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Saturday, 26 February 2011
Gregor Gall, writing in the Morning Star, draws lessons from the fate of those Labour MPs disgraced in the Parliamentary expenses scandal: ‘Their Achilles' heel in regard of their expenses seemed to be that they started to operate as independent MPs who just happened to be elected on a Labour ticket, and once they got to Parliament they could go off down their own merry little road’:http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/101521
Friday, 25 February 2011
Ford workers are threatening a national strike over plans to uprate future payments for Ford Pension Fund members by the Consumer Prices Index. http://www.professionalpensions.com/professional-pensions/news/2028925/ford-workers-national-strike-cpi-switch
UNISON members employed by Compass Medirest are taking part in their third stage of strike actionhttp://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/localnews/amersham/8873822.Hospital_workers_strike_again_today/
London Borough of Croydon's pension fund is lobbying other local authorities to vote against directors pay at this year's Barclays AGM http://www.engagedinvestor.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=463021
Yesterday UNISON members employed by Nottinghamshire County Council took strike action against their Tory led employer which is ruthlessly cutting jobs and services: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/101518
Justifying £900m in bonuses, the RBS’s Stephen Hester told the BBC yesterday that, “Along with my staff, I want to be treated fairly”. Well, Stephen, so do thousands of police staff in Scotland who are facing up to a £5,000 a year cut in wages which is described by the employers as a ‘good deal’.
Thursday, 24 February 2011
It is a sign of the times when a right wing think tank (the self styled Institute of Economic Affairs) believes it is credible to launch a full scale attack on the rights of Britain’s 11 million pensioners.
A charity that gave more than £500,000 to the Taxpayers' Alliance (TPA) has been warned by the Charity Commission that its reputation risks being damaged "if its relationship with the alliance is not properly managed", reports guardian.co.uk http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/dec/20/taxpayers-alliance-tories-charitable-donations
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
At the end of every financial quarter we have come to expect hysterical press reporting about Labour’s ‘dependency’ on trade union funding. Today is no exception as figures for the final quarter for 2010 are published by the Electoral Commission: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/janetdaley/100077382/the-trade-unions-own-labours-soul-again/
A Reuters column (here) notes that only two weeks ago the IMF's board lauded the Libyan government, currently using mercenary troops to massacre protesters, for its "strong macroeconomic performance" and "ambitious reform agenda" and for "enhancing the role of the private sector", reports ITUC Washington's Peter Bakvis.
Whilst Cameron hypes up public service reform to satiate the Tory right, Save the Children calculated at the end of 2008 that 1.7 million or 13% of the UK's children were living in severe poverty, and that not only have efforts to reduce child poverty stalled, they have gone into reverse: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/docs/sevchildpovuk.pdf
Heather Wakefield, UNISON National Secretary for Local Government, writing for the Public Finance blog, reacts to the belated acknowledgement by Tory Grandee, Baroness Eaton, that the viability of the LGPS is being placed at risk by Government proposals for a 3% increase in employee contributions:
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
'The world is barely re-emerging from the deepest economic crisis in a century, yet the very policies and mindset that caused the problem in the first place are back with a vengeance', laments Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzrBurlJUNk or see post below - the financial crisis has affected everyone, from middle-class home owners to outsourced factory workers in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Venezuelan government rejects totally false claim by William Hague that Gaddafi is on way to Venezuela
Venezuela's Information Minister and its Deputy Foreign Minister moved swiftly earlier today to reject the false claims made by Britain’s Foreign Minister William Hague that Colonel Gaddafi was heading to Venezuela.
Monday, 21 February 2011
From Academy Award® nominated filmmaker, Charles Ferguson ("No End In Sight"), comes INSIDE JOB, the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008.
Tory Prime Minister David Cameron uses today’s Daily Telegraph as a platform to announce his intention to destroy public services as we know them: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/8337237/David-Cameron-promises-public-sector-revolution.html
Sunday, 20 February 2011
Baroness Margaret Eaton, Tory leader of the Local Government Association, has rejected the case for further changes to the LGPS - claiming in a leaked letter that increased employee contributions and cuts in workforce numbers will jeopardise the viability of the scheme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12516645