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Benefits rising for ‘Bake Off’ maker

Man who compiled industrial blacklist comes out of the dark

MPs told secret vetting service has been used  for major construction projects for two decades

Green energy vital, says David Cameron

David Cameron today backed the growth of renewable energy as “vital” to the UK's future - but warned green power sources had to be financially sustainable.

Stake in hospital PFI project up for sale

Bidders are eyeing a one-third stake in one of the country's most infamous private finance initiative (PFI) deals, University College Hospital (UCH) off Tottenham Court Road.

Contract staff at Jobcentres to strike

Hundreds of contract staff in jobcentres will go on strike today in a dispute over job cuts.

Balfour Beatty to offload controversial hospital stake

Balfour Beatty, the UK's biggest listed construction company, is looking to sell its stake in one of the country's most infamous Private Finance Initiative schemes.

Construction firm staff vote to strike

Workers at a leading construction firm have voted in favour of strike action in a long-running row over pay and conditions, it was announced tonight.

BBC under fire over local jobs at Salford site

The BBC has been criticised after it emerged that only 26 out of 680 new jobs created at its new Media City site went to locals.

Demos staged over working agreement

Construction workers staged a series of demonstrations at sites across the UK today in the continuing row over pay and conditions in the industry.

Austerity drive hits Balfour's UK business

Balfour Beatty yesterday warned that market conditions were set to remain tough as it revealed that the coalition Government's austerity measures were beginning to hit its UK business.

The Week Ahead: Balfour Beatty hopes to build on better results

Fears over the global economy were knocking Balfour Beatty's share price even before the markets slumped, and the latest fall has caused Britain's largest infrastructure services company to drop by around a quarter since March.

Investment Column: Long-term strengths underpin Balfour

Robert Walters; Robert Wiseman

The Week Ahead: Hays sees no end to slow growth in private sector

The recruitment companies are in focus this week, with both Hays and Robert Walters releasing updates as fears continue over the state of the private sector market in the UK.

Mark Steel: It's like being endorsed by Gary Glitter

Isn't this excellent news? The International Monetary Fund say the Government's strategy for sorting us out is going to work. Every time they've been asked to comment on a country's economy they've insisted it must cut wages, restrict the unions, and privatise everything, so the Government must have been really nervous as to whether they'd approve of the strategy of cutting wages, restricting unions and privatising everything. It must have felt like waiting for your A-level results.

Royal Mail workers to strike

Workers who maintain Royal Mail offices are to take industrial action, including a half-day strike, in a row over the use of tracking devices in their vans.

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