UNISON National Community Seminar 2015

This afternoon was the start of the Unison National Seminar for Community (Housing Associations & Voluntary Sector) in Bradford. Beforehand there was a meeting of delegates who work in community sectors. I went to the Housing Associations meeting. It was really useful to discuss common issues...

Stop playing a numbers game with net migration

Yesterday the Office for National Statistics reported that net migration has risen to 298,000 meaning the government has missed its target of reducing net migration to ‘the tens of thousands’. This is not surprising news - but that’s part of the problem. Voters already feel politicians can’t be...

Mark Serwotka comes to Barnet

Share: Facebook Twitter Google Plus LinkedIn Mark Serwotka heads up an impressive list of speakers at Barnet Trades Council AGM on Wednesday 11 March 2015 6:30PM in the Safari Bar & restaurant...

Housing inequality and soaring rent costs

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) released the 2013-14 English Housing Survey data yesterday, containing some remarkable news on the English housing market. The press focused mainly on the news that outright owners of homes now outnumber the number of mortgage holders (said...

Too much unpaid overtime is bad medicine

Today mark’s the TUC’s 11th Work Your Proper Hours Day, which is a campaign against excessive unpaid overtime. This is the first day of the year when the average person who does unpaid overtime would start getting paid if they were to work all their free hours at the start of the year....

Germany: IG Metall Wins 3.4% Pay Deal

Germany’s largest union IG Metall which cover engineering, automotive, aerospace, electrical and other skilled metalworking trades has agreed a 3.4% pay rise for 12 months from April. The union,...

Council Tax should be abolished.

The Conservative and Lib/Dem Government has done the opposite to cutting Council Tax. In order to fund and protect services, cuts to the Government grant have caused Councils to raise taxes as well...

Joyous Johnstone Jamboree!

I've just realised that I promised to put my review of Arthur Johnstone and Friends at The Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow up once it had been published in the Morning Star, and I've forgotten to do this!...

Green Economy Council – out in the cold?

The Green Economy Council hasn’t met for two years. According to a committee of MPs, “this speaks volumes” about the government’s approach to sustainable development. The TUC backed the launch of the Green Economy Council in 2011 as a vital and much-needed initiative. But it hasn’t met since...

Important – National Pay overpayment

Share: Facebook Twitter Google Plus LinkedIn Dear Colleagues It is very important that all of our Barnet Council members read the following information as there has been an overpayment made by the...