissal as manager pic.twitter.com/qhuOerdVdm
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 25, 2022
Watford have collected only one point since November 20 and Hodgson becomes the third manager this season for the struggling team. He insisted ‘It’s a massive challenge’, however, he is confident that his track record with troubled clubs will help him lead the Hornets to safety in the Premier League.
After his first few days in charge, Hodgson said he is happy with the current squad and will not be asking for new signings.
🗣️ "They wanted to bring somebody in with experience of a relegation fight."
Roy Hodgson talks about his first few days in charge at Watford and says he won't be asking for new signings as he is happy with the current squad of players. pic.twitter.com/dee7ROd0Yb
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 27, 2022
Football Journalist, Richard Jolly, tweeted that Roy Hodgson is the sixth manager for Watford since they last played a Premier League match without conceding a goal.
Roy Hodgson is the sixth man to manage Watford since they kept a Premier League clean sheet.
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) January 25, 2022
The change has been welcomed by Watford fans and the hope for steadying the ship lives on.
New Highway Code of 2022 – Here are the Changes in the UK Road Rules
The updated rules give pedestrians and cyclists greater priority over motorists and the greatest responsibility for safety of road users is on the drivers.
The Department of Transportation (DfT) lists the ‘hierarchy of road users’ as pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders, motorcyclists, cars/taxis, vans/minibuses and larger vehicles like buses/HGVs in descending order of vulnerability.
Nine sections of the code have been updated with 50 rules added or amended. Major rule changes have been made in reference to priorities at crossings and junctions, overtaking, waiting, and parking and cyclists in a shared road space.
It is a good time to acquaint yourself with the new highway code of 2022.
The following tweet of the DfT describes the changes in detail. The new rules come into effect from 29 January.
The #HighwayCode changes come into effect today. ⚠️
The updates will continue to promote safety on the road and help pave the way to healthy, sustainable and active communities. 🚦
Learn more on the 50 rules that have been added or updated: https://t.co/n9OEs89n5a 📘
— Department for Transport (@transportgovuk) January 29, 2022
A Twitter user expressed that the new rules are nothing the people haven’t been used to already.
New Highway Code comes into force today
1. Take extra care at junctions (like you’ve always been told to do)
2. Cyclists can ride where they feel safest in the lane (like they’ve always been able to)
3. Be patient and only overtake a cyclist when safe (like you always had to)
— Dr Johnny Bananas (@barbedquill) January 29, 2022
However, Daily Mail Columnist Andrew Pierce opposed the rule that enables cyclists to ride in the middle of roads, saying it will cause more accidents.
New Highway Code will enable cyclists to ride in middle of roads. It will cause more accidents and underlines anti-car stance of Govt
— Andrew Pierce (@toryboypierce) January 24, 2022
The Cycling UK organization tweeted about the circulating misconceptions and clarified them to set the record straight.
Fake news is spreading. 🗞️
The new Highway Code rules do not advise cyclists to ride in the middle of the road, nor do they say that drivers will be fined £1000 for opening their car door with the wrong hand.
Share this post to help us set the record straight. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/b3R9e6tI6R
— Cycling UK (@WeAreCyclingUK) January 24, 2022
Double Trouble: PM Boris Johnson awaits Sue Gray Report for Parties as He Faces Fire over Afghanistan Evacuation
A lot of speculation has been making the rounds as citizens and parliament wait for Susan Gray’s report on investigation of the parties in and around Downing Street. The Prime Minister has repeatedly insisted that he is not responsible for any delay in the report.
However, since the report is expected to be released before the conclusion of the police inquiry, the police have asked for ‘minimal reference’ to be made to events they are looking at to avoid ‘any prejudice to the investigation’.
The MPS has today received material from the Cabinet Office to support its investigation.
Cmdr Roper: “My officers will now examine this material… They will do so without fear or favour following our normal processes."https://t.co/n3MAFjNqpZ
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) January 28, 2022
Opposition parties are demanding for the report to be released in full. Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, exclaimed that ‘Britain deserves better’.
I want to see the Gray report in full.
Our country faces huge challenges and it’s offensive that the Government’s sole focus is on cleaning up after themselves.
Britain deserves better. The Prime Minister is unfit for office and must resign.
— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) January 28, 2022
Criminal Barrister, Matthew Scott, argued that publication of what witnesses have told Sue Gray may contaminate the police investigation.
It's not about prejudicing a court. The problem is that publication of what witnesses have told Sue Gray may contaminate the police evidence gathering. https://t.co/yirqdO3U1w
— Matthew Scott (@Barristerblog) January 28, 2022
While many are calling for his resignation over party gate, the Prime Minister’s troubles seem far from over as another scandal involving leaked correspondence emails of him intervening to help Pen Farthing airlift cats and dogs from Kabul (Afghanistan) came to surface.
Chief Westminster Correspondent for Byline Times, Adam Bienkov, tweeted a redacted version of the correspondence.
Boris Johnson said last month that reports he had intervened to prioritise the evacuation of Pen Farthing’s animals were “complete nonsense”.
— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) January 26, 2022
This raised fresh questions about the Prime Minister helping an animal charity boss associated with his wife Carrie, while thousands died trying to flee the Taliban.
PM Boris Johnson denied the allegations saying, ‘the whole thing is total rhubarb’.
“This whole thing is total rhubarb.”
Boris Johnson says he ‘absolutely did not’ personally approve the airlift of animals out of Afghanistan.
He adds the military always “prioritised human beings.”
📺 Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233 and YouTube pic.twitter.com/Qh9PIdbbSn
— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 27, 2022
And that’s a wrap for another week of trending stories and controversies.
Post curated by Nidaa Koreishi & Manuela Willbold