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Globe tour guides prepare fresh action over pay

25 May 2015

Guides at London’s Globe Theatre are preparing for their second day of strike action over pay. The 38 tour guides have been in dispute since 2014, fighting for pay parity with similar prestigious organisations.

Wasted spaces

24 May 2015

Nicky Morgan, the new government’s education secretary, has tried to bolster free schools. Her stance should dispel the illusion that she is more approachable and reasonable than her irascible predecessor.

Ferrybridge C power station to close

23 May 2015

The announcement that Ferrybridge C power station will stop generating in 2016 twists the knife in what is left of coal power generation in Britain.

Pressure grows on TTIP deal

19 May 2015

It’s been a bad month for TTIP, and things could soon get even worse for those pushing the transatlantic trade deal. Lawmakers in the EU and the US are having second thoughts.

Surrey bus drivers ballot for action

6 May 2015

More than 100 bus drivers working for Abellio Surrey at its Byfleet depot are being balloted for strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Mayor removed after blistering court judgement

4 May 2015

The directly elected mayor of East London borough Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, was summarily removed from office when an election court found him guilty of corrupt practices at the end of April.

Children forced into Sikh free school

1 May 2015

Parents in Leeds have been shocked to discover that their local authority has allocated places to their children in a Sikh free school, despite their not having chosen the school.

A best-seller 167 years on

29 April 2015

Something interesting has occurred with the Bookseller list of current bestsellers. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels is a new entry into the top ten list of general paperbacks.

Unity 'frees camp' from ISIS

Reports have reached Workers that the combined force of all the armed rival Palestinian factions in the giant Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, plus the Syrian Arab Army, have liberated most of the camp from ISIS.

Scotland - The £7.6 billion hole

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has concluded that Scotland would be left with a £7.6 billion gap in its finances if it pursued fiscal autonomy, because falling oil revenues would leave the country with a tax shortfall – to be met by cuts or taxes.

Cancer care in Britain needs improving

3 April 2015

Britain lags behind in cancer treatment according to Macmillan Cancer Support. NHS England and the Department of Heath suggest progress is being made, but their claims don’t stand up to scrutiny.

No pot of gold for South Yorkshire

3 April 2015

Judges have upheld a reallocation by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills of £50 million EU structural growth funds from South Yorkshire to Scotland and Wales.

Barnsley College workers strike for conditions

3 April 2015

Barnsley College workers are in dispute over restructuring plans that will bring worse pay and conditions. A series of strikes restarted with four more days' action in the week ending 20 March.

Archaeologists unearth map secrecy

31 March 2015

Archaeologists working on the remote Cumbrian island of Walney and on the Isle of Grain in Kent have revealed what were secret trench training grounds forgotten for over a century.

Joint fight to stop huge NHS privatisation

30 March 2015

Three unions are combining to challenge the way NHS England is trying to hand a contract worth over £1 billion for primary care support services over to the private sector.

Attack on May Day march rebuffed

30 March 2015

South East Region TUC has seen off an attempt to prevent the annual London 2015 May Day march from occurring by making the organisers foot the bill for policing it.

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