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18 April 2018

Usdaw conference 2018: time for new era of fighting trade unionism

President-elect Amy Murphy writes for the Socialist: "We need to support our members who want to take industrial action in defence of pay and conditions"

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14 March 2018

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including Hinkley sit-in victory and Newham academies battle

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14 March 2018

Sainsbury's raise really a cut: fight for 10 with no strings!

Supermarket Sainsbury's announced on 6 March that it will increase the wages of its 130,000 store workers.

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7 March 2018

Toys R Us, Maplin: worsening retail crisis claims more jobs

Trade unions must fight for public ownership: Big high street retailers Toys R Us and Maplin have gone under, with a number of other familiar names like Mothercare rumoured to follow

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19 February 2018

Usdaw victory - Socialist Party member Amy Murphy wins presidential election

The many Usdaw members and shop workers who expressed support for Tesco worker Amy and her policies will be delighted by this massive step forward.

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14 February 2018

I'm now a 'manager' and I can barely manage!

I work in a well-known high street chain and I was promoted a little while ago and thought to myself "finally, things might get a bit easier!" How foolish I was!

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31 January 2018

Supermarket's slash jobs - union fightback needed

Two of so-called 'Big Four' supermarkets - Tesco and Sainsbury's - have announced job losses running into the thousands.

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24 January 2018

Amy Murphy Usdaw campaign meeting

Reps and activists from five Usdaw branches came to a public meeting in Leeds held to promote the election campaign of Broad Left candidate for Usdaw president, and Socialist Party member, Amy Murphy on 17 January.

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17 January 2018

Workplace news in brief

Woolwich ferry workers vote to strike against job and pay cuts; vote Amy Murphy for a fighting democratic Usdaw union president

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10 January 2018

Amy Murphy for Usdaw president - vote for a fighting and democratic union

Elections for the new president of Usdaw, the shop and distribution workers' union, take place from 15 January with Socialist Party member Amy Murphy running to give the union a fighting leadership.

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13 December 2017

Retail sector crunch: nationalise to save jobs

Toys R Us plans to close a third of its stores. Asda wants to downgrade hundreds of shopfloor supervisors. Britain's largest tobacco distributor Palmer & Harvey has gone into administration.

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22 November 2017

General secretary coronation

Usdaw members have been denied a debate

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27 September 2017

Usdaw elections announced - fight for a left leadership, vote for Amy Murphy

Usdaw general secretary John Hannett's retirement, announced at the shop workers' union's annual summer school, has been a long time in the offing

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14 July 2017

Tesco's 10% pay increase accompanied by cuts and job losses

Tesco called it its "biggest ever pay award"

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12 July 2017

The left unions and the Labour Party affiliation debate

Who controls the Labour Party remains unresolved. The pro-capitalist right wing uses the structures established under years of Blairism to preserve its position while plotting its next move

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3 May 2017

Union leadership and Labour right challenged at shop workers' conference

Socialist Party members spoke in debates on the living wage, fighting racism and the battle to support Jeremy Corbyn

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26 April 2017

Jobstown trial begins

The trial of seven anti-austerity protesters in Ireland runs concurrently to the UK election

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26 April 2017

Usdaw ADM 2017: Left challenge needed to end assault on retail jobs and conditions

In 2016 many changes were made within the big four supermarkets as they adapted to falling sales. The Coop, Sainsburys, Morrisons and Tesco all saw many store closures and thousands of jobs lost.

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15 February 2017

Solidarity with Tesco Ireland Valentine's Day strike

Up to 15 Tesco stores in Ireland took strike action on Valentine's Day 14 February after members of the trade union Mandate, which represents more than 10,000 workers at the company, voted 78% in favour of a walkout over contract changes

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1 February 2017

End poverty pay now... Get organised!

Over Christmas I worked gruelling hours in the retail sector, sometimes up to seven hours without any breaks. I did not dare refuse or complain as I was on a four-hour contract and I knew that I'd be put at the bottom of the list if a shift came up at short notice.

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