16 March 2012
Public sector workers still have an appetite for industrial action over pensions amid “confusion” about the Government’s controversial reforms, according to a new study, reported the Express and Star.
Hundreds of workers at the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) are to go on strike at the end of the month in the bitter row over public sector pensions, reported the This Is Jersey website.
The health and social care bill represents the biggest reorganisation of the NHS in England since it was created in 1948. Some argue the reforms are much needed. Critics say they will be a disaster. Here a hundred people who work in or with the NHS tell the Guardian what the changes mean for them.
The Daily Telegraph reported that "Complex" restrictions on the Government's scheme to support the millions of workers who will be automatically placed into workplace pensions must be removed to ensure its success, MPs have warned.
More than 30,000 NHS workers and 71,000 in education were among more than a quarter of a million public sector staff who lost their jobs in 2011 as the government's austerity measures started to bite, reported the Guardian.
The embattled firm owned by David Cameron's former 'back-to-work' tsar Emma Harrison has been handed two new state contracts worth up to £30million, reported the Daily Mail.
A senior Goldman Sachs executive has blasted what he calls a "toxic" and "destructive" culture at the global investment bank that is increasingly focused on making money rather than representing the interests of clients in an open resignation letter, reported the Daily Mirror.
The government's first attempt to force some of its staff to form a 'mutual' organisation has received another setback and is now approaching a year behind schedule, reported the PCS website.
Staff at the UK’s human rights watchdog joined lunchtime protests against plans to clamp down on trade unions in their workplaces, reported the UnionNews website.
Senior GPs are spending as little as one day a week seeing patients because they are too busy setting up new organisations as part of the coalition's health reforms, official NHS records reveal, reported the Guardian.
In an extract from the book 'Public Service on the Brink', published on the openDemocracy website, which describes the denigration and undermining of public services and the public service ethos in the UK. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka explained how the department has changed even more violently since his 21 years in the DHSS.
The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union claimed the government will continue to negotiate if unions refuse the latest pensions deal, reported the website IFAonline.
David Cameron’s promise of a “private sector-led” economic recovery was undermined with figures showing that public sector job losses are not being matched by new work in private firms, reported the Independent.
Writer Hugo Radice outlined the implications of the European Central Banks' recent actions to support the European Union's banking sector for Red Pepper magazine.
Teachers are threatening fresh strike action after Government talks on a new pensions deal ended without the agreement of major public sector unions, reported the Daily Telegraph.
The Department for Work and Pensions has ordered an independent audit of all of its contracts with troubled welfare to work provider A4e warning it “would not hesitate to immediately terminate our commercial relationship” if it uncovered wrongdoing, reported the Financial Times.