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Tory job search site to be scrapped

18 March 2014
The Tories could be forced to scrap their job search website Universal Jobmatch.

The real impact of Tory benefit sanctions

11 February 2014
The government’s attacks on benefits include cutting off people’s money often for the pettiest of reasons. Dave Sewell looks at the reality of sanctions

News in brief

03 December 2013
Theresa May makes man stateless - again | Police failed to protect victim of vigilantes | Man guilty of Grimsby mosque bomb | Back to work scheme fails

Osborne's rotten recovery

10 September 2013
This week Tory chancellor George Osborne proclaimed the British economy is in "recovery". However, the grim reality for many in Tory Britain is unemployment, low pay, pensioner poverty, and an ever?growing class divide.

Improving unemployment figures mask bosses’ new ways of eroding our workplace rights

20 August 2013
A drop in official unemployment figures can’t be allowed to mask the fact that the recession has allowed bosses to expand ways of exploiting new workers.

George Osborne’s petty welfare attacks mean more misery for claimants

02 July 2013
Tory chancellor's latest round of benefit cuts attacks the poorest in society, writes Simon Basketter

Workers see record wage drop as bosses get richer

18 June 2013
The Tories say falling unemployment shows that the crisis isn’t so bad. But unprecedented attacks on pay tell a different story, writes Annette Mackin

Hidden attack in new Universal Credit

11 June 2013
The new Universal Credit benefit could include a mechanism for landlords to chase up rent arrears.

Judges rule disability tests disadvantage people with mental health problems

28 May 2013
Judges have ruled that disability benefit tests disadvantage people with mental heath problems. 

How Tory benefit lies create a job centre crisis

21 May 2013
The government claims that its benefits changes will help those out of work. But Annette Mackin looks at how the cuts hurt both workers and claimants

Forced to spend 35 hours a week looking for fantasy jobs

21 May 2013
People seeking work are being made to search for jobs for 35 hours a week—on pain of losing their benefits. 

Young people offered no hope as recession continues

14 May 2013
People aged 18-24 are now more likely to be unemployed than they were before the recession, according to analysis by the TUC. 

Ministers lie about jobless families

09 April 2013
Tory ministers refer to places in which “three generations of the same family have never worked”. But there’s little proof that such families exist.

Labour defends the Tories from benefits backlash

28 March 2013
Last week could have been a disaster for the government’s workfare programme. It sends unemployed people to toil for free – and takes away their benefits if they refuse.

Spain protests at unemployment

21 March 2013
Over 60 demonstrations against austerity and for political reform took place across Spain on Sunday of last week.

Black people suffer worst from unemployment, figures show

16 July 2012
New figures released by the House of Commons library show how rising unemployment has hit ethnic minorities harder than the population in general.

Protest after man sets himself alight outside Birmingham job centre

01 July 2012
Around 50 people came to a protest outside Selly Oak job centre in Birmingham yesterday, Saturday, at just a day’s notice after a desperate man set himself on fire there.

A4e accused in fraud scandal

29 May 2012
A4e, the workfare company, stands accused of being involved in a vast fraud scandal.

Patronising Sun jobs fair offers army recruitment

29 May 2012
More than 92,000 jobs were "up for grabs" at the Sun’s "Sunemployment" roadshow—or so the newspaper claimed.

Is there a new class of worker?

03 April 2012
The previous columns in this series looked at how the ruling class tries to weaken the working class by dividing it. It sets employed workers against unemployed, and those who claim benefits against those who do not.

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