Unions can’t agree on how to fight cuts to spending

first_img WHEN Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trade Unions Congress (TUC), addressed the organisation’s annual summit yesterday, he sounded more like Neil Kinnock than the heir of militant miners’ leader Arthur Scargill. “The government is pursuing a political agenda, so our response must be political,” Barber told delegates, as he sought to distance himself from calls for a national campaign of civil disobedience in response to spending cuts. He also attempted to win support from private sector workers, insisting there was a “huge threat to the private sector as well”, with sectors like construction bearing the brunt of cuts to capital investment. Barber reminded his audience they would have to win the hearts and minds of people outside the trade union tent if their opinions are to have any sway in the national debate over cuts. In a worrying sign of the mood among unionised public sector workers, his comments did little to fire up delegates in the stuffy Manchester conference hall. Most stared ahead in stony-faced silence. A few offered half-hearted, polite applause – but this is not the kind of thing the trade union movement wants to hear at the moment. Bob Crow, the ultra left-wing leader of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) workers’ union, got a much warmer reception when he told delegates they could either “lie down or stand up and fight”. He is leading calls for a more militant response to plans to slash public spending by 25 per cent in real terms by 2014-15. Crow wants a national campaign of civil disobedience, akin to the riots that killed off Margaret Thatcher’s poll tax in the 1980s, and which helped bring about her eventual fall from power. He also suggested a series of high-profile stunts, such as a protester dressed as Batman climbing on the roof of 10 Downing Street, Spiderman scaling Buckingham Palace, and sit-down protests on motorways and key roads. Of course, proponents of such action claim it will be non-violent. But as anyone who witnessed the anti-capitalist marches in the City last year will attest, this kind of protest is rarely peaceful. A hard core of brutal anarchist thugs will seize any opportunity to attack the police. Innocent people, like the late Evening Standard vendor Ian Tomlinson, will get caught in the cross fire, with tragic consequences.In another sign of Crow’s growing influence in the trade unions, delegates at the TUC yesterday voted unanimously in favour of coordinating strike action when cuts start to bite. That would see different groups of workers down tools simultaneously in a bid to cause maximum disruption. Although several unions have backed generalised strike action?– the closest thing to a general strike that is possible in 2010 – Crow was the first to break ranks and support it. And so you have the age-old split in trade unionism. A militant faction that is hell-bent on class warfare (Crow et al) issues a call to arms, while a moderate voice (Barber and his supporters) urges trade unionists to appeal to the mainstream majority. Now, more than ever, the moderate element knows it must win the argument. Because if Ed Miliband wins the Labour leadership, a distinct possibility in a tight and unpredictable contest, the unions could have a major say over the future direction of the country.When Tony Blair became Labour leader in 1994, he was desperate to end the unions’ stranglehold on the party, abandoning Labour’s commitment to the re-nationalisation of industry and intently trying to find new sources of party funding (a strategy that resulted in the cash-for-honours enquiry which plagued his final days in office). David Miliband, the bookies’ favourite to become Labour leader, would continue on the course charted by Blair. But younger brother Ed, who is on the “soft left” of the Labour party (think Neil Kinnock and the late Robin Cook), has mopped up a huge amount of trade union support, and is much more likely to countenance their opinions than David. In fact, Ed’s manifesto could have been written by the trade unions themselves: a High Pay Commission that would hit wealth creation, a higher “living wage” to replace the minimum wage, a rejection of private involvement in public services, and a pacifist foreign policy.Harriet Harman, who is staying on as deputy leader, also has strong links to the trade unions. Her husband, Jack Dromey, spent seven years as deputy general secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union and Unite until he was parachuted into a safe Labour seat before the last election. If Ed Miliband and Harman take the party into the next general election and win it, the unions will once again have a huge say in policy. The academies programme will be abandoned; state spending will surge; the private sector will have no involvement in the delivery of public services; and the rich will be soaked even more. With Lib Dem voters abandoning the party in their droves and Labour snapping at the Tories in opinion polls, this is not a socialist fantasy but a genuine possibility. However, if Crow and his supporters orchestrate a campaign of civil disobedience, causing chaos, fear and damage to private property, it would reflect badly on a union-friendly Labour party. That’s why Barber is sounding a more moderate note than Crow. He knows the unions could become more powerful than at any time since Jim Callaghan left government in 1979. Ironically, it is trade unionists that could end up scuppering their chances. 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Colombian court approves online prize draw legislation

first_imgColombia’s second-largest city, Medellín, was cited in August as being the first in the nation to reopen its land-based casinos and bingo halls, after its alert level was downgraded from orange to yellow due to a low infection fatality rate and a lower number of deaths per capita than other municipalities. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Under Decree 808, operators are permitted to offer up to two draws annually in different months, and must return 58% of stakes to players as winnings. Revenue would not be subject to gaming or lottery duties, or value added tax, but operators would have to pay 12% of turnover to the state, to be distributed between the National Gaming Council (Consejo Nacional de Juegos de Suerte y Azar) and the National Federation of Departments (Federación Nacional de Departamentos). Colombian court approves online prize draw legislation Since June, employees of the nation’s gambling industry have been calling for gaming premises to be reopened, as some 240,000 families are reliant upon the industry for their income. Pilot plans to reopen land-based casinos and other gaming venues were first approved in August, however without a singular nationwide approval, it was down to each individual municipality to authorise pilot plans locally. The national government of Colombia has legally ratified Decree 808, which was introduced in June this year to help shore up the country’s gambling industry and protect funding for its heathcare system in the wake of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Because a state of national emergency was declared in response to the pandemic, the Colombian government had significant legislative powers to make changes to gaming regulation, provided that it did not eliminate operators’ income and was ultimately designed to fund the national healthcare system. These rules were subject to approval by the Colombian Constitutional Court, which has now declared the temporary measures as compliant with the country’s consitution.  Juan B. Pérez Hidalgo, president Coljuegos, celebrated the court’s decision, stating that: “We are all committed to implementing these measures as quickly as possible, guaranteeing transparency, quality operations and greater resources for Colombian healthcare.”center_img Regions: LATAM Colombia While land-based casinos and gaming halls remained closed as a result of the pandemic, and sports betting suffered from an international shutdown of professional sport, Decree 808 allowed operators to offer online prize draws. This allowed them to continue generating revenue while brick-and-mortar venues were shuttered. Topics: Legal & compliance Regulation Regulation In addition to the new rules permitting occasional online prize draws Colombian gambling regulator Coljuegos has also permitted online bingo and legalised live dealer games during the pandemic. 21st September 2020 | By Aaron Noy Email Addresslast_img read more

New Vision Printing and Publishing Company Ltd (NVL.ug) 2009 Annual Report

first_imgNew Vision Printing and Publishing Company Ltd (NVL.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Paper & Packaging sector has released it’s 2009 annual report.For more information about New Vision Printing and Publishing Company Ltd (NVL.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the New Vision Printing and Publishing Company Ltd (NVL.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: New Vision Printing and Publishing Company Ltd (NVL.ug)  2009 annual report.Company ProfileNew Vision Printing and Publishing Company Limited is a multi-media company with extensive interests in newspaper and magazine publications and television and radio broadcasting. Leading newspaper publications in the New Vision stable include The New Vision, Saturday Vision, Sunday Vision, Rupiny and ETOP; leading magazine publications include Bride & Groom, Flair for Her, Bukedde, Bukedde Lwamukaaga, Bukedde Ku Ssande and Kampala Sun. The company oversees online publications, including sites that advertise jobs, services and activities. New Vision operates a platform for bulk SMSes, polling and aggregation. Radio stations in the media group include XFM, Bukedde FM, Radio West, Radio Rupiny, Etop Radio, and Arua One FM; and free-to-air television channels such as Bukedde TV, TV West, and Urban TV. Its commercial division prints books, annual reports, diaries, calendars and other products corporate stationary needs. Its marketing services division offers expertise in social media and media research services which includes managing online campaigns and organised events. New Vision Printing and Publishing Company is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Brazil archbishop highlights justice, peace in Week of Prayer for…

first_imgBrazil archbishop highlights justice, peace in Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Press Release Service [Anglican Communion News Service] As Christians in the Southern hemisphere celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity this week in the days running up to Pentecost, the Primate of the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil, Archbishop Naudal Gomes, has highlighted the struggle for justice alongside peaceful dialogue. In an open letter, Gomes writes: “It is impossible to be a Christian without being open to dialogue, partnership, the common walk.”Read the full article here. Featured Events Latin America Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Job Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Press Release Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Bath, NC Submit an Event Listing Anglican Communion, Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector Columbus, GA center_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Posted Jun 7, 2019 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Tags Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NYlast_img read more

Its Good to Give launches £9.99 a month unlimited Internet access

first_img  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Its Good to Give launches £9.99 a month unlimited Internet access Charity Internet Service Provider Its Good to Give has launched is offering unlimited Internet access at £9.99 a month.Charity Internet Service Provider Its Good to Give has launched is offering unlimited Internet access at £9.99 a month. This makes it the U.K.’s cheapest unmetered Internet access deal, according to Elcom.Read UK Charity ISP Sets Rate At Ten Pounds A Month at Elcom. Advertisementcenter_img Howard Lake | 14 June 2001 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Over 15,000 people in Ireland vaccinated against Covid-19 so far

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest By News Highland – January 7, 2021 Facebook Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous article17 more Covid-19 related deaths and 1,410 cases in NINext articleScottish had no right to block Donegal boat entering Rockall waters – Markey News Highland Over 15,000 people in Ireland vaccinated against Covid-19 so far Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Over 15,000 people across the country have been vaccinated against Covid 19 so far.The HSE says its target is to administer 35,000 doses by the end of this week.Its CEO Paul Reid says an agreement to use private hospitals is being finalised and that he expects all of them to sign up urgently.However he described the current situation with Covid 19 as quite bleak:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/reid3pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

California lifts some COVID restrictions as state continues to be hard-hit

first_imgYangYin/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — After nearly two months, California health officials announced Monday they ended their latest stay-at-home order, citing increased Intensive Care Unit capacity.The new guidelines will allow certain businesses to reopen, including outdoor dining and gyms, with strict restrictions on the maximum number of people allowed, according to the California Department of Public Health.Officials and health experts warned that the state, which still has a 14-day average for hospitalizations over 20,000, is not out of the woods and people need to remain cautious.“COVID-19 is still here and still deadly, so our work is not over, but it’s important to recognize our collective actions saved lives and we are turning a critical corner,” Dr. Tomás Aragón, the director of the California Department of Public Health, said in a statement Monday.The regional stay-at-home order went into effect on Dec. 5 as the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations jumped. It shut down all non-essential businesses for in-person activity and instituted an overnight curfew for non-essential workers.The state created five regions — Northern California, Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, Greater Sacramento and Southern California — and set a threshold of 15% ICU availability for scaling back the stay-at-home order.The Northern California region never entered the order due to its lower ICU levels. The Sacramento region exited the order on Jan. 12, the California Department of Public Health said. The remaining three sections have four-week ICU capacity projections above 15%, the health department said.“Our projections statewide is in the aggregate being at 30.3% on the 21st of February,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a news conference Monday. “The goal of this announcement is to socialize our projections.”Counties will now revert to the state’s color-coded reopening guidelines that were in place before December. All but four counties are at a purple “widespread” tier, the strictest level, which allows for very limited indoor retail, including hair salons, and outdoor dining and gym services.Los Angeles announced salons and malls were immediately open and it will resume outdoor dining on Friday. San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced she will allow outdoor dining, hair and nail salons, and more starting Thursday.Newsom warned that the state has a long way to go before returning to normalcy, based on the latest health data.The 14-day average for new daily coronavirus cases hit a high of around 40,000 at the end of December, and on Jan. 24, it was near 30,000, according to state health data. At the end of November, the 14-day average of new cases was around 13,000, the health data showed.The state hospitalization rate on Jan. 24 was 18,347, which is a decrease of 4,318 from the peak level on Jan. 11, according to state health data. However, on Jan. 5, there were 10,624 people hospitalized in the state, the health data showed.On Jan. 24, there were 4,475 patients in ICUs statewide, compared to 2,393 on Dec. 5, according to the state health data. The 14-day average of ICU COVID-19 patients has increased from 1,896 on Dec. 5 to 4,769 on Jan. 24, the data showed.The state health department credited several tactics with lowering the hospital numbers, including expanding medical facilities and streamlining the process for transferring patients out of overcrowded hospitals to ones with more space.“We are seeing a flattening of the curve, but we are not out of the woods yet,” Newsom said.As of Monday, the state has administered over 2.4 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, according to the state health department.“We have tripled our rate of administration of the vaccine,” Newsom said.In the meantime, the governor and health officials urged Californians to wear masks, avoid crowds, social distance and keep heeding health warnings in the coming weeks.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Whipped into shape

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. In hard times, firms tend to take a hard-nosed approach to business and thatcan mean sidelining HR. Jane Lewis says HR could learn a few new tricks fromthe Government whips to fight the bully-boy tacticsParliamentary whips are such a shadowy and secretive breed that evenMargaret Thatcher once had to ask her friend Lord Parkinson: “Cecil, whatexactly do the whips do?” Few though, can be in any doubt as to theirstanding as some of the toughest exponents of people management in the freeworld. Frequently described as the henchmen of government, in their last majorpublic outing they helped prevent a full-scale backbench rebellion over warwith Iraq. While you may disagree with some of their methods, you cannot fault theiroverall effectiveness. This is particularly the case now, when the general toneof management thinking seems headed in a decidedly more whippish direction. “Terror in the workplace is making a comeback,” said The Economistrecently. And certainly, when times get tough, the balance of power tends toswing dramatically towards the hardliners, as Linda Holbeche, research directorat HR think-tank Roffey Park, confirms. She says HR professionals are reportingthat “senior management’s tolerance of strategic contribution from HR hasbecome much more limited”. The only thing boards want to talk about thesedays is ‘trimming heads’ and ‘an end to the war for talent’. The overall moodis: ‘we don’t need to be nice to anyone anymore’. Holbeche argues that HR must defend its corner and fight back against beingrecast in the role of corporate policeman. But some kind of tough role isinherent in any job that seeks to manage people and performance in a decliningeconomy. Shaun Tyson, professor of HRM at Cranfield School of Management agrees.”Performance management has become much more hard-nosed,” he says.”Appraisal no longer means a nice cosy chat about how things aregoing.” If emotional intelligence was the mantra of the 1990s, it’s all about toughnessnow. Even the most positive management gurus, like Good to Great author JimCollins, have described the benefits of keeping workers “productivelyneurotic”. The ability to induce neurosis in terrified MPs is a traditional whipspeciality – as is their skill in getting a disparate bunch of people to agreeto agree. “Like many business leaders, whips spend their time ensuring everyoneis moving in the same direction,” says Steve Harvey, director of people,profit and culture, at Microsoft. He says that at Microsoft, “where wehave equally as many strong views [as in Parliament]”, the ability tomarshal troops efficiently is just as critical. “There are times when youhave to make a call or a hard decision, and then force the organisation tocomply,” he says. But any company signing up to some of the whips’ more infamous persuasiontactics would swiftly find itself in front of a tribunal or worse. Tales ofbullying – physical and mental – are two-a-penny, emotional blackmail iscommonplace, and bribery takes every shape and form. Whips in all three major parties operate on the basis that knowledge ispower, and this goes much further than recording their members’ voting records.The common boast is that they know more about individual MPs than either theirspouses or their bank managers. The Tories, in particular, are renowned forkeeping meticulous records of MPs’ private lives in a Black Book locked in thechief whip’s safe. “It’s partly a confidence trick,” says onecommentator, “their powers depend on not being specific about how muchthey really know”. The arch-practitioner of this approach, it is widelyagreed, was Tristan Garel-Jones – dubbed “the Prince of Darkness” forhis service during the Thatcher years. The whips’ second weapon is patronage. This can take seemingly quite trivialforms – fall foul of the whips [who control office allocation] and “youmay find yourself hot-desking in the corridor for the rest of theparliament,” says Gary Gibbon, political correspondent at Channel 4. Other useful forms of encouragement include promises of trips abroad, seatson committees, winks about future ministerial jobs and future honours. Even theoffer of a cup of tea with the PM or foreign secretary, can do the trick, saysformer Tory whip and Independent political columnist Michael Brown – manyindependent-minded backbenchers have been swayed for less. During the lastMajor government, with the Government’s majority on a knife-edge and the Toryparty disastrously split over Europe, MPs with difficult personal financialcircumstances were bailed out by the whips to keep them loyal and preventby-elections (MPs declared bankrupt must resign). But “the biggest weapon deployed by the whips is, in my experience, thesame one deployed by most companies,” adds Gibbon. “Your advancement,your very job, depends on loyalty to the creed.” The small number of MPswho remain unamenable to bribery or threats (a “whip’s definition of anightmare”, according to Lord Parkinson) are usually placed on “ashit list”. There is only one crime greater than rebellion, says GaryGibbon, “and that is leaving your whip in ignorance of your rebellion andmaking them look like a fool in front of their own boss. Maybe that has echoesin the world beyond SW1”. The ultimate sanction – used rarely – is to beplunged into political no-man’s land by having the party whip withdrawn. Thisrarely goes down well with an MP’s local constituency. So who are the whips and how are they selected? Although both major parties have different systems (Labour whips areappointed by the leadership; Tory whips remain self-selecting), both haveinitiated major changes in their whips’ offices in recent years. Traditionally, the Labour whips were ex-union men, skilled at pushing largenumbers of people in the right direction and famous for their bluff tactics andindelicate language. One celebrated 1970s chief whip, Michael Cocks, once toldan MP that if he didn’t get back from holiday in time to vote “you’ll bein concrete”. The Tory office, meanwhile, was invariably populated – in the words of AlanClark – by “field sport enthusiasts whose last and only fulfilment hadbeen bullying lower boys at Eton”. Now, however, both parties routinely use their whips’ offices as a nurseryor proving ground for potential junior ministers. This helps explain why theranks of former whips include such apparently unobvious candidates as EstelleMorris, John Major (described as “one of the most talented whips of hisgeneration”), Stephen Dorrell and Margaret Beckett. Critics argue that this system has ensured that “instead of gettingthose with a modest ambition to bully, you get bullies with bigambitions”. But there is no doubt that whipping strategies have changedconsiderably as a result. “I would say the occasions where the whips have used sensitive humanresources techniques are rare,” says Gary Gibbon. “I’m not aware ofany training they might receive.” But in the Labour Party, at least, there is evidence of a new approach toparty management designed to show that MPs are not just “lobbyfodder”. In the run-up to the last election, former chief whip, AnnTaylor, even pioneered a kind of outplacement service offering careers adviceto MPs thought in danger of losing their seats. There are also clear signs thatpersuasion tactics have become far more subtle in recent years (see box aboveright). Party organisation, meanwhile, remains impressive: whips are routinelydivided into cells, each covering a different region. “They talk to theirown MPs and then report back to the chief whip [in Labour’s case, HilaryArmstrong] about who would be the best MP or minister to approach them as a‘friend’,” says Gibbon. But party control remains so tight that no whip –except Armstrong – knows the overall picture. “It’s almost like theBaathist party”. But perhaps the really major shift in the role of whips in both parties hasbeen their emergence as talent spotters. On any particular day, there is alwaysa whip lurking around noting every speech made in the chamber and in committees.At weekly meetings, they compare notes on potential high-fliers and ministerswho are under-performing. One of the whips’ least known, but primary, functions is to advise onCabinet composition. Indeed, it might be argued that whips enjoy the kind ofinfluence over senior post selection that many HR departments can only dreamof. Another lesson that HR might profitably learn from the whips is how to goabout getting new ideas accepted at a senior level. The secret of getting whatyou want lies in the preparation. “You need to fix things inadvance,” says one. “You need to have networked, to have people onside, taken them to lunch.” Thus, while it is all too easy for modern HR professionals to scorn anddecry some of the more archaic practices of parliamentary whips, there isclearly a good deal that can be gleaned from the way they operate – and notjust in terms of strong-arm practices. Parliamentarian managers could certainly profit from some of the lessons ofbusiness management in terms of “playing to the strengths” of theirpeople, says Microsoft’s Harvey. “When you think how often a ministerchanges roles, I wonder how many are ‘getting to do what they do best everyday’,” he says. But perhaps the most important lesson that HR can glean from the whips interms of people management is their espousal of an organisational model”that works for them”. In such a democracy, he says, “it wouldbe feasible to debate forever and never get to the decision”. Whips, like HR professionals, are two-way messengers: they are the eyes andears of the Government in the House, but they are also act as a vital conduitof overall strategy to the footsoldiers, says Linda Holbeche. HR managerslooking “to align themselves more closely with company strategy”,while working out new ways to achieve ‘buy-in’ from staff, could do a lot worsethan study their example. A brief too farOne of the more telling episodes inrecent years concerned the former Labour MP, Paul Marsden, who ran into troublewith Labour whips in 2001 for opposing the invasion of Afghanistan. Echoinglast month’s debate on the war with Iraq, he opposed the move on legal grounds(there was no UN mandate) and had no objection to intervention per se. Butafter addressing an anti-war rally in Trafalgar Square, he found himselfdragged into the office of chief whip, Hilary Armstrong. According to Marsden’s account of the conversation, Armstrong’smanagement of the situation was decidedly lacking. First, she played theloyalty card; when that failed she “lost her rag” and branded him aNazi appeaser. “It was people like you who appeased Hitler in 1938,”she said, finishing with a timely impersonation of George Bush: “Those whoaren’t with us, are against us.” The tactic backfired spectacularly: Marsden went straight tothe press, remarking that Armstrong “clearly has no man management orpeople skills at all”. Anybody who knows the Labour Party workings, headded later, “knows that it is now literally Stalinist – the leadershipmake a decision and then ask for rubber stamping”. The result: a concerted campaign of intimidation. Armstrongalleges he was physically roughed up, sworn at and briefed against as”mad, an embittered loser and a left-wing lunatic”. Soon after, hedefected to the Lib Dems. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Whipped into shapeOn 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

OH must work in partnership to create change

first_img Previous Article Next Article Occupational health needs to work with managers at an organisational levelif it really wants to effect change, a leading OH professional has said. Dr Olivia Carlton, head of OH at London Underground, said one of her mainfrustrations had been not having an input into corporate training, where manyof the key OH messages could be best delivered. “That’s when you really begin to make an impact at an organisationallevel, which is what we’re beginning to achieve. I can’t tell you how excitingit is when you start to get out of that ghetto of ‘off you go for amedical’,” she told Occupational Health. Carlton has been head of the 50-strong department since 1994, which nowserves the health needs of about 25,000 people at a cost of £2m a year. The OH service consists of a medical advisory service, a counselling andtrauma service, a drug and alcohol service and access to occupational hygiene. Getting this sort of commitment requires convincing management that OH isnot just a box that needs to be ticked off. “It’s about getting people to understand that the way we manage peoplematters. There are things we can do about the way we manage people throughoutthe organisation that can improve health and safety,” she argued. Related posts:No related photos. OH must work in partnership to create changeOn 1 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Kearsarge ARG returns from Middle East deployment

first_img Photo: US Navy photo of MV-22 Ospreys flying in formation over the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in the Atlantic Ocean. Share this article Ships from the US Navy’s Kearsarge amphibious ready group (ARG) are set to return to Norfolk on July 18, after eight months of operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.More than 4,500 sailors and marines are embarked aboard amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), and the dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43).Kearsarge and Arlington are homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, and Fort McHenry is homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.ARG ships started their deployment in December and have operated in the Mediterranean, Black, Red and Arabian Sea, taking part in international exercises and providing forward presence. The group made a number of port visits, including calls at Souda Bay, Greece, Rota, Spain, and Manama, Bahrain.In addition to participating in a carrier strike group exercise with USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Kearsarge delivered a refurbished AV-8B Harrier to the Italian Air Force. View post tag: USS Kearsargecenter_img View post tag: Kearsarge ARG View post tag: US Navylast_img read more