The unions are doing their best to call it off so it may never happen but cutting the pension is a big deal in the long term for firms like Tata. bbc.co.uk
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The pay gap between the highest and lowest earners in the UK has grown more quickly than in any other high-income country since 1975, a report has said.
Research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found the sharp increase in income inequality, which began in 2005, leaves Britain well above the group's average.
The study - Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising - published by the forum of 34 countries that earn the most, said the annual average income of the top 10% was almost £55,000 in 2008, nearly 12 times higher than that of the bottom 10%, who earned an average of £4,700. This is up from a ratio of 8 to 1 in 1985, the OECD said.
33 dead or "missing" and the nationalists won't cooperate over the rescue mission.
A judge has approved the California city of Stockton's bankruptcy filing, making it the most populous US city ever to enter bankruptcy protection.
The city of 290,000, 90 miles (144km) east of San Francisco, saw its tax base plummet in the US housing market crash.
Stockton's creditors - bond holders and insurers who had financed the city's debt - argued the city had not cut spending enough nor sought a tax increase to avoid bankruptcy. With the city now in bankruptcy, they may not be repaid their full principals.
But lawyers for the city said it had slashed its budget to the bone after a 70% decline in the city's tax base.
Officials were forced to make dramatic spending cuts to patch a budget deficit - roughly $26m (£17m) this year. The city eliminated a quarter of its police officers, one third of the fire department staff and 40% of all other employees. It also cut wages and medical benefits.
Stockton's unemployment and violent crime rates now rank among the worst in the nation.
The city's case was being watched closely by other struggling US cities and towns that may also seek bankruptcy protection.
Proposals to shut 14 mines in Poland have come up against strong resistance with miners taking to blocking railways and getting the threat of solidarity action from other workers as the following links show.
A correspondent from Poland adds that
“As usual with miners or nurses, there were attempts at pitting other workers against them as a "privileged" group that lives like kings for taxpayers' money. But it didn't work – many people expressed their solidarity with them.”
The strike ended at the weekend with what “appears like a victory” for the miners. Our correspondent adds
“The protests have just ended with trade unionists signing an agreement with Prime Minister Kopacz yesterday. Apparently, no mine will be closed and no one will lose their job. Of course we yet have to see what will come out of that. Kopacz seemingly hadn't much choice – there are parliamentary elections in autumn this year, PO (Civic Platform – the right wing governing party) lost a lot of support in Silesia and Kaczyński (leader of the even more right wing Law and Justice Party) of course went there to feed on that (the "Solidarność" trade union is close to his party). And obviously, the main point of this deal seems to be the desire to base "Polish energy security on Polish coal".
Report from Engymo
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Nikos Romanos is not only alive but he is also the final winner.
Nikos Romanos has ended his hunger strike following the passage in parliament of an amendment that will allow him to leave prison fitted with an electronic bracelet provided he completes the first six months of his course behind bars.
Prior to the measure being adopted, the President of the Republic spoke on Wednesday morning with the Prime Minister via telephone after speaking with the opposition leader Alexis Tsipras.
The amendment submitted by the Justice Ministry was accepted by all opposition parties in parliament with the first being SYRIZA when Zoe Konstantopoulou announced that the party was withdrawing its demand for a roll call vote on the amendment.
According to the final amendment that was supported by all parties in parliament, students who are imprisoned following convictions or who are remanded in custody on charges including belonging to terrorist groups (as are pending against Romanos who is accused of participating in the domestic anti-establishment group ‘Conspiracy of Fire’) can be granted educational leave and fitted with electronic bracelets provided they have completed the first third of their studies by distance learning.
During a debate in parliament last night, Athanasiou initially rejected proposals submitted by SYRIZA and DIMAR that would allow Romanos and other inmates to leave prison to attend university provided they were fi...
The Communist Workers’ Organisation (North East Section) holds regular meetings in Durham open to all who are interested in defending the independence of working class action These are usually on the third Wednesday of every month at 7.00 p.m. in
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The next meeting will be on Wednesday 22 July 2015. Main topic: After the Budget and Greek Referendum, what hopes for working class revival?
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topple the Provisional Government. However the rest of the class was not yet ready. The consequences of the failure of the June Offensive had not yet sunk in to a wider layer of the class. This the Bolsheviks, present in the factories, understood so the sailors action left them in a terrible dilemma. Here demonstrating below the balcony of the Kseshinskaia Palace, where the Bolsheviks had their headquarters, were thousands of armed sailors demanding that the Bolsheviks put themselves at the head of the demonstration (which, after all, only repeated the Bolshevik
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