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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

What is so special about going on strike?

27 August 2019
Sadie Robinson looks at what is distinctive about workers striking and why it is an especially powerful form of resistance.

GMB backs off from DPD couriers strike

27 November 2018
Delivery firm DPD has used legal threats to push the GMB union away from a strike

Workers face ‘growing epidemic’ of stress at work, says TUC

31 October 2018
Excessive workloads and bullying in “toxic” workplaces are part of the problem.

Precarious workers march to bring rights back from dead

30 October 2018
Hundreds of workers and their supporters marched through London

How a general strike in the Isle of Man shook the British state in 1918

10 July 2018
The 1918 Isle of Man general strike showed the power of organised workers, says John Callow

Rise in work-related deaths fuelled by deregulation and bogus self-employment

05 July 2018
Going to work should not be a death sentence. But for an increasing number of people it is.

Truckers in Brazil show the power of workers after strikes humiliate Temer

05 June 2018
A truck drivers’ strike in Brazil has shown how repressive governments can be humbled.

What’s the answer to grim strike stats?

05 June 2018
The strike figures for 2017, released last week, make depressing reading.

Bosses welcome Tories' report into employment rights

07 February 2018
A review that was supposed to improve workers’ rights has instead given approval to insecurity. One union leader said “It’s no good. It won’t work and it isn’t a plan.

Fight the Tories to win workers’ rights

05 February 2018
A new battle over zero hours contracts and other work practices is set to take off  

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