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13 December 2017

Retail sector crunch: nationalise to save jobs

Toys R Us plans to close a third of its stores. Asda wants to downgrade hundreds of shopfloor supervisors. Britain's largest tobacco distributor Palmer & Harvey has gone into administration.

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8 December 2017

Local government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded

Over a million council and school workers have been waiting to see if there would be any relief from their constant falling living standards as they have watched their pay fall by 21% in real terms since 2010.

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6 December 2017

Arriva bus strikers stand firm

Drivers and engineers in Rucorn continue to stand firmly together in support of their claim for a fair pay deal from employer Arriva

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6 December 2017

PCS Left Unity celebrates 40th anniversary at annual conference

Socialist Party members continue to play a key role: The conference agreed the need to apply pressure on other unions to meet with each other to coordinate campaigns and action

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6 December 2017

Demonstrations by uni students and staff greet Bath vice-chancellor resignation

Glynis Breakwell had also claimed 20,000 in expenses, including 2 for a packet of biscuits, leading to chants of "books not biscuits"

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29 November 2017

Them & us

Uni boss's raise v our lost wages; no tax for Cadbury's and food price hikes for us; model's mansion v fines for homeless

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29 November 2017

PCS union says no to pay misery

Other public sector unions are considering their position, with a number proposing to hold similar consultative ballots. This is to be welcomed - and they need to get on with it

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29 November 2017

Amber warning lights flash on British economy

For workers, young people, the disabled and the unemployed, the lost decade since 2007 has been the equivalent of a Mark II Great Depression

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23 November 2017

After the budget - unions must launch pay fight

Millions of public sector workers will be vainly sifting through Hammond's budget for details of any pay rises. The reality is that most will be looking down the barrel at a full decade of Tory pay caps

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22 November 2017

Leeds college workers protest poor pay rises

Leeds City College staff have been continually undervalued, with a dire record on pay increases in the past five years of either 1% rises or none at all

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22 November 2017

Scotland: BiFab workers' occupation and march secures jobs and pay guarantee

Workers at the three threatened wind turbine construction yards in Fife have won a guarantee that their jobs and wages will be secured - at least until April 2018

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16 November 2017

Virgin train workers vote for strike action over pay

RMT members at Virgin Trains West Coast have voted by 91% for strike action in response to a divisive pay offer

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15 November 2017

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including cancer treatment privatisation, The Death of Stalin, mental health cuts and Arriva profits.

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15 November 2017

Virgin train workers ballot for strike action

Train managers, caterers, customer service and the other non-driving grades represented by the RMT union at Virgin West Coast are in dispute with bosses over a divisive pay offer

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9 November 2017

Serco - not fit for purpose

So Serco - the private company making big profits from low pay of cleaners and porters in Barts NHS Trust - is exposed in the Paradise Papers

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8 November 2017

Unite union sector conferences: coordinate action over pay

Unite should join the PCS union in calling for the Trade Union Congress to coordinate strike ballots

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8 November 2017

Bosses say 217 years to close pay gap - workers' struggle can close it now!

This is the first time figures have shown the situation is going backwards

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8 November 2017

Pay cap decisively rejected by PCS union members

Members of civil servants' union PCS have delivered a stinging rejection of Tory pay restraint, and shown they are willing to take action against it

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8 November 2017

Ireland: rail workers demand share of 'recovery'

Rail workers in the Irish Republic walked out on 7 November for 24 hours, the second stoppage in their demand for a 3.75% pay rise

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1 November 2017

PCS pay cap ballot closes soon

The civil servants' union PCS is stepping up its pay campaign by holding a consultative ballot, timed to coincide with the autumn budget

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