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Serco reveals huge profits despite test and trace failures

25 February 2021
Serco, probably Britain’s most hated firm, has been coining it in during the pandemic. In fact, it’s made so much money that it now plans a handout to shareholders.

The Tories put lives at risk to boost economy

23 February 2021
At least 30,000 more people will have died from Covid-19 because of the end of lockdown measures—and that’s if everything goes better than expected.

LETTERS—India’s vaccine rollout driven by power politics, not need

23 February 2021
The Serum Institute of India is the world’s largest producer of vaccines, with the ability to produce 1.5 billion doses per year.

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.

Battle is on to stop unsafe schools return on 8 March

22 February 2021
Boris Johnson’s plan to fully reopen all schools in England on 8 March will put many more lives at risk.

Unions must fight for pay as inflation threat looms

19 February 2021
Working class people’s living standards could take a further hit with warnings that inflation could rise above 2 percent.

Workers and trade unionists demand no unsafe return to schools

18 February 2021
A meeting heard calls to organise in every school to make sure people know their rights and know how to use them effectively

Public system boosts jabs

16 February 2021
Boris Johnson called the delivery of 15 million vaccines since December an “extraordinary feat”.It is an achievement—but it’s not his.

Scrapping Universal Credit £20 uplift will be ‘huge blow’

15 February 2021
The fight is on to force the Tories to keep the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit (UC).

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

DVLA moves to a ballot over coronavirus safety

15 February 2021
Workers at a dangerously overcrowded government office in Swansea were set to ballot for strikes from Thursday of this week.

Now unions must step up fight for NHS pay rise

15 February 2021
How long will NHS ­workers have to wait for their long ­overdue pay rise?

LETTERS—Give black people ownership of coronavirus vaccinations

14 February 2021
Take up of the coronavirus vaccine has been much higher than expected. A quarter of the British adult population is now vaccinated.

Overseas university students starved by racist rules during coronavirus pandemic

14 February 2021
International students were encouraged to come to Britain despite the pandemic, so universities could make money from them. Now lockdowns, job cuts and a lack of support have left many struggling to survive, reports Sophie Squire

‘The Tories don’t care about our children’s safety’

12 February 2021
Ruthba goes to work every day in a sector that’s “filled with fear” and where “stress levels are through the roof”.

Care home workers were forced to ‘make their own’ safety kit

12 February 2021
Care home workers were left without personal protective equipment (PPE) early in the pandemic, MPs have said.

Tory failures worsen women’s lives

10 February 2021
A report published by the Women and Equalities Committee has warned the Tories are “turning the clock back” on gender equality.

Border curbs and Covid—don’t let the racists divide us

09 February 2021
Boris Johnson bragged last week that, in terms of Covid-19 border controls, Britain has “one of the toughest regimes in the world”.

‘We held system together,’ says sacked Test and Trace worker

08 February 2021
A private firm has fired hundreds of NHS Test and Trace workers despite warnings that the system should remain a vital part of controlling Covid-19.

It’s time to use Section 44 at the DVLA in Swansea

08 February 2021
Hundreds of workers in a dangerously overcrowded government workplace in Swansea met last week after threatening to strike.

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