11 November 2011
A year after governor John Kasich and legislative Republicans were swept into office, Ohio voters delivered them a stinging rebuke, striking down an extensive curtailing of public-union power that Republican leaders had hoped to make a centerpiece accomplishment of 2011.
The “concessions” offered by Danny Alexander to the TUC are certainly no basis for settling the present pensions dispute, says a letter by leading trade unionists in the Morning Star.
The recession has his households in Wales and the north east far harder than in southern area of England, says a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Spending on external consultants and contracts in the Ministry of Defence is spiralling out of control, while ministers press ahead with raiding the pay and pensions of their staff, PCS says.
Hundreds of union members across Cornwall are expected to converge on Truro for a mass rally in protest at Government plans to cut pensions.
PCS members and supporters are being urged to challenge the government over public sector pension cuts by contacting radio phone-in shows.
Headteachers angry over public sector pension reform last night voted ¬overwhelmingly in favour of strike action – for the first time in their union’s 114-year history, reported the Daily Mirror.
A Daily Telegraph article reported that people unemployed for more than two years could be forced to do compulsory community work or have their benefits cuts, David Cameron has announced.
Wales will be hit harder than any other part of the United Kingdom by reforms to incapacity benefit, according to a study, reported Wales online.
TUC reveals spiralling joblessness across country
The government’s tough new welfare reforms will force over half a million people off incapacity benefit and cause widespread poverty in some of Britain’s most disadvantaged communities, reported the Guardian.
PCS welcomed the announcement by the home secretary of an independent inquiry into claimes that the UK border force ceased carrying out some passport checks during the summer.
Blogger Andy Bowman wrote a piece for Red Pepper on how electricians from across the north west are fighting a co-ordinated attack on their pay and conditions.
Workers set to take part in Britain’s biggest day of industrial action since 1926 are fighting cuts “that could rob our society of everything we hold dear”, according to one of the strike leaders.
Mark Serwotka argues that banks should be publicly owned
The eurozone crisis knock Britain’s economy back to the levels of six years ago, according to leading forecasters, reported the Sunday Telegraph.
The suspension of the head of the UK border force and other senior immigration officials is the product of the disarray in the agency, said PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka.