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2 December 2020

Fast fashion, big profits, low pay

It's estimated that the fashion industry is worth 2 trillion globally and brings 30 billion a year in revenue to the UK

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9 September 2020

Callous Tories threaten not to uprate the minimum wage

'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

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26 February 2020

Average wages recover to pre-crisis levels - but we're still over a decade behind

Average wage levels in the UK have, for the first time, recovered to the level they were at before the financial crisis.

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5 February 2020

6.5 million working poor: Fight to end low pay



There are now 6.5 million workers in the UK who are part of the "working poor."
There are now more people who are both working and in poverty than people who are officially unemployed.

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15 January 2020

Low Pay, Long Hours. Bosses rip us off. Organise the fightback now!

Boris Johnson has announced the minimum wage is going up. It's not by nearly enough. And at the same time, the Tories let bosses get away with paying hundreds of thousands of workers below the legal minimum!

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8 January 2020

Tory minimum wage hike not enough

Ignoring the realities of living in austerity Britain, the Tory government has announced that the National 'Living Wage' will increase by 51p to 8.72 an hour in April. Every improvement is welcome, of course.

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27 November 2019

Minimum wage debate

The Socialist is running a debate. How can we end low pay and what minimum wage level should we be fighting for? In this issue, readers share their thoughts.

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20 November 2019

Wages flatline, while shareholders profit

Returns for top company shareholders have increased by 56% in just five years

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6 November 2019

Minimum wage debate: what should we be demanding?

The Socialist is running a debate. How we can end low pay and what minimum wage level should we be fighting for? In this issue, readers share their thoughts.

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23 October 2019

Minimum wage: What should we be demanding?

In the last issue of the Socialist, we initiated a debate about how we can end low pay and what level of minimum wage we should be fighting for. Three readers have sent us their thoughts

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16 October 2019

Minimum wage debate: how can we end the scandal of low pay?

The minimum wage hasn't ended low pay. In-work poverty has increased.

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19 June 2019

Trade union action can end low pay

Five million workers in Britain (over one in six) are stuck in low-paid and insecure work, writes Ruth Byrne, catering worker.

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17 April 2019

20 years of the minimum wage: Fight for a real living wage for every worker

The minimum wage was one of the very few pro-worker steps taken by a right-wing Labour government

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6 March 2019

Trade union action to end low pay now!

Poverty pay for 1.2 million public sector workers. 2.7% pay rise for MPs: More than one million public sector workers are paid less than the minimum amount needed to make ends meet, as set by the Living Wage Foundation. They calculate this as 9 an hour, or 10.55 in London.

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26 September 2018

Hospitality workers coordinate historic strike

Workers in McDonald's, TGI Fridays and Wetherspoon are fighting low pay.

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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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28 February 2018

KFC delivery crisis: make the bosses pay, not the workers!

The headlines make light of the frustrations of regulars missing out on fried chicken - but there is a serious side for workers

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29 November 2017

Make the Tories history

Historic fall in living standards: working class people are already forced to borrow just to make ends meet

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14 June 2017

Low-paid work till lunch to make rent

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.

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22 February 2017

30% of people on inadequate incomes in UK

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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