Monthly Archives: June 2014

Living Wage For cleaners

Petitioning John Lewis Partnership link here.

We call on the board at John Lewis to pay the Living Wage to cleaners working at John Lewis shops and offices

A Petition by Jane Lambert

The Living Wage is an hourly rate calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. It currently stands at £7.65 in the UK and £8.80 in London (in comparison with the minimum wage of £6.31).

650 companies, including KPMG, Nationwide, the Royal Opera House and Tate & Lyle London Offices are committed to the London Living Wage Foundation.

John Lewis is the UK’s leading retailer and last Christmas/New Year enjoyed a hugely profitable period with the highest market share in the retail sector. Following this, John Lewis staff received 14% bonus payments. John Lewis brands itself as a company that is committed to treating its suppliers, customers and partners with fairness. But it has contracted out its cleaning services. Its cleaners receive less than the living wage and are not entitled to the bonus payments paid to directly employed staff.


Frack Free Lancashire

Did you know there are plans to frack for gas near you?

If you’ve never heard of it before, fracking — or hydraulic fracturing — is a destructive and dirty process using a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals to blast rocks and release trapped gas and oil. Not only have these chemicals been linked to water contamination, but burning more fossil fuels, like gas, will lead to disaster for our planet.

Right now, fracking company Cuadrilla is in the middle of its latest bid to drill in Lancashire. They want to frack right next door to Little Plumpton, on the outskirts of Blackpool.

But today we have a chance to stop them. Lancashire County Council has opened a new public consultation, asking people if they think drilling should be allowed.

If enough of us submit our comments through the consultation website, councillors could block Cuadrilla at this early stage, before they’re given the go ahead. Here’s how to take part:

1. Click here to open the consultation page, then find the ‘Comment on this application’ link near the end of the page:
2. Fill in your name, address and email, then click ‘next’.
3. Hoorah! You can now lodge your objection to Cuadrilla’s plans. Please remember to include:

i. Application number: LCC/2014/0096
ii. Location of development: Can be left blank
iii. Your comments: State why you’re opposed to these plans — we’ve put together a few talking points below if you’re stuck for what to say

4. Click ‘submit’ and you’re done!

Click here to visit Lancashire County Council’s website and have your say on fracking.

Opposition to fracking continues to go from strength to strength. Just last week, a national newspaper crowned 82 year old Anne Power their ‘local hero’ for all she’s done to block fracking firm IGas at Barton Moss. And in the coming days, 16 anti-fracking groups will meet in Blackpool to share tactics and ideas, joining together to launch Frack Free Lancashire.

Yet despite growing opposition, the fracking industry is desperate to secure a win. Firms like Cuadrilla and IGas know that if one council gives fracking the thumbs up, it could be the trigger for other councils to follow.

Visit the Council website to leave a message and tell councillors why you oppose these plans. If you’re stuck for what to write, take a look at the talking points below.

Thank you,


Three easy steps to achieving what you want

I will; I promise!

Cristian Mihai

1. Believe you can.

2. Try.

3. Don’t give up.

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Whistleblowing Claim going to Appeal Bankruppted by Fees

Yes!  My application for Appeal for the PIDA Employment Tribunal has been accepted!  My Appeal will go on to the judges.

Trouble is with only beans in the cupboard and half a loaf of bread left things couldn’t be tighter!  £400 on my credit card to pay the Appeal fees.  First the lodgement fee; then later a hearing fee (£1,200)

I can in my situation apply for a remission each time a pay the fee.  This is going be hard work – even before the preparation for the hearing.  The Appeal bundle cost £45 in paper and ink as it is!

It is beans tonight – must get down to the food bank!

Please help me.  There isn’t anywhere else to go?

Donations Welcome.

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many thanks

Caught out: DWP ministers who claimed a million sickness benefit claimants had been found ‘fit for work’ – kept real data from public view

Politics and Insights

With big thanks to ilegal
Well over half a million sickness benefits appeals have succeeded – why has the DWP kept this quiet?
DWP ministers said only 9% of ESA decisions were wrong.  Our research reveals the DWP have been quoting from figures which state 151,800 appeals have succeeded.  Our evidence shows the true figure to be at least 567,634 – casting serious doubt over 43% of 1,302,200 ‘fit for work’ decisions. 
ilegal Press Release – 16th June 2013
DWP’s internal figures reveal a much higher number of successful ESA appeals than have been made publicly available.
DWP reply on 13 June 2014 to a Freedom of Information Act request made as part of an investigation in to DWP figures relating to the controversial Work Capability Assessment by has revealed that of 1,287,323 ESA appeals, at least 567,634 claimants have had the original DWP decision overturned in their favour. Government’s 

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Whistleblower Blues

When I blew the Whistle its was to further the benefits of Airworthiness and Safety little did I know that I would end up bankrupt and begging for money.


Whistleblower Blues

Please help me.  There isn’t anywhere else to go?

Eurofigther Typhoon


I once had my house mortgage paid and done for.  Before illness, caused by long term stress due the concerns which kept me awake at night, led to divorce.  Losing half the house, and gaining a new mortgage, – fighting for the custardy of my daugther whilst struggling with a company deaf to the changes in regulations.

Bae to MoD

Whistleblower blues

Guilt is the worst thing.  It is worrying enough considering going outside of your own company, possibliy against your own friends and collegaues without the additional strain of causing a breakdown of your family life!

It didn’t get easier.  Four years on I am still going to the Foodbank, still scrapping by on an income which doesn’t cover the cost of my mortgage – let alone Gas and Electricity!

I’ve had the cost of Employment Tribunal’s, Appeals and all that paper and printing!  I think about all this every time I open the kitchen cupboard to open another tin of donated baked beans.

Starvation rations

Baked Beans poor diet

I’ve no social life, had none for years, I can’t justifiy it.  My daugther comes first.  The summer’s coming, – she’ll ask for Ice-Cream, she’s got her hobbies, – which will end soon because I can’t afford it any longer.

This month, I’ve had to skip my mortgage payment in order to pay my Gas and Electricity – I’ve got to stop them kicking my door down to fit a pre-payment meter which I couldn’t afford to pre-pay!

No bread this week, I’ll use up the flour in the cupboard and hope it turns out to be edible!  The foodbank’s too hit and miss to plan a menu;  Car Tax means July’s shopping will be put back to August!

In 8 days I’ll hear about my Appeal, – another then £400 just to pregress an issue so slowly it may never become free to go into the public domain!  All the legal advice is don’t seek publicly!  Hell why make a discloure in the public interest if you can’t talk about it!

I’ll tell you about how bad it is for the Whistleblower!  I must be mad to gone down this root, – ending up medically retired with a pitence, a fraction of the pension I would have got and further more all the equity in the house will be lost the day the banks move in.  Now shall I have the beans tonight?  Or save them?

Starving to suceed

Whistle Blowing