Posts tagged ‘Council’

July 11, 2011

Council accused of more cuts plan

Royston Smith: “If they choose not to sign the contracts they will be choosing not to work at the city council”

Southampton City Council has been accused of drawing up plans for a further reduction of its workforce on the day mass pay cuts take effect.


The Unite union said it had seen a leaked report on council spending, which said a quarter of the 4,300-strong workforce could be cut.


The council denied it had any such plans.


It came as port health officers went on strike along with refuse collectors, librarians and other employees.


Council bosses are in a dispute with staff over pay and conditions that has already seen refuse collectors strike.


Authority leader Royston Smith said the pay cuts would save 400 jobs so urged all council staff to report for work.


Mr Smith said he was “disappointed” action was being taken as attempts to resolve the situation were ongoing.


“People will see we are doing it to save 400 jobs in the organisation which in itself will protect several services in the organisation and they will see we are doing this for the right reasons…sign their contracts, come in to work on Monday, and we can start to put this behind us,” he said.

‘Deliberately misled’

Workers who failed to report for work would be deemed to have refused to sign up to the new terms and conditions which would see those earning more than £17,500 a year taking a 4.5% pay cut.


They could then face the sack for failing to sign.


Unite union bosses have described as “devastating” the new internal council report that outlines plans to set aside £5m a year for redundancies between 2012-14.


The union claims the report indicates plans for redundancies will increase year-on-year, with 361 posts going next year, rising to 725 by 2013 to a total of 1,224 in 2014.


Mr Smith said the council was not planning further cuts.


He said the numbers seen in the report were simply used to illustrate how much the council would need to save.


“The report states: ‘Clearly the savings will not all be found from 100% post reductions’,” he added.


Unions also fear the authority will announce worse pay and conditions for staff, as the dispute enters its sixth week.


“Now we have the facts – they plan to sack more than a quarter of the workforce by 2014 and spend £15m of taxpayers’ money doing so,” said Ian Woodland, Unite’s regional officer.


“This is a disgrace and will devastate those loyal workers who thought that by making a wage sacrifice now that they had a chance to save their jobs for the future.”


Mr Woodland went on to accuse the Tory-led council of “deliberately misleading” the public into believing essential services were safe.


“Who on earth will be there to provide them if more than a quarter of the workforce has been sacked?” he said.


He argued council leaders should have been consulting unions over the plans much earlier and would now seek “urgent talks” with bosses.


Workers are expected to march through the city on Wednesday and to stage a protest outside a meeting of the full council.

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July 7, 2011

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

The 125th annual Wimbledon tournament began yesterday with much hoorah from the fashion world. Just the other night, the women of the Women’s Tennis Association gathered for a pre-competition gala at The Roof Gardens in Kensington and the British Council of Fashion Designers rallied around of the tennis stars. These ladies may look smokin’ in tiny pleated skirts and poly/elastane tanks, but they clean up nice when powered by a council of designers. At least most of them do… See which one aced it, and which ones baselined. 

ACE: Caroline Wozniacki – Stella McCartney


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


The #1 high power fashion-cum-athletic designer Stella McCartney has fittingly taken the #1 player in the WTA as her own; Caroline Wozniacki is the face of Adidas by Stella McCartney. She’s flashing Stella off and on the court and crushing bitches on the grass court.


SIDESPIN: Serena Williams – Burberry


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


One half of the dominating twins, this side paneled sidespin hugs every solid muscle curve.


LOVE: Ana Ivanovic – Matthew Williamson


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


Playfully textured, the slight fringe reminds us of the grass courts on which the tournament takes place. Mini-skirts and fast balls…


WILDCARD: Jelena Jankovic – Vivienne Westwood


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


This dress is a shirred thing. Will a win be in the bag?


FAULT: Heather Watson – Mulberry


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon
How one makes an superbly trim athlete look frumpy is beyond me, but unfortunately Mulberry has done that for Watson. And the shoes look like ace bandages, not a good look for a competing tennis pro.


FLATLINER: Laura Robson – Temperley


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


She hits it low and steady. None too exciting, except for the shoulders.


LET: Andrea Petkovic – Richard Nicoll


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon
The tennis imagery works in the iridescence, but the fit? The ref is consulting the umpire for a final decision.


BYE: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – David Koma
British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


Its tennis themed pleat cuts her off all wrong, and ends up making her look wide. Too much, yet too little.


LOVE LOVE: Maria Sharpova – Alexander McQueen


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


Stuns, absolutely radiant.


MATCH POINT: Bethanie Mattek-Sands – Alex Noble


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


Designer to Lady Gaga, Alex Noble created the bodice of this dress out of, you guessed it, tennis balls. Tis possible that only an entity like Mother Monster could pull off such a thing, but don’t get us wrong Bethanie, we admire your balls.


Good little ball boy he is, Nicholas Kirkwood heeled the whole WTA for this night.


Designers gave the gala a big serve, but who won the game point in your book?


July 1, 2011

British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon

The 125th annual Wimbledon tournament began yesterday with much hoorah from the fashion world. Just the other night, the women of the Women’s Tennis Association gathered for a pre-competition gala at The Roof Gardens in Kensington and the British Council of Fashion Designers rallied around of the tennis stars. These ladies may look smokin’ in tiny pleated skirts and poly/elastane tanks, but they clean up nice when powered by a council of designers. At least most of them do… See which one aced it, and which ones baselined. 

ACE: Caroline Wozniacki – Stella McCartney


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


The #1 high power fashion-cum-athletic designer Stella McCartney has fittingly taken the #1 player in the WTA as her own; Caroline Wozniacki is the face of Adidas by Stella McCartney. She’s flashing Stella off and on the court and crushing bitches on the grass court.


SIDESPIN: Serena Williams – Burberry


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


One half of the dominating twins, this side paneled sidespin hugs every solid muscle curve.


LOVE: Ana Ivanovic – Matthew Williamson


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


Playfully textured, the slight fringe reminds us of the grass courts on which the tournament takes place. Mini-skirts and fast balls…


WILDCARD: Jelena Jankovic – Vivienne Westwood


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


This dress is a shirred thing. Will a win be in the bag?


FAULT: Heather Watson – Mulberry


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon
How one makes an superbly trim athlete look frumpy is beyond me, but unfortunately Mulberry has done that for Watson. And the shoes look like ace bandages, not a good look for a competing tennis pro.


FLATLINER: Laura Robson – Temperley


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


She hits it low and steady. None too exciting, except for the shoulders.


LET: Andrea Petkovic – Richard Nicoll


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon
The tennis imagery works in the iridescence, but the fit? The ref is consulting the umpire for a final decision.


BYE: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – David Koma
British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


Its tennis themed pleat cuts her off all wrong, and ends up making her look wide. Too much, yet too little.


LOVE LOVE: Maria Sharpova – Alexander McQueen


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


Stuns, absolutely radiant.


MATCH POINT: Bethanie Mattek-Sands – Alex Noble


British Council of Fashion Designers Play a Love Game at Wimbledon


Designer to Lady Gaga, Alex Noble created the bodice of this dress out of, you guessed it, tennis balls. Tis possible that only an entity like Mother Monster could pull off such a thing, but don’t get us wrong Bethanie, we admire your balls.


Good little ball boy he is, Nicholas Kirkwood heeled the whole WTA for this night.


Designers gave the gala a big serve, but who won the game point in your book?