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23 March 2016

Them & Us - budget special

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Osborne's 2016 them-and-us budget gives billions away to high earners and business, at the expense of millions of workers faced with yet more cuts.

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22 March 2016

Budget cuts resignation: Tories split - strike now!

Iain Duncan Smith's ministerial resignation has revealed everything that is rotten about the Tories. Now is the time to hit back.

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16 March 2016

Letters

Letters to the Socialist's editors.

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16 March 2016

Strike to fight cuts budget

Tory Chancellor George Osborne is introducing yet more severe spending cuts. Osborne justifies this new savagery because of a faltering economy.

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16 March 2016

Tories cut disabled dignity for tax breaks

Tory chancellor George Osborne plans to cut 1.2 billion from benefits which help disabled people live independently, writes Adrian Picton, Disabled worker.

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9 March 2016

Benefit fraud: 85% of allegations untrue

Over 85% of allegations of benefit fraud between 2010 and 2015 were false.

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9 March 2016

Life on Cameron's 'sink estates': "This is my home!"

In January, Tory prime minister David Cameron announced the government would bulldoze so-called sink estates to eradicate 'anti-social behaviour' and 'bad parenting'. A council house tenant challenges his caricature and explains what life on her estate is really like.

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2 March 2016

Credit calls

Phone lines for the Tories' new 'Universal Credit' reduced welfare system are not even free. Empty-handed benefit claimants must fork out between 12p and 45p every minute to discuss their cases.

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24 February 2016

Pensions strike by water workers in Warrington

United Utilities, a company with revenues of 1.7 billion and profits of 664 million in the last year, is attacking its workers' pensions.

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24 February 2016

'Benefit tourism' twaddle

The Tories have admitted they have no evidence to suggest workers from other countries come to Britain to claim benefits.

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13 January 2016

Them & Us

It's one law for them...: A High Court judge has ruled against the Tories' benefits cap. Strangely enough, it seems the "strongly worded" judgment has not brought an end to Tory attacks on the most vulnerable.

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18 November 2015

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Secure hospital strike, sacked university rep reinstated, defend victimised CWU reps.

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4 November 2015

10 an hour now!

The Trades Union Congress reports that nearly six million workers in the UK earn less than the voluntary 'living wage'.

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29 October 2015

Brutal tax credits attack halted for now

Unite to fight divided Tories: Tory plans to cut tax credits have caused uproar, but divisions at the top show the government's weakness

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21 October 2015

Former war hero fighting for the future: a pensioner speaks out

Older people are hard hit by the bosses' cuts and sell-offs. Sue Powell spoke to Claude Mickleson, National Pensioners Convention activist and member of Gloucestershire Socialist Party.

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14 October 2015

Napo at a crossroads

Probation and family courts workers - gathering in Eastbourne for their union Napo's conference - face an uncertain future as the full scale of cuts and privatisation comes into view.

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23 September 2015

Them & Us

Short dispatches on the different worlds of workers and the rich. 'Pig Gate', death caused by 'fit to work' assessment, hero cabin crew pay cut.

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23 September 2015

Fight for a real living wage for all!

The seemingly never ending vicious cuts have been hitting us so hard that for many of us survival is a struggle, writes 10 an hour minimum wage now.

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2 September 2015

Killed by benefit cuts

2,380 dead after Tory attacks on disabled: The full horror of Iain Duncan Smith's bullying of the sick and disabled off benefits is now clear. We say: scrap 'work capability assessments' and reverse welfare cuts!

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2 September 2015

Made-up benefit sanction quotes: Tory lies no surprise to us

Tory work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been caught out totally making up quotes. Imaginary people subject to welfare sanctions - punishment by cutting benefits - say it actually helped them.

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