News digest 24 June 2014

News digest 24 June 2014

24 June 2014

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

·                600,000 Unison members set to strike on July 10 – Morning Star

·                Archbishop reveals plans for 1 million more to receive living wage – Morning Star

·                National Health Sell off – Mirror

·                UK-Europe gulf highlighted by David Cameron's anti-Juncker stand - Guardian

·                New Vivaro secures Vauxhall jobs – Mail

Today’s digest opens with the starts of the mobilisation for co-ordinated strike action ion 10 July. Unison members yesterday voted for strike action which could see some 600,000 workers walk out as they demand better than a paltry one per cent rise in pay, if that. They could be joined by thousands more workers as Unite and the GMB ballots are still ongoing. Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail summed up the message simply: “It is time to make a stand” she said calling on Unite members to vote yes in the ballot which closes on Monday.

And from fighting for a proper pay rise to fighting for a living wage. The front page of the FT splashes on an interview with shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves where she outlines a push to insist on living wage guarantees for any government outsourcing contracts. This comes on the day a number of papers report on the publication of the Living Wage Commission’s findings on poverty pay with report author Dr John Sentamu describing working poverty as a national scandal, but shying away from making the living wage the legal minimum. Unite renewed its calls for an immediate increase to the national minimum wage to tackle in-work poverty, general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The government cannot continue in its denial of the growing scandal of in-work poverty. The economic growth that George Osborne heralds is passing people’s pay packets by and filling the wallets of the wealthy. In David Cameron’s Britain, the message for ordinary working people struggling to make ends meet is work harder and get poorer. A decent wage would give people dignity, cut the benefit bill and boost the economy, but for many families waiting until 2020 for a voluntary living wage simply isn’t an option. Cameron and Osborne need to take action now and boost the minimum wage by £1.50 an hour to stem the tide of poverty pay.”

And from pay to health and the assault on the NHS continues. The Mirror has a detailed follow up to yesterday’s piece on profit before patients, the title sums it up: “National Health Sell off” and it seems that health secretary Jeremy Hunt has decided to start another of his regular ‘denigrate the NHS assaults’ with a number of papers trailing a speech today where Hunt will argue that one in five hospitals are hiding blunders, so instead of praising the four in five he focuses on what he perceives as failure, that and that neatly sums up his approach to the NHS and protecting the vita; service.

And from failure to incompetence and another round of very bad headlines for UK prime minister David Cameron who seems to have done his utmost to annoy all his allies in Europe, and he does not have that many. The top line is from a leaked tape which reveals what Polish ministers really think of the UK’s leader, it’s a single word: “Incompetent!” and many of the papers have fun splashing the headline, never has a truer word been said…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Cameron gets poleaxed (p2)
  • Safety lie by 1 in 5 hospitals (p2)
  • Union in walkout (p2) – Unite cited
  • Miliband vows to remain leader (p6)
  • Payday wife in hold up (p18)
  • UK ranked low for entrepreneurs (p43)
  • AA’s bad start (p43)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Incompetent’ Cameron is savaged by ally over EU (p1)
  • Balls tweaks mansion tax (p2)
  • Workers producing less, Labour claims (p2)
  • Doctors on war footing over NHS (p8)
  • Cuts ‘leave children open to abuse and neglect’ (p17)
  • Reeves pushes IDS close to the edge (p16)
  • The NHS dog will not stay silent for long – Rachel Sylvester (p23)
  • French factories in the doldrums (p37)
  • AA gets puncture as shares debut below offer price (p40)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Labour assault on outsourcing contracts (p1)
  • Cameron prepared to be isolated (p1)
  • Rachel Reeves interviewed (p2)
  • Balls adjusts mansion tax to soothe homeowners (p2)
  • Osborne rail link idea not even on drawing board (p3)
  • Council and school staff to strike (p4) – Unite cited
  • Robots will free our creativity and not eat all our jobs – Marc Andreessen (p13)
  • No pay, you must be joking? (p14)
  • Emirates rethink on A350 (p17)
  • AA floats (p22)

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