News digest 7 February 2014

News digest 7 February 2014

07 February 2014

Today’s top reads: Stories to keep an eye out for:

·                Full steam ahead: Bombardier boost for UK trainmaking – Mirror

·                Bombardier’s £1 billion rail deal - Mail

·                Royal Opera House cleaners and porters win 26% pay rise to get living wage - Mirror

·                UK salaries will not surpass pre-recession levels until 2020 - Telegraph

·                Average Brit has debts of £4,412 - Mirror

  The digest opens with the comprehensive coverage of the Bombardier deal which features in almost all of the national newspapers and across the regional press. There was good news for the workers at Bombardier in Derby after TfL yesterday announced that the firm had won a £1 billion train building contract to build 65 trains for London’s Crossrail project that will guarantee work for at least three years. Thousands of jobs will be created. Unite national officer Julia Long said: "This is great news for the workforce at Bombardier and for Derby. After the disastrous handling of the Thameslink contract, this news must come as a massive relief for the skilled men and women at Bombardier. "Bombardier will continue to build trains, valuable jobs will be secured and young people will have a future in manufacturing … this decision is a tribute to the skills and dedication of the Derbyshire workforce."

There’s also some good news for cleaners and porters working at the Royal Opera House as the curtain falls on poverty wages and there’s a round of applause as 50 workers have hit a high note and succeeded in their battle for a living wage. No longer having to tread the boards on poverty pay, Unite regional officer Carolyn Simpson said: “It’s astounding that we had to fight for workers at one of the world’s most prestigious venues just to get them a living wage.The world’s elite can pay hundreds of pounds for a ticket but the bosses resisted paying cleaners and porters the bare minimum it takes to get by in London. The curtain has now come down on poverty wages at the Royal Opera House.” From 1 April the 50 porters will earn the London living wage of £8.80. Take a bow…

The rest of us are seemingly taking a pay cut as a few of the papers report on NIESR research that says UK salaries ‘will not surpass pre-recession levels until 2020’. While predicting that the economy will return to growth, the proceeds don’t look like they’ll be shared instead it will be more bonuses for bosses, currently the economy is 1.3 per cent below its pre-recession level, however wages are 8.0 per cent below. The simple fact is the recovery will only happen when people feel the benefit in their pockets, and with the Mirror reporting that the average Briton now has debts of £4,412 that will be a long time coming, Britain needs a pay rise, and it needs it now…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun  (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Cable cost you £1 billion over Royal mail sale (p1/7)
  • Barclays ups bonus pool (p43)
  • GM needs lady truck (p43)



  Times  (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Olympic effort to save the Union (p1)
  • PC jailed over Plebgate lies (p19)
  • Bombardier future secured (p39)
  • KLM boss reveals la grande illusion of first class (p42)
  • Sony sheds PC unit (p45)




  FT  (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cameron’s dramatic plea for Scots to keep Britain united (p1)
  • Bombardier wins £1 billion Crossrail trains contract (p2)
  • Royal Mail sale row reignites (p4)
  • Sharp rise in concealed families (p4)
  • Dreamliner suffers flight computer shutdown (p16)
  • Volvo to shed a further 2,400 jobs (p18)
  • Pub industry starts to shake its hangover (p21)