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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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7 September 2016

Apple told to pay 11bn: nationalise all the tax dodgers!

Tech giant Apple will have to pay back 11 billion it avoided in tax. The Irish government had made a 'sweetheart deal' which the EU has now instructed it to overturn.

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7 September 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. London bus stoppage, Scotland FE strike.

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7 September 2016

Premium pay cuts are not just any cuts, they are M&S cuts

Marks & Spencer likes to claim that it's 'Your M&S' but since it only made a paltry 660 million profit in 2015, the company doesn't seem to have enough money to pay its staff a living wage.

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31 August 2016

#KeepCorbyn: For a party that fights for workers



This has to stop, and we are going to stop it. This is the message of legions of workers fighting zero-hour contracts, poverty pay and the 'gig economy.'

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31 August 2016

Solid bus strike for better terms and pay

London bus workers Tower Transit took 24-hour strike action on 26 August, over the imposition of roster changes, pay and the anti-union approach of the company.

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31 August 2016

UberEats: Angry delivery drivers protest over pay

"We are free, don't work for three", chanted angry UberEats drivers after storming the courtyard in front of the offices of the food app riding mopeds and bikes on 26 August.

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31 August 2016

Women still take home 36% less than men

New research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows women on average still earn 36% less a week than their male counterparts. This is despite more than four decades of equal pay rights being on the statute books.

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31 August 2016

Education: fightback needed

Teaching unions must call coordinated national action: Education policy stands at something of a crossroads and the new academic year will be a significant one.

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31 August 2016

Can Britain have a pay rise?

I was recently part of the audience on the BBC programme 'Can Britain have a pay rise'. There were 100 of us seated in ascending order of pay. Earnings ranged from jobseeker's allowance to the 1 million salary of Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins writes Steve North.

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24 August 2016

A day in the life of a call centre worker

"I am on a zero-hour contract with the promise of 16 hours if I am good"

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24 August 2016

Deliveroo strike action forces bosses to back down

Striking driver talks to the Socialist: The six-day strike by Deliveroo drivers in London, organised by the IWGB union, has forced the bosses to back down and won concessions.

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24 August 2016

Greenwich council tenants: We won't pay! We won't move!

Greenwich council is threatening 22,000 council residents with a rent increase in April 2017. The council has indicated that it will implement the housing act, including 'pay to stay'.

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24 August 2016

Train fares to rise again - nationalise railways now!

Sick of getting into work feeling like a two-day-old used face wipe? Well soon you will have to pay an extra 1.9% for the privilege. Regulated rail fares will rise again next year in line with this year's 'RPI' inflation figures.

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24 August 2016

Pay still below pre-crisis levels

There has been a lost decade for wage growth. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show the income of working households is down 400 a year on pre-2008 levels.

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15 August 2016

Angry Deliveroo drivers' strike against zero-hour contracts and low pay

Hundreds of drivers protested outside their head office

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10 August 2016

Grunwick strike 40 years on - lessons of an epic battle

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the start of the two-year strike for union recognition and reinstatement at Grunwick's film processing factory in North London - which became a struggle of national importance.

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10 August 2016

Axe the Housing Act: 'We can't pay, we'll organise and we'll stay'

The housing crisis continues to deepen under this rotten Tory government. Many renters are now shelling out over half their net income to private landlords. But despite the acute shortage of affordable housing, Teresa May's ministers are pursuing a vicious campaign against social housing tenants. This is on top of the Tories' vindictive 'bedroom tax'.

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10 August 2016

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including a massive boost for bosses pay and unclaimed benefits.

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