Members of the chorus at the English National Opera (Eno) are to take part in a ballot on industrial action over pay.The vote on strike action, to be held by Equity, the trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners, is in response to proposed pay cuts of 25% for 44 employees, and the potential loss of jobs for four members of staff.The changes may also impact working hours, additional pay for Sunday working and overtime pay.Cressida Pollock, chief executive at the English National Opera, said: “We are committed to preserving a permanent chorus at Eno. However, we have some difficult decisions to make over coming weeks as we seek to find ways to remodel our business so that we can weather a £5 million cut from our core Arts Council grant.“It is not our intention to further casualise the workforce at Eno. We remain committed to retaining a permanent chorus, orchestra and backstage team.“While we remain committed to our permanent ensembles, we also recognise that we have to make significant cost savings in order for Eno to be a more sustainable organisation in the long-term. We are working towards a solution with the Eno chorus that would see them maintained as a permanent ensemble but with a greater degree of flexibility in their contracts, which reflects the economic reality of Eno’s situation.”
Around a third (32%) of London-based financial services organisation respondents are not providing additional flexibility for employees who may be affected by the changes to the annual and lifetime pensions allowances, according to research by Punter Southall Aspire.Its Taxing times for high earners report, which surveyed 50 London-based financial services organisations such as banks, insurance organisations, investment firms, private equity firms and asset management organisations, also found that 21% of respondents are not allowing employees to take cash in lieu of pension contributions.In April 2016, the lifetime allowance was reduced from £1.25 million to £1 million. The government also reduced the annual allowance so that those earning between £150,000 and £210,000 a year face a tapered annual allowance for tax relief from £40,000 to £10,000.The research also found:28% of respondents have capped contributions for their staff at £10,000 in response to the tapered annual allowance.52% of respondents who offer a cash allowance deduct the national insurance that is due from the cash allowance.68% of respondents have not reviewed their life assurance arrangements in light of the reduced lifetime allowance.Alan Morahan (pictured), managing director of defined contribution (DC) consulting at Punter Southall Aspire, said: “The fact a third of financial services [organisations] haven’t provided any additional flexibility to their employees in light of these tax changes is worrying.“Many employees are in the dark about their options. They are either continuing to make their pension contribution, which could lead to a potential tax liability or have ceased their contributions altogether, without any cash allowance in lieu of their employer contribution. Some are oblivious to the implications of the tax changes and are sleepwalking their way towards a substantial and unexpected tax bill.”
The gender pay gap at banking organisation HSBC has grown from 59% in 2017 to 61% in 2018, according to its latest update.The 2017 figure already marked HSBC out as the employer with the largest disparity between male and female employees’ pay among UK banks.The latest report means that female staff at HSBC earn 39p for every £1 accrued by male employees. The bank’s median pay gap has also grown from 29% to 30% over the same period.HSBC originally warned in its 2017 report that the 2018 pay gap would likely be wider. According to the bank, this disparity is being driven by structural issues, including an abundance of men in senior leadership roles, an over-representation of women in junior positions, and more female employees opting to work part-time.In her statement alongside the report, Elaine Arden, group head of HR at HSBC, said: “Our pay strategy is designed to attract and motivate the very best people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, disability or any other factor unrelated to performance or experience.“We review market pay benchmarks based on grade, job, business and geography – this helps us to understand pay differences, if any, for similar roles. Our analysis shows that, in the UK, men and women are paid broadly comparable rates to market.“We are confident in our approach to pay, and if we identify any pay differences between men and women in similar roles, which cannot be explained by reasons such as performance, behaviour rating or experience, we make appropriate adjustments.”Among the bank’s competitors, Lloyds Baking Group recently reported a gender pay gap of 31.5%, while Royal Bank of Scotland disclosed a disparity of 37.2% in February 2018.Across all sectors, the average gender pay gap is around 17%, according to the Office for National Statistics.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Several southbound lanes on Interstate 95 will be closed due to crew work, beginning late Friday night.Lanes on I-95 will be shut down between Northwest 79th Street and 60th Street from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m.The closure is set for Friday and Saturday.Crews will be working to shift lanes in that area several feet to the right.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A tense situation unfolded at a Pompano Beach condominium when, authorities said, an 87-year-old man held two nurses hostage at gunpoint, Monday morning.The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the subject eventually released the nurses, but had refused to leave his condo, located at 711 North Riverside Drive.BSO talked the elderly man out, and after he put his gun down, deputies went in to remove him from the building.He was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Police believe a white pick-up truck spotted near where the dog was found may be connected to the case, but police have not yet made any arrests.“Someone left this dog wounded, infected, malnourished, and dying in a cardboard box on the side of the road,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a reward of up to $5,000 to catch the person responsible. If you have any information, call City of Miami Police at (305) 579-6111.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – An animal rights group is offering a large reward after a South Florida woman discovered a severely-injured dog abandoned in a box.Elexus Theodore said she found the canine along Northeast 57th Street and Miami Place in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood on Nov. 30.When Theodore found the box on the side of the road, she said the dog inside was so badly malnourished and injured that she initially thought he was dead.While veterinarians tried to save his life, PETA says they determined he was suffering from severe brain swelling and brain damage in addition to the multiple infected lacerations around his neck and chest.Ultimately the decision was made to euthanize the dog due to the extent of his injuries. Doctors believe the dog had been neglected for some time. #Miami: This dog was found inside a cardboard box so malnourished & badly injured that he had to be euthanized 💔 RETWEET to help! pic.twitter.com/mzUqUrjW7D— PETA (@peta) December 7, 2017
MIAMI (WSVN) – A Downtown Miami train on a crash course sent two construction workers to the hospital, Saturday.According to officials, a Metromover struck a crane near Northeast 15th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, injuring the workers.They were transported to Jackson Memorial and are expected to be OK.No one else was hurt.According to Miami-Dade Transit, the system experienced an 11-minute delay before resuming operations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – One person was killed after they were hit by a truck in PortMiami.Police said the victim was driving a truck when they got out of their vehicle to talk to another driver in front of one of the terminals, Friday morning. It was then that the victim was hit by the tractor-trailer.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Officers are now investigating.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Deputies are looking into two possibly connected vehicle break-ins, where one of the vehicles was stolen, in Deerfield Beach.Surveillance video showed a truck being taken from a driveway near Northwest Sixth Street and 43rd Way.Another neighbor shared surveillance video of what she said looked like the same people breaking into her Tesla from the same night.Nothing was taken from the neighbor’s car.The Broward Sheriff’s Office is investigating both break-ins.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.