The ‘What Budget?’ campaign

31 December, 2020Campaigns, Featured, Home page featured, News

Northumberland County Council Tory leadership recently launched a consultation on a new budget. They say they are looking to make ‘around £8m in savings’, and that they’re having to make the cuts ‘because of COVID’. Is that the extent of the cuts they want to make? No. Read on. And anyway: didn’t government ministers say … Read More

Candidate for Bywell

24 December, 2020Branches, Bywell, Campaigns, Featured, Home page featured, News

Bywell Ward has selected Holly Waddell to be their candidate in the Northumberland County Council  elections in May 2021 Holly has grown up in the Bywell Ward, worked in local businesses and attended the local schools. She has campaigned on issues affecting the local community and is actively involved in it.

Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne Mayor on scrutiny

6 December, 2020Featured, Home page featured, Mayor

Are metro mayors properly scrutinised? That’s a question I was asked at last week’s Parliamentary Select Committee on devolution. Steve Rotheram, my counterpart in Liverpool City Region, says that we are the most scrutinised politicians anywhere. To get something done as Mayor, I have to persuade the 6 council leaders and deputies in my cabinet. … Read More

TUC’s important new report on THE RISE OF THE FAR RIGHT – what we do about it

4 December, 2020Campaigns, Featured, Home page featured, News, Trade Unions

Released: 03 Dec 2020 Building solidarity and workers’ power 1. Throughout history trade unions have been at the forefront of the struggle against the far right and its attempts to divide working people using narratives of hate and blame. Drawing on our core values of unity, equality and solidarity, we will strengthen existing links and build … Read More

For every £1 spent on union-led training the economy gets nearly £13 back, new report reveals

2 December, 2020Campaigns, Featured, Home page featured, News, Trade Unions, Work, Economy & Environment

Issue date: 24 Nov 2020 TUC calls on government to urgently rethink proposal to axe Union Learning Fund  Scrapping the scheme will undermine the government’s “levelling up” agenda, warns new report  The funding should be reinstated at the Spending Review, says TUC  The TUC has today (Tuesday) called on the government to urgently rethink its decision to axe the Union Learning Fund (ULF).  … Read More

Jamie Driscoll’s weekly update

22 November, 2020Featured, Home page featured, Mayor, News

The new series of The Crown has started on Netflix, covering the 1980s – the Thatcher Years. Gillian Anderson’s performance is superb, portraying Mrs Thatcher’s views on Life, the Universe and Everything. People should help themselves, women are too emotional to be trusted, and people should stop waiting for the Nanny State (or anyone else) … Read More

TUC report: more young workers lost their jobs summer 2020 than in all of 2019

21 November, 2020Featured, Home page featured, News, Trade Unions, Youth

Issue date 20 Nov 2020 Young people have been the hardest hit by Covid-19 economic crisis, TUC analysis shows  Number of 16 to 24-year-olds in work lower than at any point during 2008 financial crisis  Union body calls for government to invest in creating good new jobs to prevent a generation from being scarred by mass unemployment  More young workers were made redundant during summer 2020 than in all of 2019, according to new TUC … Read More