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21 June 2017

Welsh college strike against crippling workload

Around 50 UCU union members at Coleg y Cymoedd in Rhondda Cynon Taff and Caerphilly attended picket lines on 15 June as we took strike action against oppressive workloads and to defend quality education

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3 May 2017

Sheffield mental health campaigner: "austerity kills"

"Austerity kills. A month ago I was in a car coming back from trade union leafleting when I saw a man's body hit the road on Park Square roundabout after he had thrown himself off the bridge"

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12 April 2017

School cuts can be beaten

Schools are under the greatest threat for more than a generation and an equally powerful response is needed. In the next couple of months, the scale of the cuts will be evident

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8 March 2017

One million workers on zero-hour contracts

Fight for secure jobs for all: 910,000 workers in Britain are on zero-hour contracts - a six-fold increase since 2008 - according to analysis by the Resolution Foundation think-tank.

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9 November 2016

Build housing for the kids without homes this Xmas

That any children are homeless in Britain, a rich country, is a crime - yet housing charity Shelter predicts there will be 120,000 children homeless this Christmas!

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9 November 2016

Horror of health-wrecking toil for Polish migrants

I am working as an interpreter for the NHS. I see Poles in hospitals and clinics who have problems with health. There are thousands of cases and there is no way to describe everything that I see every day.

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24 February 2016

Stress, abuse and long hours for London bus drivers

Bus drivers in London are being made to suffer for a timing system that is not fit for purpose.

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27 January 2016

A day in the life of a teacher and mother

In this job, organisation is everything. Without meticulous attention to detail and a lot of forward planning, you can pretty much guarantee you'll be at meltdown stage before the term is out.

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13 January 2016

Health workers under attack!

Cuts, debt and exhaustion: The NHS deficit is rapidly worsening. Staff shortages in ambulance and community services mean more work falling on their shoulders.

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13 January 2016

Doctors battle burnout as 100 full-up GP surgeries apply to shut their doors

GPs want to provide safe, high-quality care for patients. The stress of feeling unable to give patients what they need - while fending off a barrage of increased paperwork and tasks not directly related to patient care - has forced 100 practices to apply to NHS England to close their surgeries to any new patients.

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18 November 2015

My struggle for an income I can live on

"Please Sir, can I have a job?": I have multiple disabilities that include mobility post-traumatic stress disorder and dyslexia.

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17 June 2015

The real health and safety 'madness'

The Tories want more of us maimed or killed at work - this is the real health and safety madness.

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1 April 2015

Working in the NHS: Low pay, cuts and stress

As an NHS worker I feel as though I have been hit from all directions for the last five years. The nursing unions Unison and RCN have accepted this year's paltry 1% pay rise

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Clapton bus garage, photo Paul Mattsson

Clapton bus garage, photo Paul Mattsson

18 February 2015

"Driver, why are you late?"

When I was new to bus driving, it wound me up when bus controllers asked: "Driver, why are you late?" I'm driving a busy bus in lots of traffic and the timetable is almost impossible to keep to

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2 August 2014

CWU must oppose 'performance management'

In BT the CWU is sending out yet another survey on whether union members feel that the application of performance management has improved

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23 April 2014

Zero-hour contracts damage your health

A recent report by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills found that zero-hour contracts or flexible working generally can have a damaging effect on a worker's mental health, causing anxiety and other stress related disorders

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30 January 2013

Life as an NHS worker: bullying and stress

A recent survey of staff in the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust found a high level of dissatisfaction among mental health staff working for the Trust...

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7 November 2012

The scandal of death at work

Two fatal incidents on separate construction sites in London have again cast the spotlight on safety in the construction industry...

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19 September 2012

Workers die on tower cranes - Con-Dems cut safety regulations

There have been several recent protests about the number of workers who have died or been injured while working on tower cranes, writes Jane James.

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12 September 2012

'Red tape' bonfire puts workers at more risk

Ten years' ago the likelihood of a workplace inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) watchdog was calculated at once every 8.4 years...

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