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Number of UK factory workers rising at fastest rate for almost 50 years

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The number of people employed in Britain’s factories rose at its fastest rate in almost half a century in the past three months as manufacturers sought to cope with a surge in post-lockdown order books, the CBI has sa...

Mexican factory workers cross Texas border in Covid-19 vaccine outreach effort

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In a matter of just six minutes, a factory worker from a Mexican border city stepped off a bus in Texas last week, received the Covid-19 vaccine and was heading back home across the international bridge to Mexico. Th...

Keir Starmer recalls father’s life as factory worker in TUC speech

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Keir Starmer has told how his father worked 13-hour days on a factory floor to support his family and still felt “looked down on”, as he pledged to overhaul workers’ rights including a £10 minimum wage and an end to z...

The bells v the boutique hotel: the battle to save Britain’s oldest factory

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On a November evening in 2019, Nigel Taylor, who had until recently been the longest-standing employee at the oldest factory in England, took a seat inside a council chamber in the shadow of Canary Wharf in London. Th...

Famed garment factory paying a living wage struggles to stay afloat

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When Alta Gracia launched in 2010 it was hailed as an experiment to show the world that garment factory workers in the developing world could aspire to a living wage and that their labor rights could be respected. But...

Oil and gas surge fuels inflation fears, as German factory orders tumble – business live

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Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news

China’s exports slow and German factory orders drop amid supply shortages – business live

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Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news

Nestlé plans to cut almost 600 UK jobs and shut Newcastle factory

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Nestlé is planning to cut almost 600 jobs in the UK, close a factory and switch production of some products to Europe. The Swiss-owned confectioner said it was considering closing its site in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Ty...

‘It’s a sweat factory’: Instacart workers ready to strike for pay and conditions

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For Instacart workers across the country, the popular grocery delivery app promised flexibility and a solid wage, perks that enticed thousands to join the app during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. But amid worse...

Chinese growth concerns as coronavirus new wave slows factory output – business live

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Rolling live coverage as China’s PMI signals slowest manufacturing growth since April 2020

Factory farms of disease: how industrial chicken production is breeding the next pandemic

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One day last December, 101,000 chickens at a gigantic farm near the city of Astrakhan in southern Russia started to collapse and die. Tests by the state research centre showed that a relatively new strain of lethal av...

UK factory production slows amid Brexit and Covid disruption

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Britain’s manufacturers suffered from mounting supply chain disruption in February as Brexit and the third Covid lockdown weighed down growth in factory production, according to a survey. In a reflection of continuing...

Factory workers making goods for the west bear brunt of virus surge in south-east Asia

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It was around mid-May when workers at the Cal-Comp factory in Phetchaburi, central Thailand, heard a small group of their colleagues had tested positive for Covid-19. It soon became clear the virus had ripped through ...

The pig whisperer: the Dutch farmer who wants to end factory farming

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“Oma, hoi! Hier! Hallooo,” Dr Kees Scheepens, a Dutch farmer known as the “pig whisperer”, is calling his two oldest pigs for some apricot snacks. Oma or “granny”, a seven-year-old sow, lives with a Berkshire boar cal...

‘We’re peons to them’: Nabisco factory workers on why they’re striking

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The pandemic drove many people to the cookie jar and helped Nabisco, maker of Oreos, Chips Ahoy!, Fig Newtons and other sweet treats weather the worst of the outbreak. But as the company’s profits continue to recover,...

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