‘ Tories Plan To Make Striking Illegal Unless Given 50 Percent Approval by Members ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (London) – July 19 – The Tories are planning the most significant crackdown on union strikes since Margaret Thatcher’s reign. Criminal offences for picketing and a demand unions seek 50 per cent approval from their members prior to industrial action are key.

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Following a recent walk-out by almost a million public sector workers, Prime Minister David Cameron issued a clear signal he would endorse stricter legislation governing strike action in the UK.

His rhetoric has already influenced the Conservative party’s manifesto for next May’s general election, which is coloured by far-reaching policy changes designed to make the organization and attendance of industrial strikes more difficult in Britain.

In light of these developments, Cameron has been brandished a “Bullingdon bully” by Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey.

“The whiff of hypocrisy coming from Cameron as he harps on about voting thresholds is overwhelming. Not a single member of his cabinet won over 50% of the vote in the 2010 election, with Cameron himself getting just 43% of the potential vote”, Mc Cluskey stated last week.

“The whiff of hypocrisy coming from Cameron as he harps on about voting thresholds is overwhelming. Not a single member of his cabinet won over 50% of the vote in the 2010 election, with Cameron himself getting just 43% of the potential vote”, Mc Cluskey stated last week.

Unite recently published an opinion poll highlighting a growing public distaste for criticism directed at unions. The survey revealed that a majority of the British public endorsed workers’ right to strike in the most recent dispute, backed a £1 per hour pay rise for council workers, and opposed public sector pay cuts.

Despite this telling tide of public opinion, Cameron’s party believes a pledge to introduce regulatory changes to mitigate industrial strike action will prove popular among potential voters.

Under this policy shift outlined on Friday, the Tories made an array of promises. Such measures include making industrial strikes illegal unless unions secure a 50 per cent vote in ballot form in favour of such action, reforming protest regulations, criminalising illegal picketing, and doubling the notice unions must offer employers prior to striking.

The cabinet office minister, Francis Maude, stated he had formerly warned that intensified efforts on behalf of union leaders to push for “disruptive strike action without even persuading a majority of their members to vote” would provide a strong impetus to respond with concrete regulatory changes.

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` David Cameron says that `Russia ‘ may be excluded from `G8 Summit’ and suspend negotiations on liberal `Visa Regime’ for Russian’s’

#AceWorldNews Russia may be excluded from the Group of Eight if it refuses to cooperate on de-escalation of tensions in Ukraine, British Prime Minister David Cameron said in the parliament on Monday, March 10.

He expressed hope, however, that this would not happen.

Speaking at a meeting of the EU heads of state or government on March 6, Cameron stressed that “illegal actions committed by Russia cannot pass without a response.”

The EU leaders agreed to suspend negotiations on a more liberal visa regime for Russians, to stop work on a comprehensive new agreement on relations between Russia and the EU, and to pull out of all preparations for the G8 summit in Sochi in June.


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Israeli soldiers shoot 10 Palestinians at West Bank demo – reports

Israeli soldiers have shot and wounded 10 Palestinians near the West Bank town of Ramallah on Friday, Palestinian medics and security sources said. The Palestinians were hit by live rounds on the outskirts of Jalazun refugee camp when hundreds protested over the killing of a teenager, AFP reported. The wounded were hospitalized in Ramallah, one with serious injuries. Many of protesters hurled rocks at the soldiers. The Israeli Army said Mohammed Mubarak, 19, who was working on a project funded by USAID, was shot dead on Wednesday near a Jewish settlement outside Ramallah after having opened fire at them.


More than 800,000 Malians starving – humanitarian groups

More than 800,000 Malians are desperate for food while another 3 million risk going without meals, 11 humanitarian groups warned Friday. “The number of vulnerable people facing a new food crisis is likely to double if the needs identified are not met quickly,” said Franck Vannetelle, director of Action Against Hunger in Mali. An Islamist insurgency and the after-effects of a food crisis in 2012, combined with poor recent harvests have limited access to basic supplies for the most vulnerable, AFP said.

Al-Qaeda militants attacked a military checkpoint in the city of Shibam in southeastern Yemen 13:52

Al-Qaeda militants kill 15 soldiers in Yemen – reports

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants attacked a military checkpoint in the city of Shibam in southeastern Yemen and killed 15 soldiers Friday, a security source told AFP.“Unknown armed men suspected to be from Al-Qaeda attacked an army checkpoint in Shibam, killing 15 soldiers and wounding several others,” the official said. Casualties among the attackers were also reported.

Brize Norton Royal Air Force base in Britain.13:15

Cameron praises Hollande’s new economic policies

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday praised President Francois Hollande’s moves to boost the struggling French economy. The two met at Brize Norton Royal Air Force base in Britain. The plans Hollande recently announced to cut taxes on business, reduce employment costs and remove unnecessary regulation are “the right way to boost investment and create jobs,” AFP quoted Cameron as saying after the summit.

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Nearly 1,900 killed in Syria since talks in Switzerland began – Observatory

Nearly 1,900 people have been killed in Syria since peace talks opened in Switzerland on January 22, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said on Friday that at least 498 civilians were among those killed in the fighting. The group said 646 mainstream or Islamist rebels had been killed in fighting with government forces or the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Geneva 2 talks between the government and opposition delegations are due to wrap up later Friday after a first round produced no visible signs of progress.


Maine court says school violated rights of transgender student

School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls’ bathroom, AP reported, citing Maine’s highest court’s ruling. The family of student Nicole Maines and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued in 2009 after school officials required her to use a staff, not student, restroom. The court said the Orono school district‘s actions violated the Maine Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. A lower court’s ruling that the district acted within its discretion was overturned.

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Child soldiers among 53 rebels killed by Philippines troops

Three child soldiers recruited by hard-line Muslim rebels were among 53 people killed in a week of fighting with the Philippines Army, the military said on Friday. The offensive against members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) group in the southern island of Mindanao had resulted in the deaths of 52 rebels, including the children, and one soldier, AFP quoted regional spokesman Colonel Dickson Hermoso as saying. “They are employing child soldiers with guns and camouflage uniforms. When we encounter them, we cannot discriminate if they are children or not,” he said.


June deadline to destroy Syrian chem weapons realistic – Russian diplomat

The June 30 deadline for the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal remains “completely realistic” despite delays, Interfax quoted Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry‘s security and disarmament department, as saying on Friday. He blamed delays on security issues on the road to the port of Latakia and said there had been “insufficient” technical support from the international community.

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif talks with European Union foreign policy chief Ashton after a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva09:43

Iran nuclear talks with 6 powers set for Feb. 18 in New York – Moscow

Talks between Iran and six world powers on a deal for Tehran to curb parts of its nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions will be held in New York on February 18, Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s security and disarmament department, said Friday. “The next meeting at the level of ‘political directors’ will take place Feb. 18 in New York,” Interfax quoted the diplomat as saying.


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Cameron’s Visit to China the People Or the Profit

Camerons Visit to China#AceWorldNews says the British Prime Minister David Cameron flew into China saying he wanted to lay the groundwork for a multi-billion-dollar free trade deal between Beijing and the European Union, despite growing unease about his own country’s membership in the bloc.On a three-day visit with a delegation of around 100 business people, the largest-ever British mission of its kind, Cameron said he wanted his country to play an important role in China’s expansion as the world’s second biggest economy is talking about opening up its markets.“China’s transformation is one of the defining facts of our lifetime,” Cameron wrote in Caixin, a Chinese weekly news magazine, on the eve of the visit.

“There is a genuine choice for every country over how to respond. They can choose to see China’s rise as a threat or an opportunity. Britain’s answer is clear. We want to see China succeed,” continued Cameron.

Cameron’s push for an E.U.-China trade deal will irritate the European Commission, which is understood to be strongly opposed to such a move on the grounds that it risks flooding the bloc with cheap Chinese imports and comes as the bloc is embroiled in a dispute with Beijing over solar panel exports.

It is also likely to be seized upon by political opponents, as he has put a question mark over Britain’s continued membership of the 28-nation E.U. by promising Britons an in/out referendum on leaving the bloc if re-elected in 2015.

“I now want to set a new long-term goal of an ambitious and comprehensive E.U.-China Free Trade Agreement,” Cameron wrote.

“And as I have on the E.U.-U.S. deal, so I will put my full political weight behind such a deal which could be worth tens of billions of dollars every year,” promised Cameron.

Cameron is expected to raise the subject in a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday. His office said he was the first European leader to champion such a deal in this way.

He had already discussed the idea of an E.U.-China trade deal with other E.U. member states, it added. Such a deal would address services liberalization and better intellectual property rights protection.

Cameron told reporters on the plane to Beijing he was aware the idea was not universally popular among E.U. member states, but said it could be a chance to tackle Beijing on intellectual property rights and trading standards.

“It’ll be the normal thing in the EU which will be a discussion where there will be some skeptics. There will be some enthusiasts and I think the enthusiasts have the wind in our sails,” said Cameron.

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British finance minister George Osborne opened the door to further Chinese investment in Britain during a visit to Beijing last month, during which he announced less stringent rules for Chinese banks operating in London in a push to make the British capital the main offshore hub for trading in China’s currency and bonds.

He also paved the way for Chinese investors to take majority stakes in future British nuclear plants.

Camerons Visit to Dalai LamaCampaigners have often accused Cameron of putting trade before human rights. On this trip, activists want him to raise what they say are rights abuses in Tibet.

A senior source in his office said before the trip that Britain had turned the page on a rift with China over Tibet, adding that Cameron had no plans to once again meet the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader-in-exile, after their meeting last year angered Beijing.

Asked on the plane whether he would be raising Tibet, Cameron was non-committal, but said nothing was “off limits” in Britain’s relationship with China.

As permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Cameron said the two countries would also discuss Iran and North Korea.

Cameron visited a training academy for Jaguar Land Rover sales staff in Beijing on Monday to mark its official opening as the carmaker unveiled a deal worth 4.5 billion pounds to provide 100,000 cars to the National Sales Company in China.

England’s Premier League is also expected to announce an agreement with the Chinese Super League to develop football in China and boost the Premier League’s profile.

Xavier Rolet, the chief executive of the London Stock Exchange, is travelling with Cameron.

The business delegation also includes Andrew Witty, the chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline. The company was drawn into a bribery case in China earlier this year which resulted in police detaining four Chinese GSK executives.

Peter Humphrey, a British man running a risk advisory group, was also detained and is still being held.



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Cameron Should Spend Tax-Payers Money on the Fuel Poor not HS2

Instead of spending millions of pounds on HS2 they should be looking after the people that are “Fuel Poor” switching to other suppliers is alright for people like me, l understand these confusing tariffs. I spent time the other day obtaining an “Age Concern Tariff” the woman spoke so quick on the phone, then forwarded me 20 pages of what she said, anyone elderly or with any form of dementia, would have no chance!

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