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Probation offices throughout East London so far unaffected by officers strike over privatisation plans

Probation offices throughout East London so far unaffected by officers strike over privatisation plans

Probation officers across East London are set to go on strike today at 12pm over proposed government privatisation plans. The probation officers’ union, Napo, has expressed concerns that selling the public service would increase re-offending rates. The date for action was agreed after a trade union members’ vote, with 84%…

University strike action across East London – the view from the pickets at Goldsmiths QMU and London Met

University strike action across East London – the view from the pickets at Goldsmiths QMU and London Met

Universities in East London were affected by strike action today as both staff and students took part in a walk-out in a dispute about pay. East London Lines reported on the strike plans earlier this week. The nation-wide walkout was organised by the lecturers union (UCU), and unions representing support…

London councils launch legal action to fight fire stations cuts

London councils launch legal action to fight fire stations cuts

Seven London Councils, including Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Lewisham, have initiated legal action against the Mayor of London and the Fire Commissioner to try and save fire stations across London. The application for a judicial review of the London Safety Plans was issued on Thursday October 3 at the Royal…

Council scheme to bring thousands of jobs to Croydon

Council scheme to bring thousands of jobs to Croydon

Croydon council are set to launch a new programme aimed at getting thousands of local people into work over the next five years. ‘Pathways to Employment’ is a partnership between the council and Job Centre Plus, as well as several private sector companies and charities, which aims to create 16,400…

Work Programme fails Tower Hamlets job seekers

Work Programme fails Tower Hamlets job seekers

Tower Hamlets job seekers are the least likely in London to find sustainable employment through the government’s £5 billion Work Programme, according to a report released last week. The report, by the local government group London Councils, slams the performance of the Work Programme, especially in finding jobs for those…

Government funding to boost Croydon’s economy

Government funding to boost Croydon’s  economy

Businesses in Croydon are to benefit from a slice of multimillion-pound government funding which will boost the local economy and create jobs across the borough. The Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, which the borough is part of, has been successful in two funding bids from the government’s £506m Regional…

Union opens new centre to aid underprivileged

Union opens new centre to aid underprivileged

Tucked away in the St George’s Town Hall on Cable Street, the Unite Community Centre is working to help underprivileged people in the Borough. This is the first of a number of such centres that will be rolled out by the trade union Unite. The centre will be open five…

Trainee market traders prepare for business

Trainee market traders prepare for business

As part of Love your local market week fifteen new street food traders, who are all graduates from the Council’s trainee market trader scheme, will be setting up in Douglas Way Square to sell an eclectic range of street food. The trainee market trader scheme is one of a number…

Young tech heads share business ideas

Young tech heads share business ideas

In Shoreditch a monthly meeting called the Roundabout Kids has started to bring young entrepreneurs working in the the tech scene at the Silicon Roundabout together. Alex Nguyen and friend Vishal Ladwa thought it would be a good idea to have meetings for young professionals who want to start up…

Training centre opens in Lewisham to help unemployed

Training centre opens in Lewisham to help unemployed

The training centre Free2learn has opened a new branch in Lewisham. Their four-week courses aim to receive more than 1500 attendees in 2013. Gabriel Cherfcovic, Free2learn’s Curriculum Manager, said: “30 per cent of the people attending our courses will find a job straight away, while 20 per cent will still…