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The Socialist 14 January 2015

NHS in crisis: This emergency is no accident!

The Socialist issue 839

NHS in crisis: This emergency is no accident

Billionaires five times richer than in 2004

Circle vulture flies out of Hinchingbrooke

Stop the Tory strike ban plan

Them & Us


Help build an anti-cuts electoral alternative

Socialist Party Election Appeal 2015


France: counter terrorist threat with mass unity

Charlie Hebdo: no to terrorism

Sri Lankan elections: Butcher Rajapaksa defeated

Germany: what is behind Pegida?


London bus drivers unite in historic strike action

Shift change exposes employer's 'family values'

Tesco: shop workers need fighting union leadership

Workplace news in brief


A new era for New Era

A strange way to protect public services

Sedgehill School besieged by privateers

Freedom Riders ride again

Join the socialists to fight privatisation

Fighting fund targets smashed


Book review: Eleanor Marx - a life

The straightwashing of Pride

 
 
 
 

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Tesco: supermarket workers need a fighting union leadership

Scott Jones, Candidate for Usdaw executive South Wales and Western division

Tesco's first trading statement of 2015 brought further profits warnings, news of cuts and further attacks on workers.

The supermarket giant is set to close 43 'unprofitable' stores, mostly smaller Tesco Expresses, reduce and relocate its head office and do away with the final salary pension scheme for all staff.

However, Tesco's profit predictions remain high at 1.4 billion. Its market share remains almost three times that of discounters Lidl and Aldi combined.

Despite this Tesco is attempting to return to super-profits on the backs of its already low-paid workers.

Scandalously, the Usdaw shopworkers' union issued a statement saying that it "recognises that change is inevitable" and "noting the difficulties facing Tesco". The union should be defending its members - not defending the employer!

In contrast, Unite, which represents many Tesco drivers, demands that Tesco workers should not be made to pay for the failure in the boardroom.

Majority union

However, Usdaw represents the overwhelming majority of Tesco and other supermarket workers. These workers now need a fighting leadership prepared to take on the bosses more than ever.

In the union's upcoming elections Socialist Party members will be building support for the candidates endorsed by the union's Broad Left.

These include two Socialist Party members and Tesco workers standing for the executive committee. I am standing for the South Wales and Western division and Amy Murphy is standing for re-election in the Southern division and for president.


In this issue


Socialist Party news and analysis

NHS in crisis: This emergency is no accident

Billionaires five times richer than in 2004

Circle vulture flies out of Hinchingbrooke

Stop the Tory strike ban plan

Them & Us


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Help build an anti-cuts electoral alternative

Socialist Party Election Appeal 2015


International socialist news and analysis

France: counter terrorist threat with mass unity

Charlie Hebdo: no to terrorism

Sri Lankan elections: Butcher Rajapaksa defeated

Germany: what is behind Pegida?


Socialist Party workplace news

London bus drivers unite in historic strike action

Shift change exposes employer's 'family values'

Tesco: shop workers need fighting union leadership

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

A new era for New Era

A strange way to protect public services

Sedgehill School besieged by privateers

Freedom Riders ride again

Join the socialists to fight privatisation

Fighting fund targets smashed


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Book review: Eleanor Marx - a life

The straightwashing of Pride


 

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