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If pay isn't transparent, trust goes out the window

THE PROBLEM of boardroom pay getting disconnected from fairness is endemic in much of British business, according to Tony Morgan, chief executive of the Industrial Society, writes Roger Trapp.

Letter: PR bad for business

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Outlook: Beef bust-up

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People & Business: IoD's charter

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Ruth Lea My Biggest Mistake: The wings came off

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Budget will go down well with industry

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TONY BLAIR set Britain firmly on course to join the single European currency yesterday by unveiling a fast-track timetable that would start soon after the next general election.
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