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Open University retreats on Cuba embargo

11 December 2017

The Open University has now agreed to admit students from Cuba after criticism from educational unions and others. This reverses the position the OU held since 2014, based on a view that it could not go against the USA.

New tech university for Hereford

7 December 2017

The government is giving up to £15 million over three years to support the establishment of a new, private, tech university to be based at a campus in Hereford city centre. 

Vultures feast on housing shortage

27 November 2017

A case going through the High Court illustrates the way regeneration schemes are often merely a curtain raiser for the demolition of council-owned housing.

Brexit planning gathers pace

2 November 2017

The government is recruiting 8,000 officials to deliver on Brexit, deal or no deal, with new posts in Whitehall departments and border check points.

Privateers survive by state subsidies

27 October 2017

The Carillion construction and outsourcing giant is not alone in crisis. Other major privatisation and outsourcing companies – Mitie, Interserve Capita – now also face a perilous situation of their own making,

Carillion on the brink

16 October 2017

Carillion, a British company running construction and facilities management services across the globe, posted a £1.5 billion loss in the first half of 2017. This has been followed by a retreat from outsourced and private contracting across the Middle East, North America and Britain.

City University: improved leave

16 October 2017

Workers at City University in London have secured better terms and conditions. This came from the negotiating strategy entered into by the Unison branch over annual leave

Who should run the bins in Brum?

8 October 2017

Bin workers in Birmingham have been in dispute about job losses for over three months. The strike restarted in August after the council went back on a settlement. Action is suspended for now, but the dispute is not over yet. The people of Birmingham should defend their high quality collection service.

Manufacturing future for Northern Powerhouse

26 September 2017

The vote to leave the EU induced a frenzy of pessimistic forecasts about the future for production in Britain. Such negativity seems to be confounded by what’s happening on the ground, as shown by recent news from Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Academy chain quits [updated]

15 September 2017

Wakefield City Academies Trust announced in early September that is pulling out of the 21 schools it runs. And in Bradford, a pathfinder acedemy is in special measures within three years of being rated outstanding.

Brexit Vote - no treachery required

12 September 2017

On 11 September Parliament voted for the EU Withdrawal Bill, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK. That's another important milestone, but the British people need to keep politicians' feet to the Brexit fire.

RMT challenges TUC General Secretary on the EU

12 September 2017

The RMT union continues to challenge the TUC’s favourable and unrealistic view of the EU. The TUC believes that the single market is good for British workers and that the UK can remain in it after Brexit. Neither is true.

Cuba responds to Hurricane Irma

12 September 2017

In the wake of Hurricane Irma President Raul Castro called on Cubans on Monday to unite in swiftly rebuilding the country. At the same time Cuba is providing neighbouring islands with medical aid.

Let's Brexit together

4 September 2017

No politician can guarantee Brexit. Only the vigilance of the people can guarantee a democratic decision is pursued to its conclusion. 

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