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7 April 2021

Low-paid workers shouldn't pay for Covid crisis

On 1 April the minimum wage was increased from 8.71 to 8.91 an hour for those aged 23 and over. For low-paid workers this was welcome news. However, for myself and fellow furloughed workers this wasn't

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31 March 2021

Freeports spell deregulation, low pay and a new race to the bottom

Eight new freeports in England covering Felixstowe and Harwich, East Midlands Airport, Humber, Liverpool City Region, Plymouth, Solent, Thames and Teesside, each potentially up to 27 miles across, were launched in Sunak's latest budget

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31 March 2021

Goodlord strike starts to bite

The all-out action at lettings platform Goodlord is making headway. Strikers remain firm while pressure is rising on bosses at the tech firm in Spitalfields, east London.

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24 March 2021

Preparing to organise workers in Enfield

The National Shop Stewards Network in Enfield hosted an online meeting on 22 March. It brought together 24 trade unionists to discuss how to organise workers in the London borough.

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19 March 2021

'Sleep-ins' ruling must lead to a huge campaign for social care workers' rights

The Supreme Court ruled that care workers on 'sleep-ins' won't receive the minimum wage

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17 March 2021

Protests against deskilling and lower wages

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3 March 2021

Union fight to save musicians' livelihoods

The Covid-19 crisis has forced society to shut down, and music venues, which have not opened at all since last March, are no exception

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24 February 2021

Where's the road map to jobs and wages Boris?


Trade unions must fight for lives and livelihoods
Johnson's 'cautious' road map to reopen society from lockdown in England - after over 120,000 Covid deaths and a massive hit to incomes - won't lead to the needed restoration and improvement in living standards.

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24 February 2021

London bus dispute against low pay, pay cuts and longer hours

Socialist Party members supported bus drivers' picket lines across London on 22 February. The drivers are fighting back against low pay, pay cuts, and longer hours being imposed by their employer

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24 February 2021

Garment workers and Covid: Dying for less than minimum wage

Garment workers have among the highest rate of coronavirus deaths for working women in the UK, the Office for National Statistics has revealed

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17 February 2021

News in brief

Last year was dubbed 'the year from hell' as a result of two million deaths from Covid and the pandemic's huge hit on working-class living standards and livelihoods.

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27 January 2021

Low-paid hospital workers strike

Two disputes by low-paid hospital workers in Birmingham and Reading are taking place. Heartlands hospital workers in Birmingham work directly for the NHS, and those at the Royal Berkshire are contracted

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27 January 2021

Poverty wages: When workers can't afford to self-isolate

The Tories are now floating the idea that maybe if they paid 500 to desperate workers in the gig economy, they might be inclined to self-isolate for two weeks if they contract Covid

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20 January 2021

On the NHS front line

It's so busy. There are so many patients. For weeks now there have been more Covid patients than there were in the first wave. Almost every ward has been given over to treating Covid now.

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20 January 2021

Morrisons - 10/hr headline hides divisive pay offer

Almost five years since the 10 an hour minimum wage demand was adopted by Usdaw, Morrisons has become the first major company in which Usdaw represents workers, to accept the demand.

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20 January 2021

Make the super-rich pay, not the poorest

In the last week the real number of deaths from Covid has gone over 100,000, and the UK has recorded the highest per capita death toll in the world

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20 January 2021

Bosses profit out of 'starvation' food parcels

Private companies were exposed earning 30 for 'starvation' food parcels - for families entitled to free school meals - that contained just north of a fiver's worth of ingredients

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20 January 2021

A day in the life of an agency worker

Following a six-month period on furlough, I took voluntary redundancy from the factory I'd worked at since leaving school

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13 January 2021

Bosses earn workers' annual wage in three days

Within the first three days of 2021, the already super-rich bosses of the 'FTSE 100' companies earned more than an average worker's annual salary.

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