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26 October 2016

Four in five self-employed workers living in poverty

Almost 80% of self-employed workers are living in poverty, according to Tax Research UK.

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26 October 2016

Academies mired in debt and corruption

Fight for publicly run schooling: The new Tory government under Theresa May will continue converting state schools to 'academy' status and setting up new 'free schools'.

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26 October 2016

TV: No Place to Call Home

"We're all three pay cheques away from being homeless": "We can't facilitate" the "wellbeing of the most vulnerable," says Barking and Dagenham council leader Daren Rodwell. This was a frank admission to 'No Place to Call Home', the BBC's distressing account of homelessness in the east London borough.

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26 October 2016

Unison higher education seminar points no way forward over pay

The Unison higher education sector seminar took place in Brighton 20-22 October. The key issue for union members was the decision by the service group executive (SGE), by the narrowest of margins, not to call strike action over the 2016 pay claim, despite the fact that 55% of those voting were in favour.

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19 October 2016

Teachers working 60 hours need strikes, not studies

Teachers work an average of 48 hours a week, and some work more than 60, says a new study. Teachers know they work long hours. What teachers don't want is another report telling us that. We want action to reduce workload.

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19 October 2016

Teaching assistant pledges ongoing fight against pay cuts

Durham City Council is proposing to sack 2,700 teaching assistants and then rehire them on 23% less pay. At an event in Durham City centre, which was to raise awareness of the attack on them, teaching assistant Lisa Turnbull talked to the Socialist.

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19 October 2016

London Underground cleaners protest pay cut

London Underground (LU) cleaners protested outside the London mayor's office on 13 October. Our pay and conditions are being attacked by the private contractors employed by London Underground. The RMT

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19 October 2016

Support the 'Kinsley 3' cleaners in pay fight

Socialist Party members and other trade unionists took part in a march and rally in Barnsley on 15 October in support of school cleaners, the 'Kinsley 3', who have been on strike for over six weeks, writes Jon Sibbald, Wakefield and Pontefract Socialist Party.

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5 October 2016

Come to Socialism 2016!

At Socialism 2016 over 1,000 people will be discussing the socialist alternative to capitalism. Come along to discuss kicking out the Tories, organising to defeat racism, defending Corbyn's anti-austerity message, the US presidential election, and much more.

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5 October 2016

Durham teaching assistants ballot for strike

Teaching assistants in Durham are furious at the Labour council's plans to 'chop and drop' them. If these proposals go ahead 2,700 TAs will be sacked, then rehired on 23% less pay as they will only be paid during term time.

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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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5 October 2016

UK workers born in early 1980s half as wealthy as those born in 1970s

People born in the early 1980s are half as well-off as those born in the 1970s were at their age. This won't come as any surprise to today's 30-somethings.

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5 October 2016

Bin workers' strike - "about more than just pay"

Sheffield bin workers took a one-day strike on 5 October, fighting for a better pay rise

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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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28 September 2016

Napo conference 2016: Bloodied but unbowed!

It is two years since Chris Grayling smashed up and sold off over half the probation service. While this act of vandalism has left many feeling bloodied we remain unbowed.

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28 September 2016

The Ritzy strikes back

Buoyed by Jeremy Corbyn's crushing victory over the Blairites, striking Ritzy cinema workers walked out and created a loud, bustling picket lines that shut down the Brixton cinema at midday on 24 September mirroring their previous strike two years ago.

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28 September 2016

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including pension plunderers and coaster crimes.

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14 September 2016

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. The richest 1% in the UK own over 28 times as much as the poorest 20%. And official numbers on zero-hour contracts have risen 20% in a year.

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14 September 2016

#KeepCorbyn: Fight workhouse conditions

"We have record employment, but also record levels of poverty among those in work... We have to change that" said Jeremy Corbyn

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