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Volkswagen agrees to pay staff more



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Volkswagen agrees to pay staff more in two-year deal

Volkswagen agreed a two-year wage deal for workers at its western German factories Wednesday.

The automaker has offered around 8.5% more pay.

That is below inflation, which ran at 11.6% in Germany last month – but it is also above what other employers have agreed in recent weeks.

The deal affects around 125,000 VW employees.

Workers will receive a 5.2% wage hike from June next year, and another 3.3% from May 2024.

They will also get a lump-sum payment worth just over $3,000 after tax to help offset soaring inflation.

Unions across Germany and Europe have demanded higher pay to give workers relief from record inflation.

But a lot of employers have resisted this due to rising material and energy costs.

In Italy, unions representing workers at carmaker Stellantis called for an 8.4% pay rise.

The company called that ‘heavy’.

Daimler Truck said earlier this month that unions were asking for an 8% raise, but mentioned that others in the industry were offering less.


Did The Simpsons predict Musk’s Twitter takeover?



New Twitter boss Elon Musk claims The Simpsons predicted his takeover years ago

Elon Musk has alluded to the fact that The Simpsons predicted his takeover of Twitter in a 2015 episode.

The episode titled “The Musk who fell to Earth” showcases Lisa Simpson feeding birds in a letter box with the label “Home Tweet Home.”

During the episode, Musk flies in on his rocket ship before meeting the Simpsons family.

Before Musk leaves, the show throws to the bird house. Lisa Simpson then says “I guess humanity wants its change one bird house at a time.”

Fans of the series have been quick to jump on its so-called prediction capabilities. They often draw parallels between the episodes and monumental events in history.

Lovers of the show are convinced it predicted Donald Trump’s Presidential run, Disney’s purchase of Fox and the 9/11 attacks.

More recently, they’re certain the show predicted England and America’s 2022 World Cup match in an 1997 episode.

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British lawmakers want to fine social media



Social media companies could be fined if they don’t remove harmful content, according to a new plan from the UK Government

Lawmakers want to make it illegal to encourage users to harm themselves online.

It’s part of a crackdown on online behaviour on content that leads to self harm.

In a statement, Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan said these firms “can no longer remain silent bystanders”.

She says they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms.”

It follows the death of Molly Russell in 20-17, which sparked concern for harmful content online.

A coroner ruled social media platforms fed her content that “romanticised acts of self-harm”.

Sexually explicit materials will also be banned under the new policy.

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Twitter adds millions of users after cutting staff



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Twitter boss Elon Musk says new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”.

That’s despite his recent struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms.

Musk says signups to Twitter are averaging over two million per day over the past week.

Reported impersonations on the platform spiked earlier this month, before and in wake of the Twitter Blue launch.

Musk says buying Twitter will speed up his ambition to create an “everything app” called X.

Musk’s “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App” will have features like encrypted DMs, longform tweets and payments.

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