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Tuesday newspaper round-up: Workers' rights, Severn Trent, Superdry

(Sharecast News) - Union leaders have warned business groups against pushing Keir Starmer to water down Labour's plans to introduce sweeping reforms of workers' rights and a ban on zero-hours contracts. As the Labour leader comes under pressure from industry to scale back its shake-up of employment laws, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) said the plans were "extremely popular" with voters and good for the economy. - Guardian Severn Trent has been fined more than £2m for polluting the River Trent near Stoke, with the Environment Agency calling its storm contingency plans "woefully inadequate". Huge amounts of raw sewage were discharged into the river from Strongford wastewater treatment works near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, between November 2019 and February 2020. - Guardian

The universities' pension scheme has rejected a demand from academics to dump its investments in Israel, in a row over whether the conflict in Gaza can be branded "genocide". The University and College Union (UCU), which represents more than 120,000 academics and support staff, wrote to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) at the end of last month, urging "an immediate review" of assets linked to Israel's administration. - Telegraph

The London restaurant owned by viral chef Salt Bae has defied the cost of living crisis as wealthy diners continue to splash out on steaks worth hundreds of pounds. Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Knightsbridge raked in millions of pounds in 2022 as the business cashed in on the popularity of owner Nusret Gökçe, otherwise known as Salt Bae. The celebrity chef has built a global restaurant empire ever since a viral video in 2017 showed him extravagantly cutting meat and sprinkling salt. - Telegraph

A prominent US investor is among the parties being courted by Superdry's founder as he assembles an offer to take the struggling fashion chain private. Sky News has learnt that Davidson Kempner, which has backed a number of UK retailers, is in discussions with Julian Dunkerton about backing an offer for Superdry. - Sky News

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Sunday newspaper round-up: Middle East, Aston Martin, Defence
(Sharecast News) - Britons must accept that their country was now involved in the Middle East conflict, Tobias Ellwood said. The former defence minister warned that "nobody was in full control" of the growing conflict as more and more countries were sucked in. Ellwood also said that Tehran's strike had taken the conflict into a "new dangerous territory". - Sunday Telegraph
Friday newspaper round-up: Everton, AstraZeneca, Amazon
(Sharecast News) - Everton has paid about £30m in interest charges to an opaque lender associated with a tax exile, corporate records suggest. The charges appear to have reached about £438,000 a week, according to the troubled Premier League club's most recent set of accounts, a figure more than three times the reported wages of the Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. - Guardian
Thursday newspaper round-up: Border controls, McKinsey, KPMG
(Sharecast News) - New post-Brexit UK border controls coming into force later this month will cost British businesses £2bn and fuel higher inflation, according to a report warning that UK-EU trade will be damaged as a result. With less than a month before the introduction of new checks on animal and plant products from 30 April, the insurer Allianz Trade said the controls agreed under Boris Johnson's Brexit deal could add 10% to import costs over the first year. - Guardian
Wednesday newspaper round-up: Shoplifting, EnQuest, Klarna
(Sharecast News) - The government is investing more than £55m in expanding facial recognition systems - including vans that will scan crowded high streets - as part of a renewed crackdown on shoplifting. The scheme was announced alongside plans for tougher punishments for serial or abusive shoplifters in England and Wales, including being forced to wear a tag to ensure they do not revisit the scene of their crime, under a new standalone criminal offence of assaulting a retail worker. - Guardian

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