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Given the state of Brown and Labour's campaign, that is no longer unthinkable. With the prospect of the most savage spending cuts since the 1970s, in the teeth of Greek-style resistance, it might not seem a great time for either Labour or the Lib Dems to
EQUAL PAY VICTORY FOR UNISON
More than 4,000 female council workers have won the right to be paid the same as their male colleagues in a case which could lead to payouts worth about Â£200m.
British Airways crew 'to be balloted next week on possible further strike action'
British Airways cabin crew are to be balloted next week on whether to back a peace deal or support further strikes, potentially leaving passengers facing further travel disruption.
Coal is still a vital energy source for developing nations
It is unrealistic to expect South Africa, a nation rich in coal, to turn to more costly fuels
Union condemns councils for 'penalising' stranded teachers
Local authorities were today accused by a teaching union of attempting to "penalise" teachers stranded abroad because of the travel chaos caused by the Icelandic volcano.
Why shouldn't Kellingley and Thoresby have remained open into 2018?
In a report prepared for the NUM and TUC "Merits of UK Coal State Aid Application" it is argued that rather than close Kellingley and Thorseby in 2015 they could remain open until 2018. Other EU member states have and still are benefiting from the fund whilst making a case for extended funding.
"It can be seen that our European competitors are taking a strategic decision to support their coal industry during managed wind down of uncompetitive coal mines, and are providing substantial sums under European State Aid regulations. As an example, Germany’s closure plans are designed to address the social impact of job losses, and specifically to allow sufficient time to enable direct and indirect supply chains to adjust. To date the UK has made little use of state-aid provisions for the sector, either under the previous regulations or current Closure Aid."
The full report can be read here http://www.num.org.uk/uploads/26/1184.pdf