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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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18 April 2018

Usdaw conference 2018: time for new era of fighting trade unionism

President-elect Amy Murphy writes for the Socialist: "We need to support our members who want to take industrial action in defence of pay and conditions"

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7 March 2018

Toys R Us, Maplin: worsening retail crisis claims more jobs

Trade unions must fight for public ownership: Big high street retailers Toys R Us and Maplin have gone under, with a number of other familiar names like Mothercare rumoured to follow

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31 January 2018

Supermarket's slash jobs - union fightback needed

Two of so-called 'Big Four' supermarkets - Tesco and Sainsbury's - have announced job losses running into the thousands.

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24 January 2018

Amy Murphy Usdaw campaign meeting

Reps and activists from five Usdaw branches came to a public meeting in Leeds held to promote the election campaign of Broad Left candidate for Usdaw president, and Socialist Party member, Amy Murphy on 17 January.

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10 January 2018

Amy Murphy for Usdaw president - vote for a fighting and democratic union

Elections for the new president of Usdaw, the shop and distribution workers' union, take place from 15 January with Socialist Party member Amy Murphy running to give the union a fighting leadership.

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14 July 2017

Tesco's 10% pay increase accompanied by cuts and job losses

Tesco called it its "biggest ever pay award"

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26 April 2017

Usdaw ADM 2017: Left challenge needed to end assault on retail jobs and conditions

In 2016 many changes were made within the big four supermarkets as they adapted to falling sales. The Coop, Sainsburys, Morrisons and Tesco all saw many store closures and thousands of jobs lost.

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5 April 2017

What would a socialist food industry look like?

How to feed the world? That is a question that capitalism has never been able to solve, with one-third of the world's total population suffering malnutrition. Even in the economically advanced capitalist countries like Britain growing numbers are reliant on food banks.

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15 February 2017

Solidarity with Tesco Ireland Valentine's Day strike

Up to 15 Tesco stores in Ireland took strike action on Valentine's Day 14 February after members of the trade union Mandate, which represents more than 10,000 workers at the company, voted 78% in favour of a walkout over contract changes

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18 January 2017

Billions in profit for Tesco, cuts and job losses for workers

Britain's biggest retailer, Tesco, reported that it had its best sales growth at the end of last year's quarter for over five years. At the same time, 1,015 Tesco workers will lose their jobs as Tesco announced that it is closing two distribution centres in Hertfordshire and Derbyshire

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26 October 2016

Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including the Ched Evans case, Marmite brexit, NHS 'savings' and homelessness.

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13 July 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including a roofing workers' strike in Wigan and supermarkets in crisis.

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22 June 2016

Reinstate sacked Samworth Brothers union activist

The recent rise in the national living wage, although still falling well short of a real living wage of 10 an hour, was meant to make it easier for workers to afford to pay their rent and bills.

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15 June 2016

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Student loan sharks; BHS workers face scrapheap; Tesco sells restaurants.

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25 May 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Conductors strike, healthcare assistants strike.

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