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19 March 2021

'Sleep-ins' ruling must lead to a huge campaign for social care workers' rights

The Supreme Court ruled that care workers on 'sleep-ins' won't receive the minimum wage

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3 March 2021

Union fight to save musicians' livelihoods

The Covid-19 crisis has forced society to shut down, and music venues, which have not opened at all since last March, are no exception

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24 February 2021

Garment workers and Covid: Dying for less than minimum wage

Garment workers have among the highest rate of coronavirus deaths for working women in the UK, the Office for National Statistics has revealed

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17 February 2021

News in brief

Last year was dubbed 'the year from hell' as a result of two million deaths from Covid and the pandemic's huge hit on working-class living standards and livelihoods.

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20 January 2021

Morrisons - 10/hr headline hides divisive pay offer

Almost five years since the 10 an hour minimum wage demand was adopted by Usdaw, Morrisons has become the first major company in which Usdaw represents workers, to accept the demand.

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20 January 2021

Make the super-rich pay, not the poorest

In the last week the real number of deaths from Covid has gone over 100,000, and the UK has recorded the highest per capita death toll in the world

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20 January 2021

A day in the life of an agency worker

Following a six-month period on furlough, I took voluntary redundancy from the factory I'd worked at since leaving school

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13 January 2021

Bosses earn workers' annual wage in three days

Within the first three days of 2021, the already super-rich bosses of the 'FTSE 100' companies earned more than an average worker's annual salary.

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6 January 2021

News in brief

Why is the Covid vaccine roll out so slow? Government bureaucracy delaying the recruitment of vaccinators, and foul-ups in the private manufacturing and supply are to blame.

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9 December 2020

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

Hospitality: Understaffed and underpaid, now it's got worse: Bar worker John Williams, a Socialist Party member in Cardiff, spoke at a protest to oppose the pay freeze in the public and private sector on 5 December.

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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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24 June 2020

Workers need a 'new deal' - at least 12 an hour now!

The shop workers' union, Usdaw, recently launched its 'New Deal for Workers' campaign

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20 May 2020

Universal Basic Income: not a solution to insecurity and poverty under capitalism

None of the schemes with elements of UBI provide a decent level of income

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6 April 2020

The minimum wage must go up! Fund coronavirus workers, not bosses' profits!

Minimum wage workers include many of the frontline staff dealing with the pandemic, writes Karen Smith, care worker.

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30 March 2020

Essential workers deserve more

Workers are receiving some very contradictory messages about their wage levels and the importance of their jobs

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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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