MPs have called on the government to consider legal action against the former chief executive of the public body building the new high-speed rail network, over £1.76m in redundancy payments made in direct contravention of civil service rules. HS2 Ltd, which is overseeing the £55bn project, paid a total of £2.76m to 94 individuals, while the statutory redundancy terms should have kept the bill at £1m. MPs on the public accounts committee said the payouts were “a shocking waste of taxpayers’ money”.
Pilots working for Ryanair in Ireland have called a one-day strike next week, potentially disrupting flights for Europe’s biggest airline on its home territory. Flights to and from Dublin, Shannon and Cork are likely to be affected by the walkout on Wednesday. The action has been taken in a bid to win collective representation in pay dealsrather than through Ryanair’s own employee channels. Ryanair said it would “face down” the strike, though it admitted some “disruption may occur”.
The most anticipated knee in the groin in modern business history appears to have been dodged after Sir Richard Branson and Willie Walsh both claimed to have won a bet placed five years ago over Virgin Atlantic’s future. Disappointingly for aviation industry observers, a rendezvous to settle a spat that developed across two continents in 2012 appears to be off.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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