December 13th, 2012

Guardian Vote for Strike Ballot

The Guardian NUJ chapter have voted to ballot all staff on whether to strike over forced redundancies. That could be a £100,000 day saving for the management.

Guardian insiders say it is “odds on” that the strike ballot will pass.

All out…


  1. 1
    hohum says:

    Strike while the Eoin’s hot!


    • 6
      Osborne is right on this and cheap energy says:

      The Chancellor said he was “glad” that Mark Carney, the next Governor of the Bank, had raised the prospect of ending central banks’ inflation targets to concentrate more on gross domestic product.

      The Daily Telegraph revealed yesterday that senior ministers are pressing Mr Osborne to make changes to the Bank’s instructions amid gloomy prospects for economic growth.


      • 29
        V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

        It’s a real shame when a lefty organ such as the Grauniad is suffering. Not!


        • 96
          When they're not in charge, eftys make me laugh says:

          Good news. Hopefully this speed the demise of this miserable organ.

          Whenever unions go on strike to ‘save jobs’ that usually means game over. I always thought that was because they knew the decision was made and were just making a point. But now I think they actually believe their action might work… Deluded fools.


      • 32
        Anonymous says:

        Has to support Osborne when he gets it right. Total spending should be looked at not inflation as it is measured now. If prices goes up on some thing people will cut amount they buy on that item or cut expense elsewhere.

        Inflation should only be taken into account when it comes to salary increase and household debt increase. It might be time to cut BOE base rate to zero or even -0.25%.

        AAA doesn’t matter either, as others have lost further than UK losing AAA, so the currency is safer than others. It will still lead to lower interest rate.

        Hope Osborne support cutting imports as well. Making £ fall another 25% will help to make UK produce more of what it consumes and to export. In the same time imports will become expensive, so UK can produce what it consume.


        • 48
          Four-eyed English Genius says:

          Good idea. Reduce interest rates to below zero. That will encourage saving, won’t it!?


          • The Public says:

            I get paid £600 a month interest for having a mortgage, and my saver friend pays £300 a month in interest alone.


          • Anonymous says:

            Savings is not the issue now, jobs and cutting deficit are.


          • Anonymous says:

            You shouldn’t expect to leave your money in bank and expect others to pay you. If you want to make a money invest your money.


          • T. P. Fuller says:

            And what do you think the bank does with the money, you cretinous fuck?


          • Anonymous says:

            T. P. Fuller; just look at what banks did with your money, it fucked it up and taxpayers has to give billions to save savers ass.


          • Leftie twat mong spotter says:

            T. P. Fuller says:
            December 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm
            And what do you think the bank does with the money, you cretinous fuck?

            You fuckwit Fuller do they let you near sharp objects? Of course the bank invests it but for their benefit not for the person whose money there using

            You just have to be a left wing swivel eyed mong who would be dangerous if left any where near a fecking piggy bank.


        • 55
          Inflation is coming says:

          don’t talk stupid – a weak currency is a disaster when you import so much stuff

          even the stuff we export has been imported first


          • Real Austerity says:

            Stop importing and start producing.


          • Anonymous says:

            No already £ has fallen around 20% to $. It would have been a disaster if it hasn’t fallen.

            Uncontrolled imports are the disaster. If $1 = £1, UK can produce more of what it consumes or export more. Germany is a success as its in Euro and its currency has been devalued. If Germany still had Deutsche mark, Deutsche mark would have gone through the roof and Germany will be in a mess.


          • lojolondon says:

            “Germany is a success as its in Euro and its currency has been devalued. If Germany still had Deutsche mark, Deutsche mark would have gone through the roof and Germany will be in a mess.”

            The point here is that if Germany was exporting so much in Deutschmarks, the DM would have escalated, and their products would cost so much more. Because the weak EU countries have held the Euro down, Germany has been exporting like crazy and there has been no natural balance. Now we have Japanese cars costing the same as German cars, remember they used to cost half as much. Consumers see they can buy a Ford, Toyota, or BMW for the same price so they go for the BMW. So Germany owes it’s massive financial export success to being tied to a load of failing nations. It won’t last.


        • 73
          Economist says:

          Only issue with losing AAA is that the interest sovereign debt holders demand will go up. Assuming the lion share holder of Sovereign debt is BoE (QE) then this should not be a problem, so long as the UK doesn’t want to borrow cheaply on the international markets.

          The real question is credibility of the currency, which is where the inflation issue should be considered carefully.


          • Anonymous says:

            USA lost it and interest rates fell. What is China or other exporting nations going to do? If they don’t buy goods and services from its debtors it can only buy assets in that country or bonds.

            You have to realise these exporting nations hasn’t got much choice as long as they want us to buy what they sell.


        • 94
          CarryHole is a complete Hunt says:

          You really ARE A COMPLETE CRETIN.

          It’s not even worth starting explaining why this would ruin the economy.


          • Anonymous says:

            If might ruin your life style but it will do wonders for UK. If you don’t like it you could always move your money out of UK. But there are loads happy to bring their money here.


        • 125
          Sungei Patani says:

          Usual left wing nonsense. Penalise the prudent and thrifty and reward the feckless.


    • 17
      Inflation is coming says:


      • 50
        Anonymous says:

        Total spending should be looked at not inflation as it is measured now. If prices goes up on some thing people will cut amount they buy on that item or cut expense elsewhere.

        As long as poor can spend money on Sky, entertainment, £30 a month mobile phone contracts, foreign holidays, cigarette, few alcoholic drinks a day, expensive presents, etc. Inflation is not a problem.


        • 78
          Grumpy Old Man says:

          I don’t buy all that shit. That’s why I’m not poor.


          • Anonymous says:

            It would be a good idea to tax petrol and diesel even more at £2 a litre there will be less cars on the road. Most people will only use cars if they have too.


          • Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

            Neither do I. As long as my benefits and pensions are as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar I don’t care.


  2. 2
    Arthur Foxache says:

    First !!


  3. 4
    Atilla the Hunni says:



  4. 5
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    How will the BBC News decide upon content & formulate the important stories of the day without The Guardian?


    • 39
      Anonymous says:

      They use the Labour Party Press Office in a dual redundancy strategy to ensure continuity of supply. If Labour goes offline more EU news is piped in.


    • 123
      Elvis says:

      Will that renowned left-wing (douche bag) doyen of the grauniad- Polly put the kettle on cross the picket lines? I hope she does – and gets lynched in the process.


    • 127
      Mike Oxenfire says:

      All the Grauniad journalists will simply move over to the BBC. It won’t be difficult for them — most of them seem to live there already.


  5. 7
    Yates "ex of the yard" says:



  6. 8
    NUJ says:

    Those capitalist Guardian bastards with their tax offshoring and fancy editors wages have gone too far….ALL OUT


    • 66
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Good idea. You’ll save the Guardian 3,000,000 a month and prolong it’s agony. What’s not to like?


  7. 9
    Not your employer says:



  8. 10
    Mark Thatcher.. says:

    On the cheap gas story..gas prices are made at the Zeebrugger hub,and therefore not much to do with UK..


  9. 11
    Smell the glove says:

    They are cutting “too hard too fast” dontchno?


  10. 12
    Gordon Brown, financial genius says:

    Fifty eighth.


  11. 12
    Bob Crow says:



  12. 14
    Pieman says:



  13. 15
  14. 17
    e by gum says:



  15. 19
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Sally Sue, sally sue
    Why has your face turned blue
    Oh Sally, sally sue ooh ooh
    Oh Sally, your going to stew


  16. 22
    Dan Saffend says:

    Wot? No Polly Toynbee? Huzzaaah!


  17. 24
    Steve Miliband says:

    Are they voting for Christmas


  18. 26
    Meaning of Life says:



  19. 27
    Cam the Sham says:

    Fourth. That is, the Conservatives under my leadership will become the fourth party of politics in this country.


  20. 28
    Hooray! says:

    Down the pan. Bring it on!


  21. 30
    Dolly Toynbee says:

    My sympathies. With you in spirit. Weather rather mild here. Ciao.


  22. 31
    Leroy Jenkins says:

    Well thats a massive blow for all 12 readers.


  23. 34
    HMMM says:

    This could get nasty, rioting in the streets and poor Polly holding a placard with ‘We are the Guardians of the people’ written on it, huddled around a brazier, sorry! brassier.


  24. 35
    Imagine... says:



  25. 38
    JH284661651665 says:

    Tee hee.

    Great strategy with a company losing £100’000 a day. Tell the bosses you will strike unless they pay you more.

    Bravo. Give them an excuse to can your arse, plus force them to get by without you for a while, giving them a crash course in how to… do without you.

    I think some precious little hothouse flowers are going to discover the true market value of their labour shortly.


  26. 41
    Lord Lupin says:

    I for one will miss the Guardian. Polly Toynbee in particularly. Nothing like a bit of humour for a break.


  27. 42
    Westminster Gossip says:

    Dum or what?

    It seems dum to strike over redundencies, surely this will just speed up the process!


  28. 47
    Whacked Off says:

    It’s what Millie would have wanted.


  29. 49
    The Internet Generation says:



  30. 52
    HMMM says:

    That’s the none-job site finished then, what a shame.


  31. 54
    Pollytwaddle says:

    Excellent! More space for my twaddle.

    And, I think I think I can persuade the Graun to up my salary to £300Kpa!


  32. 55
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    So if the budgie cage liner saves 100K daily, a bit of elementary maths and, hey presto!, we discover that, if they stay out till the cows come home, the Guardian may once again approach solvency! The longer you stay out, kiddies, the better off your paper’s financial situation will be, going forward! Keep staying out as long as it takes, if it means everyone will be able to keep their jobs at the end of it all, right? Why let only some of the about-to-be-let-go staff suffer with no money coming in? Sacrifice is good! Let ALL Guardian workers forgo their pay cheques! We’re all in this together!


  33. 60
    Bill says:

    well lets see who the guardian scabs are when this goes ahead.


  34. 72
    Rob Wilson MP says:

    I’m well chuffed that my Rob Wilson post in the previous thread has been made Comment of the Day. :-D


  35. 79
    dick dastardardly mp says:

    Very Guardian ….a ballot to hold a ballot to …………………………………

    Up the Revolution brothers


  36. 83
    Mrs Bellend says:

    Have you seen our David about?


  37. 85
    dick dastardardly mp says:


  38. 91
    Anon E Mouse says:

    Will we see Polly and her new best chums from UK Uncut keeping themselves warm burning unsold copies of The Guardian in a brazier outside Kings Place ?


  39. 95
    Antisthenes says:

    Having seen the success of the Twinkie’s strike they have decided to follow suit.


  40. 97
    Smoot says:



  41. 99
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    The government have paid over two million pounds to a Libyian that was rendered back to Lybia by MI6.
    Why hasn’t Ed Miliband called for a Judge Led Inquiry? Now who was the foreign secretary in 2004?
    Jack Straw, is all coming back to haunt you.


    • 121
      Anonymous says:

      when a govt gets sued.
      it is the ppl,s money….

      when the banks are bailed out.
      it is the ppl,s money

      when the pharmaceutical companies sell duff products..

      ……it is the ppl,s money.
      ………….well, it is only money.
      ……………………..but it never stops.

      if ppl, institutions or businesses are too big to fail, get away from them….they are getting fat.


  42. 103
    Hank the Cat says:

    What has happened to the bbc inquiry about saville that was weeks ago, promised it would be full and frank and out within days. Are the bbc lying again?


    • 106
      HenryV says:

      Just switched on the telly-box and the BBC are still transmitting programmes, so yes they are lying.


    • 107
      Smoot says:

      Yes,it’s in their blooood!


      • 110
        Bill says:

        The BBC programme bike wars has large fabrications in parts as mentioned in the guardian (see it does do some things right). It shows how much editorial standards are slipping at the BBC. If it was ITV advertisers would have pulled the advertising with the station.

        It justs shows that having a licence fee and permanent income that it allows organisations to become sloppy editorial wise.


        • 113
          HenryV says:

          On the BBC I only watch The Sky At Night, weather, and the occasional rugby match, so I am not sure what Bike Wars is about.


  43. 108
    Bill says:

    The NUJ at the guardian did suggest all paid over £100,000 take a pay cut but that was dismissed obviously the fat cats of the guardian are not willing to share the pain


    • 111
      dick dastardardly mp says:

      When ze Barn is on fire you milk ze cow and zen get out before the roof falls in

      Simples ….like our readers


  44. 114
    Operation Crossbow says:

    Will this keep fat Polly off our TV screens?


    • 116
      JH284661651665 says:

      You’re joking. If the Naurgiad folds the BBC will go from having her on speed dial to a permanently connected hard line.

      The special people must be protected.


  45. 117
    Anonymous says:

    Political editor says:”Newsroom mourning for smart, humane, inspirational, brave, respected and loved newspaper”


  46. 122
    NeverRed says:

    And of course a bonus with mass suicide by Ciffers. Hooray!


  47. 142
    Anonymous says:

    Great news. Hopefully the trot rag will go bust. I wouldn’t hang this piece of rubbish on a nail in my shithouse never mind wipe my bum on it.


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