News digest 19 December 2012

News digest 19 December 2012

19 December 2012

The digest opens with yet another attack on workplace rights. As the final Comet store closes the government has ordered a probe into the collapse, but while the Lib Dems try and (yet again fail) to establish a position as the conscience of the coalition the business secretary Vince Cable and his employment minister Jo Swinson snuck out a statement that chopped the consultation period for large scale redundancies in half. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said the move betrayed both business and workers: “This is one of the most regressive, anti-job measures ever taken by any government. To be taken in the depths of this financial crisis, when the economy faces a triple-dip recession is utter madness. Scything the consultation period from 90 days to 45 days is akin to hanging a massive 'exit here' notice across Britain's businesses ... the 90 day period is vital. It allows us to work with companies to find solutions to problems, saving jobs and businesses. Once again this government has proved itself to be totally clueless when it comes to stewarding our economy.”

Talking of the economy and even though inflation data released yesterday showed the level remaining steady with CPI unchanged at 2.7 per cent - and RPI dropping to 3.0 per cent - most commentators forecast a further rise in levels as rising food, fuel and energy prices start to hurt people’s pockets in the new year.

There is however some good cheer for JCB workers as staff at the firm were awarded a Christmas bonus due to the firm’s success, there was also good news for workers at Rolls-Royce which has signed two key contracts that should safeguard jobs and Sunderland was also selected as the site for the new Nissan Infiniti car, some £250 million worth of investment will be heading Sunderland’s way creating at least 1,000 jobs.

Hoping to hang on to their jobs are the makers of the iconic London taxi who today are lobbying the administrators PwC to call for the cab to continue to be made in Britain, let’s hope PwC listens and helps keep Coventry’s last carmaker in operation.

plebgate row. Well innocence to a point, while Mitchell claims he never used the phrase ‘pleb’ he did admit that he swore at the police officer, something that even London mayor Boris Johnson says should be an arrestable offence. However it looks like the person who acted as a key witness in the case could have been a police officer, could this be a case of being charged for impersonating a civilian? Whichever way, Mitchell should remain on the backbenches…Downing StreetAnd finally there’s one cyclist that it seems is trying to get his job back. Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell took to the airwaves yesterday with new CCTV footage that he claimed heralded his innocence in the

 Morning Star

 Daily Mirror




 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Plebgate police in dock (p1/6-7)
  • Greece given lift with new rating (p3)
  • Nissan to drive Sunderland upmarket (p35)
  • Faster route to redundancy raises fears for workers (P38) – Len McCluskey quoted
  • Comet demise is complete (p39)
  • Heathrow hits new record (p41)
  • Cardiff Airport in talks for taxpayer buyout (p41)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Hire and fire shift favours employers (p1/2) – Len McCluskey quoted
  • Trident work irreversible, says Hammond (p2)
  • Nissan plant to make premium brand (p2)
  • Instagram sparks negative backlash over picture rights (p15)
  • French banks wary of reform plans (p17)
  • Wizz Airlines aims to double traffic by 2020 (p18)
  • ITV chief Crozier joins G4S board (p21)

Edited by Mik Sabiers

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