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What do unions get for giving money to Labour?


Simon Basketter looks at why Ed Miliband is trying to cut union members’ automatic subs to Labour—and why union leaders continue to fund the party

A history of attacks on unions' political funds


Unions are not legally allowed to support a political party in any way out of the general fund raised from members’ subscriptions. 

How donations to Labour can be 'tax efficient'


John Mills handed over £1.65 million worth of shares in his JML company to the party earlier this year.

Racism and resistance in the wake of Woolwich


The killing of soldier Lee Rigby sparked a wave of anti-Muslim attacks. But politicians and pundits created the climate for them, writes Annette Mackin

How to oppose the fascists in your area


Fascists have launched a series of attacks on trade unionists in Leeds over the last 20 or so years. 

Attacks are linked to EDL


Tell Mama, The Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks group, has recorded 540 Islamophobic incidents since March this year. 

Piper Alpha 25 years on: fire killed 167 workers because bosses cut corners


On the anniversary of the Piper Alpha oil platform disaster, Socialist Worker looks at the union-busting and callous lack of safety that condemned oil workers to death

Workers' grief turned to anger in struggle for offshore safety


Workers formed the Oilc union in 1988 in the aftermath of Piper Alpha. The battle to build effective offshore union organisation can be a matter of life and death. 

Tories’ fire cuts will cost lives—and they know it


Thousands of firefighters’ jobs have gone since the Tories took office and the latest round of cuts is the most dangerous yet, says Simon Basketter

We need action to defend our fire service and firefighters' pensions


Some 200 firefighters halted London mayor Boris Johnson’s question time event last week.

Workers see record wage drop as bosses get richer


The Tories say falling unemployment shows that the crisis isn’t so bad. But unprecedented attacks on pay tell a different story, writes Annette Mackin

Pay cuts don't save jobs


Bosses have pushed workers to accept pay cuts by claiming this will keep them in work—and union officials have sometimes accepted this blackmail.

In work - but still in poverty


Unemployment in Britain fell by 5,000 in the three months to April this year according to official figures. 

More women are out of work


The number of women out of work rose by 7,000 to 1.09 million in the three months to April.

Billionaires boom in Britain


As wages are being slashed and austerity forced upon the poorest, the rich are getting richer. 

More workers join unions as austerity bites


A recent report shows an increase in trade union membership last year. Sadie Robinson looks behind the figures at who’s signing up, where and why

Patience pays off when building in your workplace


I started working in the voluntary sector in 1994. We were expected to work all hours. 

Figures show union diversity


Unions are more diverse than we are often told. Firstly black workers are more likely to be in unions than white.

Secret prison shows up Britain's dirty role in war


The government claims that the military is in Afghanistan to uphold the law. But Ken Olende shows the brutal reality behind Britain’s ‘war on terror’

The Texan firm behind Camp Bastion


Camp Bastion is the main British base in Afghanistan. It is four miles long and accommodates 28,000 people. It was built in 2006 and is the largest British base built abroad since the Second World War. 

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