Strong criticism of no gas shortage conclusion Gasunie – Uber sued in the United States for sexual violence

Strong criticism of Gasunie’s study that the Netherlands does not want gas shortages

Gasunie’s conclusion that the Netherlands will not run out of gas this winter if Russia shuts down the gas tap completely is far too early. This is what critics think, writes FD. Because the analysis has many caveats, the result of the report released Thursday is by no means reassuring, gas experts and market participants say. Gasunie argues that the industry should not necessarily be cut off from gas and that the gas tap in Groningen should not be opened further, but according to critics, for example, too little consideration is given to further rising prices and economic damage and delivery of LNG is also uncertain.

2. Uber sued in the United States for sexual assault

Uber has been sued by 550 women in the United States for sexually assaulting drivers. According to the women, the company is negligent in relation to this violence. It writes NRC. A number of Uber drivers have been charged with kidnapping, abusing, assaulting, raping, imprisoning, persecuting, harassing or otherwise assaulting female passengers. It is not clear how many motorists are involved. According to the lawyers, the sexual violence took place in several US states. Uber is said to have been aware of abuse from some drivers since 2014. According to the prosecution, Uber appears to consider the growth of the company as more important than the safety of the passengers.

3. Four percent more salary for KLM ground staff

KLM’s ground staff will receive four percent more pay in two steps, the unions FNV and CNV agreed with the airline on Thursday. There is a lower limit of twice 80 euros. Agreements have also been entered into to reduce the workload, eg more people must be employed on a permanent basis and agreements on minimum staffing. The agreement applies not only to ground staff but also to office staff. For example, they have to work abroad for a total of eight weeks in two periods. The new agreement enters into force retroactively on 1 March and runs for one year. The airline itself says that with the new agreement ‘the organization can return to peace’.

4. Settlement between Brussels and Amazon on pending cases of abuse of power

The European Commission and Amazon are likely to reach an agreement in the autumn on two abuses of power. The technology giant thus escapes a billion fine. Amazon does not promise to use confidential data – such as sales, order and inventory data from other individual buyers – to its own advantage. Another complaint is that the company favored individual salespeople who use the company’s logistics services. Amazon wants to treat the various buyers more equally. This summer, the Commission is gathering feedback on the proposal. Parties that have complained, among other things, can respond until 9 September. The Commission then decides whether to accept the proposal.

5. Zeeman in 18th place in the Fashion Transparency Index

Zeeman has secured an 18th place in the seventh Fashion Transparency Index with a score of 56 percent. On this list, 250 dealers have been tested for transparency. Among other things, it looks at public information about social and environmental policy, influence and the supply chain. The ranking is compiled by Fashion Revolution. The list is led by OVS, Kmart Australia and Target Australia, with a score of 78 per cent. H&M, The North Face and Timberland follow with a score of 66 percent. In a response to LinkedIn, Zeeman writes: ‘Transparency is an essential element for us to further increase sustainability, and therefore we openly share information about our approach in CSR. The goal is to become more and more transparent and increase the score more and more. ‘

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6. Must read: Italy’s political crisis scares markets

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who took office in February last year, has submitted his resignation to the country’s president. The reason is that the coalition partner Five Star Movement refused to participate in a vote on a multi-billion dollar aid package for Italian citizens to mitigate the effects of inflation. Under the former ECB president, the economy grew by more than six percent last year. He also has great confidence from investors and other European leaders.

FD writes that the fall of the Draghi cabinet is very unfortunate and that the ghost of a new euro crisis is threatening. The financial markets reacted immediately to the political unrest in the country. The interest rate differential between Germany and Italy increased by 17 basis points to 217 percentage points. President Sergio Mattarella says he will not accept the resignation.

7. At the coffee machine: Employees are sick at home longer than before the corona, possibly also due to work pressure

Where people were sick at home four to eight days a year in 2019, this year it will be five to seven days more. It appears from figures from Arbo Unie, writes NU.nl. The number of sick leave per week has increased by ten percent. One of the reasons is that people with a corona infection need to remain in isolation. An indirect effect of corona is also visible, says Corné Roelen, company doctor at Arbo Unie and professor of occupational medicine at the University of Groningen. ‘Since corona, it’s actually not done to show up at work with a cold.’ Staff shortages can also play a role. ‘People are afraid to go back to work because of busy colleagues and a hectic atmosphere. That’s why they stay at home longer ‘.

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