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27 January 2021

Low-paid hospital workers strike

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

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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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12 May 2020

Furlough scheme extended - workers need 100% of wages

Rishi Sunak has announced the government's plans for the furlough scheme, which will be extended until October

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9 October 2019

BEIS: Outsourced caterers' indefinite strike victory

More than nine months of action, including three months on indefinite strike, have paid off

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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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5 June 2019

Laughable research denies low-pay scandal

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.

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17 April 2019

Newham bin workers ballot for strikes

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.

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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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TGIFriday workers at Stratford, London. TGI staff at a number of restaurants have been on strike against cuts in their tips. photo by Pete Mason

TGIFriday workers at Stratford, London. TGI staff at a number of restaurants have been on strike against cuts in their tips. photo by Pete Mason

22 August 2018

TGIFriday workers at Stratford, London. TGI staff at a number of restaurants have been on strike against cuts in their tips.

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11 April 2018

Gender pay gap figures show need for trade union action

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%

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7 March 2018

UCU strike: bosses on the run

Years of fees, cuts and marketisation have created an army of low-paid and casualised workers

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31 January 2018

Victory for school cleaners!

Unite members employed by OCS working in Hackney schools have won a fantastic victory

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8 November 2017

Mixed-fleet workers show strikes get results

The heroic Heathrow and Manchester airport mixed-fleet cabin crew have a settlement

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27 September 2017

Escalate summer strike wave into coordinated action to defeat the pay cap

The demonstration outside Tory party conference in Manchester on 1 October is the first main mobilisation since the TUC congress

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30 August 2017

McStrike against low pay

"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"

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12 July 2017

Low-paid cabin crew protest during 16-day stoppage

In a vengeful act, BA imposed sanctions on strikers: removing bonus payments and staff travel concessions

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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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14 June 2017

Young workers in unions earn 20% more

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.

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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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22 February 2017

Stop the student loan sell-off - scrap all fees

The Tories are once again trying to privatise student debt.

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