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GMB oppose Asda merger

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THE GMB union, ‘the trade union for Asda workers’, has come out in complete opposition to the proposed Asda/Sainsbury’s merger as the Competition and...

A ‘BEYOND SUBSTANTIAL’ PAY RISE FOR NHS IN 2021-22! – demand health trade unions

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THE CORONAVIRUS pandemic reinforces – not diminishes – the strong case for the NHS workforce to receive a ‘beyond substantial’ pay rise for 2021-22,...

May Beaten – Corbyn Calls For Election!

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PM MAY lost her latest high-stakes gamble in the House of Commons when her EU Withdrawal Bill was defeated by 344-286 MPs despite a...

Homeless deaths up 25% Rough sleeping up 165%

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THE NUMBER of homeless people dying on the streets of England has dramatically increased by 25% over five years, while the sheer scale of...

Parliament taking control from government!

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‘THE APPROACH to today’s business sets an extremely concerning precedent for our democracy,’ Tory leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom said yesterday,...

Duncan Smith Condemns The May EU Elections!

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FORMER Tory Party leader Iain Duncan Smith called for Prime Minister Theresa May to quit before the European elections in May. Appearing on Sky’s Sophy...

Tory-Tuc Pay & Jobs Deal!

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‘CAN I put on record my thanks to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), the CBI, and other business groups,’ Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak said...

‘All NHS workers & their families must be tested!’ – demands BMA chair Dr...

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‘ALL health workers and their families must be tested immediately,’ Chair of the Council of the British Medical Association and GP Dr Chaand Nagpaul...

‘A Sense Of Fear & Panic’ In The Stock Markets

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STOCK indexes were recovering some ground yesterday after the huge record falls on Thursday. ‘There is a sense of fear and panic,’ said James Tao,...

Kent blood services not for sale!–Unite

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THE PRIVATISATION of the NHS blood samples service in Kent will put patients’ lives at risk, Unite warned yesterday, adding: ‘It must be stopped!’ A...

Nationalise P&O says RMT

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ON THE day the owners in Dubai are set to pay hundreds of millions in dividends, RMT has called for P&O Ferries to be...

Tories knew NHS couldn’t cope with pandemic

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THE TORY government hid the outcome of an exercise it conducted on how the NHS would cope with a pandemic because it considered the...

A&E Visits Halved By Virus Outbreak

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A&E VISITS in England have halved since the coronavirus outbreak started, dropping to their lowest level since records began. Before the pandemic, more than 2.1m...

NURSES DRIVEN OUT – Low pay & axing bursary has caused 37,821 vacancies

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THERE are now 37,821 nurse vacancies in the NHS, NHS England confirmed yesterday, releasing the latest data. This is a rise of 1,738 from the...

Tories Introducing Emergency Powers!

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THE TORY government will introduce ‘Emergency Powers’ tomorrow, Tuesday, which are to be voted on in the House of Commons on Thursday, Health Secretary...

Coronavirus–10,000 troops on the streets!

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‘OPERATION Broadshare’ has been launched by the military to put 10,000 troops on the streets. The military said that it will work alongside the...

Sweeping emergency powers are unveiled! – Police given powers to arrest suspected corona...

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NEW emergency powers were outlined yesterday by the Tories as they published the Emergency Coronavirus Bill. The sweeping new powers which will last as...

‘Stop shameful deportations!’ of people who came to the UK as children

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THE GOVERNMENT must end the deportation of foreign-born offenders who came to the UK as children, according to a draft report into the Windrush...

OCCUPIED! – UCL student action in support of UCU lecturers strike

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AT UNIVERSITY College London (UCL) over fifty students occupied the Cloister Building at 7am yesterday morning in front of the Provost’s office, and plan...

Thousands Of Parents, Pupils & Teachers To Defy Tories Today!

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THOUSANDS of teachers, as well as the parents of hundreds of thousands pupils, are set to defy the government’s instructions for Reception, Year 1...

‘People are supporting our demand to reopen all closed NHS services!’

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‘PEOPLE are really supporting our cause to reopen all the closed services at Ealing Hospital,’ Ealing Southall WRP general election candidate Hassan Zulkifal said...

Johnson Tests Positive!

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PM Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. Johnson said he developed mild symptoms over the past 24 hours, including a temperature and cough. He is...

JLR to shut for 9 days!

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JAGUAR Land Rover is to shut its Halewood plant in Merseyside for nine days, in the latest development in the sharpening car manufacture crisis. Jaguar...

DOCTORS ‘FEEL LIKE CANNON FODDER’ says Chair of Doctors’ Association UK

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Doctors ‘feel like lambs to the slaughter and cannon fodder’, said the chair of the Doctors’ Association UK yesterday morning, demanding that frontline NHS...

Unite-Rolls Royce jobs deal – includes a 10% pay delay for 1 year

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THE UNITE union has agreed a package with engineering giant Rolls-Royce to financially protect the 20,000 UK workforce during the coronavirus emergency by delaying...

‘No immunity for Grenfell companies’ – demands FBU member Lucy Masoud

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‘NO ONE should be immune from prosecution. The firefighters certainly weren’t and the manufacturers of the cladding definitely should not be,’ Lucy Masoud FBU...

Assange Must Be Freed!

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ALMOST a decade after his WikiLeaks website enraged Washington by leaking secret US documents, a London court will begin hearings on Monday to decide...

Tories, Labour & SNP join forces to attack China!

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TORY Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s latest attack on China – suspending the UKs extradition treaty with the country, was supported by all Parties, turning...

SUNAK’S FLEXIBLE FURLOUGH! – to bring in wage and job cuts & part-time working

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‘THE FURLOUGH scheme can not continue indefinitely,’ Tory Chancellor Sunak said yesterday at the Downing Street daily briefing, announcing that by September, the employer...

FLYBE BUST! Tories to blame – BALPA

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‘FLYBE staff feel disgusted at this betrayal and these broken promises,’ pilots union BALPA General Secretary Brian Strutton said yesterday as the news broke...

3-day week looms! JCB cuts 4,000 workers’ hours

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DIGGER manufacturer JCB is cutting production and working hours in the UK as it faces a shortage of components from China due to the...

North Kensington Workers Fighting Racism!

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FRIENDS and family, concerned members of the North Kensington community and local campaigners joined forces on Saturday evening to demand justice for El, a...

94.5% yes for post strike – CWU leaders run away!

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COMMUNICATION Workers Union (CWU) members in Royal Mail have beaten the anti-union laws for the third time in less than three years delivering a...

Johnson and Barnier clash over EU/UK fishing rights

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TORY PM Johnson clashed yesterday with the EU’s Barnier over the thorny issue of Europeans fishing in UK waters and vice-versa. Speaking in Greenwich, Johnson...

Nurses using bin bags as PPE test POSITIVE!

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NURSES at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow, north west London, were forced to wear bin bags because of a lack of Personal Protective Equipment...

Draconian police state powers

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DRACONIAN emergency powers contained within the Coronavirus Bill were debated during the bill’s second reading in Parliament yesterday. Police state measures were outlined to detain...

Care workers have little or no protection says GMB

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HORRIFYINGLY, care workers have been told if they test positive they will have to self-isolate at the care home and will not be able...

Chancellor warns of ‘significant disruption!’

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TORY Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a £30bn Budget package to try to keep UK capitalism from being bankrupted and broken apart by the...

‘Shut Down Inquiry! It’s A Disgrace!’

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‘SHUT down the inquiry, it’s a disgrace!’ protesters shouted outside the Grenfell inquiry yesterday, on the first day it resumed after the Attorney General...

‘One rule for them and another for us!’ – unions condemn Grenfell surrender

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ATTORNEY General Suella Braverman’s undertaking that evidence given by contractors at the Grenfell Inquiry will not be used to prosecute them constitutes ‘One rule...

BMA condemns & rejects Primary Care specifications!

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THE BMA’s England GP committee has voted not to accept a contract agreement with NHS England and condemned the recently-published draft service specifications outlining...

20,000 are threatened with eviction during corona crisis

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THE TORIES had promised a ‘complete ban’ on evictions from both council and private social housing. However, anger erupted yesterday as it emerged that...

NHS PORTERS AT RISK – transporting the dead in sheets as body bags...

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NHS PORTERS at Epsom and St Helier Trust, not only have very ‘flimsy’ Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) but they are being forced to transport...

‘Unions must strike to release Assange!’ Protesters rally outside the Old Bailey

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‘THE TRADE unions should organise mass demonstrations and call a general strike,’ Julian Assange Defence Committee member Joe Brack told News Line yesterday. He was...

Firefighters pensions victory

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FIREFIGHTERS have won back their pensions, dealing a mighty blow to the government with far reaching implication for all public sector workers, in particular,...