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Strikes can bust public sector pay cap

Strikes can bust public sector pay cap The Tories are rumoured to be preparing to lift the 1 percent public sector pay cap—at least for some workers.

Trade unions’ Brexit mistake

Trade unions’ Brexit mistake The leader of Britain’s biggest union has praised Labour’s call for Britain to stay in the European single market (see page 3).

Are bosses allowed to ship in agency workers to replace strikers?

Are bosses allowed to ship in agency workers to replace strikers? The issue of bosses using agency workers in an effort to replace strikers has come to the fore in recent disputes.

Wages down, prices up—time to fight the Tories' squeeze on our living standards

Wages down, prices up—time to fight the Tories squeeze on our living standards The Tories and bosses tried to spin new inflation figures released on Tuesday as good news for workers.

Low paid workers would take 316 years to earn the average fat cat's annual salary

Low paid workers would take 316 years to earn the average fat cats annual salary A worker earning the average wage in Britain of £28,000 a year would take 160 years to earn what the average company chief executive earns in one year.

Big care firms grab a subsidy from the Tories while workers get paid peanuts

Big care firms grab a subsidy from the Tories while workers get paid peanuts The Tory government confirmed it will “temporarily suspend” enforcement of minimum wage rules for big care firms last week, following corporate lobbying. And it has potentially handed them a huge subsidy.

United national action can derail Tory assault on train unions and safety

18 July 2017
Workers have announced fresh strikes that will shut down the Southern rail network.

Reports round-up

18 July 2017
Shorts reports from the week including industrial action, refugee solidarity, opposing Ukip and resisting council cuts

The Tory crisis creates an unmissable chance to end the public sector pay cap

11 July 2017
Anger at the public sector pay cap has opened up rifts at the top of the Tory party.

Optimism over Corbyn and a mood to fight the Tories at the Durham Miners’ Gala

08 July 2017
Thousands cheered Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn this afternoon, Saturday, as he encouraged the crowds at the Durham Miners' Gala to campaign to force the Tories out.

Unions will need to fight to beat the pay cap

20 June 2017
Unions representing more than 1.6 million local government workers are demanding a 5 percent pay rise to break the Tory public sector pay cap.

Unions shouldn’t bemoan a lack of strikes—but get organising them

06 June 2017
There were some grim statistics out last week about strikes and unions.

Hope for a Corbyn win is enthusing trade unionists - and can inspire a fightback

30 May 2017
Kicking out the Tories on 8 June could make society better, people across Britain told Socialist Worker

Scottish TUC leader says, ‘Learn from the lecturers and fight back on pay’

24 May 2017
Scottish TUC deputy general secretary Dave Moxham's call to “challenge the public sector pay freeze” comes as 70,000 council workers ballot for strikes over pay

Workers back Jeremy Corbyn’s bid to oust Theresa May's Tories

25 April 2017
The snap general election on 8 June is an opportunity to kick the Tories out in favour of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. And trade unionists are urging a fight to back Corbyn’s campaign.

After seven years of Tory rule—seven reasons to end it

21 April 2017
Tory governments have waged war on ordinary people since 2010, helped until 2015 by their Lib Dem allies. Of the countless reasons to kick them out, Eleanor Claxton-Mayer and Alistair Farrow explain seven of the key ones

Reports round-up

18 April 2017
Includes short reports from the latest strikes in manufacturing, IT services, higher education, local government, plus news from abortion rights, housing and climate change campaigns

Rail strikes over safety aren't stopping

18 April 2017
More coordinated rail strikes to defend the role of the train guard have been announced by the RMT rail union.

'We need to take fight to the Tories', leading Unison union health worker speaks out

13 April 2017
We talk about how terrible the crisis in the NHS and social care is, but it’s significantly worse now than it has ever been.

Public sector pay cap drives workers out of health service—time to fight back

04 April 2017
Millions are worse off after the Tories’ latest ‘slap in the face’ to the people who keep our public services going. Activists told Alistair Farrow it’s time to strike against the pay cap

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