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Comment Re: Not what he said. (Score 1) 594

I've found (in my laboratory of off-the-cuff thought experiments :-) that "if you all complain in unison, you'll receive more pay for less work" is a motivator for staff as is "gaining a well-placed lever over the internal running of a private and profitable business" to union bosses. Just saying...

Comment Hookers and blow? (Score 2) 185

According to https://www.theguardian.com/business/2009/nov/18/goldman-sachs-blankfein-sorry,

"The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money,"

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Who knows what sophisticated and perfectly-executed levels of depravity might be perpetrated by Golden Sox' robot traders? Hookers and blow may well be involved but not in a fun Benderesque sense.

Submission + - UK Contractors fight anti-small business reforms

easyTree writes: A petition before the UK government, wants government to — as the petition's title puts it, "Scrap IR35 legislation reform proposals for public sector off-payroll workers."

The petition's author gives a high-level summary of the new legislation as follows: "The proposal is to make ‘engagers’ deduct PAYE tax & NIC at source for self-employed people operating via a Limited Company if the end client is in the public sector.
This will severely reduce the income of such individuals but confer none of the rights & benefits of a staff employee."

This proposal continues a wave of anti-small business legislation whose effect will be to clear the way for large consulting firms to take over all contracts left hanging by those small-business contractors targeted by this legislation."

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