News digest 12 January 2015

News digest 12 January 2015

12 January 2015

The papers are again dominated by the response to last week’s attacks in Paris with comprehensive coverage of the march through the French capital and other cities that saw millions come together in a defiant display against terrorism and racism by standing united. French president Francois Hollande was joined by some 40 world leaders – including UK prime minister David Cameron – demonstrating international solidarity…

Back in the UK and the prime minister was displaying anything but solidarity as he made a renewed push to restrict the right of workers to strike. This comes after workers at Barbour took action over changes to terms that could force them to work until 11:00 at night (talks start at Acas today), while London’s bus workers are set to take action tomorrow demanding a single rate of pay for drivers across the capital. Commenting on the restrictions Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "Yet again, the Conservatives line themselves up behind big business and against working people. This latest threat will hit workers enacting their fundamental right to stand up for fair wages, to save our public services and defend their jobs and pensions. The way to resolve such disputes is through negotiations - not to intimidate and silence by legislation. This speaks volumes about the sort of government we could expect from the Tories. We already have the most backwards trade union laws in Europe yet they want to bounce us further to the dark ages.” And Cameron really should look a little closer to home as the Indie reports that due to the fragmentation of the political scene a number of MPs may be elected with less than a sixth of the vote at the next election [and that’s not to mention the votes for police commissioners!].

Cameron could also learn a lesson from Jaguar Land Rover which has announced it is creating 1,300 new jobs as it expands its production line to add a new SUV to its range. Unite national officer Roger Maddison said: "Jaguar Land Rover's announcement is testament to the skills of the workforce and their ability to make world class vehicles. Their sacrifices during the tough times helped the company become the beacon for British manufacturing excellence it is today. The foundation of that success is the company and Unite working closely together and today's announcement further underlines what a world beating workforce the workers at JLR are." Are you listening Dave?

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • France united (p1/4-7) [Paris march]
  • Ed risks civil war over dole cap cut (p2)
  • Stop sticking the knife into the NHS – Trevor Kavanagh (p8) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Crème Egg recipe secretly changed (p11)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • France united (p1/9) [Paris march] (p)
  • Milk cheaper than water (p11)
  • Miss lu8nch and you work an extra 19 days (p14)
  • Miliband open to cutting benefits (p20)
  • Shire swallows US drug firm (p35)
  • Firms must keep promises under takeover changes (p37)
  • JLR to expand (p38)
  • Gatwick’s users rise (p41)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)


  • France defies the terrorist (p1/5)
  • House prices in Tory seats rise eight times faster than Labour ones (p1)
  • Election puts banker bonuses in the spotlight (p2)
  • Hitachi blows whistle for the north east (p4)
  • Shire buys US drugs group (p17)
  • Detroit motor show coverage (p18)
  • Jaguar to launch premium SUV (p18)
  • Diageo wins support of Indian shareholders at United Spirits(p20)

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