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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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8 March 2017

MPs take 1k raise

Put MPs on workers' wages: 18% worse off. The Institute for Fiscal Studies calculates that UK households will have living standards 18% lower by 2021 than they would have been had the economic crisis never happened.

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8 March 2017

Deliveroo cedes ground in Brighton dispute

Deliveroo has ceded ground to its workers in Brighton by imposing a recruitment freeze so that existing cyclists and scooter riders don't see their hours diminish further. This is in the face of pressure exerted by the strike of 14 February and a petition signed by over 20,000 people.

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8 March 2017

Why I joined: "In those 16 pages of the Socialist I found more sense and integrity than in the mainstream media"

I have read the Socialist paper occasionally over the years and chanced upon Socialist Party members selling it locally one weekend. In those 16 pages I found more sense, integrity and genuine class pride than in months of propaganda and spin from the mainstream media.

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1 March 2017

Warehouse workers walk out over pay and pensions

GMB members at Spectrum for Arcadia in Leeds are on strike over pay

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22 February 2017

30% of people on inadequate incomes in UK

19 million people in the UK - nearly 30% of the population - live below the 'minimum income standard' (MIS) and "are just about managing at best," according to a recent report by the poverty think-tank Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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22 February 2017

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including tube strikes and Show Culture Some Love.

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22 February 2017

Stop the student loan sell-off - scrap all fees

The Tories are once again trying to privatise student debt.

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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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15 February 2017

Vibrant Picturehouse pickets in continued living wage strike

Bectu members at four sites took simultaneous strike action

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15 February 2017

Solidarity with Tesco Ireland Valentine's Day strike

Up to 15 Tesco stores in Ireland took strike action on Valentine's Day 14 February after members of the trade union Mandate, which represents more than 10,000 workers at the company, voted 78% in favour of a walkout over contract changes

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15 February 2017

Ultimatum as Deliveroo drivers down tools in Brighton

Online food delivery company Deliveroo has come under fire in Brighton, where nearly 100 of its workers downed tools during busy Saturday trading

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15 February 2017

Yemen solidarity

Recently, around 100 workers demonstrated in front of the parliament buildings in Yemen, demanding unpaid wages and justice for murdered colleagues

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15 February 2017

Super-rich subsidised

The 'precariat' is costing public funds nearly 4 billion a year in lost taxation and benefits

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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

UK textile workers on 3 an hour!

The Guardian and BBC news have exposed garment manufacturers in Leicester employing thousands of workers on 3 an hour, less than half the minimum wage.

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1 February 2017

Babies in poverty are twice as likely to die

Poor children in the UK are more than twice as likely to die while babies compared to their richer counterparts, particularly in their first month of life.

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