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To mark tomorrow’s Work Your Proper Hours Day, the TUC has published a league table showing which groups of workers do the longest unpaid overtime, and when they stop working for free and start to be paid during 2004.
Journalists and broadcasters who do unpaid overtime do around 7.7 hours extra work each week, which according to the TUC, means they work for free until February 28.

Carphone Warehouse deputy chairman David Ross has joined the Trinity Mirror Plc board as a non-executive director.
David, a chartered accountant by profession, also holds non-executive directorships with National Express, Wembley National Stadium, Big Yellow Self Storage, and is a council member of Sports England.

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s campaign to outlaw cowboy cold-callers is gathering momentum.
The Ban the Doorstep Cowboys campaign is being echoed by the Trading Standards Institute, the Office of Fair Trading, and scores of MPs, who have already signed up to an Early Day Motion on the topic.

Former Bath Chronicle business reporter Paul Mullins has launched his own media relations consultancy from his home in the nearby village of Clutton.
He set up Sandusky Media Services after a stint at a Bath-based PR agency as an editorial consultant.

The first victory has been achieved in the East Anglian Daily TimesAction for the A120 campaign.
Improvements have been started at a notorious road bridge where a motorcyclist died after being struck by falling debris from another accident.

The Croydon Guardian has sponsored a one-day event, People Power, to help companies get the best from their staff.
The personnel event looked at recruitment and communicating with staff, and was run by Business Link for London.

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