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Key gig economy case reaches Supreme Court - BBC News
[of interest also for delivery service industry eg DPD Parcelforce Amazon, as well as Germany sub-contractor space - Zeitarbeit and Leiharbeit] The case hinges on the distinction between Mr Smith's status as either a self-employed contractor, or a worker for the company.

He was VAT-registered and paying tax on a self-employed basis, but worked solely for Pimlico Plumbers.
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24 days ago by asterisk2a
Sports Direct and its staffing agencies paid workers £1m too little | Business | The Guardian
HM Revenue & Customs said this policy amounted to a uniform and a deduction from pay to cover the clothing took pay below the legal minimum. Primark has since introduced a more flexible policy and provides some clothing free.

A Primark spokesperson said: “The average amount paid back per employee was £23.75 and relates to a workwear policy that was changed in 2016.”
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december 2017 by asterisk2a
Uber loses court appeal against drivers' rights - BBC News
[ ANOTHER COURT IN UK SAID, UBER DRIVERS ARE EMPLOYEES.] Uber said there were two further possible stages in the appeal process - the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. &! Deliveroo - - But the CAC found they were self-employed because of their freedom to "substitute" - allowing other riders to take their place on a job. &! - Handy gig cleaning app. and its policy acts causes social media row.
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november 2017 by asterisk2a
Almost all the 10 million jobs created since 2005 are temporary — Quartz
“We find that 94% of net job growth in the past decade was in the alternative work category,” said Krueger. “And over 60% was due to the [the rise] of independent contractors, freelancers and contract company workers.” In other words, nearly all of the 10 million jobs created between 2005 and 2015 were not traditional nine-to-five employment. -
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
UK's low pay culture traps people in poorly paid jobs, study finds | Society | The Guardian - high tech, low life. // in-work poverty, gini coefficient takes into account pensioners. // “Britain has one of the highest proportions of low-paid work in the developed world. And while three-quarters of low-paid workers did manage to move into higher-paying roles at some point over the past decade, the vast majority couldn’t sustain that progress. This lack of pay progress can have a huge scarring effect on people’s lifetime living standards. [...] “Britain’s flexible workforce gives us global economic advantage but a two-tier labour market is now exacting too high a social price.
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
Catalonia: Spain issues deadline to separatists - BBC News
who blinks first. high noon pistol fight. &! - Catalonia: Spain takes step towards direct rule //&! alt view to 'counter revolution' movement left populist outward looking welcoming immigrants welcome nationalism: - neonationalism (global village no accountability) neoliberal kapitalism teilte die leute auf gegen sich auf. nicht vereint. siehe fb there is no global village connection to all (fb zuck dream PR talk), alles kleine identitaeten und grueppchen. isoliert. eigener blase. schaun nicht ausm fenster, wie mittlerweile in der realitaet. wer kennt schon alles seine nachbarn im etagen house wie sein bruder oder schwester? Scotland and Catalonia indy are majority led by left socialist populous. Brexit is led by far-right conservative neoliberalism on steroids populous.
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
French public sector workers protest against Macron budget cuts | World news | The Guardian
It was the latest in a series of street demonstrations against Macron’s pro-business agenda – after unions and hauliers demonstrated against changes to loosen labour laws and pensioners protested over taxes. The demonstrations have so far been fragmented, with a lower turnout than other major strikes in recent years.
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
Should the Government Bring Back Trust-Busting? - Room for Debate -
A de-concentration of economic power would lift up the middle class. Antitrust law was formerly used to reduce inequality, fight corruption and create a politically stable social contract all at once. [...] “Monopoly constitutes the death of capitalism and the genesis of authoritarian government.”
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september 2017 by asterisk2a
What will cost more than lifting the public sector pay cap? Not lifting it | Faiza Shaheen | Opinion | The Guardian
[finding efficiencies ... ] Let’s start with costs of recruitment and retention. This is a big one. Job advertising isn’t cheap and new recruits take time to settle in. Last year, a study found there had been a 61% rise in advertising spend since 2010 in secondary schools alone, costing £56m in 2015. Shortages in the health service mean NHS Trusts are paying millions every month to agency and bank nurses to ensure there are adequate levels of staff on wards.

Stress-related leave has also increased in the public sector as workers are understandably getting run down working in understaffed schools and hospital wards. This is just staff – what about the costs to our children of being in classes too big for them to maximise their learning or to a sick individual who has an operation delayed?
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september 2017 by asterisk2a
Employment tribunal fees unlawful, Supreme Court rules - BBC News
Fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims have been ruled unlawful, and the government will now have to repay up to £32m to claimants.
The government introduced fees of up to £1,200 in 2013 to reduce the number of malicious and weak cases, but that led to a 79% reduction over three years.
Trade union Unison argued the fees prevented workers accessing justice.
The Ministry of Justice said the government would take immediate steps to stop charging and refund payments.
The Supreme Court ruled the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees.
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july 2017 by asterisk2a
Government review to order zero-hours contracts overhaul - BBC News
[campaigners are not happy with the watered down draft] The new "right to request" fixed hours could be used by some of the 900,000 people on zero-hours contracts, a number that has risen from 143,000 in 2008.
The contracts have been attacked for allowing some firms to keep people in insecure work, depress wages and deny people their full employee rights. [...] "Two years ago our staff started to tell us they needed some form of contracted hours because they wanted to get mobile phone contracts, car loans and - as they got older - mortgages to buy houses. [...] companies are using the "self-employment" status of people who work for them to avoid tax liabilities such as national insurance payments.
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may 2017 by asterisk2a
Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen: Wie Wirtschaftskrisen Populisten helfen - Kolumne - SPIEGEL ONLINE
All das passt zu Zahlen, wonach - auch in Deutschland - eine große Minderheit seit Jahrzehnten real an Einkommen verliert. Und der Abstand zwischen Gewinnern und Verlierern atemberaubend groß geworden ist. Und es passt zum verbreiteten Gefühl, dass nur noch schwer nachzuvollziehen ist, welche Macht Konzerne ausüben. Und wie wenig die Regierungen dem noch entgegenzusetzen haben. [...] All das lässt sich nicht mit ein bisschen mehr Konjunktur beseitigen. Wie der französische Ökonom Thomas Piketty diagnostiziert hat, gibt es eine fast automatische Verschärfung der Ungleichheit - schon weil mit großem Geld mehr zu verdienen ist als mit harter Arbeit.
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may 2017 by asterisk2a
Brexit may leave holes in UK equality laws · PinkNews
The report comes after former Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan warned that leaving the EU may cause a ‘legal tangle’ for equality legislation.
She said: “I would think that LGBT rights are so mainstream and respected by the majority of people in this country that that wouldn’t happen.
“But one of the things that hasn’t really been explored is the legal tangle that will result if we were to leave the EU. Some of the anti-discrimination provisions that come from the EU, that we have adopted into UK law… what happens to those?”
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april 2017 by asterisk2a
Labour to oppose 'Henry VIII powers' being used to rewrite EU laws | Politics | The Guardian
[ no moderation, moderation is gone. Global Britain is here. 'indyref2 wil happen one way or another. no opposition and no say will infuriate Scots even more eventually ] It is expected that this will involve extensive use of “Henry VIII powers” – laws allowing ministers to change primary legislation (government bills) using secondary legislation (orders that go through parliament with little or no scrutiny). [...] Corbyn said Labour would oppose handing ministers such extensive powers when the House of Commons votes on the great repeal bill. [ less accountability, transparency, democracy, representation ... more technical! technocracy! that was voted actually against as it is practiced in EU ... the irony ] //&! The Observer view on triggering article 50. As Britain hurtles towards the precipice, truth and democracy are in short supply -
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Sir John Major talks to Jon Snow about Margaret Thatcher - YouTube
Theresa May follows the political weather, as did David Cameron (Austerity, small state, balanced budget, ), rather than make political weather. See Tony Blair Brexit Speech Feb 2017 that she is driven by the hardline Brexit bus, she is not driving it! Same w the populism, see Amber Rudd's list of foreigners working at companies //&! Lord Heseltine gives his views on Baroness Thatcher - //&! Margaret Thatcher's political downfall - a plot or not? - - Thatcher victim of the invisible hand ;) &
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Hannah Arendt - Die Pflicht zum Ungehorsam (2015) - YouTube
'as individuum you dont have power, only in collective' << see Byung-Chul Han the 'depressive, weak, singled out individual who exploits him or her or they self. // Eichmann wie Trump w Daniel Hannahn wie Boris Johnson ein Hanswurst! EINer von vielen HANSwurst. klug aber dumm, banalitaet. 'Der unwille was mit dem anderen ist.' // 'Je oberflaechlicher jemand ist, desto eher wird sich jemand der banalitaet des boesen ergeben.' ie use of bigotry, prejudice, stigmata, cliche, alternative facts, ... xenohobia, hate speech,// Totalitarianism 14:15 - for far-right to rise, authoritarians, populismus to rise, need to create Luegenwelt, post-truth, post- fact, emotions only, alternative facts, ... brotbrett mit brotkrumen aud ihr doktrinen schnallen. Eine welt nur mut brotkrumen, da kann das funktionieren. Wo man sich ueber die Brokkrumen streitet (see NHS foreign patients charges debate). Adressing the emotional needs better than the centrists and the left, which also isnt reality. // Brexit also perpetuated as "Allmaechtig" single solution to all worries, needs, wants. // Ideology creates the evil itself. Ideology to monopolise truth. destroyes thinking as individual and perosnal individual judgement. // arends totalitarianism is classic, today w social media and internet and filter bubble it is neo-totalitarianism!!! no central organ it is a network connected riding on the same wave length for the same purpose.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Sarah Champion: Brexit is a crucial moment in our nation’s history – so let’s use it to be ambitious on equalities | LabourList
Given that equality is so central to EU law, and given the emphasis that has been placed by the prime minister on equality since her speech outside No 10 when she first entered Downing Street, it came as a surprise to me that the word “equality” does not appear once in the government’s white paper.

There is a brief mention of women’s rights in relation to maternity leave, but no mention of race, disability or sexuality and gender identity.

This cannot be credibly perceived as a deal that works for everyone in Britain if women, BAME, disabled people and LGBT communities aren’t even referenced in the white paper.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Zwei neue Bücher über Armut - Markige Skandalisierung gegen spröde Analyse
40% der bevoelkerung von armut bedroht. hoffnuslos das kinder aus der armut raus kommen. abgeschafft, das man selber nicht mehr aus der armut heraus kommt.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
The new robot revolution will take the boss's job, not the gardener's | Business | The Guardian
Advances in artificial intelligence mean a second wave of change is approaching – and it is not the low-paid service sector where jobs are most at risk // Studies have shown that technological change rather than trade has been responsible for the vast majority of the jobs lost in manufacturing in the developed world. Put simply, machines have replaced humans. Robots have taken over factories. // 20/80 split. - Technology—not int'l trade—accounts for 85% of the lost manufacturing jobs in the US. Feels like it's worth the reminder. &!
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Inquiry launched into UK gender laws amid fears over Brexit effect | World news | The Guardian
[ one particular NHS already breaking EU overtime work directive ] Areas of equality law to be examined include measures to guarantee equal pay, protection for part-time workers and during pregnancy, and combating so-called intersectional discrimination, where someone faces potential disadvantage for not just their gender but another area, for example race or religion. [...] While the government had promised to protect equality and the rights of workers following departure from the EU, Smethers said, the concern was that some protections could be lost almost inadvertently amid wider changes. [...] “The real worry we’ve got is that those kind of assurances are actually quite superficial, and they are probably a second order commitment compared to the need to secure a competitive economy, and how we compete if we’re outside the trading bloc,” Smethers said. &! Sports Direct, JD Sports -
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Naomi Klein on Trump Election: "This is a Corporate Coup d’État" - YouTube
Hillary's low voter turn-out. compared to Obama enthusiasm, gave it Trump. // Trump not republican, not ideolog, trump testing what will keep him in office (things might escalate). But Cabinet is Trump and Republican conspiracy. // "This is a Corporate Coup d’État" Cabinet picks are panic picks in part, to hold back progressive policy in west (regulating banks, pollution etc etc) ... next 100 days in favour of the SWAMP //&! ie shredding Net Neutrality - Meet The Man Who Might Kill The Internet - - FCC appointment Ajit Pai. - if you are a corporatists, you want to limit competition, the small players coming up from down there ...
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
James O'Brien vs Tory attacks on workers' rights - YouTube
sending in management consultants into prisons to judge if fewer officers are possible. //&! Why austerity is to blame for the Birmingham prison riot
The funding cutbacks to the criminal justice system require an urgent re-think. - //&! so much easier to vote Brexit than blame yourself voting for neoliberalism/globalisation/profit maximisation.
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december 2016 by asterisk2a
BBCSML: Are there too many foreign workers in UK? (09Oct16) - YouTube
pandering to the sentiment of Brexit (England) w foreign workers list seen only by Gov. // talking about problems only through the prism of immigration bc it is the easiest. them. bc i've voted 2 times tories and it can't be me votin tories and tories policy ...
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october 2016 by asterisk2a
Zerstört sich der Kapitalismus selbst? - Doku Arte - YouTube
norbert bolz - consumer fetish ... spiritual worth (identity) is only reason to buy ... items live! give life. // slavoj zizek - in der praxis handelst du nach einer illusion! // Capitalism produces what people want << Celebrity Kim Kardashian // Wir verkaufen auch uns. - Menschliche Ware ... universalisiert die Prostitution. [...] Vorteuschung von leben. Verfuehrt mit einem Angebot von einem anderen leben. // MUST WRITE BOOK - Corruption of Society. Korruption der Gesellschaft. // slavoj zizek // accumulation - concentration of profit! (FB, Google, Apple) // Natur ist kein Privateigentum! /// technological unemployment shows that future capitalism needs no workers thus creating slums // materieller wettstreit = aufgebraucht ... knowledge is anti-capitalist commodity. // leben in einer zeit wo kollektive selbszerstoerung moeglich ist! // consumgesellschaft oder unbequeme wahrheit (zynisch dem status quo). leider sind wird durch beides in der vegangenheit und gegenwart schon vergiftet worden (extremes of capitalism and extremes of socialism/marxism/kommunism //
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september 2016 by asterisk2a
A hard truth for Leave voters: Brexit means big government
Britain has seen a renaissance in jobs since 2013, of that there is no doubt. But most of those extra jobs were among the self-employed or fell into categories that can only be described as insecure and low-paid. When companies finally took the plunge and advertised full-time jobs from 2014 onwards, around a third went to migrants. [...] It is this mostly older group of workers across the developed world, worried about their pay, pensions and conditions of employment, that want to slam the brakes on globalisation and reject the remedy proposed by big business: greater labour-market flexibility and only limited job protections. [ Globalisation as a great rebalancing of the world economy between the west and the rest (BRIC and co) ] [...] Only government can provide the cure, with a commitment to invest where the private sector cannot or will not go.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
The Fix: Can The Junior Doctors' Strike Save The NHS? ( Novara Media )
new junior doc contract is a back door to privatisation in the future. those new contracts. [...] some areas of healthcare will always be unprofitable ... [...] 7 day NHS is smokescreen [...] stealth cuts (pay and pension already, now contracts, and also the bursaries turned into debt contracts thus that item off the gov balance sheet) [...] "need to treat the public as grown ups ... that is how much health care for a sick and old population cost." [...] "we need honesty"
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Martin Lewis conforonts Osborne over his living wage con
companies cut back on perks, lunch breaks, and paid overtime arrangements. or change work arrangement; change to being self-employed contractor. //&! As predicted Osborne's national living wage is a con - - cut of overtime and weekend pay bonus. - ALSO THERE COMES AGE DISCRIMINATION. BECAUSE starts not for students!/<25years old! //&! - Osborne warns firms not to cut perks on back of National Living Wage
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
IMF urges more spending to boost growth
Fund’s steering committee calls for more forceful stimulus and warns monetary policy alone is not enough //&! //&! - IMF chief: regulators long 'alarmed' over Panama's handling of taxation. Christine Lagarde responds to Panama Papers revelations, noting that authorities were concerned but did not take ‘expected’ action.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop's Victorian Benefits
An entertaining, provocative film in which Ian explores the colourful history behind one of the most explosive issues of our times - welfare: who deserves to be helped, and who doesn't. [... ] all hate, no heart. just spreadsheets. at Whitehall, no 11. [...] Benefit Street = victorian freak show/circus of curiosities [...] writing about others, "othering" them. demonising them or putting them on pedestals, making them saints. [...] IDS "a single mother wo aspiration is a product of the system" would correct that, a product of her environment (society) [ie gentrification - poor living w poor door to door. and everyone is looking down on them.].
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Schools Minister Nick Gibb gets a grilling on new academy plan - Newsnight
[ multi-Academy Trust ] Schools Minister Nick Gibb explains the government's new academy plan for schools in England - and faces tough questions from presenter James O'Brien and policy editor Chris Cook. // Outside of London, there are no Academy Trust Chain's that are meeting gov targets. More power removed from Councils/Local Authority into Westminster/Education Secretary/Department for Education and has bad record itself to manage its budget and improve outcomes. // Academies won't do better in deprived areas ...
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Another Look At The Perilous Price Of American Energy by Reveal
fossil fuel companies lobbied themselves out of workers comp when accidents happen. + care about speed over safety. + contract out work. oil companies often don't have own employees on-site. energy companies duck responsibilities when things go wrong. can distance themselves when things go wrong. [...] [legal sleaze] big companies roll off part liabilities (claims) through contractors insurance. [...] bonuses to drill quickly.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Europa: Den Parteien laufen die Mitglieder weg - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ symptoms ] SPD und CDU haben seit 1990 fast die Hälfte ihrer Mitglieder verloren. Die Erosion der Parteien ist kein deutsches Phänomen, sie findet in ganz Europa statt. Unsere Demokratie ändert sich dadurch grundlegend. [...] Parteimitglieder sind nur noch Randgruppen [...] Personen statt Programme [...] Die Mehrheit der Bürger misstraut den Parteien
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Dispatches - Low Pay Britain - All 4
living wage starts from 21? 25? // retail big! high street big! - service sector. no manufacturing ... // IT IS CORPORATE SUBSIDY - PROGRAM FOR LOW PAY! // very far from Germay model! // tax payer pays for people in high street! // Ofsted found inadequate conditions! AND SMALL MINORITY GET ACTUALLY A FULL-TIME JOB! LOL LOL LOL! // Social Market Foundation (research) found lvl2 apprenticeship adds nothing to purse over a lifetime. // its DWP policy to get young people off the paper onto other paper largely, still funded, by the gov - still adding to budget deficit. // Ofsted concerned over apprenticeships "wasting public funds" // WHAT A TORY SPIN! // retail places have shot up, and construction plummeted! the latter is harder or put through training providers ( private companies, PRIVATISATION! ). employers are not in charge. to quote one employee of a training provider "meet targets, get money in" its about the # of apprenticeships, not the quality or economic need/industry. //
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Should Ofsted get a US boss? - BBC News
In particular, they are considering candidates who have been involved in the charter school movement, state-funded independent schools, with a similar ideological DNA to academies and free schools in England. The big impact of charter schools has been in the most deprived urban areas, credited with re-energising schools that had been in a state of chronic decline. It's a claim rejected by their opponents, particularly in US teachers' unions, who say that the successful glitz and PR around charter schools is not backed up by any significant long-term advantage. Some charter schools do well, some do badly... like any other type of school, they argue. The current mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has been accused by charter school groups of putting up "roadblocks" to their expansion. [...] [ PISA & a very mixed picture in USA ... and no co-operation, collaboration and trust. ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Calls for 'homegrown talent' to take over as next Ofsted chief | Education | The Guardian
Concerns raised over reports that the education secretary wants to appoint an American with a record of resisting unions to replace Sir Michael Wilshaw [...] Morgan is reportedly looking overseas to replace Michael Wilshaw, who will stand down in December. According to the Sunday Times, she is keen to recruit an outsider who has defeated union resistance to education changes abroad in order to raise school standards in the UK. [...] we’ve seen year after year, ministers are failing to recruit and retain enough teachers, threatening our future economic success and the prospects of young people in the global education race.” [...] Tensions between state school leaders and Ofsted have risen under Wilshaw’s reign, in part because of the threat of struggling schools being turned into academies after receiving critical inspections.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Junior doctors' dispute could become a war, union warns - BBC News
The dispute over the imposition of a new contract for junior doctors "could become a war" between NHS staff, employers and the government, the public service union has told the BBC. [...] A petition on a government website calling for a vote of no confidence in Mr Hunt has gained more than 180,000 signatures - above the 100,000 threshold for a Commons debate to be considered.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Junior doctors' row: Time for the nuclear option? - BBC News
Ticker &! BMA rejects final offer - &! //&! [ 7-day NHS, treating Saturday not as a weekend day thus no extra pay. ] News that junior doctors have rejected a final "take-it-or-leave-it" offer from the government in the contract dispute means the nuclear option - imposition - is now a real possibility. [...] [ should BMA continue w strike action? Or should Junior Doctors concede defeat? And grant nasty party their victorious 7-day NHS for a sick population of babyboomers ... and then move on, to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, etc? ] [...] Some go abroad - to travel and to work - while others are tempted by opportunities in alternative sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry and (apparently) cruise liners who employ ship doctors. And Scotland and Wales would no doubt welcome some of the best English trainees into their health systems given half the chance. [ imposition may be short-termism, but long-term stakes could not be higher! ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
UK and Scottish governments 'must back creative industries' - BBC News
ground work yes, but not picking industries nor companies! may make sense for career politicians term time. but not long-term. never paid. never paid to pick companies - vs - laying the fundamentals for industries to grow. ie infrastructure, training, competitiveness (ie energy price), but no competition on corporate tax rate ... // UK relied on the City, banking - New Labour was financed by corporate tax rate coming from the city during the heydays. // gov can not play invisible hand. it's called invisible hand for a reason.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on fair play in politics: a Conservative coup | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian
From trade union reform to parliamentary process, the Tories show a pattern of contempt for the protocols of democracy [...] Thanks to a crafty, albeit constitutionally permitted, parliamentary manoeuvre, a cut that will affect hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged young people went through without proper debate or vote on the floor of the Commons. David Cameron commands a slender majority, but it is enough to pass most of his legislative programme in a more transparent fashion. Only the most controversial elements risk obstruction, either through rebellion on the Tory benches in the lower house or rejection in the upper one. [...] That episode, like the vote on student grants, is consistent with a pattern displayed by this government of impatience with democratic norms, verging on contempt. One habit is bundling measures of primary importance up in secondary legislation. [...] lay the foundations for a long-term Conservative monopoly on government.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Labour expecting £6m loss in funding through trade union bill | Politics | The Guardian
Trade Union bill move to cut the water off from Labour. // Tory assault on Labour funding ignores its own corruption. Labour has debatable donors, too, but a lot of Conservative cash comes from people whose economic activities harm us. - - Let’s look at all that money the Tories get from the City and the hedge fund operators in Mayfair and elsewhere? Here’s some LSE research and here’s confirmation. Still not persuaded? Try this from the bankers’ pink paper. If you can’t get behind the FT paywall, the piece is dated 4 February 2015 and called Number of big City backers for Tories doubles. You get my drift. //&! - Holyrood wants to be exempt -
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Plans for PCCs to oversee fire services 'dangerous' - BBC News
Plans to allow fire and rescue services in England to be overseen by police and crime commissioners have been called "dangerous" by the Fire Brigades Union. The Home Office is due to take control of fire and rescue policy in 2016, with the government consulting on emergency services working together more closely. Ministers argue it could lead to large savings and benefits to the public. But the FBU said PCCs governing fire and rescue services would cause the "fragmentation" of emergency services. [...] In a statement on its website, the union said: "Enabling PCCs to govern fire and rescue services will neither deliver economic, efficient or effective emergency services, nor optimise public safety. "On the contrary, these proposals threaten to damage the well-earned trust of the public in firefighters, hamper innovation and will lead to the fragmentation of emergency service delivery across the UK." [...] a "smokescreen for the government's cost-cutting"
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Even Tory MPs are troubled by their party’s power grab
Since their victory, the Conservatives have introduced a battery of measures to weaken the opposition and reduce accountability. [...] It is not only within parliament that the government is seeking to limit accountability. Ministers are expected to weaken the Freedom of Information Act by introducing new exemptions and charging for requests. “I’m unsurprised that both [Tony] Blair and this government viewed it as an inconvenience,” Davis told me. “The trouble is, they’re forgetting who their bosses are.” The Lobbying Act, or “gagging bill”, has reduced the maximum amount that voluntary groups and trade unions can spend on political campaigning in the period before a general election by 60 per cent.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Sports Direct is a reflection of the modern British economy | Letters | Business | The Guardian
Sports Direct seems to be a metaphor for the modern British economy. “The conscious strategy would seem to be to rely on cheap labour rather than costly investment,” as your editorial (11 December) says. It also illustrates the epidemic growth of workforce insecurity which plagues a nation scarred by the rise of the precariat. Britain is rapidly becoming the sweatshop of Europe, and this, along with bubbles in consumer debt and house prices, has been a major part in such anaemic recovery as we have seen over the past five years. [...] [ HMRC cut under austerity, can't do it's job ] //&! //&! - transferring assets. then bringing in administrators. leaving suppliers empty.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Wie weit darf Prostitution legal sein? | SWR Zur Sache Baden-Württemberg - YouTube
// ist immer noch dunkelgewebe und wird so auch ausgenutzt. nicht nur durch pimping und auch weil wenig rechte und rechtsvertretung und schutz durch polizei. Gesetz in Deutschland ist nur halbbacken und schuetzt die frauen nicht. Und der staat (lokal) nutzt das auch noch aus die rechtslage und treibt hohe steuern ein.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Cornel West and Richard Wolff talk about Capitalism and White Supremacy - YouTube
individualism tends to capitalism (each their own coloured widget) vs individuality of the individual. don't mistake the one for the other and you can't achieve the same happiness and well-being with just individualism because it is also based on constant consumption. // what people leave out of socialism and the pundits decry over it. is democracy. democratic socialism. // Plutocracy is undercutting its ability to survive! Problem, the system will take us down with it. // We got ecological catastrophe on our doorstep. Nuclear catastrophe. And Capitalisms catastrophe. //&! Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. - Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 - - capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Global Capitalism: October 2015 Monthly Update - YouTube
33:40 Price Increase 13.1% 2013/14. Big Pharma + Lobby + insurance company + letting itself being sugar-coated-medical profession = medical-industrial complex. A cosy relationship. // Big Sugar. Big Tobacco. Big Oil/Fossil Fuel. // US spends more % (18%) of GDP on medical related expenses than any other developed/western country. //&! 44:40 - VW! No.1 air polluter is private automobil. "we are not talking about more profits. but maximising profits while accepting the contribution to air pollution and death of the vulnerable (asthma). [...] fraud. that caused who know how many people. [...] example of what capitalism is. if there is more money to make. do it." [+ Zeitarbeit, Leiharbeit exploitation] "deadly behaviour of conglomerates (many recalls blamed on complexity of car) in a rational society, but no questions have been asked." [] [Underinvestment in public transportation in USA. 1/2 of Berlin citizens have no car. tell that LA.] "Decision to Deceive. Knowingly harm People."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
How agricultural workers are lured to the UK - YouTube
>> not only the meat industry in Germany abuses and exploits East Europeans desperation for work to a better life! //&! Supermarkets launch investigations over migrant exploitation -
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
What's going on in UK manufacturing? - BBC News
Manufacturing abt 10% of UK output. The rest of the production industries: mining, quarrying, gas, electricity, water and sewage account for another 5%. The service sector accounts for 79%, with construction making up the final 6%. In the last decade, manufacturing grew gradually from 2005 to 2008, at which point it took a dive in the financial crisis in common with the rest of the economy. It recovered from 2010 until the start of 2012 and has been pretty volatile since then. The sector is still below its pre-crisis peaks, unlike the service sector, which is well above its pre-crisis level. [...] the sector had been "stunned by a triple combination of a sharp slowdown in consumer spending, weak business investment and stagnating export order inflows". But most of the big headlines have been about one sector: steel [ energy price not competitive & bust of commodity prices blown up by ZIRP, NIRP & QE ] [ why not lower energy prices for all!?] & &!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
SNP conference 2015: Minister wants Scotland excluded from union bill - BBC News
The Scottish government has made an official request for Scotland to be excluded from the UK government's bill proposing curbs on trade union powers.
SNP  Tories  Conservative  Party  Trade  Union  Workers  Union  neoliberalism  neoliberal  UK 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Robots are coming for your job. That might not be bad news
The problem with automation isn’t technology. The problem is capitalism. // [ Deflationary pressure, 3bn people in developing world and frontier markets unemployed, waiting to join workforce. ] [ who buys the gadgets and widgets when half the world is unemployed ] // This time, as Martin Ford argues in Rise of The Robots, education and upscaling won’t help us. There will simply be fewer jobs to go around, as everything from accountancy to journalism will be done faster, cheaper and more efficiently by machines. The result, as Jerry Kaplan agrees in Humans Need Not Apply, is that billions will be left destitute – unless we radically rethink our way of keeping people fed.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Erneuerbare Energien: Industrie nennt Ökostrom-Umlage Kostenmonster - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die EEG-Umlage steigt auf Rekordniveau - und die Kritik ist groß. Die Industrie bezeichnet die Umlage als "Kostenmonster" und Gefahr für den Standort, die Opposition kritisiert zu viele Ausnahmen für energieintensive Betriebe. // "Standortsicherung"
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Angela Merkel: Abschottung ist keine Option mehr - SPIEGEL ONLINE &! - Kanzlerin Merkel vor dem Bundestag erklärt zum Zusammenhalt in der EU gemahnt. Man stehe vor "historischen" Prüfungen. //&! Stärken die Flüchtlinge den Standort Deutschland oder kommen hohe Kosten auf die Sozialkassen zu? Der Ökonom Raffelhüschen warnt vor massiven Steuererhöhungen und steigender Altersarmut. - - Schon heute gebe es in Deutschland Hunderttausende unqualifizierte Arbeitslose. "Es kommen jetzt bis zu 1,5 Millionen Menschen dazu, von denen etwa 70 Prozent ebenfalls unqualifiziert sind", sagte Raffelhüschen der Nachrichtenagentur dpa. &! - Geringqualifizierten droht in Deutschland heute häufiger ein Leben in Armut als noch vor zehn Jahren. Mehr als 30 Prozent derjenigen ohne Berufsausbildung und mit höchstens einem Realschulabschluss sind demnach armutsgefährdet. &! Integrationsdebatte: Lammert fordert von Flüchtlingen Anpassung an "Leitkultur" -
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Vince Cable condemns 'vindictive' trade union bill | Politics | The Guardian - Britain does not have a strike problem – so why the need for new legislation? The government should be working constructively with unions to raise productivity
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Three City Link directors to face criminal charges over firm's collapse | Business | The Guardian
[ sticking the bill to the state, also lowering the insurance bill by employing drivers as self-employed (have to pay their own insurance, vehicle, vehicle tax, maintenance, etc) and not even making minimum wage (per hour income) << circumventing minimum wage payments and insurance payments. no morality. ] The Insolvency Service (IS) declined to comment on why the department was suddenly using its powers under the act. But the action comes after the government has been forced to pay out millions in compensatory payments to staff made redundant without proper consultation. The cases have emerged amid a government investigation into the issue of redundancy consultations in insolvencies and the potentially clashing demands of employment and insolvency law.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Working-class Americans feel screwed. I heard it across the entire country | US news | The Guardian
Donald Trump has exposed the opportunity gulf between those who make policy and those who live it – turning immigrants into scapegoats in the process [...] The disappointment, although often wrapped in anger over immigration, is at its core about diminished opportunity. It is consistent with the economic reality that has persisted over the last three decades: except for the very rich, Americans haven’t seen their wealth increase. The people I talked to are not entirely wrong; their particular job prospects and their particular wealth have been harmed. [...] The angry are mostly people who work with their hands, who feel stuck in a vise tightening from two sides: there is a greater number of people looking for the same jobs and there are fewer jobs available, since many of these jobs having moved overseas.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
So you hate the Tories – but what comes next? | John Harris | Comment is free | The Guardian
Tory conference: Cameron's 'assault on poverty' pledge belied by new figures. [...] planned welfare cuts would lead to 200,000 more working households in poverty by 2020. - The thinktank’s analysis also indicates that the number of all households – both in and out of work – that will be in poverty at the end of the parliament is projected to rise by 700,000 to nearly 4 million. The report will pile further pressure on ministers to rethink how they protect the working poor, following the introduction of controversial plans to cut tax credits in the first budget immediately after the election. //&! - Podcast &! Tories hollowness in their tax credit cut & talking abt social mobility @ their conference (audacity [spin&PR& repeating the message over & over they want to get across] to speak abt poverty @ their conference) - - masking their rightwing neoliberal policy pitching it as centre - &! redefine center
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The Billionaire Hypocrisy of Helping the Poor - YouTube
We're reminded every day of the kindness of the billionaire class - and the millions they spend on charity in American and around the world. But the fact is - Americans wouldn't need the charity - if they just had good-paying jobs.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
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