News digest 9 September 2013

News digest 9 September 2013

09 September 2013

Many of the papers focus on events at the TUC Congress in Bournemouth. While many of the right wing papers look to boost up coverage of the ‘spat’ between union leaders and Labour leader Ed Miliband, the focus on the floor is about speaking up for working people. TUC general secretary is quoted in the Indie as arguing for a rise in wages which would drive home a real recovery in the economy. With chancellor George Osborne due to outline how he thinks he has ‘saved’ the UK economy today, citing the fastest growth since the 1990s, the reality on the ground for ordinary working people is somewhat different. Unite today released research that showed the amount of money hard pressed Unite members have to borrow each month to make ends meet has tripled since 2012 to £660. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “It is a tragic consequence of this government's economic policy that those with the least are shouldering the biggest debt burden. Low wages and insecure employment are destroying incomes, forcing people to turn to payday lenders with their outrageous interest rates. No recovery can be built on hardship and misery … the government must address the real cause of financial need - falling incomes. The country is suffering the biggest economic squeeze since the 1870s. It deserves better than madcap Wonganomics and policies that aid the rich and powerful, while nearly one million people have been out of work for more than a year, 1.5 million who work part-time want a full-time job and possibly some five million people are on insecure zero hour contracts earning as little as £500 per month.” Unite is calling for an immediate rise in the minimum wage of £1.50 and improved job security for workers and that elicited one pledge from Labour leader Ed Miliband who the Mirror says will declare war on bosses that exploit workers with zero hours contracts, that is expected to form one of the key parts of the Labour leader’s address to TUC tomorrow.

And for Unite at #TUC13 today – catch the pop up doomsday payday loan shop at Bournemouth Square at 11:00 and check out the Unite/Daily Mirror lunchtime fringe on battling austerity and the Con-Dem cuts at Bayview Suite 2, BIC from 12:45. As well as moving motions on retaining government stakes in RBS and Lloyds and campaigning against austerity and the Con-Dem cuts during the day there’s also a Monday evening fringe on banking for the common good from 17:00 at the BIC’s Tregonwell Hall 2.

 Morning Star

 Daily Mirror

 Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Union Ed-ache (p2) - Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Plan A equals growth (p2)


  • Miliband only has months to save the party (p2) - Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Hague in Syria crisis talks (p20
  • Miliband’s failings are destroying his party’s credibility – Leo McKinstry (p12) - Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • MPs slam costs of HS2 (p29)
  • Confidence in Britain’s recovery at a new high (p44)
  • Royal Mail ready for float (p44)


 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Miliband told to take control or face defeat (p1) - Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • BBC chiefs set for showdown with MPs (p1)
  • I have been vindicated on economy, Osborne claims (p2)
  • Union double standards over tax (p4)
  • Overhaul for Unit’s Eastbourne Centres (p4) – Unite/Robin Hodson cited
  • HS2 unrealistic (p14)
  • Abbot and the BoreCons show how to win – Tim Montgomerie (p25) [on Australian election]
  • Union chiefs back joint strikes against austerity (p37)
  • Free buys passes urged to help young into work (p39)
  • Jaguar leads British charge at motor show (p39)
  • Wonga off to India (p42)
  • Red tape still a stranglehold, despite problems (p45)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Syria stand off (p1)
  • Mayor urges London visa to woo talent (p2)
  • Positive data gives Osborne chance to hit back at critics (p2)
  • Union chief fears funding row could cost Labour votes (p2) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Defence initiative aims to retain jobs and skills (p3)
  • High pension fees under fire (p4)
  • ‘Desolate’ Teather to quit (p4)
  • Carmakers analysed (p10)
  • Royal Mail steps closer to IPO (p19)
  • Fears over Vodafone €7.7 billion Kabel deal (p20)
  • Frankfurt car show (p22)
  • Lloyds seeks more time to sell TSB (p24)
  • Coca-Cola Hellenic to join FTSE100 (p25)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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