Amazon braced for Christmas chaos as workers strike over pay

Internet giant Amazon is facing major disruptions going into the crucial Christmas shopping period as employees in the US and Germany go on strike.

75,000 EU migrants cap proposed

Immigration from European Union countries could be capped at 75,000 under proposals set out by the Home Office for sweeping changes to the relationship with Brussels.

British employers blamed for £754bn brain drain

Concerns raised as employers use smaller proportion of nation’s natural human talent and skills

Gang culture: Significant falls in recorded knife and gun crime give hope, but 'things are still tough'

Ministers today claimed that an initiative set up to tackle gang culture in the wake of the 2011 riots was "working" with significant falls in recorded knife and gun crime.

Glencore oil trader Andrew Kearns loses wrongful dismissal claim after he was sacked for 'heavy night' of drinking - and is ordered to pay at least £150,000

Glencore said he failed to attend critical Singapore meetings in the morning, at lunchtime and in the afternoon

This Government has thrown the poor and vulnerable on the scrapheap

A freeze on council tax and cap on welfare will add to their misery

Royal Mail agrees 9% pay rise with unions

Royal Mail workers will receive a three-year pay rise worth around 9% and legally-binding employment protections under a "landmark" agreement.

UK job vacancies rising at fastest rate in 15 years

The job vacancies index climbed to the highest level since 1998 in November

Bar staff, retail workers and waiters are amongst those who've been affected the most

The poorest pay the price for austerity: Workers face biggest fall in living standards since Victorian era

The number of public sector workers on low wages doubles to more than one million, with women and part-time staff disproportionately affected by squeeze on incomes

Volunteers sort through items of food at a Rochdale Foodbank

Millions of families living in poverty despite being in employment says new study

More families than ever before are classified as poor despite adults having a job

Nearly half of ethnic minority teachers feel 'racial discrimination has stopped them progressing'

Nearly half of teachers who are black or ethnic minority (BME) feel that racial discrimination has stopped them from progressing in their careers, a conference organised by a teacher union has heard.

A total of 342 recruits were formally inducted into the Indian paramilitary force, after completing 34 weeks of rigorous training in physical fitness, weapon handling, commando operations and counter insurgency

In pictures: Graduation ceremony of BSF recruits in India

New recruit of the Indian paramilitary Border Security Force soldiers took part in a passing out parade ceremony in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. A total of 342 recruits were formally inducted into the BSF after completing 34 weeks of training.

Employment: Young targeted in crackdown on ‘jobless culture’

Jobless 18- to 21-year-olds without a basic standard of English or mathematics will be denied benefits unless they return to classes to improve their skills.

Autumn statement: Government clamps down on contractors

The government claimed the measures will raise £2bn in taxes in the next five years.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of attempting to hide the bad news by announcing it at the same time as the Autumn Statement

New Universal Credit benefits system to miss 2017 deadline, admit ministers

Around 700,000 claimants will not transfer to the new system until 2018 at the earliest, Department of Work and Pensions admits

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links