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Reject Centrica blackmail on jobs and pay cuts

21 July 2020
Centrica, The owner of British Gas, will tell thousands of workers to accept new conditions, including no extra overtime pay, or risk losing their jobs.

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.

Savage jobs massacre as bosses grab Tory bailouts

14 July 2020
More than 60,000 ­workers were sacked or put at risk of redundancy last week. Some industry experts predict that as many as 250,000 people could be made redundant.

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 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.

Tories plan to use the whip of hardship to force people back to work

09 May 2020
Workers fear unemployment and poverty if the Tories slash the Job Retention Scheme

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

22 August 2017
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

11 July 2017
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

04 April 2017
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

01 November 2016
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

13 September 2016
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

16 August 2016
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. 

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.

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

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.

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