News digest 10 July 2014

News digest 10 July 2014

10 July 2014

Today’s top reads: Stories to keep an eye out for:

·                Cameron plans strike crackdown as one million public workers walk out – Guardian

·                Cameron threat to unions as 1m workers strike – Mirror

·                We’ll change the law to stop strikes, warns Cameron - Indie

Today the Con-Dem coalition is being challenged by millions of public sector workers as Unite, PCS, GMB, RMT, NUT and Unison members walk out on mass strike action over a paltry pay offer which sees public sector workers facing another year of cuts in pay in real terms. And despite all the vitriol directed at workers from the right-wing press [and there’s loads of it], a poll by Survation proves that the public is on the side of the strikers with the government being accused of waging a misguided war against the state sector which is out of step with the public’s support for low waged local authority, teaching and civil service staff. The poll found that:

·         61 per cent of the public backed the right to strike in this case

·         Almost 1 in 2 (49 per cent) thought the government was unfairly targeting public sector workers

·         Almost half of people agreed that continuing to have a wage freeze was unfair to workers

·         48 per cent back increasing council workers’ wages by £1 per hour

In further bad news for the Conservative party’s attack machine, the poll suggests that its threat to curb the right to strike should a Tory government be elected in 2015 does not attract popular support - and that twice as many people believe the trade unions on the public services than they do the government. Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “This government’s ceaseless attacks on our public service workers is misguided and finds no favour with the public. They can see through this bullying for what it is – an attempt to turn friends and neighbours against the good people who care for their kids, keep their streets clean and run our valued community services, and they are not buying it. The public has no appetite for the government’s belittling of public sector workers, and certainly none whatsoever for the Tories’ threat to remove the right to strike action. People understand that poverty pay and inequality are on the rise in this country. The rich get richer while working poor turn to food banks because in Tory-led Britain the fate for ordinary people is to work harder but get poorer.”

And quoted on the front page of the Guardian, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey attacked the prime minister's plans to tighten the strike laws. "The whiff of hypocrisy coming from Cameron as he harps on about voting thresholds is overwhelming, Not a single member of his cabinet won over 50 per cent of the vote in the 2010 election, with Cameron himself getting just 43 per cent of the potential vote. If he practised what he preached then no Tory councillors would have been elected in the last 20 years and Londoners would have been spared the circus of Boris Johnson. So we'll take no lessons from the Bullingdon bully, who gives tax breaks to his City chums yet plots to deprive lowly waged workers of their right to fight poverty pay." Follow all the coverage on Twitter with the #J10…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

Daily Mirror

Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • 12% drop in wages (p2)
  • Leader: NUT cases (p8) – Len McCluskey cited
  • Stars under atax over Liberty avoidance (p10-11)
  • As workers down tools, Labour cashes in on union dosh (p14) – Unite cited
  • Pubs call time ion after midnight tax (p45) 


  • House prices soaring (p2)
  • Extra security on all flights (p4)
  • Child abuse inquiry chief backed (p7)
  • Strike should be declared illegal – Grant Shapps (p12) – Unite cited
  • King ends his reign as Sainsbury’s boss (p51)
  • AbbVie’s investor mistake (p51) 


Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Bungling taxman cost public millions (p1)
  • Tories pledge strike reform (p2)
  • NHS negligence bill reaches £26.5bn (p4)
  • Secrets of the tax avoiders (p8-9)
  • Dip in house prices (p19)
  • Cable hires Myners to defuse float anger (p33)
  • Farnborough fair coverage (p39)
  • Lloyds cuts condemned by unions (p40) – Unite cited 




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cable orders asset sale review on eve of Royal Mail report (p1)
  • Cameron preparers reshuffle (p2)
  • Stagecoach chief says Labour rail reforms would deter bids (p2)
  • Cuts to corporation tax cost £5bn a year (p3)
  • NHS faces ‘funding crisis’ threat (p4)
  • Strike likely to be biggest in three years (p4) – Unite cited

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