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2 December 2020

Unions must resist return to austerity



Chancellor Rishi Sunak's spending review should be a wake-up call to the trade union leaders. Even from the capitalists' point of view there was no immediate need to impose a pay cut - which is what a pay freeze means in reality - on 1.5 million public sector workers.

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2 December 2020

Better for billionaires. Worse for workers

Back in August, Boris Johnson promised a "world beating" track-and-trace system. Most people agree that didn't happen but the government and economy are 'world beating' in other respects.

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2 December 2020

NHS: Underfunded, understaffed, underpaid

Everyone on shift feels the Tories have been an unmitigated disaster in their handling of the pandemic, whatever they voted in the general election.

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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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2 December 2020

Pay freeze protest Homerton Hospital

Around twelve NHS staff held a socially distanced protest at Homerton Hospital against Rishi Sunak's pay freeze, on Wednesday 25 November

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2 December 2020

Napo kickstarts fight against pay freeze

At my first meeting on the national executive committee (NEC) of probation union Napo, I put forward an emergency motion to launch a campaign against the pay freeze.

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2 December 2020

Solidarity with Brighton UCU strike - we won't pay for Covid crisis

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2 December 2020

Heathrow workers strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

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25 November 2020

Covid crisis: "We won't pay the price"


After giving Covid contracts worth billions to their cronies, the Tories announced yet another pay freeze for millions of public sector workers, and the scrapping of the planned increase in the minimum wage

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25 November 2020

Heathrow workers to strike against 'fire and rehire' plans

Workers at Heathrow Airport are to take strike action for four days in December against the bosses' "fire and rehire" plans, cutting pay in the process.

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Hugo Pierre, speaking at Socialism 2020, 21st November 2020

Hugo Pierre, speaking at Socialism 2020, 21st November 2020

22 November 2020

Hugo Pierre, a candidate in Unison's general secretary election, speaking at Socialism 2020, 21st November 2020

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18 November 2020

Women workers need strong trade unions to defend their jobs, pay and services

Why I am backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary: "It's bedlam at the care home", said one care worker, my neighbour and Unison member. She went on to say: "They admitted three more patients at the weekend. We have never been so full. Some residents

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18 November 2020

Selling the Socialist

The Socialist Party has been out in Cardiff continuing the campaign for a 15% pay rise for NHS workers

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11 November 2020

Southampton trade unionists demand: "We won't pay for Covid"

Southampton Trades Council held a protest rally on Saturday 7 November, which in the circumstances of lockdown was small, but with a bold, positive spirit.

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11 November 2020

Tory U-turn: Furlough extended - not enough to save jobs

Boris Johnson's recent U-turn, to extend furlough, will give a glimmer of hope to some workers, but will come too late for many already dumped by their employers.

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4 November 2020

Our lives, our jobs - not safe in Tory hands

The Tories did a massive U-turn, but are too split and rotten to make it effective in protecting our health and livelihoods.

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4 November 2020

Why the Socialist Party is backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary

On the 28 October, 1.4 million ballot papers will go out to Unison public sector union members to decide who should be the new general secretary and lead the union.

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4 November 2020

Furloughed worker speaks out: Let down by insecure contracts

I was working when lockdown was announced. We turned up the volume on the telly, put the subtitles on and everyone went quiet.

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4 November 2020

Optare strikers escalate their action

At a meeting held on the picket line on 30 October, workers at bus manufacturer Optare in Sherburn in Elmet, Leeds voted to escalate their ongoing strike action in their long-running pay dispute from two days a week, to four days a week, starting from 16 November.

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29 October 2020

We won't pay with our futures

Over 80 students and young workers attended a Socialist Students and Young Socialists online rally

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