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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.

Medway TUC organises action to support suspended bin workers

Medway TUC organises action to support suspended bin workers Medway trades union council organised a drive-by this week to show solidarity with eight suspended bin workers.

Day of action called for no return to unsafe workplaces

Day of action called for no return to unsafe workplaces On 7 May the government will have to decide its next phase of lockdown plans

Workers thrown on the scrapheap at Taco Bell store

Workers thrown on the scrapheap at Taco Bell store A millionaire fast food boss sacked all his workers at a site in Great Yarmouth just as the lockdown began

Union leaders’ inaction flows from drive to compromise

02 May 2020
In a crisis that puts workers’ lives at great risk, union leaders must step up the fight. Tomáš Tengely-Evans explains why most have failed to do so

Letters : We made silence political 

01 May 2020
In Oxfordshire we wanted to make sure that last week’s Workers’ Memorial Day action to remember health and care staff was more than a silent protest.

Who will pay for the crisis now?

25 April 2020
A global pandemic has exposed just how fragile the world economy already was. Tomáš Tengely-Evans examines why capitalism constantly creates economic crises

Letters - Remember the dead but keep up fight for the living

24 April 2020
In the midst of a global  pandemic it is easy to forget about other health hazards. But asbestos is still the number one occupational killer in Britain with over 5,000 deaths per year.

Post workers strike in Suffolk over coronavirus safety fears

21 April 2020
Postal workers in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, walked out briefly on Friday of last week over coronavirus health and safety fears.

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.

Health unions’ call for minute’s silence should be used to mobilise against Tories

20 April 2020
Unison, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives have organised a national minute’s silence for 11am on Tuesday 28 April.

Argos workers angry at being seen as ‘collateral damage’

09 April 2020
Argos warehouse workers are being “put in danger” to keep profits rolling in during coronavirus crisis. 

‘Business as usual’ is killing workers

07 April 2020
Ministers say that a “small minority of people” are putting our lives at risk. That’s true—they sit in the Tory cabinet, on the boards of corporations, and are at the top of society.

Uncertainty for workers as Debenhams unable to pay debts

06 April 2020
 More than 20,000 workers at Debenhams fear for their jobs after the company began its third insolvency process in a year on Monday.

Coronavirus crisis - put workers in charge and end the chaos of capitalism

05 April 2020
Our ‘betters’ have now realised that workers matter. So could workers run society without bosses?

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.

1974 Labour government shows voting left isn't enough

26 November 2019
Jeremy Corbyn’s radical manifesto isn’t the first time that Labour has pledged to take on the rich. Charlie Kimber looks at how this played out for the 1974 government

How far do Labour’s plans for workers go?

13 September 2019
The Labour Party has unveiled ‘radical measures’ under a new Ministry of Employment Rights. Tomáš Tengely-Evans casts a critical eye over the plans

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