Thursday 18 January 2018

In brief: Skills and cash

German train drivers have announced another strike. Reuters/Michaela Rehle
German train drivers have announced another strike. Reuters/Michaela Rehle

Increased levels of skills and finance are necessary to secure the revival of the building industry, say PricewaterhouseCoopers.

According to the PwC construction industry survey, 95pc of companies are confident about the next three years, and 87pc expect turnover to increase over the coming months.

More than two-thirds plan to increase job numbers and four out of 10 expect to increase their workforces by more than 10pc.

But 63pc of construction firms report difficulty in securing finance and 45pc are experiencing difficulty recruiting staff, especially site managers and skilled contractors.

Newstalk appointment

Broadcaster Newstalk 106-108 FM has appointed Patricia Monahan to the new role of Programme Director for the station.

Deputising for editor-in-chief Garrett Harte, she will be responsible for day-to-day management of programming output, implementing content strategy, and identifying new talent.

Ms Monahan has worked for Newstalk since 2002, initially as a researcher on Lunchtime with Damien Kiberd, and later producing the Lunchtime News programme for two years.

As deputy editor since May 2010 she has led major projects at the station including the launch of The Pat Kenny Show in September 2013.

German train strike

German train drivers yesterday announced their ninth strike in an ongoing dispute with rail operator Deutsche Bahn.

The industrial action will bring freight trains to a standstill from today and passenger trains from tomorrow - with no date given for the strike to end.

The GDL union said it will announce the end of the strike with 48 hours' notice, raising the prospect of even longer disruption than a seven-day strike earlier this month, which was already the longest in the history of Deutsche Bahn.

The dispute over pay, working conditions and the power of the union itself has caused major disruption in a country where about 5.5 million people travel by train every day and one-fifth of freight - 620,000 tonnes a day - is hauled by rail.

Irish Independent

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