Making up lost ground on pay

What is happening to workers’ pay is becoming one of the central arguments in the run up to the general election with the Government making much of the latest statistics on earnings and inflation. The collapse in the world price of oil has forced inflation on the CPI measure down to 0.5% while...

The Greek elections and UK trade unions

http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2015/01/could-the-greeks-bring-us-gifts-this-sunday/ The General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (no less) posted the blog post to which I link above early last week in anticipation of what has now come to pass, Syriza's decisive election victory. I'm not in...

Unison AGM 25 February 2015 5.00 pm

The Unison City of Stoke-On-Trent Local Government Branch AGM will take place on Wednesday 25 February 2015 at 5.00 pm in the Windsor Room, Civic Centre, Stoke.  This will be preceded by a buffet at 4.20 pm which must be … Continue reading →

London Loop Walk: Section 1 – Erith to Bexley

Off message but today Ms Grayee and I started on a long distance walk around London. The "London Outer Orbital Path" (better known as London Loop) is a 240 Km (150 mile) mostly sign posted route around outer London. It is divided into 24 linear sections which vary between 6.1 and 16.8 km accessible...

Meet Nigel Farage

Check out the new website Meet Nigel Farage and find out Nigel's plans to privatise the NHS, cut the NHS and charge for the NHS. All his plans are sourced. It is about time that Farage and UKIP got held to account for their Ultra Tory Right wing nonsense.

Does Davos do any good?

As the super-rich decant from Davos – some, seriously, by private jet – it’s time to reflect on another year of the elite World Economic Forum. Does it do any good? Davos is mostly...

European bankers not pleased at French boost for Robin Hood Tax

On Monday, Finance Ministers from EU member states will meet for the first time since French President Francois Hollande instructed his Finance minister to stop obstructing the Austro-German push for a broad-based financial transactions tax (FTT) , and since Congressional Democrats in the US backed...

Killer in the Classroom

MESOTHELIOMA DAY, 2014.  Vince Hagedorn, (left, in white shirt), releasing doves at St.John's Gate, in London.  Vince's partner, Carole, had died of mesothelioma not long before. IT does...

West Ham at Wes’ Birthday Canvass

Today is the birthday of Labour candidate for Ilford North, Wes Streeting. So instead of giving him a well deserved day off, his campaign team designated it as "Wes Birthday Canvass Day" and arranged 3 separate #labourdoorstep sessions. West Ham went to the 2pm session and took part in a number...

Hinchingbrooke hospital scandal:

Lesson one from the Hinchingbrooke hospital scandal. Beware the mutual Advocates of a market-led, partly privatised NHS for England have been saying for years that “what matters is what works”,...

Charlotte Monro Trial:

Bosses at Britain’s biggest health trust “beefed up” allegations to justify sacking union official, tribunal told 21 WednesdayJan 2015 Posted by Ross Lydall in Health Barts Health, Charlotte Monro,...

Speech: CWU Youth Conference

Hello, good morning and thank you to the Youth Committee for the opportunity to talk to you today on the occasion of the Youth Conference. I very much enjoy the opportunity to get out and about and...

Donetsk pushes out Kiev troops

Morning Star UKRAINE’S anti-fascist resistance vowed today to push Kiev’s troops out of the Donetsk region entirely. Self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic prime minister Alexander Zakharchenko...