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RMT welcomes Liverpool Councillors' support for Living Wage campaign at Merseyrail

THE Rail RMT has urged Liverpool City Councillors to support a motion due to be discussed by the authority tomorrow calling for an end to low pay at Merseyrail. Merseyrail has contracted out its Station cleaning work to the outsourcing giant Mitie, who pay their cleaning staff at below the level of the Real Living Wage. Rail Union RMT has been fighting to end this scandal as part of its:- 'Justice for Cleaners' campaign and has already received the support of Liverpool's Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram. Now, Liverpool City Councillors Elizabeth Hayden and Angela Coleman was be debated, on Wednesday, 15 January 2020, which calls on Merseyrail to bring the cleaners' pay up to the Real Living Wage and bring them back in house at the end of the contract. Merseyrail, which holds a 25 year concession from Merseytravel, made a profit of ₤14.3 million, in 2019, and has paid out more than ₤111 million in dividends to Serco and Abellio since 2010.  Mitie Group Plc. made an operating profit of ₤88 million in 2019 and has paid out more than ₤177 million in dividends since 2014.  RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:- "It is more than time to call an end to the disgrace of low pay on our railways. It's no wonder that companies who are siphoning off millions from our railways, while paying poverty wages, have run out of public sympathy. Merseyrail and Mitie need to do the right thing and bring an immediate to poverty pay on their watch."

'Fake news - Who can we trust?'

ON 11 March 2020, at 7:30 pm, IMPRESS, the UK's independent press regulator, will be holding an interactive talk, followed by a question and answer session at the Bijou Cinema, Southport. They will be talking about raising standards and increasing public trust levels in the UK media; and how you, the public, can have a say. IMPRESS regulates more than 130 independent online and print publications within the UK, including ourselves. IMPRESS works with journalists and publishers to ensure that their journalism flourishes in the digital age, by providing them with the support and protection they need to publish accurate, high quality news. They also provide the public with effective processes to make complaints and get redress were needed. For more information about IMPRESS please visit:- IMPRESS.Press or follow them on:- Twitter. This is 1 of a series of events being hosted by:- t the Bijou Cinema. The public event will start at 7:30 pm with doors opening at 6:00 pm. The talk, along with question and answer session, will run until 8:45 pm. Finally, we will close with a screening of the 1976 Watergate classic:- 'All the President's Men' at 9:00 pm (run time: 2 hours 18 minutes). The bar will be available from 6:00 pm to 10:45 pm for drinks, including coffee and tea. Tickets are just ₤5 and will be available on the door on the night. Seats are limited so to avoid disappointment, you can buy tickets in advance at the venue, at 8 Post Office Ave, Southport, PR9 0US or book online at:- SouthportBijouCinema.Co.UK, to guarantee your seat. This is your chance to learn about the work that IMPRESS carries out to set out standards for the journalism industry, and how the public can benefit from their services and engage with them; as well as to see a cinema classic celebrating the best of investigative journalism. Some parts of the event will be recorded and used as an educational piece, both online and offline.

LJLA holds consultation on the future aircraft flight paths

Caption:- The geographic area within which aircraft flight paths related to Liverpool John Lennon Airport operations are due to change.

LIVERPOOL John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has started a 2 week consultation as part of the modernisation of the UK's airspace, which will involve potential changes to the routes taken by aircraft departing from and arriving at the Airport.  The UK's airspace is some of the most complex in the world, yet has not undergone significant change since the 1950s. The Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) plan to modernise UK airspace in order to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys by air in and around the UK and to accommodate future aviation growth, with flight paths having to be redrawn in a coordinated way. As a consequence, airports across the UK will all be consulting with local communities and other airspace users about potential changes to their departure and arrival routes.

In a 12 week consultation, that will last until 12 noon, on Thursday, 9 April 2020, Liverpool John Lennon Airport has set out various options to illustrate how the flight paths of aircraft operating to or from the Airport in the skies above North West England and North Wales, might change in the future as part of this airspace modernisation. The area covered by possible changes to flight paths of aircraft relating to LJLA, reaches to:- South Lancashire, in the North, Warrington, in the East, Mid-Cheshire, in the South and across to Flintshire, in the West. Consequently, the Airport is keen that members of the public who live within areas that may potentially be affected by such changes to aircraft flight paths, participate in the consultation.

Also the airport will hold 2 open days, on Wednesday, 12 February and on Saturday, 7 March 2020, with representatives from the Airport on hand to discuss the potential impact of any proposed flight path changes. Further information regarding how to participate in the consultation is available on the airport's website.  It includes a link to the CAA's online airspace change portal that explains the potential changes to LJLA's departure and arrival routes.

This consultation is the latest stage in a process that started for LJLA over 2 years ago, with the Airport hoping to implement changes if approved within the next 2 years.

John Irving, CEO for Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented:- "This consultation gives the Airport the opportunity to share its thoughts with various stakeholders across parts of North West England and North Wales and to seek feedback from communities regarding the various flight path changes being proposed.  We hope that people will get involved with this consultation so that they can have their say on this important issue and help to shape the use of the airspace in this part of the UK."

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