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Jeremy Corbyn: Let workers control robots

Jeremy Corbyn: Let workers control robots 14 October 2017 From the section UK Politics Image copyright AFP Robots in the workplace should be owned and controlled by workers rather than bosses, Jeremy Corbyn will suggest. The Labour leader, who has previously warned of the risk to jobs of automation, will say new technology has led to “a more rapacious and exploitative form of capitalism”. He will also suggest “gig economy” firms like Uber could be replaced by co-operatives. Drivers would collectively agree their own pay and conditions, he will say. 100 Women: Who’s going to lose out from automation?...

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Student loans inquiry launched by Treasury Committee

Student loans inquiry launched by Treasury Committee 14 October 2017 From the section Business An influential committee of MPs has announced it will investigate the student loan system and the impact of tuition fees. The Treasury Committee will scrutinise changes to the student loan system, including the repayment threshold and interest rates. It will also examine the impact of higher education on the public finances. The UK’s leading universities have welcomed the move. Nicky Morgan MP, who chairs the Treasury Committee, said: “Student loan debt is projected to be around £160bn within six years, and the government has announced...

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Boris Johnson to visit Moscow as part of ‘robust’ dialogue’

Boris Johnson to visit Moscow as part of ‘robust’ dialogue’ 13 October 2017 From the section UK Politics Image copyright PA Boris Johnson is to visit Moscow later this year as part of efforts to build a more constructive dialogue with Russia on global security issues. The foreign secretary has been invited by his counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Items on the agenda are likely to include North Korea, Iran and security for next year’s football World Cup. The Foreign Office said the UK had “deep differences” with Russia but the visit was part of a policy of “sustained and robust...

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