Tags: London 2012 Olympics

Praise for health and safety successes of London 2012

IOSH has paid tribute to the role pragmatic health and safety played in planning and delivering a successful Olympic Games. Despite initial concerns about transport and security voiced in the media, the Institution has praised the careful planning that has paid dividends to make sure crowds around London and the sporting venues were kept safe.…

Women’s rights campaigners demand equality at the Olympics

Women’s rights campaigners called for an end to sex discrimination at the Olympics, urging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ensure there are equal numbers of sports and medals for men and women. Representatives from various European women’s groups met in London for a symbolic burial of the Olympic Charter, saying its principles of condoning…

London Olympics 2012: Opening ceremony to ‘reinvigorate careers in engineering’

The Olympics effect is set to “reinvigorate” engineering as a career choice among young people, with the Opening Ceremony showcasing a wide variety of engineering roles, according to an expert. As excitement builds towards Friday night’s Opening Ceremony to the London 2012 Olympics, Nigel Fine, the head of the Institution of Engineering and Technology is…

Construction companies can benefit from Olympic health and safety successes – research shows

Innovative communication techniques that helped to prevent worker deaths during the Olympic build could be harnessed to benefit other construction projects – a research study has found. Safe and healthy behaviour was encouraged across the Olympic Park, leading to an unprecedented zero fatalities during the construction phase of the Games. And from the research, released…

Ban public sector strikes on low turn-outs, say Tory MPs

Conservative MPs are urging the Government to change the rules so that unions cannot call industrial action on the basis of a low ballot turnout. The MPs are incensed after the Public and Commercial Services Union announced a strike of border guards on the eve of the Olympics next week. They accused the PCS of…

Olympics: ministers ‘discussed sacking’ striking UK Border Agency staff

Ministers have discussed introducing Ronald Reagan-style employment laws which would allow them to sack UK Border Agency staff who plan to strike the day before the start of the Olympics, the culture, media and sport secretary said on Sunday. Jeremy Hunt said that the option had not been ruled out as thousands of staff at…

Home Office strike announced for eve of Olympics

The Public and Commercial Services Union announced today that its Members across the Home Office will strike on Thursday 26 July – the day before the start of the Olympic Games. It’s part of a long-running dispute over job cuts, pay and privatisation and the action includes staff across the Home Office, including the UK…

Olympics Causing High Volumes of Annual Leave Requests

The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) is advising payroll and HR departments to be aware of the potentially high volume of annual leave requests in the weeks preceding the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. New research from the CIPP has revealed that nearly one in six (14%) workers plan to take time off to attend…

Small and medium enterprises unprepared for the opportunities surrounding the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

A survey conducted by Cisco, the official network infrastructure provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has revealed that although SMEs believe they will have to reassess certain areas of their business ahead of London 2012, nearly half of the companies surveyed have yet to make the necessary preparations. The survey asked SME…

200 days to go – Acas helps employers prepare for the Olympics 2012

With around 200 days to go until the Olympics, workplace experts Acas advise employers to avoid any last-minute hurdles by preparing for staff being away from work. Employers should start talking to employees now who are volunteering during the 2012 Games to manage expectations and minimise the impact on workplace productivity. Q Three of my…

Businesses urged to secure talent in time for the 2012 Games

Companies looking to capitalise on the business opportunities afforded by the London 2012 Games need to start planning their staffing requirements now if they are to secure the talent they need to take maximum advantage, says Adecco. Steve Girdler, Adecco’s Director of London 2012 Partnerships, says, “With only one year to go now until London…