News digest 16 October 2014

News digest 16 October 2014

16 October 2014

With just two days to go to the #18Oct ‘Britain needs a pay rise’ march, the latest unemployment figures published showed an improvement in the number of people in work, but behind the figures the reality is Britain is beset by a part-time, low wage economic recovery reality is passing people by. Average earnings, including bonuses rose by just 0.7 per cent in the year to August. The fall in the jobless totals also ignores the rise in self-employment which makes up some 15 per cent of total employment in the UK, 279,000 higher than a year ago, and part-time work has reached a record high of 6.8 million. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, quoted in the Daily Mail,  said: “The continued fall in unemployment is welcome, but scratch the surface and the figures reveal an economic recovery passing people by as the wage siege continues and the world of work becomes more insecure. This is a part time recovery built on the back of low wages and an explosion of self-employment which is leaving millions in an employment limbo land … Britain needs a pay rise and an economic recovery that benefits the majority and an economy that is built on secure, decent paid jobs.” So join us on Saturday #18Oct and march for jobs, homes, health and hope

A quick round up of other stories sees MoD workers out on strike over pay [solidarity] as well as public sector workers [again, solidarity] while there’s also coverage of the MIPIM property fair protest in the Guardian & Morning Star [good to see people backing housing for people not just profits]. There could be trouble at Tata as the company announces a potential sale of multiple plants [and fails to even consult the workers], there’s bad news for bankers over bonuses as the EU takes the UK to task [chancellor George Osborne still wants the City to have unfettered funds for all], but it was a bad day for the markets as the FTSE fell £46 billion, but from massive sums to small amounts and as the Indie highlights a call to end unpaid internships [about time], most of the papers report on leaked comments from welfare reform minister Lord Freud who said that disabled people should be  paid less as they are “not worth“ the minimum wage, he’s still in position, but calls for him to do the honourable thing seem to have fallen on deaf ears [time to resign minister]…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Peer: Disabled not worth minimum wage (p4)
  • Ukip surge in poll to 19% (p7) [but Labour two points ahead]
  • PM rows back on £3bn tax cuts (p12)
  • Jobless under two million (p16)
  • Brown can beat SNP (p32)
  • Toyota trouble (p49)
  • Tata sell off (p49)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • No 10 seeks emergency curbs on migration (p1)
  • PM to choose who gets top Whitehall jobs (p4)
  • Record fall in unemployment (p6)
  • Ukip challenge on campaign spending (p8)
  • The future of the NHS (p14-15)
  • Minister clings on after disable gaffe (p18)
  • Markets fall (p45)
  • Hidden inflation risks (p47)
  • Tata sells steelworks (p51) – Unite cited




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Fear returns to markets (p1)
  • Unemployment plunges (p2) (p)
  • Watchdog to clamp down on bankers’ allowances (p2)
  • Tata disposal plan sparks job fears (p4)
  • After QE (p12)
  • Taking millions out of tax takes votes from Lib Dems – Giles Wilkes (p15)
  • Shire rethink hammers hedge funds (p19)

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