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Rent strikes spread after student win at Manchester university

01 December 2020
Students at the University of Manchester (UoM) have won a 30 percent cut in rents for this term after months of protest.

Arcadia crash threatens thousands of jobs  

30 November 2020
Major retailer Arcadia, which owns Topshop, Burton, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins collapsed on Monday.

Handling of virus will mean millions more in poverty

30 November 2020
The economic crisis, exacerbated by the Tories’ mishandling of the pandemic, has plunged people into poverty.

Can workers stop job cuts when the system’s in crisis?

30 November 2020
Bosses claim they ‘can’t afford’ to keep people on because of the crisis. There’s money—but it will take a fight to take it off the rich, writes Sadie Robinson

Letters—Free period products provision in Scotland is a win for women

27 November 2020
This week in Scotland marked a victory for grassroots campaigners who have fought a long battle for free and fair access to menstrual items.

Sunak savages workers as Tories signal new austerity assaults

25 November 2020
Although it is just the beginning, it is a clear signal that the Tories want working class people to bail out a system in crisis.

Fight Rishi Sunak’s pay attack on workers in public sector

24 November 2020
Tory chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to announce a fresh public sector pay cap this week as part of new budget plans.

Public vs private sector pay—don’t let them divide us 

24 November 2020
Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spending review on Wednesday was set to assault every sector of workers. Leaks suggested he would not only curb pay for millions of public sector workers but also attack some of the lowest paid.

Tory plans won’t bring festive cheer

24 November 2020
The Tories are driving ordinary people to risk their lives so bosses can keep chasing profits. Boris Johnson has unveiled the new tier system set to be in place when England exits national lockdown next week. 

The drug lords’ pandemic profit

21 November 2020
How did public funds meant to help us find a vaccine for coronavirus end up in the pockets of some of the richest corporations on the planet? And, why will billions of people still be without hope even when a vaccine emerges?

‘They are putting profit first’—residents in Hull speak out as virus cases soar

20 November 2020
Hull has become the worst-hit city by coronavirus in Britain. The week to 13 November saw 761 confirmed cases per 100,000 people. The second highest-hit place was Hartlepool, with 597.

How government cronies were gifted a fast track to PPE profits

19 November 2020
An official investigation has found that firms with political connections were ten times more likely to win contracts.

Tories’ virus failures cost lives for profit

17 November 2020
It’s been a year since what is believed to have been the first coronavirus infection in Wuhan, China, on 17 November 2019. Now there are finally real hopes for a vaccine.

Students speak out—‘We will not back down’

17 November 2020
In Bristol a rent strike by 1,400 students has forced the university to make some concessions including the promise that activists won’t be disciplined.

Students build resistance to bullying universities

17 November 2020
Students are using rent strikes, occupations and protests to take on appalling treatment by their universities. 

A fine scapegoat for many Tory failures

16 November 2020
Dominic Cummings’ stagey departure from 10 Downing St, like a pantomime Demon King, was one of the few happy moments in a terrible year. But what does it really mean? 

Tories cannot be trusted with Covid-19 vaccines

16 November 2020
The government’s repeated Covid-19 failures ¬undermine efforts to contain it—and mean we should not trust the Tories with the hopes for a new vaccine.

Rich rats deserting sinking yachts for sealed bunkers

16 November 2020
Not content with hiding away on private islands, the super-rich are now buying exclusive services to rescue them from pandemics, protests and climate catastrophes.

Manchester students continue occupation against university's pandemic treatment

15 November 2020
Students at the University of Manchester have continued their occupation of Owen Park tower in protest of their university's dangerous policies during the pandemic.

Manchester university students occupy over contemptuous coronavirus treatment

12 November 2020
A group of students at the University of Manchester went into occupation on Thursday. They are protesting at their university's treatment of students and staff during the pandemic.

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