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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 September 2014
Workplace news in brief
Fast Food Rights supporters demonstrate outside Labour's national conference (Click to enlarge)
£10 an hour now!
Fast Food Rights campaign supporters, spearheaded by the BFAWU bakers' union, demonstrated outside Labour's national conference in Manchester demanding the banning of zero-hour contracts and the introduction of a universal £10 an hour minimum wage
Tube overtime ban
RMT members working at London Underground (LU) stations will start an overtime ban on 24 September in opposition to mayor Boris Johnson's decimation of jobs and services on the tube.
Despite months of discussions between RMT and London Underground, and two rounds of strikes so far, major job cuts and downgrading is still planned.
Every ticket office is due to close by the end of 2015.
The RMT has threatened more strike action if the cuts aren't withdrawn.
Arriva Trains Wales
Drivers working for Arriva Trains Wales will strike for 24 hours on 26 September over the misuse of disciplinary procedures. The strike, involving Aslef and RMT members, will start at midnight.
An Aslef member
Mick Cash has been elected as the new RMT general secretary. The election was held following the death of union leader Bob Crow in March.
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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 24 September 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
We need £10 an hour now!
Labour to continue austerity offensive
Climate change: Summit for nothing
Academies lead to nepotism and profit making
Them & Us
1.6 million vote Yes in revolt against austerity
After Scotland revolt: all capitalist parties in crisis
Scotland Poll: Electric mood among YES supporters
International socialist news and analysis
Millions on streets for Catalan independence
Sweden: Conservatives collapse, extreme-right gains
Socialist Party workplace news
United strike action can win
NHS workers vote to strike
College lecturers join 14 October strike
Care UK: 'We'll fight them all the way'
Croydon leisure centre strike for decent wages
West Midlands fire engine cuts
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Tenants threatened by 'feudal lord'
Global day of eco action
Round up: Socialist Students at the freshers fairs
Socialist Party comments and reviews
The struggle for decent social care - a personal account
Tony Benn: Will and testament
Front row fury
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