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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 April 2017
Them & Us
Them and us fishes, image by Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
Bosses 'earn' 360x minimum wage
Top bosses get 360 times more than workers on the minimum wage.
Chief executives of elite 'FTSE 100' firms received an average of £5,271,803 a year, according to the Equality Trust.
A full-time worker aged 25 or over on the 2017 national 'living' wage will earn £14,625.
Does one FTSE fat cat really do as much for society as 140 teachers, or 312 care workers?
What would we do without billionaire owners and their millionaire managers slashing all our jobs and pay and services?
Fly into the sun and explode, most likely.
Global sales of super-swank are up.
Luxury group LVMH - including Dior, Louis Vuitton and Tag Heuer - reported record revenues last year. Its £32.1 billion takings were up 5% on 2015.
In fact, total sales across deluxe brands have risen pretty consistently since the 2007-8 financial crisis. Thank goodness the super-rich were able to save themselves.
... licence fees
Meanwhile, the poorest pay £16 million extra each year for the 'luxury' of watching telly.
The BBC lets hard-up households pay licence fees in instalments. They get charged an extra fiver for the privilege.
Notorious outsourcing firm Capita is in charge of bullying vulnerable viewers into coughing up. It makes £58 million a year from that.
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In The Socialist 5 April 2017:
Communities and health workers unite to...resist cruel NHS cuts
NHS SOS round-up
What we think
Fight for a socialist Brexit
Socialist Party news and analysis
Fight Tories' callous cuts pushing 200,000 more kids into poverty
Labour group to discipline councillors for resisting Haringey gentrification scheme
Gagged Jobstown defendants defiantly expose the Irish state
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Horrific attack on Croydon asylum seeker
Far right humiliated in London - but trade unions must organise against racism and austerity
What would a socialist food industry look like?
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
TUSC to challenge for the Merseyside 'metro-mayor'
NHS worker to stand for mayor of Doncaster
Socialist Party workplace news
Walkout on three rail networks against driver-only operated trains
Ferrybridge workers protest against 'race to bottom'
Solid Picturehouse picket and protest
Bromley library workers strike against privatisation
Hackney children's inclusion unit forced to strike
Support Len McCluskey and United Left candidates before ballot closes
PCS payday protests
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Homeless due to the housing crisis
Rents up 40% - can't pay, will stay!
Name and shame the worst behaviour by housing associations
International socialist news and analysis
Turkey: Erdogan seeks sweeping dictatorial powers in referendum
Fukushima nuclear disaster - a terrifying legacy
Justice for Yemen workers
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Financial hardship facing millions of cancer sufferers
The Socialist Inbox
Courageous Ebola nurse Salomé Karwah dies
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