News digest 6 September 2013

News digest 6 September 2013

06 September 2013

Could bars run dry is the opening question as many of the papers follow up on the notice of strike action next week which could see disruption to more than 30,000 drinking establishments across the country. Workers are taking action over changes to terms and conditions which could result in significant job losses. Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said: "KNDL's refusal to take our concerns seriously means there will be significant disruption to the supply of beer right across the country. Whether it's the Houses of Parliament, Manchester City Football Club or your local Wetherspoons pub, there will be serious consequences. We have tried to negotiate with the company but it has stubbornly refused to solve this dispute. We urge KNDL management to return to the negotiating table." Better get your stocks in…

And also walking out are teachers who have finally come to the end of their tether with education secretary Michael Gove. The NUT and NASUWT are co-ordinating strike action next month which could see some 600,000 teachers in England  – 90 per cent of the country’s total – walk out in a bid to protect their jobs, pay and pensions. Regional waves of action are due to start on 1 October followed by a national all out strike.

And Gove also showed his ignorance as a number of papers took him to task about his comments on education when he argued that it is crucial for children to have their own room to be able to flourish. That is however contrary to the general rules in councils and housing associations and totally contrary to the ‘bedroom tax’. As ever say one thing do another…

And work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith showed his true colours when he faced strong pressure over the failings in his planned universal credit. As the National Audit Office decried the plans as being beset by “weak management and ineffective control” Duncan Smith did the dishonourable thing and blamed his civil servants  saying he had got rid of those in charge and planned to deliver the changes on time and to budget in 2017. If you believe that you’ll believe anything.

And talking of budgets and funds there’s more coverage of Labour’s links with the unions and Labour party funding ahead of the TUC conference next week. While some of the papers do the usual report on the threat of strike action – how original – the main push from TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady is on pay and fairness, a much stronger message now that the economy is starting to turn but the recovery is restricted to the rich while ordinary people remain separate and squeezed.

And talking of separate many of the papers focus on the G20 summit in St Petersburg where UK prime minister David Cameron seems rather isolated. Russian president Vladimir Putin welcomed him to the summit with the line: “Britain is just a small island that nobody listens to” and as the UK prime minister tried to outline new evidence Russian aggressively dismissed the UK’s suggestions. It looks like US president Barack Obama is rolling back slightly on taking action over Syria, for now, but expect lobbying from all sides to continue – unlike in the UK where there are some hints that the lobbying bill may be amended and revised, with this shower in power only believe it when you see it...

 Morning Star

  • Teachers set strike dates (p1)
  • Driver could face charges for hitting trade unionist Tapp (p3)
  • GMB protests at zero-hour fast-food giant McDonald’s (p3)
  • Top MPs urge Con-Dems to kill lobbying bill (p4)
  • Unite seeks talks with M&S bosses (p4) – Unite cited
  • Beer supply strike hits 30,000 bars (p5) – Unite/Rhys McCarthy quoted
  • New rail boss gets £80K pay rise on day one (p5)
  • Watchdog crucifies benefits shake-up (p5)
  • Creeping crooks in our hospitals (p8)
  • Manning and the Miami 5 (p90

 Daily Mirror

 Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Britain a small island that nobody listens to (p2)
  • Gove dig at unions (p4)
  • TUC chief in strike threat (p6)
  • One out, ale out (p6) – Unite cited
  • IDS raps Whitehall (p16)
  • New car sales soar (p42)



 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cameron lines up Merkel to curb migrant benefits (p1)
  • Putin puts Obama on back foot (p1/6-9)
  • Gove on attack over strikes (p4)
  • Labour can’t allow unions to win this – Philip Collins (p31) – Unite cited
  • Bri9ng back wage councils to fight low pay, says TUC (p45)
  • Russians sign up Rolls-Royce to win reactor orders (p49)
  • Union hits out at M&S (p51) – Unite cited
  • Strike action threatens beer deliveries (p52)  – Unite/Rhys McCarthy cited




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Markets bet on rate rise (p1)
  • Obama pressed to rethink assault (p1)
  • Fallout grows over welfare failings (p2)
  • TUC sees threat of unrest over pay (p3)
  • London needs HS2 – Nick Clegg (p9)
  • Ford points to return of pre-crisis US car sales (p13)
  • Russia in push to build UK reactors (p16)
  • Go-Ahead calls for bus plan rethink (p18)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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