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Workplace and TU campaigns / Supermarket


5 April 2017

What would a socialist food industry look like?

How to feed the world? That is a question that capitalism has never been able to solve, with one-third of the world's total population suffering malnutrition. Even in the economically advanced capitalist countries like Britain growing numbers are reliant on food banks.

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14 December 2016

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors. Scrooge bosses; local lotteries; liberal confusion.

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13 July 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including a roofing workers' strike in Wigan and supermarkets in crisis.

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4 May 2016

Usdaw conference shifts left and demands "backbone" from the union

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.

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20 April 2016

Stop supermarket bosses making us pay for their mistakes

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.

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Multi-billion pount retailer Tesco, photo Suzanne Beishon

Multi-billion pount retailer Tesco, photo Suzanne Beishon

3 February 2016

Tesco slashes pay for thousands of workers

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).

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9 December 2015

TV review: Tomorrow's Food

Huge potential to change lives, limited by capitalism.

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29 October 2015

Sugar tax debate misses real causes of poor diet

After weeks of criticism, Tory health minister Jeremy Hunt released the report 'Sugar reduction: the evidence for action' on 22 October.

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22 April 2015

Usdaw conference

The past year has been a bruising one for retail and distribution workers. One supermarket company after another has faced a crisis while high street shop closures have failed to significantly slow, writes Stop the supermarket bosses' attacks on workers.

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14 January 2015

Tesco: shop workers need fighting union leadership

Tesco's first trading statement of 2015 brought further profits warnings, news of cuts and further attacks on workers, writes Scott Jones, Candidate for Usdaw executive South Wales and Western division.

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For Real Jobs not Workfare - Youth Fight for Jobs protest outside Tesco, photo Suzanne Beishon

25 June 2014

Supermarket price wars

In March Sainsbury's posted the first drop in like-for-like sales in nine years, the Co-operative group went into meltdown, and Morrisons announced 176 million in pre-tax losses for 2013

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25 June 2014

A day in the life of a supermarket worker

I work for Tesco in a busy city centre shop. Sales figures in my shop are high, but morale is low. Like all retail workers, we are underpaid

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19 February 2014

'Criminal' waste and 'legal' waste

A lot of food is wasted in Britain. At farms, 'wonky' vegetables are rejected; at warehouses huge amounts of packaged foods are discarded because of split packets or minor blemishes

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8 January 2014

Energy Bills: Labour's 'supermarket special offer'

Labour is targeting Kingswood constituency in Bristol for the 2015 general election, using its promise to 'freeze energy bills'

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28 August 2013

Unionise to fight zero-hour contracts!

I started working for the fast food restaurant Kentucky Fried Chicken nine months ago. I had left my job in a supermarket, to find a full-time job

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Tesco drivers strike in Doncaster, 9-10 October 2012, photo Alistair Tice

10 October 2012

Tesco drivers strike in Doncaster against shameful treatment

Tesco drivers in Doncaster have been given three months notice by their new employer ESL, with no promise that they will be re-employed

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11 May 2012

Tesco imposes two year increase in pension age

As public sector workers fight to defend their pensions by inspiringly taking strike action, one large private sector employer has managed to waive through pension changes without so much as a whimper from the shopworkers' union Usdaw

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The Jarrow March for Jobs 2011 ends with a demonstration in London on 5 November , photo Sujeeth

The Jarrow March for Jobs 2011 ends with a demonstration in London on 5 November , photo Sujeeth

11 April 2012

Living to work, not working to live

I went on the government's workfare scheme out of sheer desperation, having been unemployed for over two years. My dad took early retirement so I had to start bringing more money in, writes a supermarket worker.

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4 August 2010

Asda profiting from low pay

A DAMNING report was issued recently by the charity ActionAid on the "deplorable" pay and working conditions of Bangladeshi factory workers employed by British supermarket Asda - a subsidiary of US conglomerate Wal-Mart which makes 45 million a day in profit...

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22 April 2009

Tesco: Every billion helps

SUPERMARKET GIANT Tesco declared profits for 2008-09 of 3.1 billion, an all-time record for a UK retailer and 10% up on the company's previous year's profit...

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