News archive from 25 October 2017

TUC celebrates 40 years of safety rep achievements

THE TUC is today celebrating the “unsung heroes” of the workplace on the 40th anniversary since health and safety reps were first introduced to workforces. On its new website, the TUC credits the work of 100,000 reps around the country who help to...

 

Co-operatives send letter of solidarity to Syria’s Rojava

CO-OPERATIVES in Britain have sent solidarity to their counterparts in northern Syria to celebrate the region’s first ever co-operative conference. A statement signed by 35 British co-operatives, including Co-operatives UK and bakers’ union BFAWU was...

 

Peace activists face jail for ‘disabling’ Saudi-bound jet

TWO peace activists who attempted to disable fighter aircraft destined for Saudi Arabia to attack Yemen appeared in Burnley magistrates’ court yesterday accused of criminal damage. Sam Walton, a Quaker from London, and Daniel Woodhouse, a Methodist...

 

Tusk: EU deal is in Britain’s hands

EUROPEAN Council President Donald Tusk raised the spectre of “no Brexit” yesterday — and urged defence of European “heritage” from outside influences. Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Mr Tusk said it was up to the British government...

 

Limited rights for posted workers

Trade unions call on European Parliament to end ‘social dumping’ TRADE unions said yesterday that ending “social dumping” now depends on the European Parliament after Monday night’s “disappointing” deal in Brussels. Employment ministers from the 28...

 

Venezuela: Four opposition governors sworn in despite boycott

by James Tweedie FOUR of five Venezuelan opposition state governors were sworn in on Monday before the constituent assembly despite their initial boycott. The partial climbdown from the Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mud) coalition’s boycott of last...

 

Strike action is the only option

BLAME for the ongoing disruption of rail services in England over the need for a safety-critical staff member as well as the driver on all trains lies directly with the Tory government. Theresa May’s MPs, the train-operating companies and their media...

 

The Tories’ behaviour is an insult to voters

Every week they stay in power means more wage cuts, deeper inequality and higher levels of poverty. We need to get them out, writes CAT SMITH THE choice Britain faces in terms of our economy in the next period is stark and has been illustrated again...

 

VOICES OF SCOTLAND The people want to live in a nuke-free world

Britain’s absence from the UN nuke ban treaty speaks volumes, writes BILL KIDD IT WAS quite something for an SNP member to sit in the seat reserved for the United Kingdom at a UN conference. Of course, I only ended up sitting there because the Treaty...

 

US labour movement steps up for Puerto Rico

US trade unionists decry the Trump administration’s failure to aid the island’s hurricane victims, writes MARK GRUENBERG PUERTO RICO’s plight, a month after Hurricane Maria smashed the island commonwealth to smithereens, dominated a day at the...

 

Rutherford tops England Commonwealth squad

Katrina Johnson-Thompson hopes to make up for missing Glasgow Games OLYMPIAN Greg Rutherford will return to defend his long jump gold at next year’s Commonwealth Games, with Team England announcing yesterday its 75-strong athletics squad. Rutherford,...

 

QPR FACE HUGE FINE AFTER FFP FAILURE

Club tried to overturn financial rules following £60m injection from owners QPR are facing a multimillion-pound fine after failing in their challenge to the English Football League’s financial fair play (FFP) rules. The Championship side posted a loss...

 

Priestland returns to Wales squad for autumn Tests

WALES boss Warren Gatland has welcomed a “rejuvenated” Rhys Priestland into his squad for this season’s autumn Tests. But while the Bath fly-half — who has not started a Wales game since the 2015 World Cup opener against Uruguay — returns, there are...

 

Lyon’s share of brilliance with dance variations on Beethoven theme

Trois Grandes Fugues Lyon Opera Ballet Sadler’s Wells, London 4/5 AFTER more than a decade, the renowned Lyon Opera Ballet returned to Sadler’s Wells with this unique triple bill, part of the Dance Umbrella festival running in London until the end of...

 

Voyages to tyrannical island and deep philosophical ground

BEN COWLES Game on: Reports from a virtual frontier PLAYING Kitbox Games’s cult management sim The Shrouded Isle, I got a taste of what it must have been like running Heaven’s Gate, the People’s Temple or Scientology. In this wonderfully monochromatic...

 


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