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Homebase are so embarrassed about using workfare - they're reduced to lying about it

Homebase are so embarrassed about using workfare - they're reduced to lying about it | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
(not satire) On their Facebook page today, Homebase have denied they're using unemployed people from the government's Workfare scheme to work for them for free: Which is a bit strange when you cons...

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LRD e-newsletter.

LRD e-newsletter. | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
OPEN ARTICLES INCLUDE
Read this month's FREE Feature.
- Higher education: lower standards? (Labour Research)
Legislation enabling the entry of more for-profit providers in higher education seriously endangers academic quality, as Labour Research reports..


- One in eight too ill to work till pension age (Labour Research)
-  Dismissal during probation (Labour Research)
-  Rise in number of workers on zero-hours contracts 

(Workplace Report)
-  Redundancy - the law (Workplace Report)
- Prospect grows 
(Fact Service)
-  Decline in UK mergers and takeovers (Fact Service) 
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OPEN ARTICLES INCLUDE Read this month's FREE Feature. - Higher education: lower standards? (Labour Research) Legislation enabling the entry of more for-profit providers in higher education seriously endangers academic quality, as Labour Research reports..
 - One in eight too ill to work till pension age (Labour Research) - Dismissal during probation (Labour Research) - Rise in number of workers on zero-hours contracts 

(Workplace Report) - Redundancy - the law (Workplace Report) - Prospect grows 
(Fact Service) - Decline in UK mergers and takeovers (Fact Service)
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Living Wage Should Not Mean Pay Cuts For Loyal Tesco Workers

Living Wage Should Not Mean Pay Cuts For Loyal Tesco Workers | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
I have worked for Tesco as a General assistant for over 14 years and I am dismayed at the recent announcement of the up coming pay review.
These changes will impact on colleagues basic pay.
Staff who have worked for the company since before 1999 will have their Sunday premiums cut from double tim
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Tell David Cameron MPs must have a vote on CETA!

Tell David Cameron MPs must have a vote on CETA! | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
The European Commission is refusing to say if MPs will be given a say on CETA. Please email David Cameron to ask him to guarantee that UK MPs get to vote on this toxic trade deal.
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Magazine on Employment Issues

Magazine on Employment Issues | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
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Labour Research Magazine (in reality a magazine on employment issues). It’s a dam good read for both employees and indeed employers. All who deal or are affected by employment issues could learn a great deal from its research and publication. It most certainly should be made available on line to all union members that are interested via their union subscriptions.
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The Prospects for Earnings Under the New Government: Pay Bargaining in 2016 by IDR and the TUC

The Prospects for Earnings Under the New Government: Pay Bargaining in 2016 by IDR and the TUC | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
Eventbrite - Incomes Data Research | information and intelligence on pay presents The Prospects for Earnings Under the New Government: Pay Bargaining in 2016 by IDR and the TUC - Thursday, 25 February 2016 at Congress House, London. Find event and ticket information.
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Here’s Why The Bernie Sanders Iowa Surge Should Terrify The Koch Brothers

Here’s Why The Bernie Sanders Iowa Surge Should Terrify The Koch Brothers | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
The Koch brothers should be terrified by the Bernie Sanders surge in Iowa because it demonstrates that the movement is growing to take the country back from the billionaire class.
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When will people of the UK realise that the same is true of the UK and most other countries.  Rule by the elite is not democracy, they just ensure there is no democracy and ordinary people are disfranchised.

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March 31, 1990: Poll tax demonstration sparks worst London riots for a century

March 31, 1990: Poll tax demonstration sparks worst London riots for a century | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
A 100,000-strong march against the controversial Community Charge turned ugly, causing £400,000 worth of damage in the West End and leaving 113 people injured.
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Opinion: Blubber-buster Cameron is getting fat on the VAT

Opinion: Blubber-buster Cameron is getting fat on the VAT | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
The Prime Minister’s plan to cut obese people’s benefits overlooks the fact that big eaters are making a fat contribution to the economy, argues Alan Tyers.
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Cameron is a clown and bully that is quite obvious and his appeal is to the like minded.

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Big business is making Ed Miliband's case for him

Big business is making Ed Miliband's case for him | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
The public are increasingly distrustful of big business
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Hopefully a complete change is finally taking place in the public mind-set as a response to businesses high-jacking of democratic government, its catastrophic failures and utter selfish stupidity.

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Severe obesity is a disability, European court adviser rules

Severe obesity is a disability, European court adviser rules | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
Advocate general issues preliminary ruling on discrimination claim by sacked Danish childminder who weighed 160kg
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38 Degrees | Blog | Tony Blair ‘Global Legacy’ award campaign

38 Degrees | Blog | Tony Blair ‘Global Legacy’ award campaign | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
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Statistics e-Bulletin

Statistics e-Bulletin | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
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latest statistics on work-related health and safety in Great Britain and includes the following key annual figures (2015/16): 1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness. 2,515 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2014). 144 workers killed at work. 72,702 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR. 621,000 injuries occured at work according to the Labour Force Survey. 30.4 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury. £14.1 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2014/15).
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Sign Which?'s petition to force action on scams

Sign Which?'s petition to force action on scams | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
Fraud is now at record levels, with 5.1m scams costing Britons £9bn each year. Support Which?'s campaign to force government action on scams.
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NEW REPORT: UK small business under threat from TTIP

NEW REPORT: UK small business under threat from TTIP | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
Small businesses in the UK will be at risk of mass bankruptcy if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Treaty (TTIP) is allowed to go through, according to a new report published today. The report, Rough Trade: The threat of TTIP to small businesses in the UK, is published by the social justice campaign group War on Want as part of its ongoing fight to end the EU's unfair trade deals.
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Grafting grandparents could earn a £22k childcare salary over summer holidays

Grafting grandparents could earn a £22k childcare salary over summer holidays | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
Hands-on grandparents would earn up to £22k over the summer holidays if they were paid a salary – work out how much cash you’d earn with our calculator.
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The Emperor's New Clothes: Cinema Screenings & Ticket Booking - The Official Showtimes Destination

The Emperor's New Clothes: Cinema Screenings & Ticket Booking - The Official Showtimes Destination | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
Search for screenings / showtimes and book tickets for The Emperor's New Clothes. See the release date and trailer. The Official Showtimes Destination brought to you by STUDIOCANAL
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Its seem well worth a punt looking at the following on the official site:-

Synopsis

THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES

Definition: Fairytale, allegorical

1. Collective ignorance of an obvious fact, or deception, despite undeniable evidence.

World-famous British comedian and activist Russell Brand joins forces with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom on a polemical documentary about the financial crisis and gross inequality we currently face.  Starting with the genesis of today’s economic policies, with the arrival of Milton Friedman’s school of thought in Reagan’s leadership and Thatcher’s UK, the film explores how these policies have come to dominate the western world. The rich have got richer; where a CEO of a major British company used to earn 10 times the average wage of his workers, now they earn 200 times.  According to Oxfam, the richest 80 people in the world own as much as the poorest 3.5 billion.  It would now take 300 years for the average cleaner, cleaning the offices of his senior boss, to earn the same salary taken home by the same boss last year. 

Milton Friedman once said that every crisis was an opportunity.  The financial crisis of 2008 should have been a chance to reform the system for the benefit of everyone.  But instead, austerity for everyone throughout Britain and Europe was the price to be paid for supporting the financial sector, with £131 billion spent by UK tax payers to keep the financial system afloat, while $30 trillion in support and subsidies went to Wall Street in the US.

Using a mixture of documentary, interviews, archive footage and comedy, Russell Brand takes us from his hometown Grays in Essex, to the heart of London ‘City’ and on to the Big Apple. This daring film will shake up the world by revealing the bewildering truth about how the people at the bottom are paying for the luxuries of those at the top.

Things can change…things do change.

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MERCURY MAILBOX: Permits are not wanted

MERCURY MAILBOX: Permits are not wanted | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
As a resident of Clarendon Park, I am a little shocked and concerned that the council are trying to force a resident parking scheme on us. First, I am surprised to learn this has been going on for...
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Road were never designed nor intendant for the mass long term parking of vehicles on the road side or adjunct, they may even be a potentially dangerous obstruction if not just an annoyance when parked on private property in front of the building line.  Giving way to one group by parking permits or other restriction can only be at the expenses of others and is no real solution the basic problem or dangers.  Giving way to residents or others, means essential emergency vehicles as well maintenance and deliveries are still unduly obstructed with possible serious consequences.  Allowing such behaviour in the first place was the problem yet it most certainly need bring back under control as the old obstruction laws seem to be impossible to enforce against the mass of offender who believe they have every right to cause obstruction if the whish or are too dumb to realise a stationary object/s including people may be considered an obstruction of the highway.  Years ago all it needed was for an obstruction to report to the police who then investigate it and told the offender’s to move on or move the offending object.  Usually only failing to comply with a police instruction became an issue and few at that time would engage in in such precarious activity.

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Germany could ban employers from contacting staff outside work hours

Germany could ban employers from contacting staff outside work hours | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
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Jack Crone for MailOnline




Published:
11:36, 28 August 2014

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Updated:
11:44, 28 August 2014
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Leicester Tory mayoral candidate promises referendum on scrapping the post

Leicester Tory mayoral candidate promises referendum on scrapping the post | Items of Interest | Scoop.it
Leicester's Conservative mayoral candidate says he will offer a referendum on whether to axe the position if he wins May's election. De Montfort University lecturer Dr Paul Bremner has been chosen...
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Maybe like Camron he is incapable of answering simple questions and would sooner resign than accept humiliation as a bullying sarcastic idiot. 

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