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26 September 2012

Them & Us

Andrew Mitchell, the government chief whip who ranted at the police officer outside Downing Street has so far resisted calls to resign, but his lack of punishment puts into stark contrast the very different treatment the rich receive from the police compared to the rest of us...

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Tyne & Wear Metro, protest of cleaners, 26.1.12, photo by Elaine Brunskill

27 January 2012

Low-paid Tyne and Wear Metro cleaners fight for free travel

"If Bernard gets up your nose - picket!", was the slogan on the leaflet handed out by cleaners from Churchill Contract Services who work on Tyne and Wear Metro.

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Women workers striking against povety wages at Pink's in Bermondsey in 1911, photo by TUC library collections

Women workers striking against povety wages at Pink's in Bermondsey in 1911, photo by TUC library collections

28 September 2011

1911 - Bermondsey women's uprising

A century ago, women in the trade unions numbered only a few thousand. Many working class women worked in the most appalling conditions in sweatshops and were outside the trade unions' ranks...

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14 September 2011

Low pay and the housing crisis

When you tell someone that you're claiming benefits you can be sure that, in many cases, they will initially picture the right-wing tabloid caricature of someone sat at home all day watching TV, writes Dominic Smith, Winchester.

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9 March 2010

Solid two-day civil service strike shows anger of PCS members

PCS members have demonstrated their anger at the attack on their Civil Service Compensation Scheme by staging a solid two-day strike that has affected courts, passport offices, jobcentres, tax offices and many other government services, writes John McInally, National Vice-President PCS, personal capacity.

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28 May 2008

Tax the rich not the poor!

Over four million low-paid workers felt some relief when Gordon Brown was forced into his tax u-turn, writes Judy Beishon.

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7 May 2008

TUC attacks Labour on working poverty

A TIMELY report by the TUC, Hard Work, Hidden Lives, shows that New Labour politicians have much to learn about the lives of the working-class people who pushed them into power and could shove them out again...

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19 February 2008

No wage cuts! Fund equal pay

Birmingham council workers strike on 5 February 2008. Photo S O

Birmingham council workers strike on 5 February 2008. Photo S O'Neill

"No pay cuts!" "Equal pay for women, now!" That's what Birmingham council workers will be saying as they strike for the second time on 26 February. Tens of thousands of members of GMB, Amicus, TGWU, UCATT and Unison struck on 5 February...

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6 February 2008

MPs' insult to low-paid workers

TGWU cleaners demonstrating against low pay, photo Molly Cooper

TGWU cleaners demonstrating against low pay, photo Molly Cooper

LOW-PAID public sector workers are facing three years of below-inflation pay rises. Low paid workers earn a fraction of their MP's salary, writes Adrian O'Malley, Unison branch chair, Wakefield and Pontefract Hospitals, Pinderfields Hospital.

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7 June 2007

Ritzy - low-paid workers strike again

AFTER A one-day strike on 26 May, staff at Ritzy cinema in Brixton struck again on 1 June. Shop steward Jackie Brethold of the union BECTU spoke to Neil Cafferky.

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7 June 2007

Young people: a bright future... or different shades of grey

What's facing young people today?: YOUNG PEOPLE today are more likely to be regarded by the government and the bosses' press as a threat and a nuisance, rather than the next generation that needs encouragement and development...

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7 June 2007

The fat cat and the 'cleaning lady'

NICHOLAS FERGUSON is chairman of SVC Capital, the firm that built Europe's biggest private equity fund, "almost from scratch"...

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29 June 2006

Young people - fight for your rights!

Cardiff ISR campaigns against low pay
Feature: Fed up with bullying bosses, long hours and unsafe working conditions? As young people, we very often end up in low-paid shop, bar, catering or factory work. Often these jobs are casual or part-time in unsafe conditions.

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15 June 2006

Tax credit system: Millions driven into debt

THE FIASCO of the tax credit system has hit the headlines again. Stark figures show that millions of low-paid workers are being driven into debt by a system set up to overcome poverty. A London Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) worker writes.

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26 May 2005

Brown bashes low-paid workers

LABOUR'S CONTEMPT for low-paid workers was revealed again last week as Gordon Brown called for "wage discipline" in the public sector...

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21 February 2004

Low paid say: "Enough is enough"

UP TO 100,000 low-paid civil servants in job centres and benefit offices (DWP) and the Driving Standards Agency went on strike on 16 and 17 February for better pay...

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15 November 2003

London's Low-Paid Fight Back

COUNCIL WORKERS, UNISON members, in London have started another five-week round of selective strike action to win 4,000 a year London weighting, writes Mike Cleverley, proud member of Waltham Forest UNISON.

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19 July 2003

Whipps Cross hospital workers: "Where we fight, we win"

LOW-PAID health workers at Whipps Cross hospital, east London, have scored an important victory in their fight for a living wage...

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19 July 2003

Say No To Poverty Wages

Kick big business out of the NHS: HEALTH WORKERS at Royal Bolton Hospital (RBH) are continuing their fight with ISS Mediclean for a living wage, writes Hugh Caffrey, Manchester Socialist Party.

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26 April 2003

USDAW conference: Fighting For Low-Paid Workers

THIS YEAR'S shopworkers' union USDAW conference takes place at the end of a horrendous war for oil and influence in the Middle East, writes Robbie Segal, USDAW executive council, personal capacity.

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