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22 July 2020
Government action is confused, contradictory, late, and fundamentally flawed.
22 July 2020
As lockdown eases, workers' rights must be defended. Employers have been attacking the health and safety measures won by members and their reps. Employers have raised the number of people allowed in shops
1 July 2020
Leaked reports emerged in mid-June that the government was looking at relaxing Sunday trading legislation for a year
17 June 2020
Since rumours emerged in the media about the government considering a one-year relaxation of Sunday trading regulations, the leadership of retail workers' union Usdaw has finally started moving into action
17 June 2020
Supporters of the National Shop Stewards Network held protests outside Debenhams stores in Leeds, London, Plymouth and Southampton against the company's savage cuts to jobs and stores, as part of a day of action called by members of the retail workers union, Usdaw.
10 June 2020
Johnson announced a wider opening of non-essential retail on 15 June.
15 April 2020
Following weekly virtual meetings of Socialist Party members in Usdaw the shop workers' union to discuss the rapidly changing situation in retail, and producing several special issues of our bulletin, the Activist, we decided to hold a virtual public meeting on 11 April to take these discussions to, writes Iain Dalton, Socialist Party Usdaw caucus convenor.
6 April 2020
The government's laissez-faire attitude towards supplies, in effect contracting out any control of this to the major retailers, means there have been opportunities abundant for speculators to rip people off, writes Iain Dalton, Yorkshire Socialist Party.
30 March 2020
I work for one of the retail chains in Mike Ashley's empire. As more shops were closing, pressure began mounting for our chain to close too. But we were expected to lone work, rather than simply closing
25 March 2020
Coronavirus is sending tremors through capitalist society. Many workers who have been enduring increasing casualised working conditions, such as zero or short-hour contracts, have had further cuts to sick pay and other contractual changes.
18 March 2020
As the coronavirus crisis deepens, shop workers are becoming another 'emergency service' to ensure people can still access food and other basics
12 February 2020
Angry residents, from Hackney east London, packed into a meeting at the Dan West Trelawney estate community hall. Labour mayor Philip Glanville tried to justify the council's decision to ask a private developer to revamp the site of the local Tesco.
30 October 2019
Millionaire retail boss Mike Coupe, who was caught on camera singing "we're in the money" on TV before an interview about a possible Sainsbury's-Argos merger, has halved Argos workers' Christmas bonus to just £5.
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
28 August 2019
Faced with a profits squeeze, big retail bosses are attempting to make workers pay by closing outlets, axing jobs and worsening terms and conditions of employment. However, this offensive is being resisted.
14 August 2019
'The needs of the business' is a phrase most retail staff will be familiar with.
3 July 2019
Dozens of members of shop workers' union Usdaw picketed Sainsbury's Waltham Point distribution centre in Essex for most of their 24-hour strike against changes to sickness policy.
15 May 2019
The annual delegate meeting of retail and distribution union Usdaw turned a corner this year
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