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Pay cuts and precarious contracts fuel college strikes

Pay cuts and precarious contracts fuel college strikes One picket said simply, “I’ve worked here on a zero hours contract for ten years.”

Fight the Tories to win workers’ rights

Fight the Tories to win workers’ rights A new battle over zero hours contracts and other work practices is set to take off  

Bosses owed workers staggering £1.7 million after avoiding minimum wage

Bosses owed workers staggering £1.7 million after avoiding minimum wage Sports Direct has been “named and shamed” as one of the 260 bosses who failed to pay workers the national minimum wage.  

McDonald’s workers to ballot for strikes to demand £10 an hour and a union

McDonald’s workers to ballot for strikes to demand £10 an hour and a union Workers at two McDonald’s restaurants in Cambridge and Crayford, south London, are preparing to ballot for strikes

‘Worker status’ is not good enough

‘Worker status’ is not good enough The Taylor Review was brought about by challenges by workers in bogus self-employment. But there’s a danger that the result will serve the bosses.

Exploitation is just the job in a bosses’ recovery of low pay and zero hours

Exploitation is just the job in a bosses’ recovery of low pay and zero hours More people may be in work but full-time positions are getting harder to find. Behind the figures, Alistair Farrow finds that bosses are making employment work for them—not us

KFC’s finger lickin’ zero hours lies exposed

26 July 2016
Fast food giant KFC claims it doesn’t use zero hours contracts in Britain. Alistair Farrow takes apart the spin

Beyond Caring - ‘To the boss, a cleaner is no more than a sturdy broom’

14 June 2016
Actor Janet Etuk and director Alexander Zeldin spoke to Alistair Farrow about Beyond Caring, a new play about life on zero hour contracts.

University strikers take on zero hours and low pay in Winchester

10 June 2016
Workers at the University of Winchester are on strike today, Friday. The UCU union members are fighting a measly 1.1 percent pay offer—and want equal pay for women and an end to casualised contracts too.

Striking lecturers fight casualisation and demand fair pay

26 May 2016
UCU union members in higher education are highlighting casualisation on the second day of a two-day strike today, Thursday.

Strikes and protests make an Unhappy meal for fast food fat cats

19 April 2016
Campaigners from the Fast Food Rights campaign and the Bfawu union took action across Britain last Thursday. They targeted McDonald’s in solidarity with striking McDonald’s workers in the US.

Spirit of US fast food strike movement comes to London protest at McDonald's (inc. video)

14 January 2016
McDonald’s workers from the US brought the spirit of their fight for $15 an hour to Britain yesterday, Wednesday, with a noisy protest in central London.

Amazon Unwrapped

15 December 2015
Simon Basketter looks behind the spin of the giant online retailer to examine how it expands by exploiting workers—and what really drives it

Bosses squeeze us for every last penny, low pay report shows

21 July 2015
Unpaid overtime, zero hours, no time to eat or for breaks at work— Nick Clark looks at a new report exposing what the Tory claims of economic recovery mean for low paid workers

TUSC shows there is an alternative to voting for cuts

05 May 2015
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) parliamentary candidates have stood in seats across the country for Thursday’s general election.

How workers are fighting back against low pay and zero hours

21 April 2015
Low paid workers are unable to make ends meet as bosses cut their hours and attack their conditions

Day of action demands fast food workers’ rights

14 April 2015
Activists in the Fast Food Rights Campaign were gearing up for a day of action set to take place on Wednesday of this week.

Hundreds march in support of London LSE student occupation

20 March 2015
Up to 300 people marched through the campus of London School of Economics (LSE) yesterday, Thursday, in support of a student occupation there.

News in brief

26 August 2014
Hillsborough—‘not disorderly’ | Councils cut youth spending | Migrants in lorry detained | New rules on zero hours

Zero hours dock battle won after indefinite strike at Tilbury

05 August 2014
Tilbury Dockers have returned to work after winning the battle against employer SCA Logistics’ attempts to impose zero hours contracts. 

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