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Britain’s population set to increase sharply

2 February 2024

The Office of National Statistics predicts that the UK population will rise to over 73 million by 2036, an increase of 10 per cent over 2021. This will be overwhelmingly due to immigration.

Fighting for the English National Opera’s future

31 January 2024

ENO artists have suspended strike action in their pay and jobs dispute, pending further talks. But that’s only one step in their fight for the future of the company, which is being forced to move out of London in the name of “levelling up”.

Maintain the integrity of Royal Mail and Britain

31 January 2024

A recent Ofcom report sets out the poor state of privatised Royal Mail and spells trouble for the future of an integrated postal network. The post workers’ union has strongly criticised this, but industry and the wider public need to take up the cause.

Tube workers’ pay victory

31 January 2024

London Tube workers have won a pay victory after the threat of strike action in early January. This came after the Mayor for London announced extra funding at the last minute.

Train drivers fight on for pay

25 January 2024

Train drivers continue their fight for pay and conditions with a round of strikes. Train operating companies, backed by the government, are not even negotiating. One company trying to use new minimum service level laws quickly climbed down.

Flooding – protection works

23 January 2024

Floods this winter again highlight the government’s failure to deliver better flood protection. The Fire Brigades Union continues to campaign for the resources they know can make a difference.

Rough sleeping on the rise

22 January 2024

Record numbers of people are now sleeping rough. The Conservative Party pledge to end rough sleeping in England by 2024 looks an empty promise despite action during the pandemic.

Skills qualifications confusion

27 December 2023

Constant changes to skills qualifications have added to the pressure on further education. Political interference creates nothing but confusion.

Off the rails and onto the roads

27 December 2023

The fallout from the government strategy to switch investment from rail to road continues. It prefers promoting autonomous cars to developing rail and other public transport.

Fishing quotas for 2024 agreed

27 December 2023

Britain still has to deal with the EU over fishing quotas. The latest agreement, the fourth since leaving the EU, sees further progress.

Unions united against law

20 December 2023

The first special Congress of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) for over forty years took place in early December. It considered how trade unions should respond to legal attempts to restrict their activity.

Royal Mail festive “truce” – for now

20 December 2023

Royal Mail workers have called off industrial action over Christmas and the New Year. CWU, their union said there was enough progress to call a “truce” over the holiday period.

Fighting fire service cuts across the country

20 December 2023

Firefighters are fighting attempts across the country to cut staffing, which risks effective response to emergencies. And they have criticised government plans for the fire service.

Cruise operator withdraws conditions threat

1 December 2023

Cruise operator Carnival quickly withdrew an apparent threat to fire and rehire over 900 maritime professionals. After urgent negotiations with their union, the company confirmed it will not do so.