Archive for ‘United Utilities’

March 27, 2010

COMMENT: BA strike: against the race to the bottom [Gregor Gall]

By Gregor Gall, Professor of Industrial Relations, University of Hertfordshire

The BA dispute in shaping up to be the key union battle of 2010, being on a par with strikes in the engineering construction industry and Royal Mail last year in terms of their significance for the wider labour movement. This is maybe a little odd in that a relatively small number of workers are involved compared to those in the engineering construction industry and Royal Mail. This is a dispute about accommodating to or resisting the ‘race to the bottom’ under the neo-liberalism.


March 25, 2010

ANALYSIS: United Utilities’ record: not exactly watertight [Mule]

United Utilities CEO Philip Green has pledged to continue the company’s “strong focus on operational performance and cost efficiency” as the financial year comes to an end – a year in which 500 jobs have been ‘lost’ in the past few months. While analysts predict profits approaching £500 million, MULE repubishes this article from the last print edition, which looked at the FTSE 100 company’s social and environmental record in the Northwest over the last few years, where it services over seven million people.