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
Bosses have pushed workers to accept pay cuts by claiming this will keep them in work—and union officials have sometimes accepted this blackmail.
Unemployment in Britain fell by 5,000 in the three months to April this year according to official figures.
The number of women out of work rose by 7,000 to 1.09 million in the three months to April.
As wages are being slashed and austerity forced upon the poorest, the rich are getting richer.
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
I started working in the voluntary sector in 1994. We were expected to work all hours.
Unions are more diverse than we are often told. Firstly black workers are more likely to be in unions than white.
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’
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.
David Cameron says he is cracking down on tax avoidance, but Dave Sewell shows the cosy relationship between the government and the corporations
The government claims that its benefits changes will help those out of work. But Annette Mackin looks at how the cuts hurt both workers and claimants
Dave Sewell looks at the Tory government’s plan to privatise Royal Mail and explains why it is a money-making gimmick that offers no benefits
The postal service will be ruined if the sale goes ahead. We’ll see the end of universal service. Prices will go up, but it’s also the quality of service.
TNT is trialling a delivery service in west London. It delivers twice a week instead of once a day.
New statistics have been heralded as showing that crime is not linked to poverty. Annette Mackin looks beyond the hype to a bitterly divided society
Newspapers have claimed that Britain is at its most peaceful in years.
The fall in crime figures does not mean there’s an improved sense of wellbeing in Britain.
In the last year 87 Scotland Yard police officers accused of sexual assault, racism and theft were allowed to resign before their case was completed.
The connection between crime and immigration is “close to zero and insignificant” research has found.