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Mick Lynch says assembly with transport secretary ‘constructive’, however RMT no nearer to calling off rail strikes

Mick Lynch, the RMT basic secretary, has been chatting with the media after his assembly with Mark Harper, the transport secretary.

He stated that it was a “constructive assembly” and that Harper stated he would set out in writing what steps may be taken in direction of a decision of the dispute behind the rail strikes.

He stated one challenge was that it has not been clear what scope the Rail Supply Group needed to negotiate. Harper stated he would make clear that, he stated.

Lynch stated he hoped that may result in a brand new negotiating mandate.

However requested if he was nearer to calling off the dispute, Lynch stated that was not the case. He stated they’d not be nearer to an finish of the dispute till an inexpensive supply was on the desk.

That is from the Mirror’s Ashley Cowburn.

Mick Lynch tells the press we’re “now beginning to get a dialogue” with Transport Sec.

Says we’re “eliminating the bellicose rhetoric” of his predecessor Grant Shapps. pic.twitter.com/GhP8C61ON2

— Ashley Cowburn (@ashcowburn) November 24, 2022

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Immediately’s asylum figures (see 12.49pm) present the system “in critical peril”, in line with the IPPR thinktank. In a briefing , Marley Morris, the IPPR’s affiliate director for migration, commerce and communities, stated:

The brand new migration statistics at this time inform two tales about immigration to the UK. On the one hand, larger internet migration is pushed largely by rising pupil numbers and the brand new Ukraine humanitarian routes – reflecting the generosity of the British public in opening their houses in distinctive numbers to welcome Ukrainians escaping the Russian invasion.

Alternatively, the figures additionally present an asylum system in critical peril, with the backlog of claims rising additional. Pressing motion is required to sort out the backlog and to work with native authorities to seek out appropriate lodging for asylum candidates.

Nicola Sturgeon informed MSPs at first minister’s questions that unionist politicians at Westminister have been blocking a second independence referendum as a result of they have been afraid of the outcome. She stated:

Unionist Westminster politicians wish to silence Scotland’s voice as a result of they’re fearful of what Scotland may say. It’s fairly easy …

Any politician who was assured of their case and assured of having the ability to persuade others of their case wouldn’t be attempting to dam democracy, they’d be embracing democracy.

Nicola Sturgeon at first minister’s questions at this time. {Photograph}: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Dowden bans use of surveillance cameras made by Chinese language corporations from delicate authorities areas

Authorities departments have been ordered to cease putting in surveillance cameras made by Chinese language corporations on “delicate websites” as a result of safety issues, PA Media studies. PA says:

The order applies to “visible surveillance programs” made by corporations topic to China’s nationwide safety regulation, which requires firms to cooperate with Beijing’s safety companies.

Whitehall ministries have been informed present gear shouldn’t be related to departmental core networks and consideration ought to be given to eradicating it totally.

The shift in coverage was introduced by Oliver Dowden, the Cupboard Workplace minister. In a written ministerial assertion he stated:

The Authorities Safety Group has undertaken a assessment of the present and future potential safety dangers related to the set up of visible surveillance programs on the federal government property.

The assessment has concluded that, in mild of the menace to the UK and the rising functionality and connectivity of those programs, extra controls are required.

Departments have due to this fact been instructed to stop deployment of such gear on to delicate websites, the place it’s produced by firms topic to the nationwide intelligence regulation of the Folks’s Republic of China.

Since safety concerns are at all times paramount round these websites, we’re taking motion now to forestall any safety dangers materialising.

Chris Heaton-Harris, the Northern Eire secretary, has introduced that he has set a price range for Northern Eire for 2022-23. No price range was set earlier this yr, as a result of the power-sharing government was not working due to the DUP boycott over the Northern Eire protocol, and Heaton-Harris stated the ministers who have been in workplace from Could to October 2022 “left Northern Eire’s public funds with a black gap of some £660m”.

He has set out particulars of the price range in a written ministerial assertion, and he says laws shall be handed to offer it authorized power.

Commenting on at this time’s immigration figures, Sunder Katwala, director of British Future, a thinktank specializing in race, identification and immigration points, stated:

Regardless of these exceptionally excessive numbers, inflated by new arrivals from Ukraine and Hong Kong, our analysis finds public assist for immigration as excessive because it’s ever been.

Neither Rishi Sunak nor Keir Starmer plans to make vital cuts to immigration due to the social and financial advantages it brings to Britain.

So political leaders ought to now be setting out a imaginative and prescient for the way we make this work properly for all of us within the UK, specializing in integration, citizenship and coaching up the UK workforce to fill abilities gaps.

Making obscure guarantees to cut back numbers, with none plan or coverage to make it occur, will solely injury public belief.

Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), the Scottish teaching union, holding a rally outside the Scottish parliament today in support of their strike action over pay.
Members of the Instructional Institute of Scotland (EIS), the Scottish instructing union, holding a rally exterior the Scottish parliament at this time in assist of their strike motion over pay. {Photograph}: Jane Barlow/PA

Yvette Cooper, the shadow house secretary, claims the rise in internet migration to a file determine is partly defined by the federal government’s failure to deal with the talents scarcity. In a touch upon the figures, she stated:

While there are distinctive circumstances behind at this time’s figures together with the assist the UK has rightly given to Ukraine, Hong Kong and Afghanistan, additionally they present critical issues with Conservative mismanagement of the immigration and asylum programs the place they’ve utterly didn’t get a grip.

Regardless of their guarantees to cease harmful Channel crossings, they’ve didn’t sort out the prison gangs, and asylum choice making has collapsed – with solely 2% of people that arrived in small boats over the past yr having had their instances determined. Work visas have additionally considerably elevated because of main abilities shortages within the UK – but the Conservatives aren’t taking any critical motion to deal with abilities shortages right here at house.

The Northern Eire minister, Steve Baker, is proposing reopening the Brexit commerce settlement David Frost struck with the EU as a way of fixing the issues brought on by the Northern Eire protocol, my colleague Lisa O’Carroll studies.

Harper says there may be ‘deal to be accomplished’ to finish rail dispute

The Division for Transport has now despatched out a information launch with an announcement from Mark Harper about his assembly with Mick Lynch, the RMT basic secretary. It largely echoes what he informed the BBC (see 2.32pm), however it features a line saying he thinks “there’s a deal to be accomplished”. He says:

Now we have widespread floor – we each need the dispute to finish and we each desire a thriving railway which delivers for passengers and staff alike. To realize this although, we have to work collectively, throughout all the trade to make sure our railway trade thrives.

There’s a deal to be accomplished, and I consider we are going to get there – I wish to facilitate the RMT and the employers to achieve an settlement and finish the dispute for the advantage of the travelling public.

Sadly there’s a typo within the DfT’s press launch.

DfT press release
DfT press launch. {Photograph}: DfT

Transport secretary Mark Harper says assembly with RMT’s Mick Lynch ‘productive’

Mark Harper, the transport secretary, has stated his assembly with Mick Lynch, the RMT basic secretary, was productive. In a clip for broadcasters, he adopted a consensual tone, stressing the “shared” targets of either side, however didn’t supply commitments on substance. He stated:

[Lynch] and I each agreed that this was a productive assembly. It was the primary one which that we’ve had. I feel it struck the proper tone.

I feel there was a shared settlement within the assembly. We each wish to have a thriving railway that’s sustainable for the longer term, that serves passengers, that serves the nation and in addition gives good, well-paid jobs for the folks that he represents. I feel there’s numerous shared settlement there.

However we have to have the 2 sides, the commerce unions and the employers, sit down, agree on the element, in order that we will deliver this dispute to an finish. I feel that’s the place we each have a shared curiosity.

Mark Harper speaking to the BBC
Mark Harper chatting with the BBC. {Photograph}: BBC Information

77% asylum utility success charge exhibits Braverman peddling ‘lies’ about financial migrants, says SNP

The SNP says at this time’s asylum figures (see 12.49pm) present that Suella Braverman, the house secretary, has been peddling “harmful lies” about asylum seekers. In an announcement, Stuart McDonald, the celebration’s house affairs spokesperson, stated:

These newest figures should function a wake-up name for the Dwelling Workplace to ditch its hostile strategy and the peddling of harmful lies about these fleeing battle and hardship.

The house secretary’s claims over ‘financial migrants’ have been completely uncovered with the official ONS stats revealing that simply over three-quarters (77%) of the preliminary selections on asylum functions within the yr ending September 2022 have been ‘grants of refugee standing, humanitarian safety or various types of depart’. Appeals in opposition to refusals are additionally traditionally excessive, at 52%.

Nonetheless, the backlog of instances additionally jumped but once more to almost 120,000 instances, with rising numbers having to attend months and years ready for a choice, not allowed to work, and on poverty assist ranges.

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Immediately the Guardian reported on statistics from Surfers Towards Sewage, which discovered water firms are routinely spilling human waste into rivers and seashores when it isn’t even raining.

They’re solely supposed to take action throughout “distinctive climate circumstances”.

The Liberal Democrat MP Richard Foord has raised the report in parliament, highlighting how his son grew to become sick after swimming in a river in Devon.

.@sascampaigns new report reveals the dimensions of unlawful sewage dumps from negligent water firms.

With my son turning into in poor health after swimming in a neighborhood river, that is private for me.

Immediately I raised the report in Parliament and known as for a debate on how we cease this behaviour. pic.twitter.com/xVoSn680pz

— Richard Foord MP (@RichardFoordLD) November 24, 2022

Lynch says he hopes Harper will finish ‘surreal’ scenario the place none of rail our bodies authorised to barter finish to strike

Here’s a full abstract of what Mick Lynch, the RMT basic secretary, stated when he spoke to journalists after his assembly with Mark Harper, the transport secretary.

I’d say it was a constructive assembly within the sense that we’ve removed the bellicose nonsense that we used to have from Grant Shapps and his cohort, in his period, and we are actually beginning to get a dialogue.

If we name off the strikes, we’ll by no means get a settlement. We did that two weeks in the past. We’ve modified our dates in response to public opinion. When the Queen handed, after we had the poppy day, we’ve accomplished different issues. Now we have not had a strike for seven weeks, and nothing has occurred. So anybody that’s been concerned in industrial relations is aware of that there has received to leverage and stress on the desk from either side. That can create the compromises and the resolutions that we’re all on the lookout for.

If I take these [strike] actions off with none consequence, my members gained’t forgive me for doing that. And we all know that the stress shall be off all of the events.

  • He stated he needed Harper to offer the rail trade a contemporary mandate to barter an finish to the dispute. He stated that though the RMT has been in talks with the Rail Supply Group, which represents rail firms, it didn’t appear to have correct authority to barter. The person firms have been additionally saying they may not negotiate both, he stated. He stated he requested Harper to make clear who had authority to barter, and to arrange a liaison group involving ministers. He went on:

[Harper] has received a obligation for industrial relations, and the accountability to set their mandate, ie what they’ll say, what they’ll supply, and what they’ll negotiate on at that desk. So I’m hoping he’s going to try this, hopefully at this time … He must make clear in writing the place he stands and the place the trade stands when they’re transacting with us in these discussions.

  • He claimed the present negotiating scenario was “surreal” as a result of the employers didn’t have a mandate to barter a decision. He stated the Rail Supply Group had informed the RMT it was not capable of have interaction in collective bargaining. And the person rail firms stated they may not have interaction in collective bargaining both, he stated. He went on:

So it is a utterly unusual and surreal scenario. I’m answerable for my union, and I stand in entrance of you and take no matter you wish to throw at me. No one from the employers is ready to face in entrance of me and take the accountability for settling this dispute. That’s what we’d like. We’d like any individual of authority, which has to start out with the secretary of state and the rail minister, who I wish to work with positively, to take accountability for settling this dispute.

  • He stated Harper had denied that the Division for Transport was the “blockage” stopping an answer to the dispute. Lynch stated somebody gave the impression to be blocking an answer, however he stated it was not clearly precisely who it was.

  • He stated he had urged Harper to hurry up negotiations. The talks have been operating for six months already, he stated. “And now we have had not one doc put throughout the desk. That has to vary,” he stated.

  • He stated jobs, and phrases and circumstances, have been extra vital to his members than pay ranges. He stated:

My members are telling me you’ve received to safe me my job, and also you’ve received to get me a set of phrases and circumstances which might be acceptable, after which we will discuss what we’re getting paid. In case you haven’t received a job, you don’t get a pay rise anyway.

They made revenue all through Covid and so they made revenue all through these disputes, the place they’ve been indemnified for daily of strike motion. This lot within the Division of Transport have been paying all their prices whereas all the companies in London and throughout this nation have been struggling losses, whereas the practice operators have had all of their income protected by this authorities.

Mick Lynch speaking to journalists after his meeting with Mark Harper at the Department for Transport.
Mick Lynch chatting with journalists after his assembly with Mark Harper on the Division for Transport. {Photograph}: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

Mick Lynch says assembly with transport secretary ‘constructive’, however RMT no nearer to calling off rail strikes

Mick Lynch, the RMT basic secretary, has been chatting with the media after his assembly with Mark Harper, the transport secretary.

He stated that it was a “constructive assembly” and that Harper stated he would set out in writing what steps may be taken in direction of a decision of the dispute behind the rail strikes.

He stated one challenge was that it has not been clear what scope the Rail Supply Group needed to negotiate. Harper stated he would make clear that, he stated.

Lynch stated he hoped that may result in a brand new negotiating mandate.

However requested if he was nearer to calling off the dispute, Lynch stated that was not the case. He stated they’d not be nearer to an finish of the dispute till an inexpensive supply was on the desk.

That is from the Mirror’s Ashley Cowburn.

Mick Lynch tells the press we’re “now beginning to get a dialogue” with Transport Sec.

Says we’re “eliminating the bellicose rhetoric” of his predecessor Grant Shapps. pic.twitter.com/GhP8C61ON2

— Ashley Cowburn (@ashcowburn) November 24, 2022

Colin Yeo, an immigration lawyer, has posted an fascinating thread on Twitter in regards to the newest immigration and asylum statistics out at this time. It begins right here.

He factors out that there was an enormous rise within the variety of asylum seekers ready to have their functions thought of.

4. There have been solely 16,400 preliminary selections over the past yr, which means that the backlog considerably elevated. There are actually 117,400 functions excellent referring to 143,377 folks. pic.twitter.com/gJQBmDKDZr

— Colin Yeo (@ColinYeo1) November 24, 2022

And he says profitable functions, and profitable appeals, are at traditionally excessive ranges.

5. Of the (few) selections that have been made, 77% have been grants of asylum. That’s an historic excessive. It’s pushed by the truth that numerous asylum seekers are coming from very harmful international locations. This chart exhibits the highest 10 nationalities claiming asylum pic.twitter.com/7ZS5Y3cWiC

— Colin Yeo (@ColinYeo1) November 24, 2022

7. 52% of asylum appeals have been additionally allowed, which can be traditionally excessive. There have been solely 3,543 appeals lodged within the final yr, largely as a result of there have been so few refusals. Appeals actually aren’t gumming up the system: it’s totally a lot totally the Dwelling Workplace that’s doing that.

— Colin Yeo (@ColinYeo1) November 24, 2022

On the Downing Avenue foyer briefing this morning the PM’s spokesperson largely refused to remark the BBC Newsnight report that former non-public secretaries who’ve labored with Dominic Raab are making ready to submit complaints about his conduct. The PM’s spokesperson stated:

The investigation is ongoing, I don’t intend to supply a operating commentary on what’s an impartial and – rightly – confidential course of.

However the spokesperson confirmed that Rishi Sunak nonetheless had confidence in Raab. And he did handle one facet of the Newsnight report, saying that in some circumstances ministers can use a private electronic mail account for presidency enterprise. The spokesperson stated:

Ministers are in a position to make use of numerous types of communication. So long as they take heed of that steerage, there may be not a binary restriction on use of private electronic mail addresses.





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