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Saturday, 16 November 2013
Friday, 15 November 2013
Thursday, 14 November 2013
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
traffic cone on Wellington's statue. First the council wanted to raise the plinth to stop it happening, then they 'paused' after a social media backlash. The ironic news prompted this comment from a local contact: "Glasgow Labour Party has been totally united in passing £200m in cuts, closing day centres, increasing charges for care and threatening 1,000 strikers with the sack. Now they publicly split over a traffic cone on the head of a 19th century Duke who 'invented' a boot to keep working class soldiers' feet dry whilst being slaughtered in the mud during imperialist wars. Unbelievable!"
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
The Lords debate can be read here, with excellent contributions by John Monks and other former union leaders who now represent Labour in the second chamber. Man-of-the-people Viscount Younger of Leckie put the case for the proposed anti union legislation, citing the need for ’confidence in their (union) accountability to their members’, and Liberal Democrat Lord Tyler made a vicious contribution linking the government's proposals to the Collins Review of the union Labour link:
Monday, 11 November 2013
Sunday, 10 November 2013
An effective campaign of opposition to the Con Dem government's undemocratic proposals to restrict third party political expenditure has resulted in a pause and review of the related part 2 of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. A consequence of this concession has led to part 3 of the legislation - which proposes state regulation of union membership records - being brought forward for consideration in the Lords from December to tomorrow, 11 November. A coalition of Peers was instrumental in forcing back the third party expenditure proposals and now the TUC is calling on trade unionists to 'adopt a Peer' to ensure that members of the second chamber of Parliament are aware that part 3 of the Bill is equally unacceptable and should be opposed: