20 July 2012
Athletes and sports fans attending the 2012 Olympic Games may face disrupted journeys after UK immigration and rail workers announced separate strikes, reported the Boston Globe.
Protesters took to the streets of 80 Spanish cities on Thursday night after prime minister Mariano Rajoy's People's party (PP) pushed a €65bn (£51bn) austerity package through parliament and the country paid record prices to borrow money from sceptical markets, reported the hereisthecity website.
Members across the Home Office will strike on Thursday 26 July in a long-running dispute over job cuts, pay and privatisation.
The G4S Olympic security shambles is such a spectacular outsourcing disaster that it is leading to a period of soul searching in political and media circles about the nature of privatization, says TUC policy officer Matt Dykes on a Touchstone blog post.
The leader of a union representing thousands of Home Office staff, has defended plans to call a strike next Thursday - on the eve of the Olympics, reported the BBC.
The number of people in workplace pension schemes is as a record low, as experts warn millions of workers are failing to put away enough money for retirement, reported the Daily Telegraph.
Octopus-like outsourcing firm Serco became the latest profiteering outfit caught out failing to deliver on its promises, reported the Morning Star.
Long-term unemployment is at crisis levels and getting worse, even as the rest of the labour market improves, the TUC warned.
For the past 60 years, Britons have enjoyed cradle-to-grave public services, provided by the state. Nowadays, they are more likely to be supplied by the private sector, reported the Financial Times.
Jobless support company Eco Actif closes after being denied loans by banks which said social policy was a risky investment, reported the Guardian.
Climate Justice Collective’s Alex Granger writing for Red Pepper magazine dispels the myth that investment in renewables is behind rising energy costs.
Terror suspects on the Home Office watch list are entering the UK in the run-up to the Olympics without the necessary security checks, according to frontline officials at Heathrow, reported the Observer.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt defended beleaguered security giant G4S, insisting it was “completely normal” for contractors on projects like the London Olympics to fail to meet their commitments, reported the Independent on Sunday.
The NHS's principal blood supplier may be privatised which could raise tens of millions of pounds for the taxpayer, reported Sky News.
In 30 years, social housing has gone from being three times the size of the private rental sector, a blog on the False Economy website considers why.