Unite news digest 14 November 2014

News digest 14 November 2014

14 November 2014

The digest opens with a simple example of how companies continue to undervalue their workers. Despite making massive profits per vehicle and banking profits of £2.5 billion last year and a record £1 billion in the first quarter of this year, carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has decided that it would not meet the workers’ demands for a fair share in the success. A massive total of 12,881 workers out of a 14,000 workforce voted to reject the pay offer and Unite national officer Roger Maddison said: “The workforce made huge sacrifices and endured pay freezes during difficult times to ensure that Jaguar Land Rover is the success it is today … with the company making a staggering £10 million profit a day, it is no surprise that the workforce is angered by pension cuts and a pay offer that falls short in recognising their role in that success. Jaguar Land Rover needs to get back around the negotiating table and hammer out a deal that meets the workforce’s expectations.” The company needs to listen to its workforce, if not, a strike ballot is on the cards…

Still on transport and good news for train travellers as Eurostar has announced its new fleet of high speed trains [even the reclining seats recline inwards], there could be good news for air travellers with the Guardian saying the Heathrow runway plan may potentially be back on the cards [expect a reverse from the Tories] but on the car front Porsche is still in trouble over its 2008 VW takeover bid [don’t ask]. Elsewhere after fines for dodgy banks there could be ‘dodgy’ tobacco with the potential for tobacco firms to also be fined over smuggling while Asda is reported in many of the papers of attacking its rivals over their ‘misleading’ voucher deals and price cuts, which means the store wars continue.

And from store wars to forces, and Labour leader Ed Miliband gave a strong fighting back speech yesterday, although the best the Daily Mail can come up with is using his quote that “forces are out to get me” [he’s right about that with a host of papers not only hostile to him but to the Labour party and left as a whole]. Miliband’s pitch was a focus on narrowing the rich-poor divide that has become ever more entrenched under the Con-Dem coalition, speaking of whom if anyone wants to know where the world’s leaders are gathered there’s another meeting [read junket] of the G20 in Brisbane this weekend, world leaders are arriving in Australia for the G20 summit which will focus on promoting growth, the question is for whom, until ordinary people start to see a proper rise in their pay packers it will remain a recovery for the rich…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun  (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Miliband vows to make nerdy image an asset (p2)
  • Major’s EU 50/50 (p2)



  Times  (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • MoD ready to call up over 50s (p1)
  • Make voting mandatory, MPs urge (p)4
  • Pressure on Juncker (p6)
  • Intrepid Ed back on planet earth (p20)
  • Labour’s had all the luck, but is going to lose – Philip Collins (p25)
  • BAT in line of fire over smuggling fine (p47)
  • Oil below $79 (p51)
  • Asda lashes out (p54)
  • Jaguar staff reject rise (p59)




  FT  (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Fifa in turmoil (p1)
  • Major sees ‘serious’ risk of UK exit EU (p2)
  • Labour tries to placate business on hourly pay (p2)
  • First minister buoyant (p3)(p)
  • Mixed blessings over Eurostar’s new high-speed stock (p4)
  • Penalise the banks but use the money well – Gillian Tett (p15)
  • The UK’s productivity problem – Martin Wold (p15)
  • Porsche faces fresh fallout over VW bid (p20)

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