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15 May 2019
The annual delegate meeting of retail and distribution union Usdaw turned a corner this year
8 May 2019
With almost a year since the departure of Blairite general secretary John Hannett, this year's Usdaw conference feels different
1 May 2019
As delegates arrive in Blackpool for the annual conference of Usdaw, the retail and distribution union, many shop workers are facing job losses and worse pay and conditions as the retail crisis deepens.
6 March 2019
The Socialist spoke with a shop worker and union member, Olivia, about her conditions at work.
27 February 2019
For democratic public ownership: There should be joint meetings between Usdaw, Unite and GMB shop stewards for a joint campaign to improve wages and conditions
20 February 2019
Already reeling from numerous national and local collapses of businesses today fresh blows were rained down on Tyneside's struggling workforce.
30 January 2019
Tesco has revealed plans to cut thousands of jobs as part of a new restructuring initiative.
23 January 2019
As a John Lewis worker I was gutted to hear that management might suspend our annual bonus
21 November 2018
This year has been a bad year for the retail sector. About 14 shops are closing a day, a net loss of 1,123 from Britain's main high streets in the first half of this year, according to accountants PwC.
5 September 2018
I work as an assistant manager in a high street retail chain and one of the most regular complaints I get from my staff is that they are hungry
11 July 2018
Among the latest victims are almost 600 retail workers employed by Calvetron Brands, many in department stores. Hardly a day goes by in 2018 without more news of woes on the high street.
11 July 2018
At the start of their day shift at the end of June, management at HMY retail group dropped a bombshell on their workforce when they announced 61 redundancies - all of their production workers.
13 June 2018
House of Fraser plans to close 31 of its 59 stores, leading to the loss of 6,000 jobs, and Poundworld has appointed administrators, putting a further 5,100 jobs at risk
16 May 2018
Workers at Tesco Dagenham distribution site are striking over pay from 10pm on Thursday 17 May. Following over a year of negotiations between Tesco and the retail and distribution workers' union Usdaw, bosses have refused to improve their initial offer which was worth less than 3%.
2 May 2018
In the run up to Usdaw's annual delegate meeting (ADM) rank-and-file activists discovered that the Socialist paper was denied a press pass to cover the conference.
2 May 2018
Workers in Sainsbury's and Asda were shocked to hear on Saturday 28 April that their employers were at an advanced level of merger talks, confirmed as a deal agreed on the morning of 30 April.
25 April 2018
Usdaw conference 2018: The left is making steps forward while the right-wing bureaucracy continues trying to hold back struggle at the annual delegate meeting
4 April 2018
Fight for living wages and public ownership: A recovery in the retail sector requires a recovery in the pockets of ordinary workers
14 March 2018
Supermarket Sainsbury's announced on 6 March that it will increase the wages of its 130,000 store workers.
7 March 2018
Trade unions must fight for public ownership: Big high street retailers Toys R Us and Maplin have gone under, with a number of other familiar names like Mothercare rumoured to follow
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