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15 April 2020

Usdaw shop workers' union activists meet via Zoom

Following weekly virtual meetings of Socialist Party members in Usdaw the shop workers' union to discuss the rapidly changing situation in retail, and producing several special issues of our bulletin, the Activist, we decided to hold a virtual public meeting on 11 April to take these discussions to, writes Iain Dalton, Socialist Party Usdaw caucus convenor.

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6 April 2020

Capitalism causes crisis profiteering: fight for workers' oversight and public ownership

The government's laissez-faire attitude towards supplies, in effect contracting out any control of this to the major retailers, means there have been opportunities abundant for speculators to rip people off, writes Iain Dalton, Yorkshire Socialist Party.

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30 March 2020

Working in Mike Ashley's empire: After lockdown we won't forget how we've been treated

I work for one of the retail chains in Mike Ashley's empire. As more shops were closing, pressure began mounting for our chain to close too. But we were expected to lone work, rather than simply closing

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25 March 2020

Retail and the coronavirus outbreak - organise to defend workers interests

Coronavirus is sending tremors through capitalist society. Many workers who have been enduring increasing casualised working conditions, such as zero or short-hour contracts, have had further cuts to sick pay and other contractual changes.

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18 March 2020

Action needed to protect shop workers and access to essential goods

As the coronavirus crisis deepens, shop workers are becoming another 'emergency service' to ensure people can still access food and other basics

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12 February 2020

Hackney: We don't want homes and retail units working-class people can't afford

Angry residents, from Hackney east London, packed into a meeting at the Dan West Trelawney estate community hall. Labour mayor Philip Glanville tried to justify the council's decision to ask a private developer to revamp the site of the local Tesco.

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5 February 2020

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich and another one for us.

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30 October 2019

Argos Christmas bonus cut

Millionaire retail boss Mike Coupe, who was caught on camera singing "we're in the money" on TV before an interview about a possible Sainsbury's-Argos merger, has halved Argos workers' Christmas bonus to just 5.

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4 September 2019

What strategy can end the retail jobs massacre?

The last few years have seen swathes of closures of shops across the UK as whole chains have collapsed while others close considerable numbers of stores.

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4 September 2019

Workplace victory emboldens retail workers to get organised

I work for a well-known high street retailer and recently one of my colleagues came to me, the unofficial union rep, because they were being conned out of 70 hours of holiday

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28 August 2019

Retail workers fight back against Scrooge bosses

Faced with a profits squeeze, big retail bosses are attempting to make workers pay by closing outlets, axing jobs and worsening terms and conditions of employment. However, this offensive is being resisted.

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14 August 2019

Fight back against the retail bosses!

'The needs of the business' is a phrase most retail staff will be familiar with.

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3 July 2019

Angry Usdaw members strike at Sainsbury's distribution centre over sick pay cut

Dozens of members of shop workers' union Usdaw picketed Sainsbury's Waltham Point distribution centre in Essex for most of their 24-hour strike against changes to sickness policy.

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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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