Former Labour official Luke Bozier will defect to the Conservative Party today because he says that Ed Miliband (pictured) is proving a 'disaster' as Labour leader

Ed Miliband under assault from unions

Ed Miliband came under assault from Labour's union backers today, as fury over his decision to embrace austerity measures led to open discussions about the withdrawal of financial support for the party.

Rail signal staff plan more strikes

Railway signal workers in Scotland are to stage two further strikes in a dispute over career progression, union leaders announced today.

Political donations bound to cause Honours 'suspicion'

Political parties' reliance on large donations from individuals or trade unions means there is “bound to be suspicion” about honours and other favours, a public standards watchdog chief said today.

Network Rail hits out over strike

Resolving a dispute that could see train services disrupted over the Christmas period was made "impossible" by the stance of the RMT union, Network Rail claimed tonight.

Unions in dispute over rail jobs

Unions today declared a national dispute on the railways in a row over control centre jobs, raising the threat of industrial action.

Tube chiefs in strike court plea

London Underground asked a High Court judge today to stop a Boxing Day strike by Tube drivers in a row over pay.

Legal bid to halt Tube strike

London Underground today launched legal action in a bid to halt a planned strike on Boxing Day by Tube drivers in a row over pay.

Signal workers to strike

Signal workers are to stage a three-day strike from Christmas Eve in a row over career progression, threatening disruption to services, it was announced today.

RMT demands surveillance information

The biggest rail workers union demanded information today about a media "undercover surveillance operation" against the union and its general secretary.

Jeremy Clarkson row dogs strike talks

BBC presenter Jeremy Clarkson remained at the centre of a storm of protest tonight despite apologising for saying striking public sector workers "should be shot".

Two million set to join biggest strike in a generation

Schools, hospitals, courts and transport were hit by the biggest strike in decades today as teachers, nurses and civil servants joined weather forecasters, botanists and nuclear physicists on picket lines.

Dave Prentis: Quietly awkward

Union barons are meant to be arrogant and politically motivated. But that's nothing like the man who will be leading next week's public sector strike

Theresa Villiers 'dashed Bombardier train deal hopes'

A government minister was today accused of dashing hopes of saving thousands of jobs after refusing to change a controversial decision to award a lucrative train-building contract to a German firm.

Tube drivers in 'safety' row action

London Underground drivers will refuse to follow new instructions after voting in favour of industrial action in a row over safety, it was announced today.

Ray Boyfield: Trade unionist who played a major role in the postwar TUC

Ray Boyfield was one of the Trades Union Congress officials who played a major part in helping the organisation after the war become one of the most effective forces in the restructuring of industry and social welfare. Mentioned as a possible successor to George Woodcock as general secretary, he left the trade union movement to join private industry as a labour-relations adviser and then to join the National Industrial Relations Court which was boycotted by the TUC.

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