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15 February 2017
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
1 February 2017
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.
18 January 2017
Britain's biggest retailer, Tesco, reported that it had its best sales growth at the end of last year's quarter for over five years. At the same time, 1,015 Tesco workers will lose their jobs as Tesco announced that it is closing two distribution centres in Hertfordshire and Derbyshire
30 November 2016
Sheffield is the city region with the highest proportion of people on low incomes. That's why Sheffield Trades Council has launched its Sheffield Needs A Pay-rise (Snap) campaign.
28 September 2016
Many Corbyn supporters hope Labour can unify around an anti-austerity programme to defeat the Tories. It was soon clear, however, that the right won't accept the democratic will of Labour Party members.
21 September 2016
Letters to the Socialist's editors. Refugee rescue, Meadow Well riots, voter preventer, boot out Blairites, greedy grammars, Usdaw Activist.
7 September 2016
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.
24 August 2016
#KeepCorbyn: More trade unions have announced they are backing Corbyn in the Labour leadership contest. Meanwhile, a minority have endorsed right winger Owen Smith in a joint letter to the Daily Mirror. Union members respond.
23 August 2016
It is no accident that as ballot papers were sent out in the Labour leadership contest, London mayor Sadiq Khan chose this moment to attack Jeremy Corbyn
25 May 2016
Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Conductors strike, healthcare assistants strike.
4 May 2016
Against a backdrop of attacks on supermarket premium payments and retail job losses, the conference of Usdaw, the shop workers' union, took place in Blackpool on 24-27 April.
27 April 2016
Department store BHS is going into administration. The news on 24 April will have shocked many, not least the 11,000 staff. The company should be nationalised, and run democratically by workers and consumers.
20 April 2016
Usdaw conference: On the eve of shop workers' union Usdaw's 2016 conference, Tesco boss Dave Lewis, who received £4.1 million in his first six months, was grilled by Channel 4 News for cutting workers' premiums and attacking pensions.
16 March 2016
A feature on low pay featuring articles by a Tesco worker, a public sector trade unionist and the experiences of a zero-hour contract worker
11 March 2016
Retail workers will welcome the defeat of government plans
10 February 2016
I almost laughed when I was told by my manager that I was getting a pay rise. From July I will be paid 23p more an hour. Great, what's not to like? But with a cut in premiums I won't be getting a rise at all.
3 February 2016
Thousands of workers at Tesco, the UK's largest private sector employer, could lose hundreds of pounds in pay, writes Scott Jones, Chair, Usdaw east London retail branch (personal capacity).
20 January 2016
On 13 January, a deputation from the Leeds private trades branch of the shop workers' union Usdaw lobbied Leeds City Council
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