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Tory peer Lord Howell frantically apologised today for suggesting that fracking could take place in north-east England without any impact on the surrounding environment.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Blood staff strike over safety

by Peter Lazenby Health service staff responsible for blood tests and transfusions are to stage a 48-hour strike from tomorrow over threats to patient safety as management attempts to slash appointment times.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Bristolians save ferry service

Determined West Country residents have raised £250,000 to help safeguard a popular ferry service which was threatened with closure.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Twitter urged to take action

A feminist campaigner besieged with sexually explicit threats on Twitter said the site needed to "get a grip" on security as it emerged bosses were likely to face a grilling from MPs.
Fifteen out of 50 payday lenders have thrown in the towel after being given a deadline by the trading watchdog to prove their business practices were up to scratch.
by Paddy McGuffin Environmental campaigners have accused the government of "almost comical" levels of hypocrisy regarding disparities between the planning rules for renewables and "fracking."
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Labour MP: Party reform is a gamble

by Luke James Miners' MP Ian Lavery today branded Ed Miliband's plans to reform Labour's relationship with trade unions as the "biggest political gamble" in the party's history.
Disabled widower Richard Rourke fears he will be evicted from his home over rent arrears as a result of the bedroom tax.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Unite issues DHL warning

Nearly 20,000 express mail workers at DHL could see their pension slashed if "copper-bottomed guarantees" are not in place, Unite warned today.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:00

Glass firm workers vote for pay action

GMB members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action at Ardagh Glass in Doncaster after rejecting the company's pay offer.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:00

Toothless, useless and powerless

by Luke James Parliament must scrap toothless energy regulator Ofgem and take responsibility for reining in the greedy bosses behind rising fuel poverty, energy union GMB said today.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:00

Anger at £3m Thatcher bill

by Paddy McGuffin The direct costs for Thatcher's funeral were in the region of £1.2 million, rising to well over £3m if staff costs are included, the government has announced.
by Peter Lazenby Anti-racism campaigners slammed today the deployment of "advans" threatening illegal immigrants with arrest.
by Will Stone The doomed NHS 111 phone service was engulfed in yet another crisis today after one of its main providers said it plans to pull out of the "financially unsustainable" contracts.
by Rory MacKinnon Elderly patients' health is being put at risk by shunting them from ward to ward, doctors in Scotland have warned.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:00

'Fishy' accountants reject Remploy bid

by Peter Lazenby Remploy workers' reps in the Midlands are calling for an investigation into accountants who rejected a bid by workers to take over three factories.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:00

Judges grant tribunal fees review

by Paddy McGuffin Unison struck the first blow today against the government's new employment tribunal fees, winning the right to a judicial review.
by Rory MacKinnon Burns victims and people with broken bones faced a 32-mile drive to the nearest A&E on Saturday after an understaffed Aberdeenshire hospital simply shut up shop.
by Peter Lazenby Hundreds of building workers are to ballot on strike action after bosses decided to pay wages two weeks late.
Unite has written to the boss of Sports Direct seeking an urgent meeting over "mounting concerns" about the treatment of staff.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:00

Fine collectors strike against sell-off

Court staff who collect fines and fixed penalties will walk out on strike today over government plans to privatise their work.
The GMB union is challenging the decision to offer £1 billion of NHS care for older people to privateers.
Blazing passion: The popularity of erotic fiction such as the bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey could be to blame for the dozens of incidents of people becoming trapped in handcuffs to which firefighters have been called out, a brigade has said.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:00

Record number of awards given out

Leisure: More than 1,400 British parks and green spaces have been given a Green Flag award, a record number for the scheme which marks out high-quality public areas.
Disabled activists will gather outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London today to hear whether they are to be booted from their homes by the bedroom tax.
Social networking giant Twitter said today that it would include buttons for reporting abuse in every tweet.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:00

Economy slows rise in paternity leave

Family: The rise in men taking paternity leave has slowed because of financial pressures, according to a new report.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:00

A great day for Britain's worst bosses

by Paddy McGuffin Home Affairs Reporter Millionaire ministers have today put a £1,200 price tag on workplace justice in draconian new rules that unions and lawyers warn will shut ordinary people out of employment tribunals.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:00

Cattle 'get more rights in transit'

by Will Stone Cattle enjoy better legal protection from overheated trains than British passengers do, RMT highlighted yesterday.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:00

Post office staff out for ninth time

by Will Stone Workers in the country's biggest post offices will stage a fresh strike today in a long-running row over closures, jobs and pay.
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