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Women / Equal pay


15 March 2017

International Women's Day: taking action against capitalist oppression

International Women's Day (8 March) was celebrated with special enthusiasm this year by members of the parties and organisations affiliated to the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI), including the Socialist Party in England and Wales.

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1 March 2017

Lessons of Russia 1917 for women's struggle today

The 1917 Russian revolution was a momentous moment in working class history, in which women played a pivotal and active role

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14 December 2016

Derby TAs to strike against pay cut

Derby teaching assistants are to take a further six days of strike action in their dispute with the Labour-led city council. The TAs have already taken several days of strike action over massive cuts to pay.

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16 November 2016

Durham teaching assistants strike: 2,000 walk out

Almost 2,000 teaching assistants (TAs), Unison and ATL members, in County Durham struck on 8 and 9 November against the Labour council that is proposing to cut their wages.

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31 August 2016

Women still take home 36% less than men

New research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows women on average still earn 36% less a week than their male counterparts. This is despite more than four decades of equal pay rights being on the statute books.

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15 June 2016

EU: busting the myths that Remain is best for the 99%

As we approach voting day for the EU referendum, panic has set in for the establishment and 'project fear' has been stepped up. The official campaigns on both sides have bandied about arguments full of lies and misrepresentations. We answer three key questions: Does the EU build international solidarity? Does the EU defend workers' rights? Does the EU keep the peace?

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20 April 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Tube stoppage, CCTV workers' strike victory, Welsh museum walkouts.

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9 December 2015

Quiz of the year

It's the quiz of 2015, compiled by the Socialist. The questions are drawn from articles covering events in the UK and internationally during the last year. Good luck and season's greetings.

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2 December 2015

Women: fight for equality, fight for socialism

It's hard to believe that in the 1990s, articles were appearing asking: "Is the future female?" and "Are we witnessing a genderquake?" Women are still a long way from being liberated.

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7 October 2015

No wage cuts! Fund equal pay in Derby

After years of failing to pay women equally, Derby City Labour council's pay review will see many women and some male council workers lose thousands of pounds from their annual pay.

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11 March 2015

Women in the frontline of fighting austerity cuts

The United Nations says it will take 70 years to close the wage gap between women and men. However, a UK government spokesperson used International Women's Day to claim the gender pay gap in Britain was "at its lowest ever"

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13 January 2015

Bus drivers unite in historic strike action

Bus workers across London are striking for one rate for the job across all 18 companies

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Women munitions workers during World War One

20 August 2014

Protests, strikes and equality: Women in World War One

In this anniversary year there is likely to be scant attention given to the militant struggles of working class women during the four years of brutal conflict, where class divisions remained a feature of everyday life

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23 April 2014

Workplace news in brief

Higher education pay: Socialist Party members in UCU are recommending the rejection of employers' latest offer in the bitter, months-long higher education pay dispute

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13 March 2013

Them & Us

Equal pay?: The Royal Bank of Scotland is 83% owned by the government. That means that we're paying for the bank's 390 million fine for rigging interest rates.

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27 February 2013

45 years since the Ford Dagenham strike: women workers still fighting for decent pay

The marvellous victory of the women factory workers in the machine shop at Ford Dagenham rings as loudly today as it did 45 years ago, writes Linda Taaffe, National Shop Stewards Network.

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29 January 2013

Rape is No Joke

Following high profile cases such as those of Julian Assange and Dominique Strauss Khan, there has been much debate recently about rape and sexual assault...

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11 November 2009

Leeds bin strike - week ten

Despite completely made-up media reports of 100 strikers returning to work, resolve amongst Leeds refuse and street cleaning workers remains high going into the tenth week of all-out strike action, writes Alistair Tice.

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7 January 2009

Salford council: Equal pay, not pay cuts!

Trade Union members in Salford have made it clear to our employer, Salford city council that we will fight their attempt to use equal pay legislation to cut pay, writes Steven North, Central Manchester and Salford Socialist Party.

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31 July 2008

Feature: End the pay gap now

Based on their hourly rate in the UK in 2008, women who work full time earn 17% less than men on average. Jane James investigates.

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