News digest 24 November 2014

News digest 24 November 2014

24 November 2014

Today’s digest opens with four hours of strike action from NHS workers across England. As picket lines are packed up and down the country thousands of Unite NHS health workers in England are talking action to challenge the miserly multimillionaire health secretary Jeremy Hunt and his veto of a one per cent rise in pay for health workers. Unite head of health Rachael Maskell said: “The 1.35 million NHS workforce has been forced, reluctantly, to take strike action as they have seen their incomes eroded by 15 per cent since the coalition came to power in May 2010.” Today’s strong turn-out sends  an ever stronger message following the four hour action last month, it’s time for Hunt to take a lead and give NHS workers a proper pay rise…

And it’s not just NHS workers that need a pay rise, it is Britain’s young people as the Indie splashes with the latest report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which shows a sharp increase in under-25s who are now living below the breadline while over-65s are better off than ever [it may be interesting to note that the latter group turn out to vote much more than the former – so get registered and make a difference]. The report finds that low pay and high rents have pushed a third of young people into poverty, while the total number of people living in ‘relative poverty’ has hit 13 million. What’s worse is that the hope is going as many people are trapped in low paid jobs with no way out with poverty pay, zero hours contracts, rising rents and travel costs combined with the scourge of underemployment breaking almost all the rungs on the ladder to prosperity. That’s the reality of Con-Dem Britain, Britain needs jobs, homes, hope and a pay rise…

And while the Tories focus on holding down pay, and Ukip focuses on getting as much publicity as possible [note Ukip will also cut workers’ pay and working conditions], Labour’s leader Ed Miliband is expected today to get tough with rogue employment agencies [good as news comes that prosecutions for not paying the minimum wage are at record lows]. Let’s hope there’s more coverage of the policies, sadly Miliband is still facing pressure from within his party over his reaction to the Emily Thornberry tweet which has seen some of those who were mobilising against his leadership come out of the woodwork [albeit mainly briefing from the shadows] to attack the north London set. Surely that time would be better spent fighting the government, after all David Prosser in the Indie says chancellor George Osborne is still speaking up for bankers not those that were mis-sold products by them while RBS admits misleading the treasury select committee, so there we have it in a nutshell, the government backs bankers and excess bonuses while young people are forced into poverty, time for the opposition to get serious and grind the government to dust…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star (not delivered)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • May: We can’t cut migration (p2)
  • Poor gap rises (p3)
  • Ed is biggest loser of Rochester vote – Trevor Kavanagh (p7)
  • Snub to energy complainers by head of energy traders (p18)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Revealed: Shocking cost of divorce on children (p1)
  • Tory right turns heat on Cameron over Europe (p1)
  • Wage earners can’t escape poverty trap (p7)
  • Disrespectful tweet has hit poll hopes, warn top Labour figures (p8)
  • Power spat brings out old hostilities among Labour MPs (p20)
  • Aviva’s bid threatens 2,000 jobs at rival (p41)
  • Centrica faces £150m writedown (p45)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Darling warns over tax deal (p1)
  • Brown slips into shadows (p2)
  • Osborne urged to reform tax or see oil decline (p3)
  • C4 return to ‘Benefits Street’ derided as poverty tourism (p4)
  • The radical left is right about Europe’s debt – Wolfgang Munchau (p11)
  • Carlsberg’s exposure to Russian caps profits (p18)
  • DPD increases pressure on Royal Mail (p22)

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