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Branson urged to meet unions over Virgin West Coast pay row as strikes loom

Union leaders are urging Sir Richard Branson to intervene in a dispute over pay which is set to spark a series of strikes on Virgin Trains West Coast.

News
The dispute is about winning independent representation for pilots

Ireland-based Ryanair pilots to strike five days before Christmas

Some Irish-based Ryanair pilots are to take pre-Christmas strike action.

Business
Researchers suggested that momentary distraction is a common contributor to road traffic deaths

Full moons can increase likelihood of fatal motor bike crashes

More fatal motorbike crashes take place on nights where there is a full moon, research has found.

Transport
Wigan Council director of children's services James Winterbottom with care leavers

Council tax break for young care leavers

Young care leavers have been made exempt from paying council tax under a new move introduced by the borough’s ruling cabinet.

Business
The Saddle Junction

Adam Bridge delays finally set to end

Major traffic hold-ups have seen traffic grind to a halt around Wigan's busiest junction today.

Transport
Stuart Cowley, Wigan Councils director for adult social care and health

Deal to fix council's budget challenge

A series of bold reforms has helped council chiefs in Wigan stay on budget while coping with an increased demand from an ageing population.

News
Emails should be sent to staff about their behaviour before parties

Firms urged to email staff about behaviour before work Christmas parties

Firms are being urged to be extra vigilant about the threat of sexual harassment at office Christmas parties this year.

Business
Looking to bag a bargain before the Boxing Day sales start?

How to get money off Amazon purchases

Looking to bag a bargain before the Boxing Day sales start?

Business
One in three employers surveyed said that men will never take an equal role in caring for children.

Managers reluctant to hire women who may have children, survey finds

One in seven employers admit they would be reluctant to hire a woman who might have children, according to a new study.

Business
Shhh. No mobiles of headphones

Future of quiet carriages on trains under scrutiny after passenger palaver

A train operator is considering scrapping its quiet carriages and is asking its passengers whether they want them to stay or go.
Transport
Ashley Highfield

Local democracy is firmly in spotlight

New reporters are being recruited to cover local councils across the North West.
Business
Ashley Highfield

New reporters 'to hold local councils to account'

New reporters are being recruited to cover local councils across the North West.
Business
Do you have a small fortune stashed away in your attic?

Do you have valuable Star Wars toys in the attic?

With the latest instalment of Star Wars series ‘The Last Jedi’ due for release next week, the Force could be with Star Wars fans who have valuable vintage action figures.

Offbeat
Children under 13 are banned from Facebook but this new app targets children aged 6 and up

Facebook launches messaging app for under-13s

Facebook has launched a messaging app for kids, a move which will see the social media giant expand their user base to a whole previously under-age sector.
Offbeat
One in five of those polled books a day off after their office bas

Fifth of workers book day off to recover from office Christmas bash

Half of workers have a "civilised" three-course dinner in a restaurant followed by drinks in a bar for their office Christmas party, a new study reveals.
Business
Google has been named the best place to work in the UK

Free food and medical costs make Google the best place to work in the UK

Internet giant Google has been named the best place to work in the UK, offering benefits including free food and medical costs.
Business
Manchester Christmas Markets

Festive rush leads to early station closure

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse on the trains in and out of Manchester train operators have announced they are to close a popular station on the Wigan to Piccadilly line.

Transport
Passenger watchdog Transport Focus compared the news to "a chill wind" blowing down platforms

Rail passengers to be hit by hike in train fares

Rail passengers are to face more woes as plans to increase fares by the largest hike in five years have been revealed.

Transport
Toys R Us

Read more at: https://www.lep.co.uk/news/business/toys-r-us-puts-800-jobs-at-risk-amid-plans-to-close-26-stores-1-8891387

Full list of Toys R Us stores set to close

Toys R Us has put forward plans to close at least a third of its UK stores, putting up to 800 jobs at risk.

Business
Almost 400 miles of roadworks will be lifted

400 miles of roadworks to be lifted to ease Christmas getaway

Almost 400 miles of roadworks will be lifted to ease journeys over Christmas.
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