News digest 13 October 2014

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

  Daily Mirror

  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]



  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)




  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)

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