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Civil servants strike reports

Members of the PCS civil servants' union took strike action today to oppose the changes to the civil service compensation scheme (redundancy agreement). More reports to follow.

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Management abandoned plans to open to people signing on and opened late for appointments, as most PCS workers stayed away in Barking.

PCS branch secretary Outer East London Dave Spagnol said:
"Thanks to pressure from PCS, management have made a number of concessions to their plans to cut the civil service compensation scheme.

Nationalise Murdoch’s press!

 

‘Murdochgate’ is Britain’s Watergate

 

‘Murdochgate’ is Britain’s Watergate. In politics, as in nature, the ‘butterfly effect’ operates. A seemingly small event – the famous metaphor of the flutter of a butterfly’s wings – can begin a chain of events resulting in massive unforeseen consequences.

One law for the rich…

While the bailed-out banks continue to pay out millions in bonuses to the fat cat executives, it is a very different story for working class people. 
A record 1,000 people are expected to declare bankruptcy this year in Northern Ireland. The Land & Property Services (LPS) which collects rates on behalf of the Northern Ireland Assembly Executive has dragged a staggering 46,611 people before the courts in the last financial year because they could not afford to pay rates.