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25 March 2020

Bosses not workers should pay for JCB shutdown

This year is the 75th anniversary of the founding of JCB. The year started with statements that the order books were the fullest for certain JCB products since their inception.

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25 March 2020

Selling the Socialist

"It's like the Mary Celeste in here" says first worker going in. But I still sell five copies of the Socialist. Less than usual, but not bad considering more than half the staff are now working from home.

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25 March 2020

Social care: "Not good enough by miles"

Boris Johnson has said that non-urgent operations will be cancelled, and people already in hospital sent home, to free up 30,000 general and acute beds in the NHS to accommodate coronavirus patients. According to Johnson, they will be released into the care of "community health providers".

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23 March 2020

Too little too late

Johnson and Sunak responded to public anger and agreed to pay 80% of the wages of workers who are laid off because of the coronavirus. This will be welcomed by millions, but for workers already struggling to pay the bills, 80% of wages will not be enough to live on.

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20 March 2020

Bexley binworkers' strike wins sick pay from day one

Binworkers working for Serco at Tory-run Bexley council have won a victory

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18 March 2020

East London bin workers strike to get back unpaid holiday pay

Workers are furious because 150 are owed substantial arrears

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18 March 2020

Workers at Lewisham coronavirus hospital walk out after not being paid

"Infected patients are now being admitted into the hospital, but the cleaners have downed tools because they haven't been paid"

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18 March 2020

Coronavirus: workers must not pay the price!

System in crisis: We cannot trust the Tories, or the system they represent, to keep us safe or defend our interests

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11 March 2020

Nationalise to save jobs threatened by Covid-19 and downturn

The impact of Covid-19 accelerated the collapse of Flybe

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11 March 2020

Fighting to transform the union in my warehouse

Conditions in my workplace have been decaying over the last decade. The cost of surviving, let alone living, has gotten harder.

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11 March 2020

For full pay during isolation: for public health as well as workers' wallets

Government forecasts say up to 20% of workers could be off sick or in self-isolation in the UK when coronavirus reaches its peak, writes Josh Asker, Southampton Socialist Party.

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11 March 2020

South Korea shows capitalism has money to respond to coronavirus

Korea has been pretty good. Local councils are giving money to low earners to help with rent. Anyone who needs to get the test and potential treatment receives it free. And if you have to self-quarantine

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11 March 2020

Stoke council unions beat pay cuts - now let's stop all cuts

Protests and the threat of strike action by council worker unions - GMB, Unite and Unison - have forced Stoke-on-Trent city council to scrap their plans to cut some workers' wages by up to 5,000 a year, writes Andy Bentley, Stoke Socialist Party.

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11 March 2020

Argos workers in Sainsbury's stores threatened with losing collective bargaining

Argos has announced the transfer of its staff working in Sainsbury's shops to Sainsbury's itself, writes Iain Dalton, Usdaw Broad Left chair.

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11 March 2020

Homerton Hospital workers fight for sick pay

Staff at Homerton Hospital, east London, celebrated when they heard the news that private contractor ISS had agreed to pay workers their usual pay if they are forced to self-isolate to help stop the spread of coronavirus, writes Brian Debus, Hackney Socialist Party and Hackney Trade Union Council.

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4 March 2020

A legacy of women workers and the class struggle

International Women's Day, with its history of being rooted in struggle, has, in recent years, been diminished. Big business increasingly uses it as a cynical opportunity to give the illusion of being progressive and inclusive. Sinead Daly looks at the real history of International Working Women's Day and the socialist ideas it inspires today.

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4 March 2020

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors

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4 March 2020

Electricians pay victory

Electricians at Sandwell Council, West Midlands have won better pay. Unison local government union members had been taking action short of striking since 6 January, after voting 100% on a 94% turnout for both action short of strike action and strike action.

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26 February 2020

Housing cuts cost lives

We gathered outside Peabody Head Office on the evening of 19 February to make the point that cuts to the community and neighbourhood services cost lives, and are counter-productive.

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26 February 2020

Average wages recover to pre-crisis levels - but we're still over a decade behind

Average wage levels in the UK have, for the first time, recovered to the level they were at before the financial crisis.

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