News digest 1 May 2013

News digest 1 May 2013

01 May 2013

Taking the spirit of international workers of the world unite, Britain’s biggest union Unite today announced that it was starting discussions with the TSSA to form Britain and Ireland’s first-ever cross-transport union, organising and representing workers across all forms of the transport industry. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “I welcome the opportunity to bring TSSA into the Unite family, making our union stronger. For the first time, workers across all forms of transport will be united in a single union – that can only help hard-pressed employees, and put big transport companies on notice to shape up. TSSA’s proud traditions in the rail sector, its present commitment to organising workers and the strong industrial logic make this a natural step to take.”

And as unions come together the Con-Dems continue their joint plan to dismantle the state as we know it. the Mirror has a pierce that looks at the dangers for the once great NHS, while the front page of the Indie talks of a great civil service sell-off with Tory plans to transfer dozens of services and some 75,000 staff to the private sector. Rather than deliver better services, the plans are there to generate more revenue for the Treasury, however we all know that one-off contributions will not deal with the deficit and increasingly the private sector influence on public sector jobs. There’s a classic example in the press today with the Mail and Express crowing about 800 school heads that earn more than £100,000. What the headlines fail to show is that the change is primarily down to education secretary Michael Gove’s academies which allow headteachers to set their staff wages (and also increase their own salary), yet again bosses get more and the workers less.

The other main story of the day is tomorrow’s local council elections which feature across all the papers. Miliband has admitted his World at One interview could have gone better with the Telegraph saying ‘Miliband answers VAT questions at last’ and the main factor is that there is a programme for delivering local growth, the Guardian reports that the Greens are fielding their largest ever total of candidates, but it is Ukip and the Tories that again take the headlines. Former Tory chairman Norman Tebbit is quoted in the Mail as saying Tory voters should vote Ukip if it stops Labour, despite all the furore of the quality of Ukip candidates and the rather extreme views of many of them. However, not such a good day for Tory MP Priti Patel after it emerged that her father is standing as a Ukip council election candidate, denying pressurising him not to stand, he said he would not stand, then would, not going to be very effective as a politician if he can’t even make his mind up whether he is standing or not, then again that sums up both Ukip and the increasingly out of touch Tories…

 Morning Star

 Daily Mirror




 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Tory MPs father Ukip vote of confidence (p1)
  • Union tightens grip  (p4) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • We will borrow more, admits Miliband (p10)
  • Don’t derail recovery. Chancellor tells Bank of England (p33)
  • Costa expansion [Whitbread to open more stores] (p41)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Osborne makes growth plea to Bank of England (p1)
  • VAT tests Miliband after bad radio day (p3)
  • Local elections (p3)
  • Cable calls for action over RBS (p5)
  • Regulator tells Heathrow to charge less (p4)
  • Apple sets $17 billion bond offering (p17)
  • Unilever in $5.4 billion deal over India unit (p18)
  • Japanese airlines hit by 787 woes (p20)
  • AB InBev profits fall (p21)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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