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21 April 2021

Retail workers desperately need a fighting and democratic union

Usdaw conference 2021: Although the right wing in Usdaw has made gains in recent union elections, the results do not represent any enthusiasm for them, as shown by the fact that the right wing's preferred candidate for president, Jane Jones, received over 2,000 fewer votes than Socialist Party member and incumbent Amy Mu

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24 February 2021

Usdaw elections - right makes gains but Broad Left builds

Usdaw held elections for union President and Executive Council with results being announced on Monday 15th February

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10 February 2021

News in brief

UK companies still operating final salary (or 'defined-benefit') pension schemes are anticipated to receive a 60 billion windfall as pension liabilities are expected to fall due to the impact of the pandemic on life expectancy

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9 December 2020

High street jobs, safety and pay: We have to fight

Hospitality: Understaffed and underpaid, now it's got worse: Bar worker John Williams, a Socialist Party member in Cardiff, spoke at a protest to oppose the pay freeze in the public and private sector on 5 December.

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28 October 2020

The Socialist Inbox

Callous and cruel Tories
Matt Hancock, with his sickly insincere smile, retorted that 63 million had been given to local councils, which could be used to help children over the holidays who get free school meals.

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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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15 April 2020

Usdaw shop workers' union activists meet via Zoom

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.

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11 March 2020

Supermarkets are ruled by profit - unions should control supply limits

Many shop and supermarket shelves are being stripped of hand wash, toilet rolls and some food lines such as dry pasta, as people panic buy and stockpile because of coronavirus, writes Scott Jones, Usdaw union member (personal capacity).

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6 November 2019

Incompetent bosses use tech to bully us

Management at my warehouse uses new technology to harass the workers - and has even proposed a new pay deal which includes scrapping Christmas bonuses for most of the shopfloor.

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4 September 2019

What strategy can end the retail jobs massacre?

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.

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14 August 2019

Fight back against the retail bosses!

'The needs of the business' is a phrase most retail staff will be familiar with.

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3 July 2019

Angry Usdaw members strike at Sainsbury's distribution centre over sick pay cut

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.

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8 May 2019

Usdaw union conference demands action on pay, jobs and the right

With almost a year since the departure of Blairite general secretary John Hannett, this year's Usdaw conference feels different

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1 May 2019

Usdaw ADM 2019

As delegates arrive in Blackpool for the annual conference of Usdaw, the retail and distribution union, many shop workers are facing job losses and worse pay and conditions as the retail crisis deepens.

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30 January 2019

Changes threaten thousands of jobs

Tesco has revealed plans to cut thousands of jobs as part of a new restructuring initiative.

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30 May 2018

Broad Left candidate elected as Usdaw deputy general secretary

Dave McCrossen, the Broad Left candidate in Usdaw's deputy general secretary contest has been elected

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23 May 2018

Solid strike at Tesco Dagenham distribution centre forces pay talks

Heavy security presence and a profusion of steel fencing didn't deter angry, vocal pickets striking for decent pay at Tesco Dagenham distribution centre on 17-18 May.

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16 May 2018

Strike at Tesco Dagenham for better pay

Workers at Tesco Dagenham distribution site are striking over pay from 10pm on Thursday 17 May. Following over a year of negotiations between Tesco and the retail and distribution workers' union Usdaw, bosses have refused to improve their initial offer which was worth less than 3%.

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9 May 2018

Use TUC march as launch pad for action on pay

National strike action is possible if the unions build a real fighting campaign for it.

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2 May 2018

Reject the mega-supermarket merger: nationalise to save jobs

Workers in Sainsbury's and Asda were shocked to hear on Saturday 28 April that their employers were at an advanced level of merger talks, confirmed as a deal agreed on the morning of 30 April.

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