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26 July 2017

Bron Afon workers strike against 3,000 pay cut

Support workers for Bron Afon housing association in Cwmbran, south Wales, have taken their third day of strike action against a 3,000 annual pay cut imposed by management on the staff in the Supported Living Team.

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14 July 2017

Tesco's 10% pay increase accompanied by cuts and job losses

Tesco called it its "biggest ever pay award"

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17 May 2017

Kick out the Tories: For a Corbyn-led government

Fight for jobs, pay and services: "The Conservative Party has always been the true party of workers," claims Theresa May. What a joke! Try telling that to the millions of workers living on poverty pay, in precarious employment.

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10 May 2017

US: women ice hockey players' strike threat wins living wage

On 15 March, a group of women in the US announced a strike that became headline news across the country

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26 April 2017

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including the CWU conference latest and a London security strike.

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8 April 2017

Victory! Health workers walk out against attack from boss

'We'll defend our rights' - was the message from 160 domestics

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5 April 2017

Solid Picturehouse picket and protest

Around 30 striking workers and their supporters gathered outside Hackney Picturehouse on 31 March for a three-hour protest and picket. This marked the sixteenth strike organised by these workers since October 2016.

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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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