Unite news digest 24 April 2014

News digest 24 April 2014

24 April 2014

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

·                Rana Plaza: One year on – Morning Star

·                CBI confidence is as high as 1973 – the year the economy went south – Guardian

·                Barclays to face revolt over boom in bonuses – Mail

·                Sports Direct chief can sulk all he likes but shareholders have spoken - Guardian

·                Couple beat bedroom tax - Mirror

Once again there is no single theme in the papers today with headlines ranging from the Morning Star’s one year on from the collapse of the Bangladeshi Rana Plaza clothes factory (it’s shameful that companies sourcing from the factory have yet to cough up proper compensation) to ‘benefit cuts lift self-employment’ in the Telegraph which tries to argue that the benefit changes have created a new generation of entrepreneurs, not sure about the reality of that as Ben Chu in the Indie reports on the death of the traditional employee with one in seven people self-employed, the scourge of underemployment and the rise of zero hour contracts. You decide.

Elsewhere there’s wider coverage of the ‘recovery’ with the FT and Guardian reporting that manufacturing optimism is at a 40-year high, the Mail says the economy is growing at a seven year high (albeit from a very low base) although the Guardian separately notes that while CBI confidence is as high as it was in 1973, that was the year the economy went south sharply. Could we be in the calm before an interest rate rise storm? What is true is that the green shoots of the recovery have yet to filter down to ordinary workers, although the boardrooms seem to be rolling in excess cash, Barclays pay policy is up for review today with bumper bonuses expected even though Barclays business is not booming and the Sun says Sports Direct head and zero hours proponent Mike Ashley has had a ‘tantrum’ after shareholders denied him a £73 million bonus, he argued he is not paid enough, what world do these people live in?

And back in the real world there is some good news on the bedroom tax after the Mirror reports one couple have won a human rights ruling over the hated tax which means they are exempt from paying the charge. It is not the final step, but helps build the case against the tax, the verdict could help another 420,000 disabled people that have been hit, but the key fact to remember is the judge ruled that the bedroom tax infringed their human rights, time for Iain Duncan Smith to consider his position?

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  • Parents snub Gove schools (p2)
  • Couple beat bedroom tax (p6)
  • Uni men win £736K claim for equal pay (p33)
  • Barclays faces backlash over pay (p58)


Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Deficit falls to £107.7 billion (p2)
  • Cameron to promote working-class Tories (p14)
  • Barclays storm (p40)
  • Co-op joins store wars (p41)
  • Flybe buzzing again (p41)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Teachers to launch breakaway union? (p1)
  • Economic confidence growing (p4)
  • We need big hitter Boris to beat Labour, say Tories (p8)
  • Pfizer could asset strip AstraZeneca, says Labour (p39)
  • Sports Direct hit back after Ashley bonus defeat (p45)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Manufacturer optimism rises (p1)
  • Deficit reduction back on track (p2)
  • Uni fees ‘fuel uncertainty’ (p4)
  • Ashley retaliates in £70 million bonus row (p16)
  • Bankruptcy rulings loom over GM again (p19)

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