“This Agreement Protects Jobs”: Four Unions at Rutgers University Reach Historic Deal to End Layoffs

After a year of layoffs, cuts and austerity, the faculty and staff of four unions at Rutgers University have voted in support of an unusual and pioneering agreement to protect jobs and guarantee raises after the school declared a fiscal emergency as a result of the pandemic. A key part of the deal is an agreement by the professors to do “work share” and take a slight cut in hours for a few months in order to save the jobs of other lower-paid workers. “The historic nature of this agreement is that it encompasses all four unions,” says Christine O’Connell, president of the union representing Rutgers administrators. “This…

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Loyalist gangs withdraw support from the Good Friday Agreement over post-Brexit Irish border

Loyalist paramilitaries have withdrawn support from the Good Friday Agreement over post-Brexit border measures. The Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) is an umbrella organisation that reportedly includes proscribed terror groups like the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and Red Hand Commando. The group has written a letter to Boris Johnson and Irish taoiseach Micheál Martin. It warns that the 1998 peace agreement faces “destruction” if the border is imposed. In the letter, which was first reported by the Irish News, LCC chair David Campbell said: please do not underestimate the strength of feeling on this issue right across the unionist family. … Accordingly, I have been instructed to advise you…

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Offshore workers back ‘landmark’ agreement on terms and conditions

Offshore workers have backed a “landmark” agreement their union said will lead to better terms and conditions. Union power Members of the GMB working for North Sea oil and gas companies endorsed the Energy Services Agreement (ESA), described as a groundbreaking new collective agreement for thousands of engineering and maintenance workers. The union described it as a landmark deal, saying it will benefit North Sea workers by providing an equal footing to negotiate pay, terms and conditions, and health, safety and welfare standards. Ross Murdoch, GMB national officer, said: This new agreement marks the start of a new way forward, ensuring fair work and better terms and conditions…

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Labour claims the Good Friday Agreement as its ‘proudest achievement’. But it’s failed to deliver for Northern Ireland.

On 21 January, shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland Louise Haigh, began Labour’s online education programme on the 1998 Good Friday Agreement (GFA). Haigh claims the GFA was one of Labour’s “proudest achievements”. In fact, she claims it was: one of the most progressive political acts of the last century, bringing peace and power sharing after years of conflict and stalemate The GFA marked the end of the 30-year conflict between Irish republicans and British crown forces. But in this first of four webinars, Haigh ignored that almost 23 years later, the GFA has failed to achieve much of what it promised. Furthermore, her “new education programme”…

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The US has re-joined the Paris Agreement. But it’s not enough to save our climate.

The US has re-joined the Paris Agreement and committed to climate action. But experts and activists warn challenges remain. On the first day of his presidency, Joe Biden signed an executive order taking the US back into the Paris Accords. This order undid his predecessor’s rejection of the agreement, and leaders across the world hailed the order as a positive. I warmly welcome @POTUS @JoeBiden's steps to re-enter the #ParisAgreement & join the growing coalition of governments, cities, states, businesses & people taking ambitious #ClimateAction. — @antonioguterres on Wednesday. https://t.co/dNVdq8YLbh pic.twitter.com/aLS9mJwzdE — United Nations (@UN) January 23, 2021 To @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris.Best wishes on this most significant day…

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David Attenborough commends the US move to rejoin Paris Agreement

Support us and go ad-freeDavid Attenborough has said he cheered when he found out US President-elect Joe Biden plans to rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate change.The broadcaster, 94, said the world is facing a “real crisis” that could see the majority of the planet’s major cities plunged beneath the oceans.He was speaking ahead of the launch of A Perfect Planet, a natural history series he has presented for the BBC. Discussing the moment when it became clear Biden was to win the presidency and rejoin the Paris Agreement, Attenborough said: “I can’t remember actually getting out of my seat and cheering all by myself until that moment.“I…

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Greta Thunberg: 5 Years After Paris Agreement, World Is “Speeding in the Wrong Direction” on Climate

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged world leaders to declare a state of emergency over the climate crisis. His call came on Saturday during a virtual climate summit to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris climate accord. SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES: Five years after Paris, we are still not going in the right direction. Paris promised to limit temperature rise to as close as to 1.5 degrees as possible. But the commitments made in Paris were far from enough to get there, and even those commitments are not being met. Carbon…

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Guidance: Master indemnity agreement: approved suppliers

Department Of Health ODS, 26.9KB This file is in an OpenDocument format ODT, 38.6KB This file is in an OpenDocument format ODT, 41.2KB This file is in an OpenDocument format ODT, 44KB This file is in an OpenDocument format Details MIA is an agreement between NHS organisations in England and suppliers that provide equipment free of charge, either on loan or on a permanent basis.The MIA register is updated monthly. It holds the names of all the suppliers, their MIA registration numbers and the expiry date of their insurance.For suppliersSuppliers need to complete the appropriate forms and provide proof of their public and products liability insurance to register…

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Guidance: Master indemnity agreement: approved suppliers

Department Of Health ODS, 27.6KB This file is in an OpenDocument format ODT, 38.6KB This file is in an OpenDocument format ODT, 41.2KB This file is in an OpenDocument format ODT, 44KB This file is in an OpenDocument format Details MIA is an agreement between NHS organisations in England and suppliers that provide equipment free of charge, either on loan or on a permanent basis.The MIA register is updated monthly. It holds the names of all the suppliers, their MIA registration numbers and the expiry date of their insurance.For suppliersSuppliers need to complete the appropriate forms and provide proof of their public and products liability insurance to register…

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