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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 June 2019
Them & Us
Since 1988, just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of greenhouse gas emissions (Click to enlarge)
- A study by the Sutton Trust and the Social Mobility Commission has discovered what we already know - 'top' jobs are still dominated by a tiny rich elite.
- Royal accounts reveal that renovating Harry Windsor and Megan Markle's new home cost £2.4 million - paid for by you and me - after it was transformed from five homes to one!
- Despite 'green' window dressing by the Queen, the Royal family's carbon footprint doubled in the last year.
- Research by Greener UK and the Climate Coalition has discovered that nearly 70% of people want faster action to fight climate change.
- Since 1988, just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of greenhouse gas emissions. And the government is making it even harder for individuals to lower emissions.
- The government is jacking up the VAT - where you pay the same no matter what you earn - on solar-battery systems from 5% to 20%.
- Restaurant chain Wahaca has been forced to reverse its illegal and barbaric policy of charging waiters when customers leave without paying.
- Sheer embarrassment brought on this climb down. But we can't rely on the capitalists' blushes for decent rights at work.
- Strike action by Food workers' union BFAWU beat zero-hour contracts at Hovis and won a pay rise at McDonalds.
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In The Socialist 26 June 2019:
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Climate change protests reach important stage
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No to Boris, no to Hunt: general election now
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Charging scandal in Warrington and Halton NHS Trust
Union action can tackle 58% working poverty rate
Unsafe, unaffordable housing scandal
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Bridgend NSSN meeting determined to fight for Ford workers
Unison conference: Socialist Party members call for anti-cuts fight and build left challenge
Salisbury South Western Rail strikers determined
Midlands mental health workers walk out against privatisation
Notts college contract dispute
Colloids workers strike to support sacked rep
Harrogate academy workers strike against cuts
35th anniversary of the Battle of Orgreave
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Angry Barking fire victims demand action from landlords and authorities
Hull trade union festival a great success
Stop the Devon and Somerset fire service cuts
Opinion: capitalism's Fukushima showed same recklessness as Stalinism's Chernobyl
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