News digest 13 October 2014 13 October 2014 Unite members working in the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have voted yes for action on pay and today is the day workers across England take action, walking out for four hours from 07:00 this morning. Solidarity to all workers on strike and let’s hope millionaire health secretary Jeremy Hunt and prime minister David Cameron listen up or the anger over the wholesale assault on the NHS could hit them in the ballot boxes. Commenting on a poll which showed two thirds of the public back the NHS strikers, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The reality is that this industrial action could have been avoided had the government implemented the recommendations of the independent NHS pay review panel instead of dismissing them out of hand. It is high time that this government recognised the huge amount of work our public servants do … stop mouthing platitudes about valuing the service and start talking about how we pay this vital workforce a decent living wage.” Unite head of health Rachael Maskell added: “This is a double first in the dreadful mistreatment of our NHS by this government. This is the first time an independent pay review body has been dismissed and the first time core NHS professions have been so desperate that they will walk off hospital wards. This industrial action could have been averted, but health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s continued refusal to sit down with health unions to try and find a solution has prompted widespread anger.” But pay is still booming for bosses as many of the papers report that FTSE 100 bosses have seen a 20 per cent rise in pay while workers has fallen by eight per cent, something does not sound fair to me, but then with the Tory leadership enjoying the company of tycoons worth some £22 billion at a recent Tory fundraising ball [wonder who they will listen to on pay policy!, as ever Cameron is cuddling up to his chums again. And Bank of England governor Mark Carney has let the cat out of the bag after a number of papers report his comments that the bankers who caused the financial crisis “got away without sanction” and could start another global meltdown at any moment. So the next time the government says the last Labour government caused the crash, or that ordinary people have to bear the brunt of cuts, shout loud and clear that chancellor George Osborne’s chosen central banker said it was the bankers’ fault and they could do it again, surely it’s time to end the Tory mantra of tax cuts for the rich and pay cuts for the rest of us… Edited by Mik Sabiers Morning Star Shoulder to shoulder: 500,000 NHS workers strike against savage coalition (p1) – Unite cited Rail union demands probe into foreign state-owned trains racket Britons suffer ‘worst slump in pay since Victorian era’ Thousands gather to stop TTIP talks Moving to the left has helped the Green Party’s rapid growth Daily Mirror Ukip election bribe: We’ll keep Tories in power for EU poll (p1/4-5) NHS strike as nurses resort to handouts (p2) – Unite/Rachael Maskell cited Tories ‘anti-British rail’ (p2) Ed Miliband can strike a blow by backing national NHS pay protest walk-out (p8) – Kevin Maguire Brown slams Tory Holyrood tax ploy (p22) Fat cat bosses pay up by 20% and unions' outrage as workers' wages FALLS by 8% (p24) Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall) Sex snap MP’s two year affair (p1/4-5) UK rail is ‘foreign’ (p2) Ukip force clean-up of immigration mess – Trevor Kavanagh (p6) PM’s top trumps plan (p14) [plan to make election about personality not policy] Express Shocking care of dementia patients (p1) Farage: Well join forces with Tories (p7) French to bid for Eurostar (p7) Troops stand by for ambulance strike (p15) Shamed Tory MP to quit [at general election] (p21) Argos switches on technology revolution (p58) Bosses enjoy huge pay rises (p58) Mail Shocking care of dementia patients (p1) Tycoons worth £22bn at Tory fundraising ball (p2) NHS strike action (p4) We must win border battle – Boris (p6-7) Carney: Bankers caused crash and got away with it (p10) Top bosses pay soars (p10) Brooks Newmark in new sexting scandal (p19) High speed sale of Eurostar stake (p61) Times (no links all stories behind paywall) NHS reforms our worst mistake, Tories admit (p1/6-9) FTSE bosses earn 120 times more than average worker (p2) Labour MPs tell Miliband to fight Ukip with tougher line on migrants (p4) Pact with Tories gives Ukip a backdoor to power – Tim Montgomerie (p28) Osborne poised to sell Eurostar stake (p39) Gloom deepens over Britain’s manufacturing (p42) Heathrow Express cuts prices (p46) Indie Cameron plans new powers to replace poor headteachers (p1) Patient safety not at risk in strike (p4) Johnson to return to front bench (p4) NHS 111 to monitor for Ebola (p8) Alan Johnson’s lack of leadership ambition is inexcusable – Matthew Norman (p19) Top bosses pay soars by 21 per cent (p51) A recovery driven by manufacturing? It’s not happening, George – David Blanchflower (p53) State pension cash could run out, report claims (p54) Guardian NHS staff strike: maternity care among services to be hit (p1) Bonfire of red tape proposed in 'bid to keep Britain in EU' (p2) Tycoons mix with top Tories at fundraising ball in London (p3) Patchy dementia care puts patients at risk of unnecessary suffering, says CQC (p4) Ed Miliband seeks to calm MPs’ fears over Ukip and migration (p6) Tory pledge on cutting immigration was a great deception, says Boris Johnson (p6) Parents in Wales told to send sick children to school (p8) Ebola will come to UK and probably to London, says Boris Johnson (p10) David Cameron ‘playing fast and loose’ with constitution, says Gordon Brown (p11) Ecotricity considers legal challenge over EU go-ahead for Hinkley Point C (p23) UK government to sell Eurostar stake before general election (p23) Revenue & Customs set to miss target for prosecution of tax evaders (p23) US hedge fund Elliott Advisors pays unnamed London executive £38m (p24) World leaders play war games as the next financial crisis looms (p25) Foreigners taking all the best housing? Sounds familiar – Zoe Williams (p30) Two rootless, soulless parties have cleared the way for Ukip – Owen Jones (p30) Resist Ukip’s attempts to play on public fears (p32) Telegraph Boris calls for migrant quotas (p1) Carney: Guilty bankers got away with it (p1)(p) Services called up to drive during ambulance strike (p2) Farage to demand early EU referendum (p4) Tory plan to sack heads of failing schools (p6) The anger to the kippers’ anger is simple, vote Cameron (p22) Eurostar stake up for sale (b1) HS2 on track (b3) Argos to take on Amazon (b3) FT (no links all stories behind paywall) Emerging markets slowdown (p1) FTSE directors earnings soar (p1) Labour holds lead despite Miliband criticism (p2) Carney raps bank chiefs (p3) Borrowers seek alternatives to payday lenders (p3) Osborne begins Eurostar sale (p4) Your comments Comment on this story Enter your name Enter your email address Type your comment You may also be interested in... 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