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21 October 2020

South Africa: Mass day of action for permanent jobs and a living wage

Hundreds of workers on the ANC government's 'slave-labour' Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) took part in a day of action in their struggle for permanent jobs and a living wage

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21 October 2020

Lockdown: suspicion and anger

The Liverpool region was put into tier three

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23 September 2020

A day in the life of a salon worker

I work in a salon in Cardiff. It was bad before the pandemic began, and some employers are using the crisis to either drag more work out of their staff for little to no more rewards, or to cut hours, cut

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9 September 2020

Reinstate Richie Venton

Trade unionists held a solidarity demo outside of Ikea Braehead in Glasgow, demanding the reinstatement of sacked Usdaw rep Richie Venton, and the reinstatement of sick workers' wages.

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9 September 2020

Callous Tories threaten not to uprate the minimum wage

'We're all in it together' chirped Boris Johnson at the start of lockdown - which is presumably why he's considering not uprating the paltry minimum wage next April, because the bosses say they can't afford it

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2 September 2020

News in brief

Even before Covid-19, poorer secondary school students were the equivalent of 18 months' learning behind better-off students

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24 June 2020

Workers need a 'new deal' - at least 12 an hour now!

The shop workers' union, Usdaw, recently launched its 'New Deal for Workers' campaign

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24 June 2020

South Africa: Building jobs and living wage campaign

On 17 June, hundreds of workers marched in Johannesburg, South Africa, demanding permanent jobs and a monthly living wage of R12,500 (580).

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20 May 2020

Universal Basic Income: not a solution to insecurity and poverty under capitalism

None of the schemes with elements of UBI provide a decent level of income

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20 May 2020

Furlough cut-off could force millions back to unsafe workplaces

Will my boss starve me back to work this summer? It's a question that might start keeping furloughed workers up at night

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12 May 2020

Furlough scheme extended - workers need 100% of wages

Rishi Sunak has announced the government's plans for the furlough scheme, which will be extended until October

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6 April 2020

The minimum wage must go up! Fund coronavirus workers, not bosses' profits!

Minimum wage workers include many of the frontline staff dealing with the pandemic, writes Karen Smith, care worker.

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30 March 2020

Essential workers deserve more

Workers are receiving some very contradictory messages about their wage levels and the importance of their jobs

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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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5 February 2020

6.5 million working poor: Fight to end low pay



There are now 6.5 million workers in the UK who are part of the "working poor."
There are now more people who are both working and in poverty than people who are officially unemployed.

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27 January 2020

We need socialists in London's City Hall

Who will fight for anti-austerity policies in May's London elections if Sadiq Khan goes unchallenged by socialists and trade unionists?

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15 January 2020

Low Pay, Long Hours. Bosses rip us off. Organise the fightback now!

Boris Johnson has announced the minimum wage is going up. It's not by nearly enough. And at the same time, the Tories let bosses get away with paying hundreds of thousands of workers below the legal minimum!

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8 January 2020

Tory minimum wage hike not enough

Ignoring the realities of living in austerity Britain, the Tory government has announced that the National 'Living Wage' will increase by 51p to 8.72 an hour in April. Every improvement is welcome, of course.

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27 November 2019

Minimum wage debate

The Socialist is running a debate. How can we end low pay and what minimum wage level should we be fighting for? In this issue, readers share their thoughts.

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20 November 2019

Cleaners strike over low pay at Haringey secondary school

Outsourced cleaners struck at Highgate Wood School in north London to demand an end to appalling working conditions

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