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Bosses getting huge pay rises while workers have their wages squeezed is a recipe for "desperately low morale" in companies, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber warned today.

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The leader of North Korea held out a rare olive branch in his New Year message yesterday calling for a "lasting peace" on the Korean peninsula. However, Kim Jong-il tempered the goodwill by warning that his country's military would also continue to prepare itself for fighting through "prompt, merciless and annihilatory action".

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The former banker investigating ways to get more women executives appointed to Britain's boardrooms will today give his strongest indication yet that quotas have been ruled out.

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Ed Miliband is warning Britons to be braced for the pain of deep spending cuts – and accuses Coalition ministers of being callous in how they wield the axe.

Banks set to pay lower taxes than UK consumers

Consumers could soon be paying a higher tax rate than the UK's biggest banks, following changes to corporation tax and VAT in 2011, according to the Trades Union Congress.

Business calls to delay changes to retirement age

Business leaders today urged the Government to delay planned changes to the retirement age, warning that firms faced "huge uncertainty" and greater risk of tribunal claims if they went ahead.

Village People: Career paths for young 'thugs'

While David Cameron and other Conservatives are understandably outraged by the vandalism that accompanied Thursday's student protest, let us not run away with the idea that the anti-Tory left has a monopoly on hooliganism dressed up as political activity.

Government is going soft on banks, warn campaigners

Campaigners accused the Government of "going soft" on banks as it unveiled details of its £2.5bn banking levy.

Number of young on dole has quadrupled

The number of 16 to 24-year-olds claiming unemployment benefit for more than 12 months has increased fourfold since before the recession. Young people claiming jobseeker's allowance jumped from 5,840 in 2008 to more than 25,800 this year, according to a report by the Prince's Trust and RBS.

'Maximum pay multiple' urged for public sector

A review of fair pay in the public sector today suggested top executives should not be paid more than 20 times the wages of other staff.

Tube workers set for another 24-hour strike

Thousands of London Underground workers will start a 24-hour strike tonight, threatening travel disruption for commuters and other passengers.

Osborne softens 'tough' stance on bank bonus rules

George Osborne, the Chancellor, wants backing from EU finance ministers before imposing new bank bonus rules, in what is being seen as a further attempt to downplay the Government's "tough on banks" stance in response to City pressure.

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