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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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