‘ 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.

Austerity Strikes

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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Met Office: UK Getting Ready for Winter with Video

Winter

Winter (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Following the success of last year’s campaign and with the recent severe weather fresh in the memory, the Government launch a timely reminder of the simple steps that can be taken to keep warm, healthy and safe this winter.

The Met Office will once again host the ‘Get Ready for Winter’ web pages on behalf of a range of Government Departments and voluntary organisations, offering advice and links to a range of organisations to help individuals, families and communities prepare for winter. The campaign will build on last year’s very successful initiative which saw thousands of people get the information they need to prepare for all-weather conditions through the winter months.

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: “Building on the success of last year’s ‘Get Ready for Winter’ initiative, government departments and our partners in the voluntary sector will again be providing comprehensive advice that will help individuals, families and communities prepare and stay safe this winter.

“From tips on preparing your property and vehicle, to the latest weather forecasts and warnings, the initiative will provide a one-stop shop for all winter weather related information”

The Met Office works closely with government departments, contingency planners and partner organisations including the voluntary sector, throughout the year to make sure they have the best advice available to help them prepare for and deal with the impacts that our weather can bring.

Severe weather

Severe weather (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Simon Lewis, head of emergency response at the British Red Cross and Chair of the Voluntary Sector Civil Protection Forum, said: “Severe weather will undoubtedly affect thousands of people across the UK this winter and we believe it is vital they have the necessary information to help them prepare. All the charities involved are delighted to offer simple hints and tips as well as free apps and resources to help people better prepare for the winter to come.”

The Scottish Government‘s ‘Ready Scotland’ campaign also aims to raise awareness of the risks that winter can bring and how people can be more prepared during severe weather.

So how can you be more prepared for severe weather?

  • Prepare your property and vehicle ahead of winter, and take responsibility for your own safety.
  • Be aware of the latest weather forecasts and warnings from the Met Office.
  • Be prepared to alter your plans in times of severe weather.
  • Look after the elderly and more vulnerable in your community.

Winter preparedness

  • Today sees the Get Ready for Winter campaign go live. Working with partners in the Cabinet Office, across Government and in the voluntary sector, these pages will offer a range of advice to help you prepare for winter and take action when severe weather is forecast.
  • This weekend the forecast is for severe weather, particularly in the South on Sunday night into Monday morning. Damaging winds are possible and the public are advised to keep up to date with the latest Met Office warnings and forecasts either via our website or our media partners.

Events

  • Bonfire night

    All those heading to fireworks displays on 5 November will be hoping for clear skies.

  • Tar barrels

    5 November – Check the Ottery St. Mary weather forecast if you are heading to tar barrels this bonfire night.

More events

I want to…

  • Community

    Help communities

    There are practical steps you can take to support your community in preparing for winter weather.

  • Health and wellbeing

    Stay warm and well

    Helping you keep warm and well this winter.

  • Protect your home

    Protect my home

    There are certain practical steps that you can take to protect your home from winter weather.

  • Travel

    Travel

    Preparations and precautions when travelling in winter.

  • Promotional material

    Promotional material

    Free downloadable promotional resources

Campaign partners

Get Ready for Winter is a partnership initiative joining up messages from Government, the voluntary sector, local authorities and others to encourage individuals, families and communities to think about winter preparations they can take to help them stay warm, healthy and safe. It aims to contribute to partners’ existing work through better co-ordination, sign posting and ease of access. This partnership approach through a single website not only makes messages more accessible for the public, but increases the reach for contributing organisations.

National Severe Weather Warnings

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New Name for Cuts to Public Services is #austerity – According to the Edict of Cameron

A consensus is at last emerging for fundamental reform of our public services. For the government, Nick Clegg, Danny Alexander, Theresa May and Frances Maude have all made the case over recent months for policies based on outcomes not inputs – where success is defined by the health of the nation and the level of crime, not just the number of nurses and police officers.http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/02/austerity-government-approach-public-services-cuts

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