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Telstra becomes first Aussie telco to mandate COVID jab

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Australia’s biggest telco, Telstra has announced it plans to mandate the COVID vaccine amongst its workforce

The telco giant plans to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for 8,300 frontline staff.

The mandate though, is in defiance of the Business Council of Australia’s stance that employers should only take this step with the backing of government health orders.

The telco giant stated that it would require about a third of its workforce to be vaccinated, and had commenced a one-week consultation period with staff, unions and partners ahead of what will be one of corporate Australia’s largest mandatory vaccination drives.

Telstra now faces a showdown with unions over the proposal

Telstra boss Andy Penn says that the vaccine requirement would apply to about 8300 workers but not those who could work from home or were outside Australia.

The telco is facing potential legal challenges, however, after chief executive Andy Penn said in a letter to employees that those who refuse the vaccine may be forced into ‘‘medical retirement’’.

“This policy would make getting vaccinated a requirement for roles where they are in regular contact with customers, the public or other employees, such as our frontline and business-critical teams, and those who need to visit customer premises at times,”

Telstra is now the fourth company to mandate Covid-19 vaccinations, joining SPC – which was the first business to force employees to get the jab, as well as major airline Qantas and Australia’s second-biggest private hospital operator, Healthscope.

Virgin Australia, the second largest airline in Australia is still to confirm its vaccine mandate.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Apple on its own as U.S. stocks make comeback

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U.S. markets have rallied after a disappointing week for investors. But what is Apple doing?

The Dow Jones is up around 548 points, marking a big comeback from its recent 2022 lows.

Overall, it was a broad-based rally, with Apple as an outlier.

The tech giant’s stocks were down about 1.3 per cent after reports the company is ditching plans to increase new iPhone production, as demand falls short of expectations.

The broad-based rally follows the Bank of England announcing it would buy bonds, to stabilise financial markets, a huge reversal in policy implemented by most institutions this year to tackle soaring inflation.

The move caused the pound to become more stable, after it had tumbled to a record low against the U-S dollar earlier in the week.

U-S yields retreated from their highest level in more than a decade – easing concerns that rates were growing too quickly and could damage the economy.

But what does this all mean for the future? It’s hard to say, but this move by the Bank of England could signal a change in policy for central banks around the world.

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We know how the crypto market will recover, but when?

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$2.2 Trillion Institutional Crypto Price Prediction Reveals Bitcoin And Ethereum Could Be Poised For Recovery

The crypto market took a huge hit after the Federal Reserve’s announcement of quantitative easing, but one analyst is predicting that both bitcoin and ethereum could stage a recovery in the near future.

According to a report from investment firm JP Morgan, the two largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization could see prices rise to $14,000 and $3,900 per coin, respectively.

This would represent a significant rebound from their current levels of around $10,000 and $200.

The report cites the recent influx of institutional investors into the crypto space as a key driver of this price growth.

With more and more big money players getting involved in crypto, JP Morgan predicts that the market could soon see a “new paradigm” of price discovery.

So far, crypto has been largely driven by retail investors, who are often more prone to emotional buying and selling.

With institutional investors coming in, there could be more stability in the market and less volatility.

JP Morgan’s report is just one of many bullish crypto predictions that have come out in recent months.

With more and more mainstream companies and financial institutions taking crypto seriously, it seems that the once-niche market is finally coming into the mainstream.

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Virgin Atlantic ditches gender uniforms

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Virgin is now the most inclusive airline in the skies, thanks to its new gender-neutral uniform policy.

Pilots, cabin crew and ground staff are now free to wear whatever they feel expresses their individuality, whether that be traditional men’s or women’s clothing, or something more unique.

Previously women had to wear a red uniform and men wore burgundy and the airlines says that the change makes it “the most inclusive airline in the skies”.

The move away from gendered uniforms has been applauded by staff, and sets Virgin Atlantic apart as an airline that is championing inclusivity.

Jaime Forsstroem, a member of Virgin cabin crew, said: “The updated gender identity policy is so important to me. As a non-binary person, it allows me to be myself at work and have the choice in what uniform I wear.”

The airline is amending its “trans inclusion policies” which include time off work for medical treatments related to gender transition,.

It is also introducing an option to include pronouns on workers’ name badges.

 

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