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Edition No. 196

Date:- 17 April 2005

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Tories aren't thinking what we're thinking - warns Usdaw 

UK workers will lose out if the Tories are voted back into power, premier retail union Usdaw has warned after it searched in vain for any mention of workers' rights in the Tory Manifesto.

Usdaw believes the national minimum wage, which the Tories opposed originally, the New Deal and the funding for lifelong learning will be under serious threat if Michael Howard's Party gets back in.

General secretary John Hannett said Labour is the only Party that delivers on workers' rights. "The Tories will lead us back to the dark days of the '80s when workers' rights were decimated.

Millions of low paid workers who have been helped by the national minimum wage could see their future earnings stagnate if the Tories get back in. Millions of people who have been helped back into work by Labour's New Deal could find themselves back on the dole. Tens of thousands of our members who are increasing their skills via lifelong learning courses could also be denied the opportunity to improve their career opportunities.

This is a manifesto which clearly does not even consider the role of the country's workforce to the present and future prosperity of the economy. Under Labour Usdaw members have seen their take-home pay increase, their holiday entitlement improve, and the introduction of better right for parents and carers. Our members want stability, high employment rates, low interest rates and low inflation - not the boom-bust of the Tories, who clearly aren't thinking what Usdaw members are thinking."


YES Domino's Pizza, the leading player in the UK & Ireland's fast growing pizza delivery market, today announced plans to create more than 300 jobs in the North as part of its ambitious expansion programme.

With the aim of opening 50 stores a year for the foreseeable future, 12 of which will be in the North of England, the local Domino's workforce will increase by approximately 26% in 2005. Domino's currently employs nearly 1,150 full and part-time employees in the area.

If expansion plans are realised there could be a time when 1,000 new Domino's Pizza stores are operating in the UK and Ireland. This would see Domino's employing a workforce of around 25,000 people.

Stephen Hemsley, Chief Executive of Domino's Pizza, says:- "Domino's Pizza is one of the biggest employers of people in the home delivery sector. The home delivered food market is growing rapidly, creating many thousands of jobs, and the lion's share of these looks set to be in the pizza sector. Our leading position in this £1.2bn market provides excellent opportunities for driven, ambitious people to join our strong team."

There are many roles at Domino's Pizza to suit all lifestyles, career aspirations and financial needs. As it recruits on the basis of ability to succeed in the role, ambitious and enterprising people can be promoted quickly. James Swift started his career at Domino's as a 16 year old delivery driver but soon worked his way up the ranks and, at 28, is now joint venture franchisee of five stores and is a member of the Domino's Pizza 'Millionaire Club', franchisees who own businesses worth in excess of £1 million.

On July 28 2005 it will be 20 years since the first UK Domino's Pizza store opened in Luton in 1985 with just 6 team members.

Anyone interested in applying for a job at Domino's Pizza should visit their local store, email:- or fill in a job application online at:-, where a full store list is available.


THE Chairman of Southport Football Club Charlie Clapham is calling for new youth development and training facilities in the Town to help the Club plan for the future.

Southport FC are currently top of the Nationwide Conference North and if they remain in that position the team would be promoted to the Nationwide Conference National division.

The Sandgrounders already have a thriving youth section for 6 to18 year olds for both boys and girls and are currently visiting schools in Southport to get more people through the turnstiles and to build at a grass roots level for a successful future.

Chairman Charlie Clapham says:- "The Club is currently in good shape both on and off the field and now is the time to build on that success and plan for the future. We need an academy which could also be used by the community. There is a shortage of facilities in the town and I'm confident there would be a buy in from the community for such a facility.

Our aim is to be challenging to get back into the Football League and with an ambitious Manager and an ambitious Board we believe we have a great chance of achieving that in the next few years. It is therefore vital that we find and harness the talents of footballers from an early age. A state of the art facility would allow us to do just that."

The Club's recent "Buy 2 get 1 Free" initiative saw an average attendance of 1358 supporters for the last three home games. Other offers are planned as the Club pushes for Promotion.

 Sport England chief joins Culture board

SPORT England's north west chief Andy Worthington MBE has been appointed to the board of the Liverpool Culture Company. Mr Worthington will share his vast experience in sport and recreation within local government in the run-up to 2008 and beyond. The Chair of Sport England's North West Regional Sports Board, he has lived and worked in the region for many years. He has worked on Merseyside in the past, during 14 years as Director of Leisure Services and Tourism for Wirral council.

Andy Worthington said:- "It is a great honour to be supporting the Culture Company and local partners to help seize the immense opportunity the Capital of Culture has presented for Liverpool and Merseyside. There is a great sporting heritage in Merseyside that deserves recognition and support going forward. 

The Regional Sports Board has already invested in the area, including more than £250,000 to support a development post in the Capital of Culture Company and £4m of Sport England Lottery funding towards the new 50-metre swimming pool in Wavertree. There will much to do and celebrate over the next few years and I am delighted to be back in Merseyside, involved and supporting the community I have served for many years"

Chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company board, Professor Drummond Bone, said:- "It's really good that Andy has agreed to join the board and he will play a major role in shaping and developing our Capital of Culture programme up to and beyond 2008. He brings with him vast experience in sport and recreation over many years and he will be a real asset to our team." 

Mr Worthington joins a Culture Company board, which already includes BBC Director of Sport, Peter Salmon and Chairman of English Heritage, Sir Neil Cossons.

Councillor Mike Storey, Leader of Liverpool City Council and Deputy Chairman of the Culture Company board, said:- "Andy's appointment adds to the wealth of experience and expertise we have on the board and which will be crucial to our intention of delivering the best ever Capital of Culture."

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