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Saturday, 21 April 2012
This excellent piece in yesterday’s Daily Mirror highlights the hidden costs of the botched changes to universal credit. With no thought as to the practicalities of those who simply don’t have access to the internet – the poor, the disabled, older people – Cameron’s cabinet of millionaires has once again pushed an unnecessary cost burden on those who can least afford it.
Friday, 20 April 2012
UNISON Scotland has called for Consort PFI contactor to be sacked from Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary after a patient had to be sewn up by torchlight when workers power was cut at two theatres - the latest in a catalogue of failures. http://www.scotsman.com/news/health/eri-surgeon-forced-to-operate-by-torchlight-1-2242627
Those that damage millions through reckless speculation condemn the transport workers of London when claiming that “City workers are set to face an unprecedented week of continuous travel after London Underground employees announced they would go to work like normal people”. We thought they came to work in Porsches? http://squaremile.com/speakeasy/10575/London-Underground-Announces-Day-Of-Work.html
Thursday, 19 April 2012
As predicted following Ed Miliband's unnecessary concession about limiting collective union funding of the Labour Party (even though we are affiliated as an organisation), the Tory attack dogs are now homing in on the political fund contributions of individual union members.
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
It is a sad indictment of Labour in local government that when Cameron attacks Labour Councils as wasteful and claims that Tory councils offer 'best value', the reaction from the left is 'how can you tell the difference?'
TUC research identified that a 'reputational risk' strategy can be used to force 'client leverage' on employers down the supply chain (see below) http://www.strongerunions.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/TUC-ESRC-Research-Bulletin-No-1-March-2011.pdf
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Polly Toynbee in the Guardian rightly exposes the hypocrisy of those such as Lord Fink, the Conservative Party treasurer, who claims that the recent Budget's 25% cap on tax relief for charitable donations by the super rich will "put people off giving":
Even with this year’s increase in the adult rate, the minimum wage will be lower in real terms than it was in 2004, according to new research by the Resolution Foundation. Inflation has outstripped both minimum wage growth and median income growth in recent years, leading to substantially declining income for workers. The FT reports the delight of the well heeled CBI business lobby group at this sorry situation: “Retailers, care homes, hospitality and other consumer-facing businesses are experiencing particularly tough conditions, so it’s good that the LPC listened to the CBI’s advice and made sure its recommendations preserve jobs and support the fragile recovery.” http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e8b2f1ee-87dc-11e1-8a47-00144feab49a.html#axzz1sGoZoZ56
Monday, 16 April 2012
The Conservative reaction to Ed Miliband’s concession on party funding yesterday brought to mind what the late Mick McGahey once said of a previous Tory Government - "they will only stop chasing when we stop running." Even though Miliband conceded that his proposed £5,000 donation cap would apply to trade union donations (provided that political levy contributions were treated as individual rather than collective donations), the Tories are still not happy – demanding that trade unionists must opt in to the political levy rather than opt out as has been the case since 1945.
Sunday, 15 April 2012