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15 March 2017

Disabled workers deserve a living wage

Rosa Monckton, one of the trustees of Team Domenica, a 'charity' which claims to help disabled people get into work, has said that businesses should be allowed to pay disabled people less than the minimum wage.

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15 February 2017

Vibrant Picturehouse pickets in continued living wage strike

Bectu members at four sites took simultaneous strike action

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8 February 2017

BA strike: "We're being paid well below what we should be"

Many cabin crew are coming straight off flights onto the picket line.

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8 February 2017

Universal basic income - what do socialists say?

The idea of welfare benefits being replaced by a 'universal basic income' (UBI) has resurfaced in recent years - a welcome discussion because it raises the fundamental right of everyone to have an income that meets their basic needs. Exact proposals vary but they are all based on the idea of everyone in society receiving an unconditional, tax-free, regular payment, regardless of whether they are working or the composition of their household.

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8 February 2017

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including DWP closures, Picturehouse strike and Deliveroo walkout.

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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

Manchester: BA cabin crew pay strike

Unite members chanted "low pay, no way" and "pay rise, not lies" while getting support from passengers going in and out of the airport, including one who donated two boxes of chocolates!

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7 December 2016

Sacked bakers' union rep Kumaran Bose calls for living wage 'protection'

On 6 December, Kumaran Bose will be meeting a number of MPs (including shadow ministers) to discuss his recent sacking by Samworth Brothers, a company known for its famous household brands, such as Ginsters and Soreen.

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7 December 2016

Unison members barely earning the living wage in some universities

As terms and conditions throughout the UK are being chipped away, incomes are tightening and security in the workplace is in jeopardy, Unison members voted in September to decide whether or not to strike over the 1.1% pay offer that was made to most members.

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30 November 2016

Them & Us: Autumn Statement special!

Hammond's first Autumn Statement in numbers. It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us.

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26 November 2016

Sheffield needs a pay rise

Sheffield is the city region with the highest proportion of people on low incomes.

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24 November 2016

Autumn Statement: No reprieve for the 'just-about managing' - or the 'not managing'

The Chancellor claimed the Tories are building an "economy that works for everyone"

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9 November 2016

Unions must act on pay restraint!

Low earners have had the "biggest pay rise in 20 years" according to Office for National Statistics figures. At least that's the Financial Times's take on it.

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9 November 2016

Hackney Picturehouse strike

Strikers at Hackney Picturehouse picketed the launch of a new film on 4 November, A Bectu rep spoke to Clare Doyle.

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2 November 2016

Fight for decent jobs for all

Those working in the 'gig economy' will be over the moon at the recent legal victory of Uber drivers.

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12 October 2016

Ritzy strikers walk-out and rally

Ritzy strikers followed their picket line on 7 October with a rally outside the British Film (BFI) Institute festival and march to Leicester Square

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12 October 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including the latest Southern Rail strike and a Unite the Union day of action against William Hill pay cuts.

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5 October 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Virgin Trains strike; Ritzy cinema strike; Newsquest journalists' strike.

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5 October 2016

Millions have less than 100 savings

How much is in your savings account? According to a new report published by the under-threat Money Advice Service, 44% of UK workers have savings of less than 100.

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28 September 2016

"Suspended adulthood" the norm for young people

A damning study by the Young Women's Trust has found that 18 to 30 year olds are living in a "suspended adulthood" due to a combination of lack of work and low pay.

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