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15 May 2019

United on need for fightback - now keep pressure on for action

The annual delegate meeting of retail and distribution union Usdaw turned a corner this year

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8 May 2019

Usdaw union conference demands action on pay, jobs and the right

With almost a year since the departure of Blairite general secretary John Hannett, this year's Usdaw conference feels different

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1 May 2019

Usdaw ADM 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.

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6 March 2019

Interview with a shop worker

The Socialist spoke with a shop worker and union member, Olivia, about her conditions at work.

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27 February 2019

Supermarket giants merger: protect jobs and fight price hikes

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

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20 February 2019

Energy retail firm collapse hits Tyneside

Already reeling from numerous national and local collapses of businesses today fresh blows were rained down on Tyneside's struggling workforce.

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30 January 2019

Changes threaten thousands of jobs

Tesco has revealed plans to cut thousands of jobs as part of a new restructuring initiative.

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23 January 2019

Workers count the cost of the retail crisis

As a John Lewis worker I was gutted to hear that management might suspend our annual bonus

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21 November 2018

Save the high street: public ownership, not ghost malls

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.

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5 September 2018

Shop workers hungry for 10 an hour now and an end to zero-hour contracts

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

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11 July 2018

600 more retail jobs on the line: workers must not pay for the bosses' high street crunch!

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.

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11 July 2018

Tyneside shopfitting plant lays off 61 workers

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.

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13 June 2018

Retail crunch: more giants on their knees - nationalise them now

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

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16 May 2018

Strike at Tesco Dagenham for better pay

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%.

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2 May 2018

Usdaw conference 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.

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2 May 2018

Reject the mega-supermarket merger: nationalise to save jobs

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.

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25 April 2018

Retail union backs zero-hour ban, leaders oppose rank-and-file coordination

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

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4 April 2018

Retail crunch: even giants not immune as 21,000 jobs disappear

Fight for living wages and public ownership: A recovery in the retail sector requires a recovery in the pockets of ordinary workers

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14 March 2018

Sainsbury's raise really a cut: fight for 10 with no strings!

Supermarket Sainsbury's announced on 6 March that it will increase the wages of its 130,000 store workers.

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7 March 2018

Toys R Us, Maplin: worsening retail crisis claims more jobs

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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