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Thousands of workers in UK start ‘world’s biggest’ four-day working week trial

Seventy UK firms of varying industries are taking part in the groundbreaking trial

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Thousands of workers across the UK are now working four-day weeks with no change in pay as part of the ‘world’s biggest’ trial on the working pattern.

3,300 workers from seventy different companies – ranging from local chippies, major financial firms, educational institutions and consultancy firms – have started their four-day working weeks from today, Monday June 6th, with no cut in pay.

This has been based on the 100:80:100 model – 100% of pay for 80% of the time with the promise to maintain 100% productivity.

The pilot – scheduled to run for six months – was organised by academics at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, as well as Boston College in the US, in partnership with the campaign group 4 Day Week Global, the 4 Day Week UK Campaign, and the Autonomy think tank.

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In the coming months, 4 Day Week Global aims to examine how four-day working weeks might work at a broad range of companies across the economy in the wake of the Covid pandemic, which saw a number of companies reevaluate the standard 9-5, five-day working week.

Researchers will also work closely with each participating company to measure the impact on productivity in the business and the wellbeing of its workers, as well as the impact on the environment and gender equality.

If the pilot is successful, the participating firms could make the shorter working week permanent.

Some of the companies involved are Sheffield-based software firm Rivelin Robotics, Platten’s Fish and Chips in Wells-next-the-Sea on the north Norfolk coast, and London-based inheritance tax specialists Stellar Asset Management.

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Joe O’Connor, chief executive of 4 Day Week Global, said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, more and more companies are recognising that the new frontier for competition is quality of life, and that reduced-hour, output-focused working is the vehicle to give them a competitive edge.”

Last year, a Greater Manchester-based packing firm made headlines for permanently adopting a four-day working week to give its employees ‘time to focus on themselves’

Belmont Packaging and its e-commerce sister business, Boxed-Up, both based in Wigan, initially trialled the shorter working week in its manufacturing departments before the pandemic in late 2019.

After the trial proved to be a major success, the company announced last year that it would be making the shorter hours a permanent fixture for its thirty-one staff members.

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Supermarkets putting security tags on cheese and more everyday items

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More everyday products have been spotted with security tags in supermarkets as the cost of living crisis continues to bite.

Yesterday it was Lurpak butter, today it’s cheese, with people taking to social media to share photos of £3.99 blocks of Aldi cheddar covered with a tag.

As well as cheese, £8 lamb chops in a Co-op store in Wolverhampton were spotted protected with a GPS tracking device – according to reports supermarkets are also putting tags on some baby milk.

Twitter user Tam shared photos of the cheese and lamb, writing: “If you think Lurpak is bad – the local Aldi and Coop have started security tagging food. There was a GPS protected tag on a pack of lamb chops as well…”

In reference to tagging products, a Co-op spokesman said: “Co-op has been involved in a small-scale trial of new packaging for higher value products for well over a year, with the additional security providing a further deterrent if a store locally experiences shoplifting issues”.

Lurpak has also gone viral in recent weeks as people take to social media to reveal how much its price has risen in various supermarkets.

This obsession reached a peak this week, with a 1kg tub of Lurpak spotted for a whopping £9.35 by one social media user.

The expensive tub of Lurpak butter was shared to Twitter by Josh Christian, who said: “Stop the world I want to get off… @Lurpak come on lads this is a joke @Conservatives this is all your fault we’re all going to be eating dry toast stop taking off us and sort this mess out people are starving while your m8 are getting richer”.

And that’s not the only place raising the price of large tubs of the butter, with some shoppers spotting a 1kg pack costing £9 at Ocado online.

As well as that, Morrisons is selling 1kg packs of Lurpak for £7.50 on its website, while last week a 500g tub was seen going for £5 – just a short while ago this would have cost £3.65.

Shoppers have been questioning why the price has risen so much, with Vivien McDermott saying: “Why is it so expensive? Morrisons salted butter 250g was £1.75 last week so £7 if you buy a kilo worth. Save a few quid that way.”

Jayne Gardiner added: “That’s disgusting, I’d never pay that, just to have jam on toast would cost over a tenner, no way.”

Lurpak is in such high demand that it was also spotted with security tags in at least one Asda supermarket.

​​Charlie Bennett shared a photo of the heavily protected tub, writing: “Britain in 2022… Lurpak butter is at £6 a tub in ASDA and even has a security tag on it.”

The buttery news comes as food prices continue to rocket on the whole around the country, with experts blaming soaring inflation, Brexit, the war in Ukraine and a cost of living crisis.

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Yes, ANOTHER lorry has got stuck under this notorious Greater Manchester bridge

It’s happened again…

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Just weeks after we reported that a van got stuck under a notorious Greater Manchester railway bridge, yet another vehicle has met the same fate.

Even though there is large yellow lettering warning drivers that it is actually a low bridge, people still keep trying their luck.

Located on Prescott Street in Wigan, this time the driver of a white lorry thought their vehicle could fit under the bridge – it couldn’t.

According to reports the incident happened on the evening of Monday July 4th as the evening rush hour got underway.

Naturally, this led to traffic chaos along both the road and surrounding area.

A photo of the lorry in question was posted to social media, showing the substantial damage it had received after getting stuck.

One social media user said, as per Wigan Today: “Getting out of hand now this just put bollards up and stop it as a rat run.”

Another added: “Too many getting stuck under that bridge”, while a third joked: “Got to admit the guys who built that bridge did a good job.”

The bridge has earned itself quite the reputation among drivers in the town thanks to its deceptively low parapet.

Over the years, a number of vans and lorries have wound up wedged under the bridge – at least once a month, according to one resident – which ironically features a bold ‘LOW BRIDGE’ sign on both sides.

And so many drivers ignore the sign and get their vehicles stuck under the bridge, in fact, that there is even a Facebook page dedicated to shaming those who underestimate the size of their vehicle.

The description for the Box Vans vs Prescott St Bridge Facebook page simply reads: “A collection of photos of idiots who don’t know the height of the vehicle they’re driving”.

The page does exactly what it says on the tin; shares updates and photos whenever a van gets itself wedged under the bridge. 

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Lurpak has been spotted for £9.35 in one supermarket and shoppers are furious

‘Stop the world I want to get off’

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As the cost of living crisis continues to hit us in our bank accounts, one rather inconspicuous, common supermarket item has become a barometer for rising prices: Lurpak.

The humble butter spread has gone viral in recent weeks as people take to social media to reveal how much its price has risen in various supermarkets.

This obsession has reached a peak this week, with a 1kg tub of Lurpak spotted for a whopping £9.35 by one social media user.

The expensive tub of Lurpak butter was shared to Twitter by Josh Christian, who said: “Stop the world I want to get off… @Lurpak come on lads this is a joke @Conservatives this is all your fault we’re all going to be eating dry toast stop taking off us and sort this mess out people are starving while your m8 are getting richer”.

And that’s not the only place raising the price of large tubs of the butter, with some shoppers spotting a 1kg pack costing £9 at Ocado online.

As well as that, Morrisons is selling 1kg packs of Lurpak for £7.50 on its website, while last week a 500g tub was seen going for £5 – just a short while ago this would have cost £3.65.

Shoppers have been questioning why the price has risen so much, with Vivien McDermott saying: “Why is it so expensive? Morrisons salted butter 250g was £1.75 last week so £7 if you buy a kilo worth. Save a few quid that way.”

Jayne Gardiner added: “That’s disgusting, I’d never pay that, just to have jam on toast would cost over a tenner, no way.”

And it seems that Lurpak is in such high demand that it’s even been spotted with security tags in at least one Asda supermarket.

​​Charlie Bennett shared a photo of the heavily protected tub, writing: “Britain in 2022… Lurpak butter is at £6 a tub in ASDA and even has a security tag on it.”

The buttery news comes as food prices continue to rocket on the whole around the country, with experts blaming soaring inflation, Brexit, the war in Ukraine and a cost of living crisis.

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