News Head of St Mary’s, Mike Kennedy, aims for ‘all-comers’

The elite Catholic college, launchpad to many illustrious alumni, will be open to all-comers

Union leaders turn heat up on Lib Dems over cuts

TUC hopes to exploit tensions in the coalition as it prepares for march through London on Saturday

Roy Jackson: High-ranking TUC official who built up a nationwide system of trade union education

Roy Jackson, the former Assistant General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress, was widely respected throughout the movement as one of the leading movers in building up a nationwide system of trade union education. Over 30,000 trade unionists a year would complete the courses he instituted.

Meet the women who really are running the country

They are the new breed of entrepreneurs breathing fresh life into rural Britain, boosting business and creating jobs.

Public sector pension plan sparks strike threats

The Government was tonight facing the threat of a summer of industrial strife by millions of public sector workers after unions warned that radical changes to public sector pensions could "light the blue touch paper" for strikes.

Mass strike threat over public-sector pensions

The generous pensions enjoyed by public sector workers are "not tenable" for taxpayers in the long term, a government-ordered inquiry will report today.

Record numbers work unpaid overtime

A record 5.26 million people worked unpaid overtime last year, clocking up an average of more than seven hours a week without pay, according to a new study.

Union leaders warn cuts will see 50,000 NHS jobs lost

More than 50,000 posts are to be shed across the NHS, including doctors, nurses and midwives, as managers hunt for efficiency savings, trade union leaders warned last night. The scale of the job losses being forecast dwarfs the previous predictions of redundancies in the health service.

Coalition ready for strikes as PM outlines public sector revolution

Ministers are drawing up plans to deal with a wave of co-ordinated public sector strikes across the country this summer. A special unit of civil servants has been set up in the Cabinet Office to "war game" areas of vulnerability in key services and infrastructure. They are also investigating how they can draft in private-sector "strike breakers" to cross picket lines.

Sickness absence system reviewed

The Government today launched a review into the sickness absence system, saying it wanted to tackle the "staggering" £100 billion cost to the economy every year.

Welfare changes are about changing our culture, says Cameron

David Cameron today unveiled details of the Government’s long-awaited and controversial plan to reform Britain’s £200 billion benefits system.

David Cameron accused over jobless youth

The Government was tonight facing growing calls to tackle youth unemployment, which has reached a record high of almost a million, amid warnings that the UK's jobs recovery has gone into reverse.

Cameron: Big Society is my mission

David Cameron promised today to spend his premiership fighting for the Big Society as he declared it his "mission".

TUC urges extra tax on bonuses

Pay and bonuses over £250,000 should be liable for corporation tax as part of reform of the UK's "boardroom bonus culture", the TUC has urged.

George Osborne in £800m tax raid on banks

Chancellor George Osborne today hit the banks with a surprise £800 million tax raid as he announced the Government's new bank levy was to be made permanent.

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