News digest 13 December 2013

News digest 13 December 2013

13 December 2013

There are two contrasting stories in today’s digest, there’s good news for agency workers at BMW after the company agreed to give almost 1,000 staff a welcome present by making them permanent and effectively guaranteeing their job security through to 2020. Unite national secretary Roger Maddison said: “We are delighted that 1,000 BMW agency workers are to be made permanent with guaranteed job security beyond 2020. This is what Unite does up and down the country on a day to day basis. It is a prime example of unions and employers working together to make a lasting and positive impact in the workplace. The deal is also an indication of the strength of the car industry and the skills of the UK workforce.” 700 staff will be made permanent before Christmas, with another 300 workers following in January. The deal means that the workers will have guaranteed job security beyond 2020 and they will join the company’s car scheme, get paid holidays, sick pay and will be eligible to join the company pension scheme.

And there can be no talk of pensions in the car industry without mention of Visteon and Ford. The Morning Star is one of the few papers that covers the parliamentary debate yesterday where MPs called on Ford to honour its obligations, one MP, James Duddridge, described Ford as a “four-letter word behaving in a four-letter way” while Stephen Metcalfe MP said: "The relationship between Visteon and Ford has been very well explored, as has the reason ... [why] Ford has a moral responsibility to make good the losses that have been suffered by the pensioners" and Simon Burns MP added: "I hope that the company will do the decent thing, the morally right thing, and restore those pensions to the people who should never have had them taken away from them in the first place." Too right.

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  • Privateer grounds Glasgow horror crash helicopters (p1)
  • Women suffer as pay gap widens for first time in five years (p2)
  • UPS staff to strike (p3) – Unite/Onay Kasab cited
  • Pay regulator insists on 11 per cent rise for MPs (p4)
  • Ford must pay spin off pensions (p4)
  • Firefighters back on strike over pension plot (p5)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Labour lead cut to four per cent (p2) [LAB39%, CON35%; Ukip11%; LIB95]
  • Copters halted (p9)
  • 800 jobs go at Blockbuster (p58)
  • Deal struck at BMW (p58) – Unite/Roger Maddison cited


  • Showdown over MPs pay rise (p2)
  • Sons fight for £389,000 fortune father left to BNP (p37)
  • Go-Ahead on a surge (p65)
  • Airline profits set to soar (p68)


  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cheats beat crackdown on benefit claim fraud (p1)
  • Website hits increase fraud fears for universal credit (p2)
  • Firefighters to strike (p6)
  • Working class MPs becoming an endangered species (p24)
  • Agency staff get best gift of all (p57) – Unite/Roger Maddison cited
  • Extra charges put airlines on target for record profits (p63)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Osborne targets fresh welfare cuts (p1)
  • Squeeze on real wages to end in 2014 (p2)
  • Coalition rift opens on balancing budget (p3)
  • Britain is growing – this is no time for a stimulus (p13)
  • GM to offload Peugeot stake (p21)
  • Lloyds says customer service key to future (p23) – Unite/Dominic Hook cited

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