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Campaign groups gather to fight unpaid internships

Campaign groups gather to fight unpaid internships

Young people fighting against unpaid internships gathered at Goldsmiths Students’ Union yesterday for a daylong workshop of talks, activities, and film screenings. Organised by Future Interns, a loose collective of young activists across London, the event was part of a series of workshops taking place at universities throughout the city.…

Unemployed residents of ELL boroughs issued with twice the number of JSA sanctions as the rest of London

Unemployed residents of ELL boroughs issued with twice the number of JSA sanctions as the rest of London

Out-of-work residents in the boroughs covered by ELL received over twice as many Job Seekers Allowance sanctions as the rest of London’s benefits claimants, Government data released on Wednesday revealed. The number of claimants losing their benefits for reasons such as not looking hard enough for a job, failure to…

ELL residents unsure that new London Living Wage rate is enough to get by even if voluntary scheme was enforced

ELL residents unsure that new London Living Wage rate is enough to get by even if voluntary scheme was enforced

Over 30,000 workers in the capital who are paid less than the London Living Wage could see their pay rise by up to £400 a year if their employers decided to sign up to the new £8.80 an hour rate, proposed by the London Living Wage Foundation. The rate is…

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…