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23 August 2017

Three-week Argos distribution strike

Workers at four Argos distribution centres across the country are taking strike action

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26 April 2017

Usdaw ADM 2017: Left challenge needed to end assault on retail jobs and conditions

In 2016 many changes were made within the big four supermarkets as they adapted to falling sales. The Coop, Sainsburys, Morrisons and Tesco all saw many store closures and thousands of jobs lost.

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5 April 2017

What would a socialist food industry look like?

How to feed the world? That is a question that capitalism has never been able to solve, with one-third of the world's total population suffering malnutrition. Even in the economically advanced capitalist countries like Britain growing numbers are reliant on food banks.

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22 February 2017

Argos fails to pay staff minimum wage - taxman cuts fine in half!

Retail giant Argos has recently been caught red-handed paying 37,000 workers less than the national minimum wage.

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22 February 2017

Organise to reverse 28% rise in violence against retail workers

News that violence against shop workers has gone up by 28% in a year will come as no surprise to those who've worked in the industry. The British Retail Consortium reports that half of retail workers have been verbally abused, and over 8% assaulted.

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1 February 2017

End poverty pay now... Get organised!

Over Christmas I worked gruelling hours in the retail sector, sometimes up to seven hours without any breaks. I did not dare refuse or complain as I was on a four-hour contract and I knew that I'd be put at the bottom of the list if a shift came up at short notice.

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18 January 2017

Billions in profit for Tesco, cuts and job losses for workers

Britain's biggest retailer, Tesco, reported that it had its best sales growth at the end of last year's quarter for over five years. At the same time, 1,015 Tesco workers will lose their jobs as Tesco announced that it is closing two distribution centres in Hertfordshire and Derbyshire

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13 July 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including a roofing workers' strike in Wigan and supermarkets in crisis.

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22 June 2016

BHS pensions insult

Some 20,000 members of the BHS pension scheme are concerned to find their pensions from the failed firm are now in the Pension Protection Fund, meaning they will receive less than expected.

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4 May 2016

Usdaw conference shifts left and demands "backbone" from the union

Against a backdrop of attacks on supermarket premium payments and retail job losses, the conference of Usdaw, the shop workers' union, took place in Blackpool on 24-27 April.

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27 April 2016

Nationalise BHS to save 11,000 jobs

Department store BHS is going into administration. The news on 24 April will have shocked many, not least the 11,000 staff. The company should be nationalised, and run democratically by workers and consumers.

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16 March 2016

Living wage lie: end low pay with 10 an hour now!

A feature on low pay featuring articles by a Tesco worker, a public sector trade unionist and the experiences of a zero-hour contract worker

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11 March 2016

Trading extension defeated

Retail workers will welcome the defeat of government plans

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Multi-billion pount retailer Tesco, photo Suzanne Beishon

Multi-billion pount retailer Tesco, photo Suzanne Beishon

3 February 2016

Tesco slashes pay for thousands of workers

Thousands of workers at Tesco, the UK's largest private sector employer, could lose hundreds of pounds in pay, writes Scott Jones, Chair, Usdaw east London retail branch (personal capacity).

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18 November 2015

Pro-Corbyn mood among Usdaw members

The shop workers' union Usdaw's Eastern divisional conference on 14 and 15 November took place against the backdrop of Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader and the changed situation since.

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18 November 2015

A day in the life of a Game retail worker

"Zero-hour contract means I struggle to make my rent": I wish I could describe a standard working day but being on a zero-hour contract, days are anything but standard.

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26 October 2015

Morrisons workers deserve fair pay and conditions

Usdaw is recommending a pay offer that goes with ending Sunday, overtime, late and early premiums

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19 August 2015

Retail union must fight Sunday trading deregulation

Among the Tories' vicious attacks on working class people is further deregulation of Sunday trading.

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22 April 2015

Usdaw conference

The past year has been a bruising one for retail and distribution workers. One supermarket company after another has faced a crisis while high street shop closures have failed to significantly slow, writes Stop the supermarket bosses' attacks on workers.

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30 April 2014

Usdaw conference - fighting democratic union needed

From 4 to 7 May, around 1,000 reps and activists in shop and distribution workers' union Usdaw will meet for our Annual Delegate Meeting (ADM) in Blackpool, writes an ADM delegate.

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