Documents suggest senior figures at Unite believe general strike should be a "tool in armoury" in fight against public spending restraint

Spring of discontent Unions refuse to drop strike threats Documents suggest Unite backs a general strike, described as a 'tool in our armoury' Teaching unions also planning to escalate action By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 01:15 GMT, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:00 GMT, 5 January 2013 Britain is facing the threat of a spring of widespread industrial unrest at the hands of Labour’s biggest donor and the teaching unions, it has emerged.

Couple puts up banner warning about "cowboy builder"

Revenge of homeowners on 'cowboy builder': Couple whose house was wrecked make sure whole neighbourhood knows with 12ft bannerFran Ikin and Peter Mortin paid builder 7,000 to craft their dream homeBut they say he left work undone and even put them in dangerCouple wrote 'Dean Watts cowboy builder' on banner outside house | UPDATED: 07:49 GMT, 13 December 2012 A couple furious with the work a builder has done on their home have posted a huge banner outside the house warning locals that he is a 'cowboy'.

Egypt"s president Mohammed Morsi raises barricades around palace in preparations for fresh protests

Egypt's president Mohammed Morsi raises barricades around palace in preparations for fresh protests against constitution referendumPresident build third concrete wall to protect the palace from protestorsHundreds marched on the palace in Cairo today despite Morsi rescinding his 'pharaoh' power which made his decisions immune from courtsProtestors want President Morsi to delay referendum on draft constitution | UPDATED: 20:16 GMT, 9 December 2012 Egyptian army officers were seen constructing the third line of the hastily erected barricades around the presidential palace of leader Mohammed Morsi today. The security measures followed threats of protests against President's Morsi's decision not to delay the referendum on his controversial draft constitution, set to be held next Saturday

Indecision over EU is costing Tories dear

Indecision over EU is costing Tories dear | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 9 December 2012 'Back to a common market': Liam Fox will call on the Prime Minister to do all he can to achieve a looser, trade-based relationship with the EU With the eurozone engulfed by rage and violent protest against crippling austerity and terrifying levels of unemployment, the sight of EU leaders mustering in Oslo yesterday to collect the Nobel Peace Prize was truly nauseating. To indulge in such a public orgy of self-congratulation when so many ordinary Europeans are suffering unprecedented hardship shows how far removed these smug eurocrats are from the people they pretend to serve

British Airways to cut 400 cabin crew jobs but promises all will be voluntary redundancies

British Airways to cut 400 cabin crew jobs but promises all will be voluntary redundancies | UPDATED: 10:34 GMT, 5 December 2012 British Airways is set to cut 400 senior cabin crew jobs from its 14,000 workforce. The airline is in talks with the trade union Unite over the plans and has made reassurances that cuts would be made through voluntary redundancies

Militant Argentine dockers stop British-flagged cruise liner from leaving port because its next stop was the Falklands

Militant Argentine dockers stop British-flagged cruise liner from leaving port because its next stop was the FalklandsThe Seabourn Sojourn, which sails under the British flag, was blocked by Argentine port workers who want to stop the ship sailing to the islandsUnion leaders were demanding that the liner's captain pledges not to visit the Falklands before being allowed to set sailAfter a seven-hour delay, the boat was allowed to leave the port The vessel, with 330 crew, was due to set off yesterday on a 15-day cruise around Patagonia, visiting the Falkland Islands and ending up in Chile Passengers paid between 4,200 and 9,300 each for the trip, depending on their choice of cabin | UPDATED: 20:36 GMT, 5 December 2012 A luxury cruise liner with up to 450 passengers on board was prevented from leaving an Argentine port today in a protest over the Falkland Islands. The Seabourn Sojourn, which sails under the British flag, was blocked in by Argentine port workers who want to prevent the ship sailing to the disputed islands. The vessel was later allowed to leave the port at Buenos Aires following a delay of seven hours