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Push for a nationwide strike at the DWP to stop job losses and jobcentre closures

Push for a nationwide strike at the DWP to stop job losses and jobcentre closures More than 800 public sector workers are to be made redundant in the next six months, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced last week.

Anger over jobcentre cuts

Anger over jobcentre cuts Benefits campaigners and trade unionists are demanding action to stop the closure of nearly one in ten jobcentres.

Protesters condemn cruel regime of benefit sanctions

Protesters condemn cruel regime of benefit sanctions Benefit sanctions rob money from people who are already in poverty, leaving them with nothing. But there is resistance.

‘Red Ellen’ Wilkinson - How a radical campaigner was limited by Labour

‘Red Ellen’ Wilkinson - How a radical campaigner was limited by Labour A new biography of MP and campaigner Ellen Wilkinson documents her fight for radical change—and how a commitment to parliament scuppered it, writes Nick Clark

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

The real cost of the Tories’ war on welfare reveals the truth behind it

The real cost of the Tories’ war on welfare reveals the truth behind it David Cameron and his crusading work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith made a mission of “reforming” benefits.

Tories retreat on hated benefit schemes

05 April 2016
Private firms paid billions to hound disabled and unemployed people could lose their contracts.

Unfair and unworkable, Iain Duncan Smith's 'flagship' is full of holes

03 February 2016
Universal Credit will make working families poorer and is mired in worse delays than ever, two new reports reveal.

There’s nothing inevitable in this autumn of layoffs

10 November 2015
Unions are treating mass job losses like a done deal. Instead they should learn from last time, argues Simon Basketter

Steel workers to march as more jobs are slashed

03 November 2015
Metals company Caparo Industries announced 452 job cuts on Friday of last week, after going into administration last month. 

Melted down for profit - the real reasons for the crisis in steel

27 October 2015
As thousands of steel workers face the sack, Tomáš Tengely-Evans argues that we should blame the real culprits and fight back

Steel workers in ‘fight for their lives’ over Tata cuts

27 October 2015
Furious steel workers are calling for support in their fight against closures and job losses.

The fight for steel last time

27 October 2015
In 1980 steel bosses announced a series of closures and job cuts to gut the industry. It was the newly elected Tory government’s first major confrontation with organised workers.

Steel worker speaks out - 'Save jobs, fight back'

20 October 2015
The steel industry and the communities built on it are on the brink—and without a real fight we risk going under completely.

Workers have the power to stop the steel jobs massacre

20 October 2015
Proposed cuts by Tata Steel and news that Caparo Industries have gone into administration has put 2,900 steel jobs at risk.

Now the Tories want boot camps for the unemployed

18 August 2015
Tory minister Matthew Hancock has ramped up the assault on welfare with plans to force young unemployed people into “boot camps”. 

News round-up

16 June 2015
Police and child abuse; Belfast equal marriage march; over 3 million are underemployed

News in brief

18 November 2014
Only 62 percent of jobs full time | Charity probes target Muslims | Council passes boycott motion

New attacks lie behind Tory talk of protecting 'the family'

19 August 2014
The government’s aim to look at how policy affects the family is pure hypocrisy, writes Sadie Robinson

Fury as Miliband bans jobless young people from benefits

19 June 2014
Labour activists are reacting with fury at Ed Miliband’s plans to ban jobless young people from claiming benefits.

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