Sky-high ticket prices. Overcrowded trains. Bumper profits for private firms. Massive bonuses for bosses. The reality of Britain’s privatised railways was brought to everyone’s attention last week as another year of above inflation fare increases sparked protests at 40 stations.
The coalition has a hidden crisis. The membership of both its parties is in freefall. The Liberal Democrats have lost a quarter of their members in just one year.
Workers are poorer today than they were a decade ago. That’s the shocking finding from an Office for National Statistics (ONS) report last week.
Even before the recession less money was going to workers. Britain’s gross domestic product (GDP), the total economic output of the country, rose by 11 percent between 2003 and 2008.
Several thousand farmers have staged demonstrations outside dairies in Britain. They have blockaded entrances with machinery and poured milk down drains. But why?
Right wingers were drooling last week after the publication of a government report on "troubled families". They jumped at the chance to characterise poor people as benefit-scrounging, drug-addled criminals who have loads of children just to abuse and neglect them.
The human rights group B’Tselem reveals the horrific reality of daily life for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in its annual report for 2011.
There’s one industry that’s booming despite the recession—recycling. Waste management firm Veolia reported a 6.7 percent rise in the revenue from its UK waste business to £1.38 billion in 2011.
It can seem like common sense that migrant workers would cause wages to fall. After all, if they’re willing to do the same work for a lower wage, surely there will be downward pressure on pay?
"I work in a factory of 500, almost all of them migrant workers like myself. When I started there were only about 30 or 40 people in the union, and no union recognition.
Avoiding tax isn’t just for comedians and ageing boy bands—it is the way British capitalism operates.
Four out of the eight accident and emergency (A&E) departments in north west London could close within 12 months.
Supporters of closures often argue that many patients currently going to A&E could be treated better elsewhere.
McKinsey, a US‑based consultancy firm, has picked up NHS contracts worth £5 million in north west London. it is also providing advice on cuts and closures there.
Local government workers who have been battling to save their pensions are being offered a deal that means massive cuts.
Supporters of the deal claim that career average pensions can be better. But the only way to make that claim is to be very pessimistic about pay.
The nuclear industry is to be subsidised via our electricity bills, at an expense of up to £200 a year for the average household.
It is more than 15 months since the meltdown of four nuclear reactors in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.
Childcare services are a necessity for millions of parents in Britain. Without childcare they could not go to work.
How does childcare in Britain compare to that in the rest of Europe? The Tories claim to be following the example of the Netherlands, which uses a network of "host agencies" to run its childcare system.