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26 January 2022

Education: Workload and inflation goes up, incomes fall

This term has started just as last term finished: school staff under intolerable pressure from incessant workload and Covid absences

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6 January 2022

Tories' cost of living squeeze - Build workers' fightback


This year is set to inflict more pain on working-class people as rising costs outstrip incomes, meaning real-terms pay cuts. The average pay deal last year was worth just 2%, and a survey of employers found they were only planning 2.5% raises this year.

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24 November 2021

Working class strangled by price rises and pay cuts

Few can ignore the eye-watering cost of living crisis. When even the likes of the Daily Mail are highlighting the effects of the 10-year-high inflation figures, it underlines how bad it is!

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27 October 2021

TORY BUDGET CON

In his budget statement, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an increase in the minimum wage and an end to the public sector pay freeze

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28 August 2019

Merseyside Matalan workers walk out over pay deal

Workers at a Matalan warehouse and distribution centre in Knowsley, Merseyside have taken strike action against a proposed pay deal.

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17 April 2019

Labour looks to Bank of England to stall house prices

400 billion worth of land - about 10% of the land mass - has been privatised since 1979, making it the biggest single privatisation, according to economist Brett Christophers.

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22 August 2018

Bosses' pay up a fifth while workers' pay falls ...

The average worker would take four lifetimes to earn what the average FTSE 100 chief executive makes in one year.

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14 March 2018

Profits up Wages down

After congratulating themselves on nominally bringing the British state's finances out of the red - by plundering working class purses - the Tories sat down to vote on cutting provision of school meals and childcare.

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9 March 2018

Leaked pay deal: fight for a genuine pay rise

NHS workers have reacted angrily to a Guardian headline: "NHS staff offered 6.5% pay rise over three years if they forfeit day's holiday"

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29 November 2017

Amber warning lights flash on British economy

For workers, young people, the disabled and the unemployed, the lost decade since 2007 has been the equivalent of a Mark II Great Depression

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18 October 2017

Balloting members on the pay cap

The civil servants' union PCS is stepping up its pay campaign by holding a consultative ballot

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18 October 2017

Tories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

Public sector workers have scored another victory against the Tories: the NHS pay cap will be scrapped

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9 August 2017

Venezuela: Capitalist offensive sharpens after assembly elections

The escalating civil strife and economic crisis in Venezuela is being used by western governments and the establishment media as a stick to beat socialists with. However, as Marxists in Venezuela explain in the following article, the Maduro state bureaucracy is incapable of mobilising the working class to defeat the capitalist counterrevolution.

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21 June 2017

Inflation: Workers lose out - time for action

If more confirmation was needed about how working class people are being left behind, then look no further than the latest evidence of falling living standards from the Office for National Statistics

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24 May 2017

Work doesn't pay: Tory policies have meant another wages cut

While wages still sit 16 a week below their 2008 pre-recession peak, government figures have shown that the Tories have pushed pay 'growth' back below inflation - meanwhile, Corbyn pledges a higher minimum wage, end to the public sector pay cap, and ban on zero-hour contracts

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30 November 2016

Time to fight low pay

Worst decade for living standards since 1920s: Years of pay freezes, rises in living costs and benefit changes mean family incomes are growing more slowly now than during the immediate post-2008 crash.

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31 August 2016

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us.

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24 August 2016

Pay still below pre-crisis levels

There has been a lost decade for wage growth. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show the income of working households is down 400 a year on pre-2008 levels.

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25 May 2016

Venezuela - on the brink of collapse?

Counter-revolution gaining ground: Venezuela is being battered by a social and economic catastrophe. Reactionary right-wing forces have capitalised on the situation as support for president Maduro's government has crashed.

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