News from other organisations

Below is a selection of articles relevant to the broader left in the South West and Cornwall. These are not necessarily Communist Party events or news stories, but are collected here as they reflect the actions of people in our district.

The West Country stands to be relegated to the bottom division of the Chancellor's proposed new pay league, the South West TUC has warned.

George Osborne is in tomorrow's Budget expected to announce measures to introduce regional pay measures for public servants - a move that would see workers in the South West earn less than their counterparts in other parts of the country.

The South West TUC fears a move to further cut public sector pay will hit the region hard because of the high percentage (27.1%) of public sector workers in the South West and because of the already low pay (£1.58 per hour less than the UK average). Devon and Cornwall, in particular, would be badly affected because the pay rates for the two counties are lower still - £2.55 less for Devon and £3.59 less for Cornwall than the £14.90 national average.