Michael Gove: Long school summer holidays should be consigned to history

Long school summer holidays should be consigned to history, Gove declares as he warns of more strikes by teaching unions Education Secretary calls for longer school days and shorter holidays Warns Britain is not keeping pace with other countriesUnions accused of putting teachers' needs before children By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 14:01 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:29 GMT, 18 April 2013 Education Secretary Michael Gove said children needed longer school days and shorter holidays to keep pace with other countries The traditional long summer school holiday is a relic of the 19th century and must be consigned to history, Michael Gove declared today. The Education Secretary said it was wrong that terms were still scheduled for a time when children were needed to help out on farms and most mothers stayed-at-home. And he warned of more strikes ahead, accusing unions of lacking ambition and putting the needs of teachers before those of children in their care.

Fears of chaos for Boxing Day shoppers in London as tube strike action and engineering works hit 11 underground lines

Fears of chaos for Boxing Day shoppers in London as tube strike action and engineering works hit 11 underground linesPlanned strikes by train drivers' union Aslef will cause 'significant disruption'Engineering works and seasonal closures are also expected to cause headaches for shoppers and commuters | UPDATED: 22:37 GMT, 24 December 2012 Planned tube strikes on Boxing Day are expected to cause chaos on the London Underground Planned tube strikes on Boxing Day are expected to cause chaos on the London Underground. The strike, and two further walkouts on the last two Fridays in January, is over a long-running row about bank holiday pay

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