News digest 6 November 2014

News digest 6 November 2014

06 November 2014

There’s a simple start to today’s digest, and that is fighting back works. That’s highlighted by the good news for the St Mungo’s Broadway strikers who proved that taking action makes a difference. The workers’ planned 10-day strike action was called off after a climbdown by management during talks at the conciliation service Acas. Said Unite regional officer Nicky Marcus: “This is a significant victory not just for staff, but for the service users our members work so tirelessly to help. It is a testament to what can be achieved when workers stand shoulder to shoulder and say enough is enough. Going forward we will be working with the management of St Mungo’s Broadway to ensure that the charity honours its commitments and that the workforce is treated with the respect it deserves.” Too right. Watch the video of the victory

And taking a leaf out of the St Mungo’s Broadway workers’ book also made a difference for London’s hotel workers who yesterday forced InterContinental Hotel Group back round the negotiating table over the group’s failure to deliver on its 2012 promise to pay its workers a living wage. In a major step forward the group has agreed to meet with the unions to not only talk about delivering on the promise to pay a living wage but also to agree ongoing negotiations with the workers and their union Unite. Said David Turnbull: “This is a major step forward and proof that when we are loud and visible and persistent we will get results.”

In other news the economic picture is looking less rosy as many papers report the services sector is slowing, and the FT notes that just 1 in 7 people are feeling the effects of the economic recovery [that will be the rich as ever], there is some good news for Wetherspoon’s workers who get a 5 per cent pay rise [although that pales into insignificance for the £1m payoff for the failed Rolls Royce boss] but in the main workers are being squeezed with the Mirror noting that over one in three homes are cutting back on energy bills due to high prices. Many of the papers also say that petrol firms should cut prices after the oil price has dipped below $80 a barrel [no chance there] but perhaps the most notable finding in the papers is that you can forget upwards mobility as many papers report that there has been an increase in ‘downwards mobility’ as the future prospects of young people worsen under the Con-Dem coalition, same as it ever was...

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Latest polls (p2)
  • EU’s drive to waste our cash (p14)
  • Pay rise for Wetherspoon’s staff (p51)



  Times  (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Miliband reshuffle (p4)
  • Ukip rise splitting Tory vote (p11)
  • Immigration is all about prejudice, not jobs – David Aaronovitch (p31)
  • IHG pledge on pay (p46) – Unite cited
  • Stansted fury at rail upgrade snub (p47)
  • FirstGroup back in profit (p47)
  • Fears for recovery as service sector slows (p48)
  • £900K pay off for departing Rolls chief (p49)




  FT  (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cameron’s drive to restrict EU migration likely to be thwarted (p1)
  • Services slow (p2)
  • Only 1 in 7 feel economic recovery (p3)
  • Military warns against further cuts (p4)
  • Aggressive tax avoidance promoters face crackdown (p4)
  • Cameron is writing an unhappy ending to his economic success story – Chris Giles (p13)
  • Toyota  eyes record profits (p19)

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