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Saturday, 26 March 2011
Friday, 25 March 2011
Yet another nail was hammered into the coffin of final salary linked occupational pensions with the Budget announcement of the withdrawal of the contracting out rebate for defined benefit final salary linked pension schemes.
Thursday, 24 March 2011
See a great preview of Saturday's major march for the alternative at http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=2235
Don’t believe stories that Tories never lie to themselves. Headlines in the Daily Mail that the budget was a “tax give away “or in other papers that cuts in fuel duty were a “surprise” tell more about the fact that people are waking up to the level of devastation that this government is carrying out than anything else .
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Osborne’s ‘no budge budget’ is a missed opportunity to right Tory economic wrongs, UNISON said today. By passing up the chance to scale back the savage public spending cuts, the Tories are condemning the economy to long-term low growth and high unemployment. http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=2232
UNISON Scotland: Tax cuts for rich businesses isn’t much of a strategy: "UNISON Scotland has slammed Osborne’s decision to cut corporation tax for rich businesses, claiming the focus should be on collecting taxes not cutting them"
ConDem Communities Minister and Thatcherite throwback Eric Pickles MP has announced to the CBI his intention to scrap local government’s ‘two-tier code’, which protects the terms and conditions workers transferred to firms or not-for-profit organisations, operating outsourced contracts: http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=news.detail&id=96949
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
The supposedly independent NHS Pay Review Body has adopted Government policy that a 2 year pay freeze should be applied to all NHS staff except for those earning less than £21,000 per annum (NHS pay spine points 1 to 15) who will receive a £250 flat rate pay rise in 2011/12:
As speculation mounts that tomorrow’s Con Dem budget will see concessions on fuel and air passenger taxes but no reversal on austerity measures, the TUC has called on the Government ‘to use the budget to boost jobs through well-funded employment schemes and encourage growth through a green investment bank and an ambitious industrial strategy’: http://www.tuc.org.uk/economy/tuc-19346-f0.cfm
Monday, 21 March 2011
The great issue in the trade union world that we live in at the moment is the issue of our pensions. There is little doubt that the only way that we will influence our main foe in this fight is by taking strike action against the Tory Government.
Since July 2010 the Committee on Standards in Public Life has beenholding an inquiry into the old chestnut of party political financeand there appears to be some slippage in the timing of its finalreport - having moved from from 'spring' to 'late spring' in mandarinspeak: http://www.public-standards.org.uk/OurWork/Party_Political_Finance.html
Last Tuesday, for the second week in succession, a Con Dem appointed Hutton Commission reported on the findings of a review - this one chaired by Will Hutton: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/indreview_willhutton_fairpay.htm
Everyone knows by now that the attack on public sector trade unionism in the West has its epicentre in Wisconsin. Backed by the wealthy elite the State Governor has launched an attack that seeks to destroy the resistance of workers, their unions and their communities.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Israel lobby event in New York.