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22 July 2020

Mandatory masks in shops law

Government action is confused, contradictory, late, and fundamentally flawed.

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22 July 2020

Continue the fight to protect safety

As lockdown eases, workers' rights must be defended. Employers have been attacking the health and safety measures won by members and their reps. Employers have raised the number of people allowed in shops

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1 July 2020

Sunday trading: Government blinks first

Leaked reports emerged in mid-June that the government was looking at relaxing Sunday trading legislation for a year

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17 June 2020

Resist relaxation of Sunday trading laws

Since rumours emerged in the media about the government considering a one-year relaxation of Sunday trading regulations, the leadership of retail workers' union Usdaw has finally started moving into action

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17 June 2020

Debenham's protests: Workers must not pay price of Covid-19

Supporters of the National Shop Stewards Network held protests outside Debenhams stores in Leeds, London, Plymouth and Southampton against the company's savage cuts to jobs and stores, as part of a day of action called by members of the retail workers union, Usdaw.

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10 June 2020

Non-essential retail to open - organising at work is essential

Johnson announced a wider opening of non-essential retail on 15 June.

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15 April 2020

Usdaw shop workers' union activists meet via Zoom

Following weekly virtual meetings of Socialist Party members in Usdaw the shop workers' union to discuss the rapidly changing situation in retail, and producing several special issues of our bulletin, the Activist, we decided to hold a virtual public meeting on 11 April to take these discussions to, writes Iain Dalton, Socialist Party Usdaw caucus convenor.

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6 April 2020

Capitalism causes crisis profiteering: fight for workers' oversight and public ownership

The government's laissez-faire attitude towards supplies, in effect contracting out any control of this to the major retailers, means there have been opportunities abundant for speculators to rip people off, writes Iain Dalton, Yorkshire Socialist Party.

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30 March 2020

Working in Mike Ashley's empire: After lockdown we won't forget how we've been treated

I work for one of the retail chains in Mike Ashley's empire. As more shops were closing, pressure began mounting for our chain to close too. But we were expected to lone work, rather than simply closing

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25 March 2020

Retail and the coronavirus outbreak - organise to defend workers interests

Coronavirus is sending tremors through capitalist society. Many workers who have been enduring increasing casualised working conditions, such as zero or short-hour contracts, have had further cuts to sick pay and other contractual changes.

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18 March 2020

Action needed to protect shop workers and access to essential goods

As the coronavirus crisis deepens, shop workers are becoming another 'emergency service' to ensure people can still access food and other basics

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12 February 2020

Hackney: We don't want homes and retail units working-class people can't afford

Angry residents, from Hackney east London, packed into a meeting at the Dan West Trelawney estate community hall. Labour mayor Philip Glanville tried to justify the council's decision to ask a private developer to revamp the site of the local Tesco.

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5 February 2020

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich and another one for us.

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30 October 2019

Argos Christmas bonus cut

Millionaire retail boss Mike Coupe, who was caught on camera singing "we're in the money" on TV before an interview about a possible Sainsbury's-Argos merger, has halved Argos workers' Christmas bonus to just 5.

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4 September 2019

What strategy can end the retail jobs massacre?

The last few years have seen swathes of closures of shops across the UK as whole chains have collapsed while others close considerable numbers of stores.

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4 September 2019

Workplace victory emboldens retail workers to get organised

I work for a well-known high street retailer and recently one of my colleagues came to me, the unofficial union rep, because they were being conned out of 70 hours of holiday

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28 August 2019

Retail workers fight back against Scrooge bosses

Faced with a profits squeeze, big retail bosses are attempting to make workers pay by closing outlets, axing jobs and worsening terms and conditions of employment. However, this offensive is being resisted.

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14 August 2019

Fight back against the retail bosses!

'The needs of the business' is a phrase most retail staff will be familiar with.

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3 July 2019

Angry Usdaw members strike at Sainsbury's distribution centre over sick pay cut

Dozens of members of shop workers' union Usdaw picketed Sainsbury's Waltham Point distribution centre in Essex for most of their 24-hour strike against changes to sickness policy.

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15 May 2019

United on need for fightback - now keep pressure on for action

The annual delegate meeting of retail and distribution union Usdaw turned a corner this year

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