News digest 14 January 2015

News digest 14 January 2015

14 January 2015

Today’s reads: Stories to keep an eye out for:

·         BLOG: London's bus drivers deserve a better deal says Dave Hill - Guardian

·         Barbour workers win better pay and conditions – Morning Star

·         Len McCluskey: Ed Miliband must not chase the shadow of Nigel Farage's fear - Mirror

The top industrial story in today’s digest is the solid strike action by London’s bus workers which may have brought the capital to a standstill, but was strongly backed by the public and top trending on Twitter. Over 20,000 bus workers employed 18 bus operators took part in a 24 hour strike to end unfair pay disparities across the capital’s bus network, Unite’s Wayne King said: “TfL and the mayor need to take a look at the streets of London and bang the bus operators’ heads together to end the pay inequality on London’s buses. Strike action is always the last resort, but the refusal of London’s bus operators to engage in collective talks has caused this disruption to the traveling public. Bus passengers pay the same fare, so why shouldn’t bus drivers be paid the same rate!” Indeed.Watch Unite general secretary Len McCluskey addressing strikers at Walworth bus garage as London’s bus workers called for an end to pay inequalities: #BusStrike: TfL & London Mayor urged to intervene

And the result of taking action was also shown by an agreement to the dispute at Barbour following talks at Acas. Unite’s Fazia Hussain-Brown said: “This hard won outcome would not have been possible without the resolve of the workers who faced being sacked if they didn’t sign up to inferior contracts. A majority of members have accepted this improved offer which sees increases in pay and day shift working for those with family or caring responsibilities. They stood up in the face of an employer who sought to ride roughshod over their rights and won significant concessions.” Well done all.

Elsewhere there is a lot of coverage of the latest inflation figures, with fears of deflation raised as customer confidence remains low and spending hit. There is some good news as there was a cut in energy prices, the bad news is not enough as gas prices have fallen by over 30 per cent but gas bills have only dropped by 3.5 per cent. Sums up the reality of what is happening in the real economy, rather than the one the government wants you to see. And that’s also the case with the NHS, as evidence is given on the winter crisis in the Commons today, there is a litany of stories on the pressure facing the NHS, the Mirror has a strong piece by a nurse who says the crisis is worse than what she saw when she served in Iraq, while writing a guest column in the Mirror Unite general secretary Len McCluskey says the NHS should be left to the professionals, summed up pithily as: “Get your filthy mitts off our NHS.” But then the headline in the Guardian sums up the reality of the impact of the Tories on the NHS and the crisis on the Tories, a poll from Lord Ashcroft says simply: “The NHS is toxic for the Tories.”

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Inflation at record low (p2)
  • Morrison chief axe (p2/43)
  • A&E as bad as war in Iraq (p26)
  • Greggs sales up (p43)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Axed council workers rehired in £5bn spree (p1/8-9)
  • Inflation falling (p4)
  • Farage warns of Muslim no go ghettoes (p16)
  • London bus strike coverage (p22) – Unite cited
  • Cameron is right to chicken out of debates – Daniel Finkelstein (p25)
  • Oil price will fall to $20 (p40)
  • Ryanair and IAG battle over Aer Lingus (p43)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Carnet hints rates to stay frozen longer (p1)
  • Osborne accused over energy prices (p1)
  • Eon cuts tariffs (p2)
  • Military equipment spending in trouble (p3)
  • Fed grants RBS waiver (p15)
  • Philips ousted at Morrisons (p15)
  • GM fires bolt at Tesla (p19)
  • Boeing named biggest aircraft maker, bit Airbus has more orders (p19)

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