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9 September 2020
'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
24 June 2020
The shop workers' union, Usdaw, recently launched its 'New Deal for Workers' campaign
20 May 2020
None of the schemes with elements of UBI provide a decent level of income
6 April 2020
Minimum wage workers include many of the frontline staff dealing with the pandemic, writes Karen Smith, care worker.
30 March 2020
Workers are receiving some very contradictory messages about their wage levels and the importance of their jobs
26 February 2020
Average wage levels in the UK have, for the first time, recovered to the level they were at before the financial crisis.
5 February 2020
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.
15 January 2020
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!
8 January 2020
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.
27 November 2019
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.
6 November 2019
The Socialist is running a debate. How we can end low pay and what minimum wage level should we be fighting for? In this issue, readers share their thoughts.
30 October 2019
Reading the articles about low pay, I am glad we've raised our figure around the minimum wage. We certainly don't want to be gazumped by the Tories, although they have no intention of implementing an increase.
23 October 2019
In the last issue of the Socialist, we initiated a debate about how we can end low pay and what level of minimum wage we should be fighting for. Three readers have sent us their thoughts
16 October 2019
The minimum wage hasn't ended low pay. In-work poverty has increased.
11 September 2019
4 September 2019
The last few years have seen swathes of closures of shops across the UK as whole chains have collapsed while others close considerable numbers of stores.
4 September 2019
I work for a well-known high street retailer and recently one of my colleagues came to me, the unofficial union rep, because they were being conned out of 70 hours of holiday
20 August 2019
Around 1,000 Asda workers, members of the GMB union, marched on Asda House in Leeds
14 August 2019
'The needs of the business' is a phrase most retail staff will be familiar with.
19 June 2019
Five million workers in Britain (over one in six) are stuck in low-paid and insecure work, writes Ruth Byrne, catering worker.
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