The biggest business con of 2019: fleecing workers while bosses get rich

From Boeing to Whole Foods, companies are touting social responsibility as profits soar. Dont believe a word of it Corporate social responsibility is the second-biggest con of 2019 (Donald Trump remains in first place). Consider Boeing, whose board just fired its CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, in order to restore confidence in the company moving forward as it works to repair relationships with regulators, customers, and all other stakeholders. Restore confidence? Muilenburgs successor will be David Calhoun, who, as a longstanding member of Boeings board of directors, allowed Muilenburg to remain CEO for more than a year after the first 737 Max crash and after internal studies found that the jetliner posed an unacceptable risk of accident. It caused the deaths of …

‘It’s killing us’: midwestern workers savaged by Trump’s trade wars

Layoffs are common, shifts have been cut and workers in Americas manufacturing and farming heartlands are losing hope Winter has come to Davenport, Iowa. Temperatures, at 14F (-10C), are well below freezing. But its the cold winds of Donald Trumps trade wars that worry Shaun Buckles. Buckles, 40, worked at the John Deere construction and forestry manufacturing plant in Davenport for three years until he lost his job last month. He was one of announced another 57 workers at the Davenport plant would be laid off, effective 6 January. According to a company spokesperson, 23 workers in Des Moines were terminated as well, effective 15 December. The job cuts have come as demand for farming equipment shrinks in the midst …

British voters are terrified of US companies privatizing the NHS. They should be | Astra Taylor

The US healthcare machine raked in $100bn last year and CEOs are salivating at the money they could extract from British patients As has been widely reported, if the Conservatives win the British election, a potential trade deal with the United States could put vital parts of the NHS remarked. NHS or anything else everything will be on the table, absolutely. Those of us across the pond are horrified on the UKs behalf. Dont let Trump and his cronies carve up the NHS. Vote and fight as if your life depends on it because it does. A jaw-dropping Americans say a friend or family member died because they were unable to afford medical treatment. Thats what it means for the …

Jeremy Corbyn urges public to vote for ‘manifesto of hope’

Investment blitz promised as experts taken aback by scale of Labours tax and spend plans Jeremy Corbyn has urged the public to vote for his manifesto of hope as he unveiled plans for the most dramatic increase in tax and spending in more than half a century if Labour wins power next months general election. In an upbeat launch event at Birmingham City University, the Labour leader said he welcomed the hostility of the billionaires, bad bosses and dodgy landlords who would lose out from his policies. Experts were taken aback by the scale of Labours spending plans, which dwarfed the substantial increase in the size of the state envisaged in the partys 2017 manifesto. Universal free broadband, delivered by …