2 March 2012
PCS has published the names of 35 MPs who opposed the theft of thousands of pounds from pensioners in public and private sector schemes in a parliamentary vote.
The Daily Telegraph reported that private companies working in hospitals, police and schools will “no longer be a matter of debate” after the coalition’s reforms of public service, Oliver Letwin, the Cabinet minister, has said.
Tory donors profit as soldiers get sack, reported the Daily Mirror.
The government abandoned a central plank of its work experience scheme when it was forced to bow to pressure from businesses to drop benefit sanctions against young people on the programme, reported the Guardian.
David Cameron’s deluded claims that he is backed by doctors sound even more ludicrous when key GPs – who he insists would be better off – opposed destructive NHS reforms, reported the Daily Mirror.
Francis Maude has spent £8.5million doing up the headquarters of his own department, reported the Daily Mail
The Unite general secretary said 2012 could see a dramatic escalation in battle between unions and the coalition government, reported the Guardian.
Barclays has been blocked from implementing two “highly abusive” tax schemes that could have cost the Treasury £500m, despite the bank’s commitment to a new code of practice in which it pledged not to engage in tax avoidance, reported the Financial Times.
Demonstrators who have been camped outside St Paul's Cathedral in London since October last year were finally evicted as riot police and bailiffs moved in after dark, dragging both tents and protesters away, reported the Independent.
The £500 million in avoided tax that a high street bank will now have to pay could fund full-time jobs above the living wage for all the young people who have been working for free under a controversial government scheme, argued the PCS website.
Leaders of thousands of London Underground workers have formally declared a dispute after a lack of progress in reaching a deal over payment for working during the Olympic Games, reported the Bournelocal website.
PCS members who work in jobcentres for a private contractor are to ballot for industrial action over redundancies.
The Guardian reported that wind power firms have expressed concern over future policy and revealed how investment in the UK's energy infrastructure is on hold.
A new report by Unite and the North American-based International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) highlighted serious flaws in the National Express Group’s human rights policy, reported the Union-News website.
Andrew Lansley's controversial reforms have suffered another body blow as it's set to resume its troubled passage in the Lords, reported the Mirror.
Tory MPs are to call for further cuts in spending in next month's budget – as well as reductions in income and business tax – amid growing fears that the chancellor, George Osborne, is not doing enough to stimulate economic growth.
The BBC reported that Heathrow Express rail services faced disruption after drivers and other staff went on strike.
Emma Harrison’s double resignation from her role as David Cameron’s families’ champion and chairman of A4e has finally focused media attention on the privatisation of job placement, argued Alex Nunns in Red Pepper magazine.
The Guardian website considered what is the financial value of public services to the private sector and who are the chief beneficiaries.