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News round-up 19/3

GMB strike called off; Anthesis buys TEP; €60bn European food wastage; Cameron’s metal theft crackdown

GMB strike called off

GMB has called off strike action for 154 of its members who worked for Kier Environmental Services.

The strikes were due to begin on 19 March over a dispute over safety concerns and allegations of intimidation.

GMB called off the action after claiming that had Kier agreed to health and safety audits and the introduction of a dignity at work policy.

Press release

Anthesis buys TEP

Sustainability consultancy Anthesis Group has acquired Middle East rival TEP.

The acquisition of the UAE-based firm is the seventh in the last 18 months and follows deals for LRS, Best Foot Forward, UMR, Caleb, SecondNature and M4C.

The company says it will strengthen the group’s presence in the Middle East in its attempt to bolster its global presence.

TEP works for many of the large property development, energy, public and corporate clients in the region.

Press release

Wastage costs European food industry €60bn

A report from financial services provider Rabobank claims that €60bn (£43bn) is being lost annually in the European food and agribusiness (F&A) due to food not reaching the consumer.

The report states that up to €10bn can be saved from investing in innovative technologies.

These include machinery that reduces crop damage during harvesting, more effective food packaging and greater monitoring to ensure the produce stays fresh.

“Most wastage occurs within and between F&A companies during agricultural production, post-harvest handling and storage, processing and distribution. For almost every type of food, producers account for more than half the loss of value,” says Rabobank analyst Paul Bosch.

Rabobank

Cameron to continue metal theft crackdown

David Cameron has pledged to continue efforts to prevent metal theft if he is re-elected.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s question time, he said that his government has ensured that scrap metal dealers are licensed, banned cash payments in the sector and allocated £6m for a dedicated national metal theft taskforce.

“This is an important line of crime that has been increasing, not least because of the value of this scrap metal,” he said.

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