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28 January 2018

The government’s attempt to recruit solely by online application has failed despite spending over £1.3 billion on a computer system run by Britain’s largest outsourcing IT company.

University pensions fight takes off

28 January 2018

Strike action will begin in universities across Britain as academic staff fight back against the plan by the university employers to close their final salary pension scheme.

Royal Mail snubs EU withdrawal

21 January 2018

The Royal Mail has announced that it will not be issuing special stamps to commemorate leaving the European Union, claimingit would damage its “strict political neutrality”.

Sickness among teachers rockets

15 January 2018

Sickness among teachers is adding to the pressure created by staff shortages – leading to a teachers leaving the profession and creating even more strain.

A farewell to coal?

15 January 2018

The government has repeated its intention to close all coal-fired electricity power generation by 2025.

Carillion: over the precipice

15 January 2018

Carillion the construction and facilities management services company has collapsed into liquidation, as we predicted in October 2017. This is a failure of the “free” market and capitalist dogma: its workers and those who use its services will suffer.

Faith in schools

15 January 2018

The government is doing little to curb religious segregation and the influence of faith schools. The new education secretary is a supporter of religious segregation. The chief inspector of schools says more powers are needed to tackle illegal faith schools.

Museum workers fight contract changes

11 January 2018

Over 25 workers at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich braved freezing weather on 1 January 2018 to picket in protest against proposed contractual changes.

Boom in factory output

11 January 2018

Manufacturing is growing more quickly than at any time in the past seven years, official figures suggest.

Scarlet fever makes a comeback

6 January 2018

The rise in the number of cases of scarlet fever shows no sign of tailing off significantly, with a record 544 cases recorded in England in the week before Christmas.

Guards battle still raging

29 December 2017

Strikes to halt the removal of guards continue on many passenger franchises. The RMT announced further strike action extending into the new year in the separate disputes on Merseyrail, Northern, Greater Anglia, South Western Railways and Island Line.

Pensions: academics ballot over action

29 December 2017

University workers across Britain are being balloted over whether to fight to prevent the closure of their University Superannuation Scheme, a final salary arrangement.

Korea reacts to US war threats

21 December 2017

It’s been revealed that a massive hack of South Korean military computers unveiled plans to assassinate North Korea's leadership and invade the country. No wonder the country is developing its missile capability.

US admits to ground troops in Yemen

21 December 2017

President Trump has admitted for the first time that the USA has “a small number” of ground troops in Yemen. The US government has also given arms and logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition invading the country.

Care home crunch

12 December 2017

Care provider Four Seasons is in talks with its creditors – another symptom of a widespread, deep-rooted crisis in social care.

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 – reversing its view that it could not go against the USA.

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