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7 April 2021
On 1 April the minimum wage was increased from £8.71 to £8.91 an hour for those aged 23 and over. For low-paid workers this was welcome news. However, for myself and fellow furloughed workers this wasn't
27 January 2021
Two disputes by low-paid hospital workers in Birmingham and Reading are taking place. Heartlands hospital workers in Birmingham work directly for the NHS, and those at the Royal Berkshire are contracted
9 September 2020
'We're all in it together' chirped Boris Johnson at the start of lockdown - which is presumably why he's considering not uprating the paltry minimum wage next April, because the bosses say they can't afford it
12 May 2020
Rishi Sunak has announced the government's plans for the furlough scheme, which will be extended until October
9 October 2019
More than nine months of action, including three months on indefinite strike, have paid off
19 June 2019
Five million workers in Britain (over one in six) are stuck in low-paid and insecure work, writes Ruth Byrne, catering worker.
5 June 2019
That's how many young adults will have felt when, sat in their bedsits, back living in childhood bedrooms, or sitting in their single rented room in a shared house, they read that actually they are benefiting from better pay according to the Resolution Foundation.
17 April 2019
Refuse workers employed by Newham Council in east London could have lost more than £20,000 each in the last decade in a dispute over grading.
17 April 2019
The minimum wage was one of the very few pro-worker steps taken by a right-wing Labour government
22 August 2018
11 April 2018
Figures released by 10,000 large companies reveal what most of us already knew: there is a huge gender pay gap in Britain. The median across the firms is 9.8% - but some had gaps of over 70%
7 March 2018
Years of fees, cuts and marketisation have created an army of low-paid and casualised workers
31 January 2018
Unite members employed by OCS working in Hackney schools have won a fantastic victory
8 November 2017
The heroic Heathrow and Manchester airport mixed-fleet cabin crew have a settlement
27 September 2017
The demonstration outside Tory party conference in Manchester on 1 October is the first main mobilisation since the TUC congress
30 August 2017
"I have experienced first-hand the insecurity of zero-hour contracts, low pay and abuse by the management, to both me and my fellow workmates"
12 July 2017
In a vengeful act, BA imposed sanctions on strikers: removing bonus payments and staff travel concessions
14 June 2017
The average low-waged worker gives nearly half of every day's pay straight to private landlords, housing charity Shelter's new statistics have revealed, writes Laurel Fogarty.
14 June 2017
Want a pay rise? Join a union. That's the message from recently published government data showing that being in a trade union increases pay for the majority of workers, writes Tessa Warrington, PCS union rep.
22 February 2017
19 million people in the UK - nearly 30% of the population - live below the 'minimum income standard' (MIS) and "are just about managing at best," according to a recent report by the poverty think-tank Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
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