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Today's business and finance round up 24th August 2022

Growing speculation over BT takeover

24th August 2022

Bite-sized business news from the UK and beyond

Good morning Does crime pay? According to the Minions movie franchise it does but that's a message China doesn't want to spread. Chinese authorities changed the ending of the Minions prequel for its domestic release by showing that the main character in the heist film didn't live happily ever after but instead was caught by police and served 20 years in jail.

Today's stories

  • Growing speculation over BT takeover 

  • Apple workers revolt over return to office order

TELECOMSGrowing speculation over BT takeover

Other stories to keep you in the loop

  • Revised figures show UK economy shrunk by 11% in 2020, worst since 1709

  • Energy bills: Half of UK households face fuel poverty, EDF warns

  • National Grid doubles emergency planning exercises amid concerns over energy supplies

  • Gatwick cancels 26 flights after hailing return to ‘business as usual’

  • Ford to cut 3,000 jobs amid pivot to electric vehicles

TECHApple workers revolt over return to office order

What happened?Apple employees have launched a petition to push back against the company’s rapidly approaching return-to-office deadline.The petition is a direct response to an internal memo CEO Tim Cook sent all Apple employees last week, declaring that workers would have to report to the office at least three days a week beginning in early September. According to Cook’s memo, the hybrid plan will enhance employees’ ability to “work flexibly.”But some Apple employees are unconvinced. Posted by a group of Apple workers known as Apple Together, the petition criticises Cook’s plan for not considering unique job demands or employee diversity. The group wants employees instead be able to work with their immediate managers to develop flexible arrangements. More than 10,000 Apple employees have reportedly joined a company Slack group called “Remote Work Advocacy.”At least one senior employee has resigned because of Apple’s stance. Apple’s director of machine learning told staff in May that he was moving to Google partly because of the more flexible working arrangements. Zooming out: Other tech companies have taken varying approaches to the workplace conundrum post-pandemic. Last year, Spotify rolled out a self-explanatory “Work from Anywhere” policy. Earlier this summer, Elon Musk famously told Tesla workers they would be fired if they didn’t turn up to the office, Google rolled out a hybrid working approach similar to the one Apple has proposed, and Meta has embraced the work from anywhere philosophy, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg who has spent months at his Hawaii compound.

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The average cost of raising a child to age 18 is £202,660 in the UK

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