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  1. Westminster Blog

    January 24, 2014

    Cameron accused of hypocrisy over onshoring rhetoric

    David Cameron has today thrown his weight behind the small but growing trend of “reshoring” – or returning production from...

  2. January 23, 2014

    UK government poised to sell off Land Registry

    The agency that records all land and property information in England and Wales could be sold off, as the UK government tries...

  1. November 1, 2013

    Company in £1bn Whitehall deal considers sending jobs abroad

    A French outsourcing company that has formed a joint venture with the Cabinet Office to provide back office services to...

  2. May 22, 2013

    PCS takes step towards creating ‘super-union’ with Unite

    The prospect of a leftwing “super-union” with 1.8m members moved closer on Wednesday when members of the Public and...

  3. April 4, 2013

    Civil servants to stage half-day strike

    A strike by civil servants will hit government departments, courts and driving test centres on Friday afternoon in a dispute...

  4. March 17, 2013

    Osborne cracks down on civil service pay

    George Osborne has signalled a crackdown on below-radar pay rises that millions of civil servants have enjoyed despite a...

  5. March 6, 2013

    Civil servants plan strike for Budget day

    Civil servants are to stage a strike on Budget day, launching three months of industrial action in a dispute over pay,...

  6. December 16, 2012

    Unions in ‘time of opportunity’ despite cuts

    Austerity may be hitting members hard but this is nonetheless a “time of opportunity” for trade unions, says Brendan Barber,...

  7. December 2, 2012

    Union leaders to consider strike action

    The threat of a fresh wave of strikes by tens of thousands of civil servants is set to come closer this week when union...

  8. September 9, 2012

    Two unions on path to merger

    Two of the largest trade unions have set themselves on a path that could lead to a 2m-strong “super union” and warned of...

  9. July 25, 2012

    North Korean women in pitch walk-off

    The first day of Olympic competition got off to an inauspicious start last night after North Korea’s women’s football team...

  10. July 25, 2012

    Airport strike for eve of Olympics called off

    A strike by Home Office staff including immigration officers that had threatened disruption on Thursday on the eve of the...

  11. July 20, 2012

    Ministers accused over planned strike

    The union leader behind a planned 24-hour strike involving Heathrow immigration workers the day before the Olympic Games has...

  12. July 19, 2012

    Strike threatens to disrupt Olympics

    Thousands of Home Office staff, including immigration workers at Heathrow airport, are to mount a 24-hour strike the day...

  13. July 12, 2012

    TUC’s first woman leader urges growth

    The woman chosen to head the Trades Union Congress at one of the most difficult moments in its recent history is seeking to...

  14. June 1, 2012

    Revenue staff vote for industrial action

    Revenue and Customs workers have voted to take industrial action in a row over jobs and privatisation, adding to a growing...

  15. April 29, 2012

    DWP pension managers join mutual group

    Hundreds of civil servants will be spun off into a profitmaking mutual group this week, the first in a series of moves aimed...

  16. March 9, 2012

    Talks with unions on public sector pensions end

    The government published its final plans on Friday for controversial reforms of health, education and civil service pensions...

  17. Westminster Blog

    January 13, 2012

    Mark Serwotka confirms that Unite-PCS merger is possible

    I’m not entirely sure that the potential merger between PCS and Unite has been confirmed before by any senior figure from...

  18. January 12, 2012

    Leftwing union leader eyes private sector

    The union movement’s future lies in spreading militancy to the private sector, says the leftwing civil service leader who...

  19. January 9, 2012

    Serwotka threatens sustained strikes

    The coalition faces the threat of strikes and disruption for the rest of this parliament, the union firebrand who is...

  20. December 29, 2011

    Strike threat remains, say unions

    The threat of strikes in 2012 has not entirely receded despite a tentative deal struck over public sector pensions before...

  21. Westminster Blog

    December 19, 2011

    Will union firebrand Mark Serwotka be left isolated tonight?

    There was a point when it looked as if the “winter of discontent” – long predicted by all and sundry – could happen; the...

  22. December 19, 2011

    Breakthrough in public-sector pension dispute

    A serious breakthrough in the dispute involving millions of public sector workers was achieved on Monday night after a...

  23. November 11, 2011

    Smooth operator with warning for unions

    Francis Maude tries to keep the public sector unions on their toes. “It isn’t always routinely ‘good cop, bad cop’,” he...

  24. November 9, 2011

    May resists attacks over Clark resignation

    Theresa May stood firm on Wednesday amid a storm of attacks from opposition benches over the loosening of security checks at...

  25. October 3, 2011

    Ministers target public sector unions

    Ministers pledged on Monday to put an end to taxpayers paying for union officials to work full time in the public sector...

  26. September 16, 2011

    Union would welcome honest debate on pensions

    From Mr Mark Serwotka. Sir, John Hutton has seemingly misunderstood his own report (“Hutton points out pension ‘mistake’ ”,...

  27. July 1, 2011

    Prison transfer to cost over 100 jobs

    More than 100 jobs will be put at risk when the first UK prison is transferred from public to private control, the company...

  28. Westminster Blog

    June 30, 2011

    Ed Miliband treated to catcalls and jeers at union gathering

    I’ve spent a very long half-hour at Methodist Central Hall to soak up the “strike” vibes. There were all the usual...

  29. June 30, 2011

    Battle is joined over public sector pensions

    Ministers and union leaders are braced for a tense battle as they prepare for talks to prevent a wider dispute this autumn...

  30. June 29, 2011

    Strike set to hit business and air travel

    Parents and travellers are among those facing disruption as up to 750,000 teachers, lecturers and civil servants stage a...

  31. June 26, 2011

    Leaders warn strike defeat could break unions

    The looming dispute over pensions reforms could “make or break” the trade union movement, union leaders have warned...

  32. June 15, 2011

    Unions gear up for autumn battle on pensions

    Trade unions are preparing at least one 24-hour strike involving more than 2m workers across the public services this...

  33. June 15, 2011

    Civil service union votes for industrial action

    The UK’s largest civil service trade union on Wednesday voted to join thousands of other public sector workers in a strike...

  34. April 5, 2011

    Capita freezes base pay for senior executives

    Capita, the public sector outsourcing specialist, has played down any hopes of generous pay rises for its 37,000 employees...

  35. March 30, 2011

    Unions attack ‘obscene’ pay rises at Serco

    Serco has fuelled the row over pay levels at companies that run public services by awarding bumper packages to senior...

  36. February 16, 2011

    Government scraps forestry sale plans

    Caroline Spelman, environment secretary, announced on Thursday she was scrapping plans to sell much of the state-owned...

  37. January 14, 2011

    TUC urges united action against cuts

    The Trades Union Congress has called a meeting of all its 55 affiliated unions for the end of this month to discuss the...

  38. January 3, 2011

    Brace yourself for a season of jitters

    Let us call it a spring of discomfort. Notebook is loath to predict a season of discontent, having seen so many come to...

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