News digest 13 January 2015

News digest 13 January 2015

13 January 2015

Today’s digest covers the first reports of solid action across the capital as London’s bus drivers walked out at 04:00 this morning to demand a single rate of pay and call for an end to pay inequality which can see bus drivers on London’s streets doing the same jobs for wildly different rates of pay. 27,000 bus workers voted for action. They are taking action because -  in contrast to tube drivers - there is not one collective pay deal for bus drivers in the capital, instead pay is negotiated on a company by company basis leading to wide pay inequality and disparities for drivers doing the same job and even driving the same routes. London regional officer Wayne King said: “Strike action is the last resort. We’ve been forced into this position by the operators’ refusal to even meet with us. Passengers sitting side by side on the same route expect to pay the same fare, so why shouldn’t drivers expect to be paid the same rate?” Exactly. Follow all the action out and about on London’s streets (see the Mirror’s liveblog) and keep up to date with the Twitter hashtag #BusStrike

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Osborne to accuse Labour of deficit deceit (p2)
  • Pauline is Ebola battler (p20)
  • Nearly £13bn paid out wrongly in [housing] benefit (p24)
  • Airport rivals spoiling for a flight (p41)
  • Bankers 18% [pay] rise (p41)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Labour plan to borrow £170bn extra debt (p1)
  • Cameron and Miliband both drawing blood (p2)
  • Mortgage rates fall to record lows (p6)
  • Miliband ‘wriggling like an eel’ over NHS (p8)
  • Clooney talks sanctions with Labour (p8)
  • Ukip official sued over sex abuse criticism (p12)
  • Older workers want part time jobs not retirement (p21)
  • NHS phoney war hides real scandal (p25)
  • Oil shares savaged (p37)
  • Sellafield clean-up contract torn up (p39)
  • Why energy companies drag their heels when passing on price cuts to customers (p43)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Sellafield consortium to be stripped of clean up deal (p1)
  • Railway report rekindles row over break-up (p2)
  • PM seeks more security powers after Paris attacks (p2)
  • It’s the economy, stupid, Cameron warns doubters (p3)
  • NHS withdraws funding from cancer therapies (p4)
  • Be grateful that politics is bereft of ideas – Janan Ganesh (p13)
  • GM targets Tesla (p17)
  • IAG faces political hurdles (p19)
  • Volvo steers US towards China model (p20)
  • Heathrow loses international crown to Dubai (p22)

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