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Soaring numbers are out of work - we need resistance to the jobs slaughter

16 July 2020
The number of people out of work in Britain has soared by nearly 650,000, according to new figures. The figure does not include the estimated 9.4 million jobs that have been furloughed on the government’s “job retention” scheme.

Billions for bosses—job losses for us

11 July 2020
Vast bailouts are being gifted to the bosses to boost the economy. But this won’t stop businesses from cutting jobs and the wages of workers

Out of work and out of money - how lives are being torn apart by profit system

22 June 2020
Workers are being pushed to make big sacrifices during the lockdown—but things could get much worse as unemployment bites. Tomáš Tengely-Evans spoke to some of those affected, and argues that the crisis shows why we need a different system

Workers bring more than just numbers to protests

05 June 2020
Organised workers make up a unique group with the power to paralyse the system, says Sarah Bates

Workers rush into trade unions to fight profit-hungry bosses

28 May 2020
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

13 May 2020
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

12 May 2020
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

06 May 2020
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

03 May 2020
On 7 May the government will have to decide its next phase of lockdown plans

Workers thrown on the scrapheap at Taco Bell store

03 May 2020
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.

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