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#Conservatives attack our Free Trade Unions… again

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Public sector workers to lose right to have union fees deducted from wages

Up to 3.8 million workers will be affected by what government says is ‘outdated practice’ but unions say it is latest Tory assault on workers’ rights

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Members of trade union Unison march through Liverpool last year. Up to 3.8 million public sector workers will lose the right to have their trade union subscription automatically deducted from their pay. Photograph: David Ellison/Demotix/Corbis

Up to 3.8 million public sector workers will lose the right to have their trade union subscriptions automatically deducted from their pay cheques after the government announced plans to end the “outdated practice”.

In a move that will be condemned by trade union leaders as another assault on their rights, the government confirmed that the forthcoming trade union bill will force public sector workers to make their own arrangements to pay union subscriptions.

Matt Hancock, the cabinet office minister, heralded the end to “check-off”deductions as a key step in modernising the relationship with trade unions and saving on administrative fees.

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ELLIE MAE O’HAGAN : If you curb the power of trade unions, you reduce the rights of working people

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 ELLIE MAE O’HAGAN Wednesday 15 July 2015

If you curb the power of trade unions, you reduce the rights of working people

The government doesn’t really care about democratic engagement – it just wants to find a way to outlaw strikes

In an act of political doublespeak, business secretary Sajid Javid described the purpose of Trade Union Bill – which has its first reading in the House of Commons today – thus: “Trade unions have a constructive role to play in representing their members’ interests, but our one nation government will balance their rights with those of working people and business.”

This is exactly the kind of asinine logic we can expect from an organisation that brands itself “the workers’ party” whilst simultaneously cutting tax credits. It’s almost painful to have to state something so obvious, but trade unions and working people are the same thing; if you curb the power of trade unions, you automatically reduce the rights of working people. That’s why trade unions call themselves the labour movement. Javid may as well have said he was going to protect the rights of noses by systematically punching everyone in the face.

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Right-of-centre ideology has lost us the war in Afghanistan and much more besides

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Right-of-centre ideology has lost us the war in Afghanistan and much more besides

The ignominious retreat from Afghanistan is emblematic of a wider malaise that is afflicting Britain today
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One aim was to make the British homeland safer by victory in southern Afghanistan – a fantastical claim of last resort – but Britain is now less safe. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA

It is part of Britain’s national self-image that we win wars. The army may be smaller than it was, but it remains the world’s best. Losing is impossible to conceive. Yet in Afghanistan, Britain has just suffered a humiliating defeat, the worst in more than half a century and, arguably, ranking with the worst in modern times. The truth is inescapable: we are no longer a great economic, technological or military power.

None of the multiple and varying objectives set by three prime ministers and six defence secretaries through our engagement in Helmand province over eight years has been met, yet cumulatively it has cost at least £40bn. The bravery of British soldiers cannot be doubted: 453 have died; 247 have had limbs amputated; 2,600 have been wounded. Tragically, many uncounted thousands of Afghans have been killed; too few of them were fighters enlisted by the Taliban.

There is no improved government in Helmand. There has been no hoped-for economic reconstruction: heroin production is higher than it was. The violence between tribes, families and warlords is more entrenched. Helmand is more of a recruiting sergeant for terrorism and jihadism than it was; there have been no security gains. The central government in Kabul is more rather than less threatened. If one aim was to make the British homeland safer by victory in southern Afghanistan – a fantastical claim of last resort – Britain is now less safe.

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Hypocrite David Cameron wants to stop working people from fighting for their rights

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Hypocrite David Cameron wants to stop working people from fighting for their rights

Mirror columnist Paul Routledge says the Prime Minister wants to virtually outlaw strikes by imposing standards he fails to meet himself – and denying a 21st centuy solution

They thought it was all over. It isn’t now.

Company bosses at Care UK must have imagined the fight had gone out of Unison strikers in Doncaster.

But the feisty women care workers are going into extra time with a two-week walkout starting next Tuesday, following a secret ballot vote for action.

The campaign now centres on a claim for £7.65 an hour after their NHS jobs were privatised to Essex-based Care UK last September, with pay cuts of up to 35%.

They’ve carried the torch of defiance ever since, but soon they will not be alone. Unions in the NHS are to ballot
on national industrial action against pay freezes.

Unite, the Royal College of Midwives, Unison and the GMB are asking 400,000 health workers to back walkouts starting in October and running through the Christmas holiday.

These polls form the backdrop to a devious Tory plot to make legal industrial action virtually impossible.

While he mouths platitudes about democracy in Donetsk, David Cameron plans to curb civil rights for working people at home.

His election manifesto will outlaw any action where fewer than half the members have voted.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hypocrite-david-cameron-wants-stop-3908597#ixzz38Q2qhF4f

The Independent Exclusive: Council tax rises hit Britain’s poor hardest

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Exclusive: Council tax rises hit Britain’s poor hardest

 Cuts to the benefit system have seen nearly 16,000 people in London alone referred to bailiffs for non-payment

WHITEHALL EDITOR Thursday 24 July 2014