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9 August 2017

End poverty pay for sleep-in care workers

Since the NHS began outsourcing care services to private companies and charities, wages and conditions for carers, support workers and healthcare assistants have been squeezed.

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5 July 2017

Public sector wages - Pay up!

Strike to smash the cap: A stark new report by the government's own advisors on public sector pay has shown that there was a 6% drop in average wages from 2005 to 2015

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21 June 2017

The have-yachts and the have-nots

Trade unions must lead fightback: 1% of the population owns 14% of the UK's wealth

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24 May 2017

Work doesn't pay: Tory policies have meant another wages cut

While wages still sit 16 a week below their 2008 pre-recession peak, government figures have shown that the Tories have pushed pay 'growth' back below inflation - meanwhile, Corbyn pledges a higher minimum wage, end to the public sector pay cap, and ban on zero-hour contracts

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26 April 2017

How Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

2nd May, as well as being in the midst of preparations for the upcoming snap election, marks 20 years since another general election - the one in 1997 which brought Tony Blair and New Labour to power.

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12 April 2017

Derby teaching assistants accept offer to end pay dispute

Following negotiations and a ballot of Unison members the Derby teaching assistants' dispute ended on 5 April. The members voted nine-to-one to accept the offer from Derby council.

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5 April 2017

Homeless due to the housing crisis

A recent meeting of Waltham Forest Housing Action, set up by the local trades council, heard from several housing campaigns and people affected by the housing crisis. One was Claire Murphy, who told her story.

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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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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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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 December 2016

Solidarity with Athens bus cleaners!

Athens bus cleaners are once again out in struggle.

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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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22 June 2016

CWI news in brief

Short stories on workers' struggles around the world including women health workers protesting in Pakistan, solidarity between Portuguese dockers and Welsh museum strikers and a tuition fees victory in Taiwan.

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9 March 2016

"Our wages have been frozen for nine years" - a day in the life of a court worker

Around 75% of the staff in my office are women, something which is reflected throughout the civil service. This is because unions played a critical role in the creation of the public sector as we know it.

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24 February 2016

'Benefit tourism' twaddle

The Tories have admitted they have no evidence to suggest workers from other countries come to Britain to claim benefits.

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30 September 2015

Kazakhstan: workers solidarity action

On 28 September a protest took place outside the London office of Kaz Minerals plc, demanding action to alleviate the suffering of that company's workers and its victimisation of activists.

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2 September 2015

Greed: bosses hike rail fares three times faster than wages

Rail fares have risen three times faster than wages over the last five years. Meanwhile, profiteering rail companies continue to neglect public safety, threatening to axe more essential guards and station staff.

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17 January 2003

The Great British Wage Theft

TONY BLAIR and Gordon Brown have warned the unions that wage increases could wreck the economy

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