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War museum library under threat

10 November 2014

The Imperial War Museum is threatening to close the library at its main London site and cut its educational programmes at its sites at RAF Duxford in Cambridgeshire as well as HMS Belfast and the Churchill War Rooms in London.

Pensioners’ Manifesto launched

6 November 2014

The National Pensioners Convention launched its Pensioners’ Manifesto yesterday at a rally of hundreds of pensioners in Westminster. There was a curious mood: polite but determined.

More cuts in graduate teacher training

4 November 2014

Despite glaring evidence of failure, the government has announced an increase in its programme of school-based teacher training for 2015-16. One result will be a massive switch in funding away from universities.

Ritzy sackings threat withdrawn

31 October 2014

Just three days after Ritzy cinema owners Picturehouse accounced that a quarter of the workforce would be sacked, the company has been forced to back down.

SNP seeks EU referendum veto

30 October 2014

Having failed to deliver Scotland bound and gagged into the hands of the European Union through the “independence” referendum, the Scottish National Party is now trying to ensure that the whole of Britain will be locked forever in to the Brussels embrace.

Ritzy workers face sackings threat

28 October 2014

The owners of the Ritzy art house cinema in Brixton, announced on 27 October it would sack a quarter of the workforce – to pay for the wage rise won in one of the year’s most imaginative struggles.

‘Shariafication’ of British law attacked

26 October 2014

The Secular 2014 conference included a devastating analysis by Pragna Patel of the disturbing influence of fundamentalism in Britain’s legal system by what she calls “shariafication by stealth”.

Union organisation answer to benefits freeze

17 October 2014

Chancellor Osborne told the Tory conference in Birmingham he will freeze working-age benefits re-elected. The consequences might – and should – be a rise in trade union organisation.

More doublespeak over TTIP

17 October 2014

On 9 October the European Union released the text of its “negotiating mandate” for the TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership treaty that it is negotiating with the European Union. Perhaps inadvertently, it includes one telling admission.

Midwife anger over private ads

15 October 2014

Adverts for private care displayed at maternity units are outraging midwives. On the picket line at an east London hospital, one midwife explained why.

Survey reveals scale of teacher workload

15 October 2014

Excessive workload has driven nine out of every ten of teachers to consider giving up teaching during the past two years, according to an online survey carried out by the National Union of Teachers.

SNP threat to bypass referendum result

9 October 2014

SNP leader Alex Salmond promised on 19 September to accept the referendum result and he urged Yes supporters to do the same. He at once broke this promise.

Underemployment: Working, but not enough

2 October 2014

The number of underemployed in the workforce is increasing, according to TUC analysis in September of the latest Labour Force Survey from the Office for National Statistics. 

Midwives to take historic action

30 September 2014

Midwives and maternity support workers will walk out on Monday 13 October after the government overruled the Independent Pay Review Board’s recommendation for a 1 per cent rise.

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