Morning Call: Can’t We Strike a Deal? | The New Statesman


To strike or not to strike, well that is the question. But, is it easy to answer for it all depends on who you believe, for it could be that each party is exaggerating the areas in question.

It is true that inflation has begun to rise, now 9.1% from the similar period last year, so say, a 3% salary increase would be, in real terms’ a wage cut. It is also said that due to COVID and persons working from home there has been a reduction in rail travel of say, 20% and by striking this reduction could well increase and be hard to recover, especially in the short term.

The government could do more for all UK workers by bringing in tax cuts to Income tax, thereby increasing net pay, by reducing the rate of VAT, which would reduce, to some extent, the costs of goods and services, but would mean there would be less revenue for the Government, thereby to recover this shortfall some Government spending could have to reduced, which could lead to some services being reduced, especially those funding by Local Authorities, as, to a large extent the Government funds Local Authorities. But there are other services and organisations which are funded by the Government, including the Police, the armed services, the NHS, etc., so funding could have to be cut to these organisations and services.

With the railways some alterations to working conditions could be a solution to save on costs and release more money for salaries, as there are some restrictive practices. Some of these are relating to work processes before modernisations or automations were made, such as ticket machines instead of ticket booking offices. But the Unions appear to be against alterations affecting the reductions in the workforce due to these modernisations and automations, so staff are effectively having less to do. There are also possible future automations, such as driverless trains, automated track inspections, automated signaling and others.

But there is something which has not been mentioned to any large degree and that is the large pay gap from the lowest paid workers to that of the highest paid workers, of which the highest would be the Chief Executives, so the highest paid could have there salaries restricted to a certain percentage increase above that of the lowest paid.

Much needs to be looked at and nothing should be off the table, including compulsory arbitration on all parties, with strikes being not required.

Source: Morning Call: Can’t We Strike a Deal? – The New Statesman

Gatwick: Passenger With Restricted Mobility Dies Leaving Flight | Same Difference


A passenger with restricted mobility has died at Gatwick Airport after leaving an aircraft. Gatwick said staff were helping to disembark three passengers with restricted mobility at the time, inclu…

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The major problem here is that people, especially disabled people are being treated as objects in that ‘one fits all’, people are individuals with feelings, and have individual needs, but are not being treated with respect and dignity.

If there are staff shortages then have more flexibility, perhaps bringing executives down to cover for staff shortages,

‘Gatwick said staff were helping to disembark three passengers with restricted mobility at the time, including the man’s partner.’

“It is normal for one staff member to disembark three passengers who require assistance by taking them one at a time the short distance to the waiting buggy.”

Why is it normal for one staff member to disembark 3 passengers, surely it should be 3 staff for 3 passengers, for with only one staff who decides which passenger gets priority and why should there be a priority process. This is showing great disrespect to persons who are paying for a service and is, in effect discrimination, which should be illegal, but maybe our equality legislation is not what it should be, for people should be front and centre, but as is usual it is a process, a system which is front and centre.

This is far from right and now a death has occurred and if something is not done, then more could occur.

Source: Gatwick: Passenger With Restricted Mobility Dies Leaving Flight | Same Difference

Rules to be relaxed for foreign teachers to work in schools in England | Teacher training | The Guardian


Change will allow teachers around the world with equivalent qualifications and experience to apply for jobs

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So we are changing the rules to allow more teachers to come to the UK so they can teach in UK schools, but it is nothing new that was is and was a shortage of teachers for its been known for years. However, we lets is get to a crisis and still wait, until it gets to a major crisis and then action is taken noy for them to come immediately but next year, so crisis continues to increase.

But teaching is not the only profession in a supply of workers crisis, includes the NHS, agriculture, lorry drivers, hospitality, care workers and many more, but the rules are not changed for every profession.

Money in many of these is an additional problem and has been for years, but successive previous Governments have done nothing except ignore the situation, causing many more problems.

The gap between those who have and those that don’t is forever increasing, but these |Governments are only concerned with those who have and in many instances have very much more than any others, as many in these Governments are in the category of those who have very much more.

For the UK to thrive everyone needs to be recognised and more given to those who have not, even if it means taking off those who have.

Source: Rules to be relaxed for foreign teachers to work in shools in England | Teacher training | The Guardian

Streeting ‘manoeuvre’ backfires as he apologises to Shadow Cab for BACKING rail strikes on Question Time – SKWAWKBOX


Diseased nature of Labour regime under Starmer and the right couldn’t be clearer U-turn: Wes Streeting has apologised to colleagues in the Labour party for backing rail strikers – to th…

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Streeting as come out of the ‘closet’ and shown his true colours as a person who can’t be trusted. Now does that mean he can’t be a new leader, for, these days, who does trust a politician of any party and this was well before the example of Boris Johnson, he just strengthens the view of mistrust.

Also as he appears to be a supporter of private health care, so, if Labour do get to be in power will the NHS be safe in his hands.

 

Source: Streeting ‘manoeuvre’ backfires as he apologises to Shadow Cab for BACKING rail strikes on Question Time – SKWAWKBOX

There’s a simple way to fight the cost of living emergency: a £15 an hour minimum wage | Nadia Whittome | The Guardian


Opponents say this will lead to a wage-price spiral – but that’s an argument that’s stuck in the 1970s, says Labour MP Nadia Whittome

 

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I do agree that the minimum wage should be around £15 per hour, but not for other salaries to be increased in the same ratio as this would lead to a wages spiral.

But in saying it should be £15 per hour, this will not be a major problem for many industries, especially multi-nationals, but it will be for charities and certainly the care profession.

The care profession has been starved of finance for way too long, well before 2010, when austerity measures were introduced, but these measures made the finance much worse. So the Government needs to finance Local Authorities much better and return all the losses they endured through the austerity cuts.

As for charities, with all the problems with the cost of living, donations to charities have been considerably reduced, meaning many charities are having to decide whether they can continue let alone afford a minimum wage of £15 per hour. Without charities the gaps caused by lack of statutory services will only get greater thereby causing even more difficulties for the vulnerable that charities look after.

Also Chief Executives of industry needs to have their salaries capped so they are not earning more 10/15% more than their lowest earning employee.

Source: There’s a simple way to fight the cost of living emergency: a £15 an hour minimum wage | Nadia Whittome | The Guardian

Windrush scandal caused by ‘30 years of racist immigration laws’ – report | Windrush scandal | The Guardian


Exclusive: legislation has been designed to reduce the UK’s non-white population, according to leaked government paper

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Unfortunately this report does not surprise me as we have had reports after reports that there is institutional racism in many of our UK organisations, some of these organisations are masquerading as police forces, but the higher echelons in those forces did not fully agree.

But ‘Windrush’, even after all the atrocities their descendants went through under ‘Slavery’, they were still prepared to come to the UK in the 50s when they were asked to help us in our ‘hour of need’ to find that many in the UK resented them coming. But, even after that they did what they promised to do and worked exceedingly well to help the UK and when they could afford to they brought their families to the UK and they to did all they can to help the UK while having to undergo extreme and very ugly racism attacks.

When they came they were British citizens and did not need official papers to travel to the UK, just as we didn’t need papers to travel for where they came from, many from the West Indies were an extension of the UK throughout the UK, they were British citizens as anyone was and still is in the UK.

They were fairly content in the UK and so didn’t apply for formal recognition as many others who were actually born in the 4 countries of the UK did not. Only those who wished to travel outside the UK applied for passports and these were the lucky ones for they did have then formal documents to show they were UK citizens.

But due to immigration laws passed while they were residing in the UK, and the attitudes of some in the Home Office and certain Government Ministers it came that officially they couldn’t easily prove that they were British citizens, even though if these Home Office officials and Government Ministers were bothered to check employment records the proof was there.

So, many were illegally classed as being here illegally, which was so wrong. They trusted the UK and that trust was severely broken.

Many were even illegally deported to a land they left many years ago to help the UK, where what roots they had there were no more, they were deported to be on their own as their friends were near them in the UK.

It makes me so ashamed to say I am British,  and those who allowed this to occur should be made accountable, perhaps even shipped off to lands they don’t know and don’t know anyone.

It was and still is a scandal which should not have occurred or been allowed to occur.

The UK owes everyone who was caught up in this scandal and everyone should be recompensed immediately not in weeks, months or even years, but immediately.

The various UK Governments concerned and the Home Office Officials need to pay for causing this scandal, but ‘lessons are not learnt’, no they never are, for to learn there needs to be a willingness to learn and that is not there, so other scandals occur, evacuation from Afghanistan to name but one and more are still to occur. It is abuse of power and no caring.

 

Source: Windrush scandal caused by ‘30 years of racist immigration laws’ – report | Windrush scandal | The Guardian

Cost of living crisis: Minister says people could ‘take on more hours’ at work or move to a ‘better paid job’ to protect themselves from cost of living surge | Politics News | Sky News


Labour said the comments by safeguarding minister Rachel Maclean were “disconnected from the realities of people’s lives” after she said the government has “already taken action to help people with energy bills and there’s more help coming”.

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Yes, safeguarding minister Rachel Maclean, action was taken, but it was too little and the help that is supposed to be coming is too late.

As to working longer or getting a better paid job, shows just how little Rachel Maclean knows, for most people will not get more pay for working longer and better paid jobs don’t grow on trees for we are not all Government ministers on large salaries, with expenses.

We are in crisis one of many different crisis’s all of which this Government is not helping with.

This minister and all others should come down from their pinnacles and see how the majority of us live.

 

Source: Cost of living crisis: Minister says people could ‘take on more hours’ at work or move to a ‘better paid job’ to protect themselves from cost of living surge | Politics News | Sky News

National Service would benefit young people today – Yorkshire Post Letters | Yorkshire Post


I believe it probably would benefit youngsters today as many have been brought up in a period when much is available, but only if you have the money available.

Crime has mushroomed, but although it has it is only done by a small percentage of the population, as is the so-called, indiscipline youth, but on viewing the media it would appear it is by the majority, but bad news creates much more public appeal than good news. Not that many would agree with this, but how often is bad news so prominent in the media while good news is not.

So would National Service be a good idea, on refection I think not, for many reasons

  • all youth would need to be included, and not as it was with the previous national Service, when Black and Asian youths were generally not included and it was only males, now it would have to include all ethnicities and both males and females. This would leave a great gap in the areas of who would be available for other employments in the UK.
  • at the time of National Service in the 50s the percentage of youths going into higher education, taking ‘A’ levels or the equivalent and proceeding to universities was small
  • many occupations, such as care, depend on the youths to provide the numbers of carers required and there is still an insufficiency.
  • then to crime, well in Sweden it has increased
  • but could we afford to pay the numbers of persons that would be conscripted into National Service, as for years we have had a policy of reducing the costs related to serving in the UK armed forces
  • surely a better education system would be a better idea, a system of providing learning to enhance and create opportunities for a good working life. and provide a basis on how to live. But currently we concentrate on giving an education to gain qualifications which for many will have no basis or help to living life outside education. When have you used trigonometry, algebra and much more forced fed to pupils by process of rote

Rather than fallback to areas which may have been believed to be good some years ago, more forward thinking is required to engage people to be more enlightened, to be more considerate of others, that everyone has rights and be able to lead a reasonable life. That violence is not the answer, but respect for each other is and not only for persons who are known to you, but everyone irrespective of race, gender, sexuality, age, disability, etc.

Abusing is not the answer, which many believe is what armed force is, but be a good listener, be understanding, always show respect, be a good citizen.

Source: National Service would benefit young people today – Yorkshire Post Letters | Yorkshire Post

More than 2m adults in UK cannot afford to eat every day, survey finds | Food poverty | The Guardian


One in seven adults estimated to be food-insecure, up 57% from January, owing to rising cost of living

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The cost of living crisis in the UK has been bad for sometime, but with increasing costs, food, energy to name, but 2 more and more are having major problems feeding themselves and their families and very little is being done by this Government to help those in real need.

No increase in benefits, salaries if at all rising they are not inline with inflation, so more and more people are falling into poverty, even people who are employed.

Then we have the MP, Lee Anderson, criticising people who attend food banks, by saying they don’t know how to cook meals from scratch, but at food banks people are refusing food that needs to be cooked as they can’t afford the energy costs.

This Government could do more, but is currently refusing to do so. people health will continue to deteriorate, causing more pressures on the NHS and eventually many deaths will occur.

Could it be that this government is wishing for deaths as that will reduce the welfare costs.

 

Source: More than 2m adults in UK cannot afford to eat every day, survey finds | Food poverty | The Guardian

Gracemere Le Smileys Early Learning Centre bus tragedy: Neveah Austin’s was ‘only child’ on van | Daily Mail Online


Little Nevaeh Austin, three, is fighting for life after being found unconscious on a bus outside Le Smileys Early Learning Centre at Gracemere, near Rockhampton, on Wednesday.

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It goes without saying that this should never have happened and I do hope Nevaeh make a good recovery.

As to the 2 workers involved they have committed extremely serious situations in the actions or non-actions they did, for it is not only an extreme safeguarding alert, but also a criminal offense.

A total lack of ‘Duty of Care’.

Source: Gracemere Le Smileys Early Learning Centre bus tragedy: Neveah Austin’s was ‘only child’ on van | Daily Mail Online