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Year one—workers’ lives in the age of Covid

21 March 2021
It’s been a year since Boris Johnson told Britain to “stay at home” on 23 March 2020. Sophie Squire and Sam Ord look at how that year has played out for workers—and how we have not been ‘all in it together’

What’s behind the surge in ‘fire and rehire’ attacks?

16 March 2021
Fire and rehire is a weapon bosses are using to attack workers. Sophie Squire looks at why it’s being used

LETTERS—Smash the capitalist system that causes women’s oppression

13 March 2021
I was not shocked to discover that recent research has found almost all young women in Britain have experienced sexual harassment.

Workers say latest plans are a ‘one way road to an early death’

09 March 2021
Education unions have rightly said the Tories’ “big bang” reopening of schools in England is reckless.

The Troublemaker—For Boris Johnson, charity definitely begins at home

09 March 2021
Boris Johnson hopes to set up a charity to pay to refurbish his flat. Johnson apparently wants multimillionaire Tory peer Lord Brownlow to run it.

UEL strike off for talks + UCL + DVLA + Deliveroo + Safety in courts

09 March 2021
Workers at the University of East London were set to strike on Wednesday of this week, but the action was postponed

Strikes set for naval bases on the Clyde

08 March 2021
Workers were set to strike at the Coulport and Faslane naval bases on the Clyde from Friday this week.

Union leaders’ compromises leave workers behind

28 February 2021
Organised workers have the power to tackle the bosses. Nick Clark explains why union leaders often fear strikes.

Private firm puts patients and workers at virus risk

23 February 2021
The scandal of private contracts in the NHS has focused this week on health secretary Matt Hancock’s dodgy dealings during the pandemic.

Court rules Uber drivers are workers not self-employed

23 February 2021
The Supreme Court has ruled that drivers for taxi ¬company Uber are now classed as workers.

Tories refuse to ‘follow science’ as they push for lockdown end

15 February 2021
Boris Johnson has made a show of pretending to ‘face down’ Tory MPs demanding an end to all restrictions by April. But he is pushing for his own timetable—regardless of virus levels

Investigation aims to label the left and protest movements ‘extremist’

08 February 2021
The government has chosen a former Labour MP turned Lord to lead an investigation into “extremism on the far left”.

LETTERS - Individual acts over safety can become collective resistance

07 February 2021
Thanks for printing my letter on the NEU union’s groundbreaking advice to teachers to use Section 44 of the 1996 Employment Rights Act to refuse to work because of Covid-19 (Letters, 27 January).

Staff could strike over coronavirus safety at Swansea DVLA

02 February 2021
Workers at a dangerously overcrowded government workplace in Swansea have said they are ready to strike over safety.

Letters—Bosses ignoring our safety to keep shipyard open

30 January 2021
I work in a shipyard and we’ve been open throughout the Covid-19 lockdown. 

Letters—Tory MP should pay for his wealth having slavery roots

24 January 2021
Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, is the richest parliamentarian in Britain.

Parents denied furlough payments by the bosses

18 January 2021
A majority of parents who have asked for furlough to take care of their children while schools are shut have been refused by bosses.

Thousands of workers forced back to unsafe workplaces

18 January 2021
Thousands of workers across England have felt pressured to return to workplaces, despite government advice to work from home.

‘Our action is a real step forward,’ say French health workers ahead of strikes

18 January 2021
Health unions and patient groups were set for a day of strikes and protests across France on Thursday this week.

Workers hold the power

08 January 2021
Those at the top of society tell workers that they have no power. Sadie Robinson looks at recent school stoppages and says that workers can halt the assaults on ordinary people

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