News Workers at mail-order company La Redoute protest in Lille against plans to sack 1,200 workers

3.2 million people are working so hard that they risked mental or physical breakdown, study finds

Firms 'not implementing flexi-work'

Employers are holding back attempts to increase productivity and staff well-being by failing to press ahead with flexible working arrangements, according to a new report.

Hamish McRae: Unemployment and GDP figures are still a riddle

Economic View: There is a real risk that the Bank of England will make some serious policy errors in the coming months

UK unemployment falls again as jobs market defies the slump

The labour market continued to defy gravity in the final three months of 2012, with employment rising and the jobless rate falling despite a decline in output over the same period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Maurice Taylor, boss of the US firm Titan: 'The French workforce get paid high wages but only works three hours'

The Grizz mauls 'lazy' French workers over 'three-hour day'

US industrialist Maurice Taylor sparks storm by insulting staff, refuses to save ailing tyre factory

The days of journalists having big, boozy lunches are gone

Today's journalist is more likely to go jogging at lunchtime than to have a couple of bottles of red

Tesco's electronic armbands and Lady Gaga's hip: it’s the shirkers vs workers debate all over again

Let it be known: sticking it to the boss man is a full-time job requiring a genuine sense of vocation. Plus: what will we do without our supermarket snobberies?

Tesco accused of using electronic armbands to monitor its staff

Supermarket grades employees on efficiency and can reprimand them for breaks, says ex-worker

Amplats counts the cost of wildcat strikes

The world’s-biggest platinum producer, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), lost 6.3 billion rand  (£44.9 million) last year after it was hit by two months of wildcat strikes and lost production.

Editorial: High-speed rail is not the best way to spend £32bn

It is easy to see the political appeal of super-fast rail. The prospect of passengers whisked from London to Birmingham in less than an hour, and on to Manchester in only slightly more, fits perfectly with the rhetoric of an ultra-modern, business-friendly Britain giving hi-tech rivals from France to Japan a run for their money. High Speed 2, linking London and the North, is also an ideal grand projet for a Government wrestling with a languishing economy. The scheme will create jobs, heal the North-South divide, and make the UK vastly more competitive, according to the Chancellor, Deputy Prime Minister and Prime Minister respectively.

Recovery in jobs gives a fillip before the news on growth

Number in work hits a record high but there are warnings of 'shaky foundations'

Offering Lloyds shares to the public may capture the spirit of the Eighties, but mutualisation is a better option

Lloyds Bank 'to axe 940 jobs and move 200 posts to India'

Lloyds Bank is to axe more than 940 jobs, bringing job loss announcements to 1,300 in the past few days, according to unions.

Small farms are critical in the fight against hunger

60 per cent of the rural population in Sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty; helping small farms conserve their harvest better can make a huge difference

Thaw point: SAS offshoot Snowflake was a failure

Investment View: Why slow growth is not troubling equities

Cost-cutting, productivity improvements and restructuring cannot be repeated endlessly

Corelli at Christmas, Avison Ensemble, Rebecca Bottone, Kings Place, London

Soprano Rebecca Bottone is one of the most versatile performers on the operatic stage today. She gets her charisma from her father, the tenor Bonaventura Bottone, but her chameleon ability is all her own.

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