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Issue 2429

Workers stuck in low pay trap

Thousands of workers are trapped in a “prison of low pay”, a study says.

A report by the Resolution Foundation shows that less than a quarter of workers who were in low-paid jobs ten years ago have “escaped” in-work poverty.

Tories arming oppressors

The government sanctioned more than £60 million of arms sales to oppressive regimes in 2014.

Britain has sold a total of £63.2 million worth of weaponry to “countries of concern” such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. 

Abortion care threatened

The Supreme Court was considering the case brought by midwives Mary Doogan and Connie Wood as Socialist Worker went to press.

They want to refuse to supervise staff who administer abortions.

The Royal College of Midwives said this would compromise care for women seeking terminations.

Biscuit workers vote for strikes

Workers at Jacob’s biscuit factory in Liverpool, and GMB union members, have voted to strike over sick pay. 

Employer United Biscuits was taken over by Turkish food giant Yildiz Holding, raising fears of restructuring within the company.

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