News digest 3 November 2014

News digest 3 November 2014

03 November 2014

The digest opens with a call for an end to poverty pay. At the start of living wage week there are still more than five million people toiling for poverty pay, although today’s announcement sees a 20p boost to the living wage figure (the rise in the London living wage is due to be announced later). From today the UK living wage - based on the amount needed to cover the basic costs of living - has been raised by 20p to £7.85. The voluntary rate has been adopted by some 1,000 employees benefiting some 35,000 workers, but many more still face life on the minimum wage which is now 21 per cent lower than the living wage at just £6.50 an hour. It’s time to raise the minimum wage by £1.50 to £8-an-hour now…

And talking of low wages there are red faces all round after the Daily Mail supposedly exposed the sweatshop production line behind the ‘This is what a feminist looks like’ t-shirts which the paper claims were made ‘in a 62p an hour sweatshop’ although it could also be convenient rod for the paper to beat the Labour leader Ed Miliband with [and the Mail likes those], so wait until the evidence is presented properly and checked...

And more evidence is being called for in a case over holiday pay which could open the floodgates to firms having to upgrade holiday pay after unions called form overtime and commission to be included too [oddly enough companies are up in arms at the claims], let’s wait and see…

And not waiting around is Alistair Darling who has announced he will stand down at the next election, Jim Murphy has also stood down from the shadow cabinet to fight for the leadership of the Scots Labour party, while Katy Clark is in the running for the deputy role, and it is not great news for Ed Miliband as a poll shows that he is more unpopular than Nick Clegg [all that negative comment from the right wing press perhaps]. Owen Jones in the Guardian writes that the Greens are surging [and claims they lack coverage], while prime minister David Cameron’s ‘bluff’ seems to have been called after German chancellor Angela Merkel was blunt in saying the UK is heading for ‘the point of no return’ on the EU as she warned Cameron over his claims on cracking down on free movement of people, seems Cameron’s credibility is coming to an end, and all those around him know it, but there’s still 184 days to the general election…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Merkel’s snub (p2)
  • See where tax money is spent (p2)
  • Passport office’s £11m bill to clear backlog (p24)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Block all benefits for migrants, No 10 urged (p1)
  • Miliband putting minimum wage at risk (p12)
  • Bosses on  edge over holiday pay rulings (p41)
  • Carbon tax threatens power stations (p44)
  • Oil industry told to buy British (p44)
  • M&S prepares for further cuts (p47)
  • Carmakers drive for efficiency led by the British (p49)
  • Fear grows over weakening exports (p51)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • RBS turns gamekeeper (p1)
  • Merkel warns she is ready to see UK exit (p2)
  • Questions as low pay remains on agenda (p2)
  • Ritzy U-turn (p3)
  • Alistair Darling to stand down – interview (p3)
  • New battery to revamp electric cars (p17)
  • Eurozone reshoring continues (p21)

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