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13 January 2021

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Ryan Aldred: Why I'm standing for the Usdaw union executive council

Ryan Aldred, left, campaigning against Debenhams job losses and store closures

Ryan Aldred, left, campaigning against Debenhams job losses and store closures   (Click to enlarge)

With Covid decimating the retail sector, it is vital that Usdaw takes a lead in organising retail and distribution workers in supermarkets, high street chains and smaller, independent businesses.

Workers shouldn't pay for this crisis, every job must be defended.

We need an end to zero and low-hours contracts, except where members specifically opt in.

Supermarket and distribution staff have worked through three lockdowns to ensure that everyone in Britain has access to food. Retail and distribution workers should be rewarded with wages that reflect their status as key workers.

This is why we need 12 an hour as a minimum wage with hazard pay for workers putting themselves at risk to continue to deliver what has been recognised as a vital service.

We shouldn't shy away from taking industrial action up to and including strike action if supermarket bosses refuse to give up their bumper profits.

We need to challenge companies like Sainsbury's which can afford to pay out massive dividends to shareholders while simultaneously putting thousands of jobs at risk.

With each subsequent lockdown we have seen many names disappearing from the high street for good. We need a leadership prepared to roll out a retail industrial strategy calling for public ownership to save the hundreds of thousands of jobs currently at risk, whether it be Debenhams, the Arcadia Group or any of those on the growing list of retailers who have fallen into administration.

If elected, I would take such a strategy to the Usdaw executive council to ensure that key supermarket workers and non-essential retail and distribution workers alike are protected. A vote for me is a vote for a fighting, democratic leadership.

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In The Socialist 13 January 2021:


News

Our health and livelihoods before their profits

Londoners suffer and Khan piles on pressure

Bosses earn workers' annual wage in three days


NHS

NHS Emergency - Fight for a fully funded, publicly owned, socialist NHS

Dispatches from the front - health workers speak out

NHS pandemic warnings ignored - renationalise our NHS


Schools

Schools: Act together to oppose unsafe numbers and rising workload


Economy

Global capitalism at most dangerous conjuncture since the 1930s


Vaccines

Fully resource the vaccination programme now

Covid vaccine nationalism threatens pandemic response


International news

How should socialists respond to the 6 January attacks on Capitol Hill?


Retail

Lockdown 3.0 - fight to make our shops safe!

Ryan Aldred: Why I'm standing for Usdaw's EC


Workplace news

Unison get sec election shows left can win NEC

Royal mail management forced to make concessions

British Gas workers strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

Get stuck in to build a fighting, democratic PCS union


Youth and students

Refund student rent and fees - fight for free education and make the 1% pay

Exams scrapped again - young people need a future with jobs and free education


Campaigns and party news

Help us fund the fight for Socialism

TUSC to hold local elections conference in February


Review

Book Review: Humankind - Dispelling the myth that humans are too selfish for socialism


 

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Related links:

Usdaw:

triangleLockdown 3.0 - fight to make our shops safe!

triangleHigh street jobs, safety and pay: We have to fight

triangleDon't let the festive season be one of misery for retail workers

triangleSainsbury's and Argos: Closures, cuts and soaring sales

triangleUsdaw needs a fighting leadership

Union:

triangleGet stuck in to build a fighting, democratic PCS union

triangleRoyal mail management forced to make concessions

triangleUnison get sec election shows left can win NEC

Council:

triangleNottingham City Council: Major battles against cuts ahead

triangleWelsh trades councils rally against the pay-freeze

triangleSouth London council workers vote to strike

Workers:

triangleNHS Emergency - Fight for a fully funded, publicly owned, socialist NHS

triangleBritish Gas workers strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

Retail:

triangleArcadia and Debenhams closures: Nationalise to save jobs and pensions

Pay:

triangleBosses earn workers' annual wage in three days

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