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26 September 2012
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...
27 January 2012
"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.
28 September 2011
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...
14 September 2011
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.
9 March 2010
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.
28 May 2008
Over four million low-paid workers felt some relief when Gordon Brown was forced into his tax u-turn, writes Judy Beishon.
7 May 2008
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...
19 February 2008
Birmingham council workers strike on 5 February 2008. Photo S O'Neill
6 February 2008
TGWU cleaners demonstrating against low pay, photo Molly Cooper
7 June 2007
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.
7 June 2007
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...
7 June 2007
NICHOLAS FERGUSON is chairman of SVC Capital, the firm that built Europe's biggest private equity fund, "almost from scratch"...
29 June 2006
15 June 2006
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.
26 May 2005
LABOUR'S CONTEMPT for low-paid workers was revealed again last week as Gordon Brown called for "wage discipline" in the public sector...
21 February 2004
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...
15 November 2003
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.
19 July 2003
LOW-PAID health workers at Whipps Cross hospital, east London, have scored an important victory in their fight for a living wage...
19 July 2003
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.
26 April 2003
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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