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From The Socialist newspaper, 8 August 2018
Them & us
Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
Branson's NHS billions...
Turns out things in the health service are actually looking up - if you're a bootlegging privatiser, that is. Billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Care has now gobbled up almost £2 billion of NHS contracts, according to Guardian analysis.
... working while sick
Workers in the UK are taking record-low numbers of sick days: more of us are flogging ourselves in while ill. The average in 2017 was just 4.1 days, compared to 7.2 days in 1993, says the Office for National Statistics. Low pay, insecure work, bullying managers - these days only the super-rich can afford to be poorly.
Pay for nothing...
The ex-head of a Sussex college is still getting his £200,000-a-year salary after leaving - while management denies workers raises. Mike Hopkins, former principal at Sussex Downs, will receive £80,000 over five months, plus an unspecified bonus. The University and College Union is demanding staff pay rises.
... nothing on payday
The Tories' train-wreck 'universal credit' welfare system is underpaying some workers by hundreds - because it doesn't understand the calendar. Claimants assessed too near their payday show up as receiving two pay cheques within one month. Scrap universal credit and reverse all benefit cuts!
Bread and roses (and beer)
Beer, Paul Joseph CC (Click to enlarge)
More than half of adults in the UK say they struggle to afford the pub. With the average pint costing £3.50 - or £5.20 in London - 56% say it's too much, according to the Campaign for Real Ale.
The socialist movement fights for decent pay and a decent life for working class people, including places to socialise - "we fight for bread, but we fight for roses too!" Meanwhile, in 2017, the world's top five booze firms reported revenues of £92 billion.
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In The Socialist 8 August 2018:
What we think
Corbyn must end false unity with Labour's right
Socialist Party news and analysis
Birmingham home carers strike
Northants Council in total collapse: for a citizens' assembly to draw up a 'needs budget'
Rents soar 60% faster than pay - while spivs plan luxury homes on Green Belt
Tax-dodging tech bosses make billons ... while 6m workers fear the scrapheap
No to Tory plans for radioactive waste under national parks
Them & us
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
The fight against Labour's Blairites and TUSC's role now
Workplace news and analysis
NHS workers angry at reality of mis-sold 'pay rise'
Government fails to deliver on funding and teachers' pay - demand action to win 5%
PCS union: break the pay cap - the fight continues!
Kirklees bin workers' strike forces management back
Ministry of Justice workers angry at barrage of attacks
Take on probation privatisation with union action
Bournemouth train guards' RMT strike
London cleaners' coordinated strike
International socialist news and analysis
Israel - Protest rally against the Nationality Law
Deadly fires ravage Greece: austerity contributed to high loss of life and property
Striking Portuguese dockers show the way forward
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
A mass campaign and trade union organisation can defeat the far-right FLA
Protests win temporary halt to refugee evictions in Glasgow
Why I joined: "I saw the need for Corbyn to stand against the right"
Shropshire NHS - fight the cuts to our services!
Tolpuddle festival: combative trade unionism and anticipation of general election
Trade unions mobilise against EDL in Worcester
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