Concerns raised over damaging industrial action amid increased criticism of Trade Union Bill. Some oil and gas rigs in the North Sea could close permanently if proposed strikes in the sector go ahead, the Offshore Contractors Association (OCA) has warned. The representative body for offshore workers has spoken out against planned industrial action by union Unite in a row over proposed changes to work schedules.

There are some things you simply never want to say at work. These phrases carry special power: they have an uncanny ability to make you look bad even when the words are true. Worst of all, there’s no taking them back once they slip out. I’m not talking about shocking slips of the tongue, off-color jokes, or politically incorrect faux pas. These aren’t the only ways to make yourself look bad.

New interpretation means EU laws could apply to previously exempt staff. EU rules governing banker’s bonuses, which include bonus caps and payment deferrals, could expand to cover more bank employees, a sector lobby group has warned.