Seeing through “transparency”

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-government-transparency-code-2014 Tomorrow is the last date by which local authorities must publish certain data as specified in the Local Government Transparency Code. "Transparency" is one of those words (like "modern" or "flexibility") which its...

Boots the tax dodgers

The latest attempt by the Tories to attack Ed Miliband has backfired. The Billionaire Italian boss of Boots the Chemist, Stefano Pessina. told the Sunday Torygraph if Labour politicians acted in the way that they spoke “it would be a catastrophe”. It turns out that the billionaire does not pay...

Greece and the 1953 agreement on German debt

Generally speaking this is a niche blog of interest to the handful of us who are fascinated by what is happening in our workplaces (particularly in the public sector) and to our trade union and labour movement. However, our local action takes place in a global context and – just now – it is...

The cleaners and the oligarchs

Why solidarity with Syriza against the EU leaders is crucial If anybody can remember a new Finance Minister (anywhere in the world) beginning his first press conference by announcing he is going to reinstate the cleaners made redundant by the previous Finance Minister let me know. When has anybody...

London UNISON Regional Council AGM 2015

On Wednesday 4th February 2015 at 10am it is the Annual General Meeting of the Greater London UNISON Regional Council. It will take place at the Holiday Inn Conference room, Coram Street (across the road from Russell Square tube station). Doors open at 8:45am. There will be guest speakers,...

Build Houses!

The struggle for housing and the London demonstrations focus the capital centred economy versus the pro-social economy. The worsening conditions due to the imposition of bedroom tax and unaffordable...

What the Frack’s Going On?

WHAT is going on about "fracking"?  Last week MPs overwhelmingly rejected a bid to impose a moratorium, suspending fracking for shale gas, although the government agreed to Labour proposals for...

To a Waverer by Bertolt Brecht

You tell us It looks bad for our cause. The darkness gets deeper. The powers get less. Now, after we worked for so many years We are in a more difficult position than at the start. But the enemy...

Union reactions to Syriza’s victory

Unions around the world have welcomed the election result in Greece last Sunday, because the victory of the anti-austerity Syriza party was a rejection of the policies that have dominated Europe...

Syriza Triumphs in Greek Elections

Greece’s parliamentary election was held on Sunday, January 25, resulting in Syriza, the Coalition of the Radical Left, gaining 149 seats, just short of of the 151 needed for an overall...

At this Festival, Connections are Key

-->My Review of the Celtic Connections concert featuring Luka Bloom and Bella Hardy was in Wednesday's Morning Star. it can be found here.Another  concert that the Star hasn't had the space...

Saturday Sectarian: Green Lies & the Green Housing vacuum

I have just enjoyed reading two very different posts on the Green Party and their policies. The first was from the never shy nor retiring Kitty Jones on "You’d have to be Green to believe the Green Party: two more lies exposed". While the other post by Steve Hilditch "The grass isn't any greener...

Why Making Up Lost Ground on Pay is so Important

Last week’s employment figures showed the annual increase in average weekly earnings (regular pay) rising to 1.8 per cent, higher than the most recent inflation figures (1.6 per cent for the Retail Price Index, 0.5 per cent using the CPI). It’s a bit early to celebrate, though. The reality is that...