Workers rights

The first fruits of Brexit: 48-hr week under attack

48-hour week under attack.

Dave Stockton  ·  08 February 2021

Bangladesh: Pandemic wreaks havoc on hyper-exploited garment workers

Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers have lost their jobs.

Mel Astbury  ·  07 February 2021

Rise Like Lions – the Peterloo Bicentenary

August 16 is the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in which 18 people were killed and hundreds injured when soldiers attacked an unarmed crowd of 60,000 men, women and children peacefully demonstrating for the right to vote in Manchester.

Red Flag  ·  16 August 2019

We don't want the crumbs, we want the bakery

  By James Copley A crucial victory was won this month in Wigan, with workers in bakers’ union BFAWU forcing bosses at the Hovis factory to employ workers on full time rather than zero-hour contracts, and put an end to the routine use of agency labour. These precarious workers are super-exploited, not knowing from one […]

Red Flag  ·  09 October 2013

Zero Tolerance for Zero Hours

KD Tait reports on how the rise in zero hour contracts exposes the bosses’ latest strategy to beat the crisis – at our expense  First published by the Revolutionary Socialists Up to one million workers are employed on zero hour contracts in Britain. These contracts give people no guarantee of work, but force them to […]

Red Flag  ·  09 October 2013

Militant tactics deliver results at Hovis

A strike by 220 machine operatives and cleaners at the Hovis factory in Wigan shows that determined action backed by militant tactics and labour movement solidarity can beat the bosses. Members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) voted for three weeks of discontinuous action to stop bosses using agency staff to undermine […]

Red Flag  ·  18 September 2013

Retail workers escalate fight for fair pay in the USA

By KD Tait / Saturday 10 August, 2013 Last week retail workers’ campaign for $15 an hour and the right to unionise took another step forward with thousands joining strikes in seven cities. What began as a one-day strike by 200 fast food workers in New York last November has spread to several states and […]

Red Flag  ·  10 August 2013

John Lewis: “profiting from sweatshops”

Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg were presenting John Lewis as an example of “popular capitalism”, a model of corporate responsibility that not only increased its profits but gives its workers a share in the profits.

Red Flag  ·  23 January 2012

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