RMT warns TFL to stop peddling "dangerous lies" about level of tube services operating during strike.
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It does no one any favours for TFL to openly lie about how many Tube services are running. It just piles more people into stations that are already dangerously over crowded and ramps up the risk of a major crushing incident. "TFL should stop peddling their fantasy world of services that are operating when the truth is that London is on an almost total shutdown. "They should cut out this lethal nonsense and get their top London Undergound bosses back round the negotiating table with a serious set of proposals to settle this dispute. "
It has been reported that Sky and 21st Century Fox have now agreed the terms of a deal for Murdoch to buy all of BskyB and £11.7bn has been offered as the price for the 61 per cent of the organisation that he does not own already.
The NUJ has grave concerns about the proposal – Murdoch is not a fit and proper owner and the deal threatens media diversity and plurality in the UK.
The government’s culture secretary, Karen Bradley, has 10 days to decide whether she will ask Ofcom to examine the deal.
The union is calling on the government to stop the deal until Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry has taken place.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “It is vital that this deal is halted until part two of the Leveson Inquiry has taken place. Most of the British public do not believe that Rupert Murdoch is a fit and proper person to run BskyB, and whilst there are clear reasons of corporate opportunism that drive his desire to finally clinch this deal, there’s no benefit for the public in this takeover being given the green light. We need greater plurality in our media, not an ever-further toxic consolidation of power and control.”
Following a petition by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union - together with other unions from France and Belgium - the European Commission yesterday said it would be advising the UK authorities that workers on zero hours contracts should be covered by the full range of legal rights afforded to those on full-time contracts, including maternity pay.
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