Hinchingbrooke: Stark warning

That Hinchingbrooke Hospital – the first privately run NHS hospital in history—was a complete disaster was further proved today (March 18) after the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) concluded the experiment put the taxpayer at grave risk.   Private operator Circle won a contract to run the hospital for 10 years, but pulled out in January, […]

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Wages still won’t last the month

Chancellor George Osborne today (March 18) unveiled the government’s pre-election budget, calling it a triumph for working people.   In an obvious attempt to pander to the electorate, with the general election being less than seven weeks away, Osborne has raised the tax-free personal allowance threshold to £10,800 to go into effect next year after […]

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Good bosses want justice access

New research shows deep unease among employers over controversial tribunal fees brought in by the government just over a year ago.   In the face of trade union protests ministers pressed ahead with prohibitive employment tribunal fees, effectively denying workplace justice to millions. The fees are set at £250 to issue a claim and £950 […]

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Don’t ignore danger signs

Fears have been expressed that sign language interpreting services for the UK’s 100,000 deaf population could plummet, if further privatisation takes place, Unite has warned.     The union is concerned that downward pressure on costs and standards could mean that staff with fewer – or even no – qualifications could make mistakes when a […]

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‘A masterpiece of solidarity’

Attempts by the management of the Dulwich Picture Gallery to water down the visitor experience by axing 19 of the 36 gallery assistants have been brushed away.     Unite said that attempts to get rid of the knowledgeable assistants at the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery and replacing them with apprentices on training […]

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Unprecedented mobilisation

Workers across Northern Ireland engaged in a one-day strike to say ‘enough is enough – hands off our public services’.   The strike on Friday (March 13) called in response to the Stormont ‘austerity budget’, saw an unprecedented mobilisation of public sector workers across a wide range of workplaces.   “From our soundings over the […]

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Pushed to the wire

Unite’s public sector workers in Northern Ireland have had enough, writes Unite Ireland region secretary, Jimmy Kelly   Unite is joining forces with other unions to take mass strike action today (March 13) in defence of Northern Irish public services. Workers across the health, education, public transport, housing and wider public sector will be taking part in […]

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Final stop reached in search for missing voters

Alarming numbers across the north east have dropped off the electoral roll which has prompted the #NoVoteNoVoice campaign to head to Newcastle on the final day of its whistlestop trip around England and Wales.   Just 53 days from the 2015 general election the roadshow will hold a ‘mini carnival’ between 10am and 5pm with […]

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Typhoo staff climb on board vote sign-up bus

As the #NoVoteNoVoice bus pulled up outside the Wirral factory this week, workers left the tea-making production line to climb on board and ensure they’ll have their say in May’s General Election.   They need to. We all do. There is a wave of apathy verging on resentment towards the political classes right now. Scandals […]

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Hire and fire free for all?

  UKIP leader Nigel Farage has stoked up a firestorm after saying he would scrap laws that protect workers from discrimination.     Laws which protect workers from a range of discrimination by employers should be scrapped, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said. His comments have been condemned by Unite as “dangerous and crude”.   […]

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Standing on the shoulders of giants

In a sincere plea for a reformed, inclusive democracy, author and commentator  Owen Jones implored a Festival of Debate audience (March 9) to commit to actively taking part in uniting against the Establishment.   Speaking at a packed University of Sheffield meeting, he said, “I want to address this culture of redirecting our anger to our […]

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