News Headlines - 27 November 2011

▽Nothing will stop us from striking: Two thirds of schools to shut, airports set for chaos, Army on standby - but unions won't discuss a last-minute peace deal - Daily Mail 
Union leaders have declared there is nothing the Government can do to avert the biggest strikes in a generation this week.
As the Army is put on standby to secure Britain’s borders,  millions of public sector workers are being warned that a ‘hugely  generous’ pensions offer from ministers will be withdrawn if a deal is not agreed by the end  of the year.
But the head of the Trades Union Congress, Brendan Barber, said it was ‘unlikely’ there was anything the Government could say to persuade him to call off Wednesday’s action.

▽Army on standby to deal with passport queues during public sector strike - The Guardian
The army are on standby to keep Britain's borders secure and handle passport queues during Wednesday's strikes over public service pensions, Francis Maude has confirmed.
The Cabinet Office minister also told unions that they have until the end of the year to accept the government's current offer or it will be taken off the table – the first time that ministers have set a deadline for talks to be concluded.

▽City of London bonuses to fall, base pay up -survey - Reuters
Bonuses in the City of London finance district are set to fall 22 percent from last year although this will be compensated to a certain extent by a rise in base pay, said a survey by financial services recruitment firm Astbury Marsden.

▽Iran's parliament votes to expel British ambassador - The Guardian
Iran's parliament has voted to expel the British ambassador in Tehran in retaliation against economic sanctions imposed by the west over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear programme.

▽Arab League Approves Sanctions Against Syria - Voice of America
Arab League foreign ministers, meeting in Cairo, agreed Sunday to impose a series of biting economic sanctions on Syria, after Damascus failed to accept an Arab plan to send monitors in response to its deadly crackdown on an opposition uprising. The ministers will meet again next Saturday to review the effects of their action.







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