Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Guardian Workers Revolt Over £2 Million Boss
NUJ Condemns Widening Bosses’ Pay Gap

Guardian writers are unhappy that their pay is falling in real terms whilst their bosses’ pay tops £2 million.

guardian-logoFollowing today’s chapel meeting at 2pm, the following motion was passed unanimously:

The chapel believes that GMG’s continued payment of grossly inflated boardroom bonuses and remuneration packages is a violation of the Guardian’s values and represents a failure of corporate governance and accountability by the Trust.

The fact that one package of over £2m has been agreed after five years of large-scale company losses and falling real terms staff pay and numbers demonstrates that City-scale boardroom pay at GMG remains out of control and that genuine independent oversight is not taking place.

The chapel, which represents the overwhelming majority of Guardian and Observer editorial staff, believes the decisions of the board and trust on boardroom pay do not reflect the views of the staff, readership or the ethics of the Guardian that the Trust is obliged to uphold.

The chapel has no confidence in the existing system of executive remuneration, and calls on the company to publish details of all existing long-term incentive and boardroom bonus schemes, as well as the total executive bonus pool paid out annually.

The chapel believes that reform of governance at the Guardian is now essential, and calls on the Trust to respond to chapel representations for reform made over the past five years. The chapel reiterates its opposition to executive performance bonuses and calls on the trust to accept elected staff representation on the remuneration committee and to expand elected staff representation on the Trust itself.

The chapel instructs the officers to prepare a pay claim for this October’s settlement that takes account of GMG boardroom excess, narrows the widening gap between the lowest and highest paid in the company and aims to recoup the real terms cuts in pay and freelance rates sustained by NUJ members over the past five years.

Where was that tribune of the workers and Guardian columnist when the union was meeting?

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Owen Jones was having a cappucino breakfast tea in Bar Italia, Soho…

UPDATE:

WATCH: Adam Boulton Swallows a Fly on Live TV

The funniest thing that happened during the reshuffle:

Handled with consummate professionalism, as ever…

The New Cabinet in Full

The Cabinet

David Cameron – Prime Minister

Nick Clegg - Deputy Prime Minister

William Hague - First Secretary of State, Leader of the House of Commons

George Osborne – Chancellor of the Exchequer

Danny Alexander - Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Theresa May - Secretary of State for the Home Department

Michael Fallon - Secretary of State for Defence

Vince Cable - Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Iain Duncan Smith - Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Chris Grayling - Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Nicky Morgan - Secretary of State for Education, Women & Equalities Min.

Eric Pickles - Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Jeremy Hunt - Secretary of State for Health

Elizabeth Truss - Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Justine Greening - Secretary of State for International Development

Alistair Carmichael - Secretary of State for Scotland

Edward Davey – Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Patrick McLoughlin - Secretary of State for Transport

Sajid Javid - Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Theresa Villiers - Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Stephen Crabb - Secretary of State for Wales

Philip Hammond - Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Also attending Cabinet

Michael Gove - Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury

Francis Maude - Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

Matt Hancock - Minister of State for BIS, DECC and Portsmouth

Esther McVey - Minister of State for Employment

Oliver Letwin - Minister for Government Policy, Lord Privy Seal

David Laws - Minister of State for Cabinet Office, Schools

Grant Shapps - Minister Without Portfolio

Baroness Warsi - Senior Minister of State, Faith and Communities

Greg Clark - Minister of State for Universities and Science

Jeremy Wright - Attorney General

Baroness Stowell - Leader of the House of Lords

THE RESHUFFLE: All Today’s Moves as They Happen

7:40pm: Andrew Lansley is stepping down as an MP at the election.

5:40pm: Tobias Ellwood appointed FCO PUSS.

5:00pm: Jo Johnson promoted to Minister of State at Cabinet Office.

4:58pm: Sam Gymiah is PUSS at DfE.

4:02pm: Whips: Mel Stride, Therese Coffey, Ben Wallace & Damian Hinds.

3:59pm: Alun Cairns is PUSS at Wales Office.

2:05pm: Brooks Newmark is Parliamentary Secretary at Cabinet Office.

2:00pm: Ed Vaizey Minister of State at DCMS and BIS.

1:59pm: Brandon Lewis made Minister of State at DCLG.

1:47pm: Andrew Murrison is PUSS at Northern Ireland.

1:46pm: George Freeman becomes Minister for Life Sciences.

1:40pm: Julian Brazier becomes PUSS at MoD.

1:36pm: Desmond Swayne is Minister of State at DFID.

1:33pm: Robert Buckland becomes Solicitor General.

1:22pm: Liam Fox turns down a job at FCO.

1:14pm: Nick Gibb is returning to Government as Minister of State at DfE.

12:30pm: Penny Mordaunt is the new PUSS at DCLG.

12:29pm: Amber Rudd is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DECC.

12:25pm: Priti Patel becomes Exchequer Secretary at the Treasury.

12:25pm: Claire Perry becomes a Transport minister.

12:18pm: Oliver Lewtin becomes Lord Privy Seal.

12:12pm: Anna Soubry is Minister of State at Defence.

12:10pm: John Hayes appointed Minister of State at Transport.

12:07pm: David Gauke is Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

11:35am: Mark Harper appointed Minister of State at DWP.

11:32am: Nick Boles is Minister of State at Education and BIS.

11:30am: Mike Penning is Minister of State at Home Office and MoJ.

11:14am: Matt Hancock is Minister of State for BIS, DECC and Portsmouth. He will attend Cabinet.

11:11am: Jeremy Wright is the new Attorney General.

11.00am: Baroness Stowell replaces Jonathan Hill as Lords Leader.

10:43am: Lord Hill is the PM’s nomination for European Commissioner.

10.34am: Greg Clark becomes Minister for Universities, Cities and Science.

10:27am: Esther McVey continues at DWP and will now attend Cabinet.

9:55am: Michael Fallon is the new Defence Secretary.

9:30am: New Environment Secretary is Liz Truss.

9:25am: Nicky Morgan replaces Gove as Education Secretary.

9.12am: Michael Gove is moved to Chief Whip.

Developing…

Lord Hill: Unelected, Unheard Of, Ultimate Political Insider

After denouncing Juncker as “someone no one has heard of”, Cameron has nominated Jonathan Hill for European Commissioner. Who he?

Hill worked at the Conservative Research Department in 1985 before becoming a SpAd to Ken Clarke.

In 1991 he joined the No.10 policy unit and became political secretary to Major in 1992, going on to lobby for Bell Pottinger and Quiller before moving to the Lords in 2010.

Asked by ConHome in June whether he was would want to be European Commissioner, Hill replied “non, non, non”.

As an ultimate political insider, who has never been elected to anything, he will fit right in in Brussels…

Cabinet Office: Sorry We Haven’t a Minister

Charlie Elphicke’s parliamentary debate to highlight the failings in political neutrality of charities has been postponed after the Cabinet Office realised that they no longer had a Minister for Civil Society to respond.

After the sacking of the Nick Hurd, perhaps his replacement should have a keen interest in the third sector…

Why not Elphicke himself, or Conor Burns?

The charities would love it…

Gordon Brown’s Third Sector Placemen

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Tory MP Charlie Elphicke has a Westminster Hall debate at 11am this morning on the political independence of charities. A few years back Fraser Nelson warned how Britain’s charities had been “stuffed to the gunwales with Labour placemen” by Gordon Brown before he left office. The full list of Brown government advisers who have subverted the third sector is food for thought ahead of today’s debate:

Konrad Caulkett (No. 10) – Appeals Director, Theirworld

Matt Cavanagh (No. 10) – Did stint at IPPR after leaving No.10

Brendan Cox (No. 10) – Director of Advocacy and Policy, Save the Children

Dan Corry (No. 10) – Chief Executive, New Philanthropy Capital

Patrick Diamond (No. 10) – Vice-Chairman, Policy Network

Justin Forsyth (No. 10) – Chief Executive, Save the Children UK

Gavin Kelly (No. 10) – Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation

Baroness Nye (No. 10) – Burma Campaign UK / Young Women’s Trust

Nick Pearce (No. 10) – Director, IPPR

Lisa Perrin (No. 10) – Events Manager, IPPR

Lord Stevenson (No. 10) – Hypospadias / Foundation for Credit / CSS / BAT

Anthony Vigor (No. 10) – Former Fellow, IPPR

Robert Philpot (Cabinet Office) – Director, Progress

Francine Bates (Children and Schools) – Chief Executive, the Lullaby Trust

Ann Rossiter (DCLG) – Executive Director, SCONUL

Lenny Shallcross (DCMS) – Campaigning Manager, Alzheimer’s Society

Alaina Macdonald (Defence) – Head of PR , National Childbirth Trust

Polly Billington (DECC) – Head of Communications, Citizen’s Advice

Clare Montagu (Home Department) – Executive Director, Trinity Hospice

Richard Darlington (International Development) – Head of News, IPPR

Dan Lodge (Wales) – Welsh Convenor, Fabian Society

The takeover is complete…

Monday, July 14, 2014

THE RESHUFFLE: All the Sackings as They Happen

22.52: You read it all here first:

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister has accepted the resignations of the following Ministers:

- The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP (Minister without Portfolio)
- The Rt Hon David Willetts MP (Minister of State, BIS)
- The Rt Hon Alan Duncan MP (Minister of State, DFID)
- The Rt Hon Hugh Robertson MP (Minister of State, FCO)
- The Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt MP, (Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury)
- The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan MP (Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office)
- The Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP (Minister of State, DECC)

10.15pm: Phillip Hammond will take over at FCO. Eurosceptic.

10:00pm: William Hague out as Foreign Secretary, he becomes Leader of the House and will stand down from parliament at the election.

10:00pm: Andrew Lansley sacked.

9:58pm: Stephen Crabb is the new Welsh Secretary.

9:28pm: Owen Paterson sacked as Environment Secretary.

9:07pm: Solicitor General Oliver Heald also leaving.

9.03pm: Greg Barker out of DECC and will quit parliament next year.

8:34pm: Attorney General Dominic Grieve leaves the government.

8:16pm: Transport minister Stephen Hammond out.

8:07pm: Police minister Damian Green sacked.

7:30pm: David Willetts quits, will leave parliament next year.

7:27pm: Nick Hurd stands down as Minister for Civil Society.

7:18pm: Northern Ireland Minister Andrew Robathan quits.

7:17pm: Development Minister Alan Duncan quits “at his own request”.

5:36pm: Ken Clarke quits as Minister Without Portfolio.

5:29pm: David Jones sacked as Welsh Secretary.

Developing…

WATCH: Ken Clarke’s First Post-Reshuffle Interview

“I will confess that I spent more of last week at the Test match than I did in my office.”

Via ITV.

Follow the JP Morgan Money

Ed Miliband has all but outsourced the writing of next year’s manifesto to ‘charity’ think-tank IPPR, the Labour wonkshop recently referred to the Charity Commission for breaching impartiality rules.  They don’t really like to shout about who funds their work, yet they’re nicely set up for the next few years with £780,000 this year and a further £1.6 million expected over the next two years from JP Morgan – the investment bankers Ed likes to demonise. As Guido noted earlier this month, IPPR is stuffed to the rafters with former officials from the last Labour government, not least Jack Straw’s son Will, Labour’s candidate in Rossendale and Darwen, who is their Associate Director. Guido will have more on this tomorrow.

IPPR used to be nicknamed Tony Blair’s favourite think tank. Completely coincidental to the £2.5 million bung, Blair is an official adviser to the board of JP Morgan…


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It’s about as believable as Press TV, KCNA of North Korea or the Daily Mirror.


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