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Workers bring more than just numbers to protests

Workers bring more than just numbers to protests Organised workers make up a unique group with the power to paralyse the system, says Sarah Bates

Workers rush into trade unions to fight profit-hungry bosses

Workers rush into trade unions to fight profit-hungry bosses There’s good news—the number of British workers in trade union members rose last year by 91,000 to 6.44 million.

Workers say Rishi Sunak’s furlough scheme changes leave them poor and at risk

Workers say Rishi Sunak’s furlough scheme changes leave them poor and at risk Workers fear they will be made to pay the price after Tory chancellor Rishi Sunak announced changes to the job retention scheme on Tuesday.

The battle is on - we can refuse to work

The battle is on - we can refuse to work It is possible to refuse to go back to work. Teachers in the NEU union have said it clearest. They’ve laid out five tests that have to be met before they can agree it’s safe to open schools.

Roar of resistance at grizzly behaviour by Great Bear Distribution

Roar of resistance at grizzly behaviour by Great Bear Distribution Distribution workers at a Unilever plant in Merseyside are gearing up for strikes after bosses dismissed a union rep.

Inaction makes union leaders complicit

Inaction  makes union leaders complicit The failures of most trade union leaders to mount any resistance to the Tory government’s fatal handling of coronavirus intensifies the danger to workers

Thousands forced back to work in unsafe conditions at government departments

21 April 2020
More than 5,000 people are being made to go into work to operate the government’s payment scheme for laid off workers.

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

02 April 2020
Submissions to a parliamentary committee reveal how the government’s failures are hitting workers

We need action, not dodgy deals, from union leaders over virus

31 March 2020
Action by workers has shown the type of ­resistance that’s possible against bosses who force them to work in unsafe conditions during the coronavirus outbreak.

Trade unions—act, don’t just talk

11 February 2020
Heart Unions Week—the TUC union federation’s annual publicity campaign—this year focuses on challenging sexual harassment at work.

Strikes defy French cops as union leaders seek shoddy deals

04 February 2020
Another day of national strikes and demonstrations was set for Thursday this week in France.

Planned post walkout called off, but battle over bullying isn’t over in Bootle

21 January 2020
Postal workers in Merseyside have called off a planned strike after bosses backed down in a dispute over victimisations.

No to witchhunt of Kirklees Unison reps

14 January 2020
Four Unison union branch officers in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, remain suspended by their own union without knowing the charges against them.

Government manoeuvres on pension age fail to stop protests and strikes in France

14 January 2020
Union members are holding real debates how to take their movement forward, says Charlie Kimber

After CWU loses court appeal over Royal Mail strikes - now start the reballot

03 December 2019
Postal workers were waiting to find out the next steps in the battle to defend their jobs and working conditions, as Socialist Worker went to press on Tuesday.

Tory manifesto set to lay out more attacks on working class

23 November 2019
The Tories are expected to announce on Sunday that they will bring in new laws to outlaw some rail strikes.

Money going to shareholders has gone up six times faster than wages

14 November 2019
Payouts to shareholders in major firms rose over six times faster than wages between 2014 and 2018, says new research.

Outrage after court rules against strike in Royal Mail

13 November 2019
A 97 percent Yes vote on a 76 percent turnout has been pushed aside. The best response would be to walk out anyway.

Why workers are right to strike during the general election campaign

10 November 2019
For at least some days during the election campaign the pictures will be strikers with placards, not politicians behind podiums.

Fury after Royal Mail bosses run to the courts to try and block a post workers’ strike

08 November 2019
Postal workers are fuming after Royal Mail bosses ran to the courts on Friday to try and block a national strike.

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