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Issue: 2699

Dated: 07 Apr 2020

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‘Business as usual’ is killing workers

Ministers say that a “small minority of people” are putting our lives at risk. That’s true—they sit in the Tory cabinet, on the boards of corporations, and are at the top of society.

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Royal Mail workers stage unofficial walkouts over coronavirus safety

Workers in at least two Royal Mail offices in Scotland have struck unofficially over coronavirus safety fears.

Mutinous mood among paramedics over lack of safety equipment

A London ambulance worker spoke to Socialist Worker about the anger and fear over the lack of PPE

Shocking evidence to MPs shows how firms are putting lives at risk

Submissions to a parliamentary committee reveal how the government’s failures are hitting workers

Tory plan for ‘immunity passports’ gambles with our health

The government wants people back to work as soon as possible—even if it puts them at risk.

Worker dies after call centre is kept open

At least one public sector worker has died and another from the same office taken ill with coronavirus after having to come into work.

Keir Starmer’s victory will drag Labour to the right

Keir Starmer has won the election to replace Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party.

First coronavirus cases reported at refugee camps in northern France

The first cases of coronavirus have been reported in refugee camps in northern France, according to an aid worker.

Tory measures not enough to protect homeless people

 The outbreak of Covid-19 is showing just how hard vital homelessness services have been hit by austerity.

Bosses ‘shout down’ safety concerns

Distribution workers at a Marks and Spencer warehouse in Swindon have staged three walkouts over health and safety.

Uncertainty for workers as Debenhams unable to pay debts

 More than 20,000 workers at Debenhams fear for their jobs after the company began its third insolvency process in a year on Monday.

‘Every day is a struggle’ on Universal Credit

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to claim benefits as bosses throw them on the dole, writes Sadie Robinson

More health workers die due to lack of protective equipment

Health workers are dying of coronavirus because of the Tories’ failure to provide proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

Labour shifts right as Keir Starmer appoints new shadow cabinet

New Labour leader Keir Starmer has begun shifting the party rightwards.

‘We are made to feel our job isn’t valuable’ - care staff speak out

Coronavirus puts hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in adult social care services at risk. 

Stop the deaths of London bus drivers

At least eight London bus workers had died at the start of this week after being infected by Covid-19.

Pressure from bin workers forces new safety regime

Bin workers’ unions have forced outsourcing bosses to make pay and health and safety guarantees over coronavirus.

‘It’s very scary to be a bus driver right now’ - workers speak out

Eleven bus workers have now died after contracting Covid-19, with tens of thousands more transport workers terrified of the same fate.


Coronavirus means ‘survival of richest’ in Global South, say South African shack dwellers

The effects will be even more harrowing if the virus spreads through the vast pools of extreme poverty in the Global South. 

Right only narrowly win in Polish presidential elections

Right-wing president Andrzej Duda took 51.03 percent of the vote to narrowly beat liberal Rafał Trzaskowski who took 48.97 percent in the second round of the Polish presidential elections last Sunday.

US workers on strike as Trump backs big bosses

Fresh walkouts launched across the US as Trump says that hundreds of thousands should die for profit

Lockdowns lead to police brutality and repression in many African countries

Widespread poverty and lack of public health services make coronavirus a huge threat to people in Africa. But they also face ferocious attacks from state forces


Coronavirus crisis - put workers in charge and end the chaos of capitalism

Our ‘betters’ have now realised that workers matter. So could workers run society without bosses?

Lockdown policies hit the Global South

There’s an old cliche about the economy falling off a cliff. This time it really has, all over the world.


Women, the family and the coronavirus crisis

During this period where people’s lives are centred around the home, Sarah Bates looks at capitalism's reliance on the family and women’s domestic labour.

‘Working in danger because of profit’

Sadie Robinson investigates how the Tories’ response to coronavirus is wreaking havoc on millions of workers’ lives—and how the bosses are taking advantage

Cook’s tour drenched in blood

British explorer James Cook arrived on the east coast of Australia 250 years ago. His incursion was part of a horrific imperialist expansion, writes Charlie Kimber


Unorthodox is a unique tale of identity, family and escape

Netflix’s new mini-series is about a young woman who flees a conservative religious home. It’s a nuanced, deep and complex story

My Left Nut—a teen comedy drama that’s not just a load of balls

Mick is a quiet, awkward teenager whose normal insecurities are made worse by his swollen testicle

Andy Warhol and Aubrey Beardsley online

Exhibitions available on the Tate’s website as video tours

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Tories and their backers are in the money thanks to virus

 Jacob Rees-Mogg—remember him?—will be cashing in on the coronavirus crisis.

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