News digest 5 November 2014

05 November 2014

The digest opens with diverse views with the two sides of tabloid journalism in full flow. The front page of the Mirror features the Unite holiday pay win with the headline “5 million workers holiday pay bonanza” [which also has wall to wall coverage of Unite in most of the papers]. That good news is that Unite members who were short-changed over holiday pay have won a groundbreaking employment appeal tribunal which means all UK employers now need to include overtime pay when calculating workers’ holiday pay. Unite’s Howard Beckett said: “Up until now some workers who are required to do overtime have been penalised for taking the time off they are entitled to. This ruling not only secures justice for our members who were short changed, but means employers have got to get their house in order. Once again Unite legal services is leading the challenge to employers and demonstrating to all workers that to receive justice in the workplace you must be in a trade union.”

However, the converse example of shoddy tabloid journalism is the front page of the Sun which runs a supposed ‘investigation’ into Unite and the Labour party asking: “Who is Labour leader, Ed or Len?” As ever the Sun is wrong, the simple message is that the Sun doesn't want ordinary people having a voice or MPs that look & sound like our ordinary people and puts those people first. The moral of the story, buy a paper that is on your side – check out the Daily Mirror or the Morning Star for the news that matters to you…

Elsewhere, on the business front the Milford Haven oil refinery is in danger again, oil prices continue to fall, Balfour Beatty’s CFO is to go, as is that for Rolls-Royce especially after the company announced that it was cutting 2,600 jobs mainly from its aerospace division, Unite’s Ian Waddell said: “Rolls-Royce is danger of making decisions in the short-term that it will later regret. Engineering skills and expertise are already in short supply across the aerospace industry and will be difficult to replace should there be an up-turn in business.” Don’t say they weren’t warned…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Len is the real Labour leader (p1/10-11) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • 5m workers on jolly lollyday (p2)
  • Primark profits rise (p46)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • May turns fire on Tory rival Javid (p1)
  • Lib Dems turning backs on coalition (p8)
  • Ruling puts millions in line for holiday pay (p13) – Unite Howard Beckett cited
  • Finance chief goes as Rolls cuts 2,600 jobs (p39) – Unite Ian Waddell cited
  • Oil price falls again (p43)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Business chiefs attack court ruling boost on holiday pay (p1) – Unite/Howard Beckett cited
  • Rolls-Royce finance chief ousted as 2,600 job cuts announced (p1)
  • EU migrants pay £20bn more in tax than they receive (p3)
  • Virgin Money to float (p17)
  • Santander profits soar (p18)
  • Outsourcers seek to restore tattered reputations (p19)
  • Greene King says more M&A likely after deal (p23)
  • Balfour Beatty CFO to leave (p23)

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