News digest 10 December 2014

News digest 10 December 2014

10 December 2014

Today’s digest opens with two demonstrations, the first sees migrant domestic workers marking World Human Rights Day today by taking to the streets of Westminster to demonstrate against the government’s changes to the migrant domestic workers’ visa and calling for the reinstatement of the overseas domestic worker visa. Unite’s Diana Holland, quoted in the Morning Star, said: “Migrant domestic workers rights are human rights and justice for these workers cannot be swept under the carpet by this government. This coalition government has reintroduced modern day slavery and Unite is absolutely committed to ending this and reinstating the overseas domestic worker visa.”

After that a USW delegation representing 450 locked out Texan miners will descend on Glencore’s posh London HQ to demand the company ends its attack on pay and workers’ rights. Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: “Unite stands shoulder to shoulder with trade unionists the world over. Glencore is the world’s tenth richest multinational with mines all over the globe, yet has an appalling record on human, labour and health and safety rights in the countries it mines.” and in a Stronger Unions blog, Tony signed off with a simple message: “This week in London, we’re saying ‘no more!’”

Elsewhere the reality of the government’s addiction to outsourcing and management consultants continues to take its toll not only on the NHS, but on public services as a whole. Many of the papers report that the total of spending on management consultants in the NHS has doubled under the Con-Dem coalition, and a senior NHS adviser has warned that they are ‘making a killing’ from the NHS, don’t believe him, well total spending on consultants jumped to £640 million this year, enough to run three hospitals, and the situation is worsening as data today also shows that a third of NHS contracts are now awarded to private firms, the creeping privatisation of the NHS looks like it’s becoming a rollercoaster. It also looks like the government doesn’t care about standards, as the FT notes that five government departments awarded work to outsourcers Serco and G4S despite those firms being ‘on probation’ while a cross party committee looking at the contracts said: “A culture of profit driven performance incentives has too often been misaligned with the needs of the public who fund and depend on these services.” As ever putting profits before people…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Down in the pumps (p1)
  • Battle to be UK’s first trans MP (p2)
  • Tesco is a basket case (p8)
  • Energy bills busted (p20)
  • JD calls time on Heineken (p45)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • CIA agents should be charged (p1)
  • Ukip chief could lose his job over sex claims (p8)
  • NHS spending on outside advisers doubles to £640m (p14)
  • Consumers overpaying for energy costs (p41)
  • Investors flee Greece after snap vote by leader (p42)
  • Stansted names date for second runway (p44)
  • Will Glencore’s great and good decide to cut and run (p45)
  • Tesco shares dive again (p46)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Snap election in Greece reignites eurozone fears (p1)
  • Battle of the campaign gurus (p2)
  • Serco and G4S won fresh work despite being ‘on probation’ (p4)
  • Vodafone underpaid for Kabel (p19)
  • Honda extends recall (p22)
  • Tesco trouble (p25)

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