All articles by: James Douglas

Millions in pension deficit

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A report by the Defined Benefits Taskforce has found three million members in the most vulnerable pension schemes have only a 50/50 chance of receiving full benefits when they retire …

Labour wants move on energy cap

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Labour has told the government to “get a move on” after it emerged that a price cap on energy bills proposed by the prime minister is unlikely to take effect …

Weah leads the poll

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Former football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are heading for a November 7 run-off in Liberia’s presidential election. According to the electoral commission, Weah, the first African to …

News In Brief

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned that the health system is “straining at the seams” and faces a “precarious” future. The regulator’s annual report raised concerns about staff shortages, …

Paramedics stress crisis

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

One in eight ambulance staff in England had to take time off sick due to stress last year. In the 2016-17 financial year, 2,468 paramedics and health care assistants had …

Cadbury pay deal signed

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Cadbury has agreed a two-year, inflation-proofed pay deal and enhanced maternity pay package covering approximately 1,300 employees at three of its UK sites. Employees — members of the Unite general …

News in brief

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The latest economic forecasts for 2017 see living standards being hit harder as inflation outstrips the growth in average earnings by more than expected at the start of the year. …

DHL pay victory

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Low-paid workers at the DHL warehouse in Gillmoss, Liverpool have secured representation and an inflation-busting pay increase. The Unite union secured a new recognition deal with DHL to represent workers …

Tory conference lowlights

Published: October 6, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Theresa May’s desperate attempts to appeal to the youth vote which cost her a majority at the last election were met with almost universal derision. She claimed that a freeze …

No more costly PFI contracts

Published: October 5, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said that a future Labour government would bring “wasteful” PFI contracts back in the public sector. He told the conference the contracts were set to cost …

Limit on interest

Published: October 5, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Labour pledged legislation limiting the amount of interest that can be charged on credit card debts so that nobody would pay more in interest than they had originally borrowed. Shadow …

Debt repayment problems on the rise

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

New figures from the Money Advice Service show that in at least 10 areas of the UK more than a fifth of the residents are missing bill payments repeatedly, with …

Academy plans may founder

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

An academy trust which runs 21 schools pulled out in the first week of the new term, throwing doubt on the nationwide programme. Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) said it …

Call for more rights for mums and dads

Published: September 19, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A TUC report found that asking for family-friendly working patterns leads to low-paid mums and dads being penalised. Almost half (47%) of low-paid young mums and dads are struggling to …

Risks of poor quality work

Published: September 11, 2017
Written by James Douglas

People employed in low-paying or highly stressful jobs may not actually enjoy better health than those who remain unemployed, a study by researchers from Manchester University found.

Kenyatta vows ‘fix’

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta agreed to abide by the decision of the Supreme Court which cancelled his victory in last month’s election and ordered a re-run within 60 days.

Fines up, cases down for HSE

Published: September 8, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The size of Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) fines is going up, but fewer cases are being taken, according to policy officer Hugh Robertson.

Wales undoes Tory legislation

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Trade unionists have welcomed the passing of a Welsh law which partially dismantles Tory anti-strike legislation passed just a year ago. The Senedd approved the Trade Union (Wales) Bill which …