Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael will tomorrow move the writ to trigger the Eastleigh by-election. The by-election should be on the 28 February.
UPDATE: They will select a candidate on Saturday
Hotting up at the Guardian, HR hits back at the NUJ..
From: Carolyn Gray
Last week, the GMG Board agreed a change in the management and running of the Remuneration Committee (RemCo).
A new Remuneration Committee Information and Consultation Forum will be created, made up from elected representatives from across the business. This forum will be briefed and de-briefed before and after each RemCo meeting by Judy Gibbons (GMG Non-Executive Director and Chair of RemCo) and myself, giving them the opportunity to input and influence all subjects on the RemCo agenda including pensions and benefits.
This is a progressive decision that sets GMG apart from the majority of other organisations and is a significant development in our on-going commitment to move employee engagement up the agenda and more fully embed it in our organisational culture. The GMG Board also hopes it will give us a solid platform to increase participation in RemCo over time.
I am setting up an implementation group to work through the details of how the forum will run and the election process for representatives. We will share further details with you as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Group Director of HR, Pensions, and Sustainability
The NUJ complains about the management negotiating by email:
You will have all received an email from Carolyn Gray regarding the executive pay remuneration committee. I have just sent her this reply on behalf of the chapel. It is not generally the NUJ’s policy to negotiate by email, but as this seems to be the latest trend it behoves us, as always, to be flexible. BW
Thanks for your email re Remco. As you know, the company’s failure to honour its commitment to the NUJ – made as part of last year’s settlement – for elected representation on the committee is now a matter of dispute between us. That being the case, we are unable to take part in the forum you suggest, and will be consulting with our colleagues in Unite in the hope they understand and support our position.
For the record, we believe that your proposition – rather than being the progressive step you envisage – actually undercuts the rights of trade unions to make representations about executive pay. As ever, we would be happy to discuss our concerns with you. In the meantime, I would ask you to reconsider your proposals. As they stand, they can only be seen as a hostile move at what is clearly a very difficult time.
Brian (on behalf of the NUJ)
She says progressive, he says hostile, let’s call the whole thing off…
Bruce “I made Dave” Anderson changes his tune in tomorrow’s Spectator:
‘rarely has a government been so politically inept.’
Expenses rules state that MPs can only travel in first in the unlikely event that it is cheaper than a standard fare. That hasn’t stopped three legroom-loving MPs from bending the rules, however. Energy minister John Hayes made the journey from his Lincolnshire constituency to Westminster in first 28 out of the last 30 times, costing the taxpayer on average over £60 a pop. Standard tickets are usually as cheap as £19 if they are booked in advance or £37.50 if you turn up on the day. He’s not alone…
Former Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson has a 100% record, travelling from Hull in first class 19 times out of 19. He billed us almost £100-a-journey on average, three times what you can pay with a week’s notice. And as for Leeds MP Fabian Hamilton? 29 of his 30 train journeys were in first at £72 a go, as much as double the standard fare.
A well-placed parliamentary source explained to Guido how greedy MPs cheat the system by seeking out the few journeys where buying a first class ticket technically doesn’t break the rules. It’s Great Train Snobbery, pure and simple…
Alan Rusbridger is in full reverse ferret mode on bosses pay…
…Read the NUJ’s letter to the Guardian editorial team only over on Media Guido…
Over at the workers’ paradise which is the Guardian they were promised a say in Rusbridger’s pay. The bosses have gone back on that pledge according to the NUJ:
From: Brian Williams
We would have preferred to avoid a running commentary on what are so far inconclusive ACAS talks, but given the note sent out by company negotiators yesterday we felt it would be helpful to clarify a couple of points.
Throughout the latest round of negotiations, we have repeatedly suggested that if the company really has no wish to make compulsory redundancies nor impose worse terms and conditions it should revoke the HR1 form that started the 90-day consultation period that has to precede such draconian measures. It has declined to do so on each occasion.
Also, it has emerged in the past few days that the company has gone back on its commitment to introduce elected staff representation on the ‘remco’ panel that determines executive pay – a pledge which underpinned last year’s settlement. Such a breach of undertaking clearly undermines our ability to reach agreements in good faith.
As chapel negotiators, we feel we are still some way off a package that would bring the stability for both the company and staff that we are seeking.
We will of course keep you informed as things develop – and call a chapel meeting as soon as we have something concrete to report.
Brian (on behalf of the chapel officers)
Someone should write a strongly worded letter to the editor…
Sacked Energy Minister Charles Hendry has not wasted any time cashing in on his expertise; he has just been announced as the chairman of the wind energy giants Forewind. The consortium comprising of four international companies -Scottish and Southern, RWE, Statoil and Statkraf – was awarded the contract in 2010 to build the huge “Dogger Bank” windfarm 125 kilometres off the Yorkshire coast.
Though Hendry has waited for the appropriate cooling off period of three months since leaving government, a look through his declared meetings while a minister leaves an unfortunate taste in the mouth: between June 2010 and October 2011 Hendry hobnobbed six times with the representatives of the companies that make up Forewind, and now he is their boss. It seems the revolving doors spin far more than the windmills…
Comments in the comments please…
They tried to cover up the rent-swapping scandal, their boss even spends his time trying to convince the public that piggy MPs deserve our trust. Now Guido has learned that IPSA, the parliamentary standards authority set up to hold fiddling expenses cheats to account, tips off MPs facing expenses exposés. Two weeks before they release Freedom of Information responses containing details of MPs’ expenses, conveniently IPSA tip-off the Member in question to warn them of what is to come.
One parliamentary source told Guido that their boss was well aware of the information about to be disclosed to this blog some fourteen days before it was eventually released. This gives expenses cheats two whole weeks to cover their tracks and prepare for the bad headlines. Crucially it gives them enough time to change what they are claiming and putting them on the front foot in fire-fighting allegations. IPSA are supposed to be independent, yet here are in cahoots with the troughers…
While Guido would like to thank Private Eye for their kind words about his new column in the Sun, he couldn’t help noticing the remarkable similarity between their excellent story about PriceWaterhouseCooper and the very same story that ran, just two months ago, on this blog.
Are the two connected?
We should be told…
Lord Gnome’s perennially outdated organ was two weeks past its sell by date last time Guido checked, now they are two months behind the times. Today’s issue reports on the hypocrisy of Ed Balls and Chuka Umunna taking on staffers from PricewaterhouseCooper. Back in December Guido first exclusively revealed the very same fact that PwC analysts were working for Balls and also in Chuka’s offices. Two months behind, to the day.
You’re either in front of Guido, or you’re Private Eye…