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Infection rate soars, but number could be much higher

25 August 2020
In a dangerous new sign of spreading infection, the numbers of people testing positive for the coronavirus in hospitals rose by more than a third last week.

£563,000 to consultants for six weeks work on ‘narrative’

25 August 2020
Consultants McKinsey was paid more than half a million pounds by the British government for “six weeks of work” to decide the “vision, purpose and narrative” of a new public health authority in England.

Bosses axe thousands more jobs

24 August 2020
The jobs massacre continues across Britain, as does an almost total lack of response from union leaders.

Tories plough ahead with unsafe return to schools

24 August 2020
Boris Johnson this week reiterated his drive to get all children in England back to school full time next month. Yet the Tories are refusing to put in place measures to make schools safer, such as smaller class sizes to enable social distancing.

Crash on the streets—how cruel Tory plans will fuel homeless crisis

23 August 2020
Sackings and benefits sanctions have left ever more people struggling to pay their rent. The Tories’ plan to end a ban on evictions in September—meaning thousands could be thrown out

California wildfires show need for climate action

21 August 2020
Wildfires have caused devastation across northern California with a state of emergency declared across the US state.

Workplace outbreaks underline continued risk posed by Covid-19

18 August 2020
The government has not conquered coronavirus, and its failed policies are increasing the risk of a deadly second wave.

How super-rich buy their way out of the coronavirus crisis

18 August 2020
The super-rich are ­buying citizenship in countries with lower coronavirus rates in order to protect their health.

Workers face a jobs massacre - and the worst is still ahead

18 August 2020
Britain is heading for unemployment levels “not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s”, a think tank has warned. It comes after the economy officially entered a recession.

Letters—The Met fails again over the Stephen Lawrence murder

18 August 2020
 

Tories fiddle figures to hide truth about virus death toll

17 August 2020
The government’s estimate of the number of people in England who have died from coronavirus was last week reduced by more than 5,000—leading to a wave of suspicion that it was an attempt to manipulate the figures.

Is it inevitable there will be a rise in unemployment?

16 August 2020
Job losses aren’t just about coronavirus. Sarah Bates says we need to fight for jobs and against a system that destroys them

Futures ruined by Tories’ rigged results

14 August 2020
Class is trashing the lives of hundreds of thousands of students. The ­downgrading of swathes of A-Level students’ grades in England and Wales has exposed how the system operates to keep working class people in check. 

Production continues as 300 workers test positive for Covid-19 at sandwich plant

14 August 2020
Overpriced, pre-packaged sandwiches shouldn’t be a matter of life and death, but for Greencore factory workers that could be the case.

Take to streets against Tory exams injustice

13 August 2020
The downgrading of student A-Level results across England and Wales is a disgraceful attack that has to be resisted.

Poorest show ‘early signs’ of malnutrition in coronavirus crisis

13 August 2020
Poor people are in a food crisis—with many showing “early signs” of malnutrition.

Debenhams workers speak out after ‘heartbreaking’ redundancies’

11 August 2020
Around 2,500 Debenhams workers were cruelly sacked by profiteering bosses on Tuesday, as the retail giant announced massive cuts in the department stores and warehouses. 

End an unfair exam system

11 August 2020
Class, not ability, determines what grades you get in school— and the exams fiasco in Scotland made that explicit.  

All-female health staff group stages a two-day strike across India

11 August 2020
Hundreds of thousands of workers held a two-day walkout last week as confirmed coronavirus cases in India passed two million

Face masks that didn’t fit, the tax haven, and who profited

11 August 2020
Fifty million face masks purchased by the government from a private equity investment company can’t be used by the NHS because they failed to meet basic safety requirements.

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