More working people than ever are struggling to survive

Terrifying new information from the Trade Union Congress has shown that millions of working people are struggling to survive due to poverty. The TUC poll suggests 20 per cent of working people – one-fifth of the more-than-30-million-strong working population – skip meals because they can’t afford the food. One in five workers go without heating during cold weather. One in 10 fall into rent or mortgage arrears because they can’t pay on time. And one in five have pawned or sold belongings because they needed the money. Asked how they would…

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Tory hypocrisy over Archbishop’s intervention in employment politics

It was the most overtly political speech from an Archbishop of Canterbury for many years (although incumbent Justin Welby, and others, have often commented on individual issues before). Here’s part of it: https://twitter.com/AaronBastani/status/1039888161634234368 The Archbishop’s attack on Universal Credit and zero-hours contracts was welcomed by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who was mentioned in Justin Welby’s speech. Mr McDonnell said: “The Archbishop of Canterbury has set out a bold vision for a different society, one without the evils of the gig economy, the exploitation of workers and tax dodging of the…

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Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at the TUC New Deal rally

He said all the right things – didn’t he? Let’s have your opinions. The sound on the following video is really good until around 10 minutes in – then it drops out, but can still be heard (just about). See how you get on with it. https://twitter.com/Jezza4_PM/status/995313119252697088 Vox Political needs your help! If you want to support this site (but don’t want to give your money to advertisers) you can make a one-off donation here: Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.…

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VIDEO: Thousands (upon thousands) converge on London to demand a new deal for workers

Trade unionists and workers from across the UK have converged on London in their thousands to demand a “new deal” for working people. The TUC (Trade Union Congress) says real wages are still lower than before the crash in 2008; three million workers are stuck on zero hour contracts, in agency work and in low paid self-employment; hard-working public servants haven’t had a proper pay rise for eight years; our NHS is at breaking point; and years of cuts have led to poverty, homelessness and despair for too many. This Writer agrees…

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It looks like the General Strike This Site proposed is well on the way to becoming a reality

Isn’t it interesting, how Tory promises – such as their claim to be ending the one-per-cent pay cap on public sector workers’ wages – seem worthwhile when first announced and then turn into the verbal equivalent of a steaming pile of horse manure when you get into the detail? That’s certainly the case here, and prison officers are right to reject the derisory, below-inflation pay offer being flung at them by the minority Conservative government. It is still – effectively – a pay cut! Why would anybody in their right mind…

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Voting with the Tories on ‘welfare’ will end any credibility Labour has left

What an amazing piece in The Guardian about George Osborne’s call for “progressive” Labour MPs to support his entirely regressive changes to social security (the only people who call it “welfare” are Tories)! Will people believe this pack of lies? The article starts by saying he has urged “progressive” MPs in the Labour party to back his cuts in a major Commons vote today (Monday) on the Tories’ Welfare Reform and Work Bill. He wants Labour MPs – but more importantly, the electorate, to think that the plan to cut child tax credits…

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Too poor to eat; too long to wait

Two stories on Welfare Weekly yesterday (December 9) really stood out – they express the Coalition Government’s attitude to state-funded benefits and the people receiving them so well. The first was entitled Too Poor To Eat: Man Reduced To Tears As He Describes Being Unable To Afford Food and describes vividly – in this season of goodwill to everybody – how contemptuously the Coalition regards the people for whom it has the greatest duty of care, and how it has turned the welfare state into a tool of warfare against those…

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Here’s why firefighters are on strike

If you’re one of those who thinks firefighters are not justified in their battle with the government over pensions, just copy the image above and look at it until you realise that they are. Strikes are being held in protest at changes to pensions and the retirement age, which the Fire Brigades Union has claimed could lead to firefighters losing their jobs if they fail fitness tests in their late 50s. Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, asked in The Guardian: “How can it be remotely fair that the prime minister,…

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Campaign launched for Esther McVey to be sacked – Liverpool Echo

Wirral TUC is launching a major campaign against Government minister and Merseyside Tory MP Esther McVey, writes Liam Murphy in the Liverpool Echo. The “Sack Esther McVey” campaign is targeting the Wirral West MP over her role in the Government’s policy on benefit sanctions. Wirral TUC say 15,000 leaflets have been distributed across the Wirral West constituencies along with posters which have been placed in shops, houses and pubs. Now car stickers have been produced and a special Sack Esther McVey T-shirt is helping to publicise the campaign. Alec McFadden,…

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Private company given contract to harass the long-term sick

The Department for Work and Pensions is setting up a new “service” offering “advice” to people who are off work with an illness for more than four weeks. No reference is made to improving people’s health. It should also be noted that sickness absence in the UK is among the lowest in Europe, and has halved over the past decade. The announcement was made on the BBC News website shortly after midnight. Nothing has appeared on the Government’s own website so it seems the Corporation has gone back to being…

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