Government will be culpable for mass unemployment if they go ahead with furlough cuts, Labour warns

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Ministers will be “culpable” for mass unemployment if they go ahead with planned blanket cuts to the furlough scheme, Labour has warned. Business groups and opposition politicians said on Friday night that firms will likely have to let their staff go...

Keir Starmer hands major role to Labour leadership rival in huge shadow cabinet overhaul | Politics | News

The new Labour leader has appointed Lisa Nandy as Shadow Foreign Secretary and takes over from Emily Thonberry, who was eliminated early on in the leadership race.But there is no role on the revamped Shadow Cabinet for fellow leadership rival Rebecca LongBailey, who is a strong ally of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.His office has announced that as the new deputy leader, Angela Rayner will...

John McDonnell admits he won’t be part of new Labour leadership team – ‘We will all go’ | UK | News

Speaking to Sky News the shadow chancellor claimed it is time for the Labour Party leadership to move on and listen to its people. Labour lost a total of 59 seats in Thursday's general election in the worst result for the party since 1935. Mr McDonnell said: “We will all go now. The new leader will come in place and appoint a shadow cabinet. I won’t be part of the shadow cabinet.“I’ve...

General election 2019: Labour vows Budget ‘to end austerity’ in first 100 days

Image copyright Reuters John McDonnell has promised to "end austerity" in a speech setting out Labour's priorities for its first 100 days in government. The shadow chancellor vowed to "remake government" with a Budget on 5 February if his party wins this Thursday's election. He also detailed how newly nationalised water and energy firms would be run. The Tories are also pledging to increase...

Some leave voters consider backing the Tories in Labour heartlands – Channel 4 News

7 Dec 2019 For more than a century the Rother Valley has been held by the Labour party. But with Brexit centre stage in this election, age-old loyalties are being called into question in a region where most people voted to leave the EU. For more than a century the Rother Valley has been held by the Labour party. But with Brexit centre stage in this election, age-old loyalties are being called...

Labour news: Britons FURIOUS at Labour chairman Ian Lavery’s miner union cash row | UK | News

Mr Lavery featured in a Labour campaign video released on social media that accused the Conservative Party of “stealing the miners’ pension fund”, but questions have been asked about how he financially benefited from running the 10-member NUM branch. A 2017 report from the Certification Office that regulates trade unions revealed he was loaned £72,500 from the NUM benevolent fund, which...

Quebec’s daycare system is headed for a labour shortage, union warns

A protest against cuts to the health-care system in 2014. The FSSS-CSN represents more than 130,000 workers in the health and social services sectors. Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette files Union officials are sounding the alarm about Quebec’s daycare system, which they say is headed for a labour shortage.At a press conference on Sunday morning, representatives of the union said the sector is...

Many immigrant workers exploited by warehouse employers, labour report reveals

“Warehouse work in Montreal is structured so that employees have a minimal capacity for collective organization,” Mostafa Henaway, of the IWC, said in a statement. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette file photo Montreal’s warehouses routinely exploit a large segment of immigrant workers, a new report has found.A survey carried out last summer by the Immigrant Workers Centre (IWC) observed that...