Shoe strikes escalate as protests surge

Tens of thousands of Chinese workers employed by a Taiwanese firm Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings have been on strike for almost two weeks in a dispute that has now become news around the world....

University staff should reject a 2% rise

Amy Gilligan is a researcher and UCU member at Cambridge. This article originally appeared at the Labour blog Left Futures. (pic: UCU strike at Manchester Metropolitan University.) UCU and EIS members in higher education are currently...

UKIP and the deadly truth about construction jobs and safety

by Anindya Bhattacharyya and Brian Parkin "EU policy at work. British workers are hit by unlimited cheap labour. Take back control of our country. Vote UKIP 22 May." A picture of a white, presumably British,...

Taking control of the future of the city

What are cities? How do they work? Ruth Lorimer asks basic questions that outline a fresh Marxist approach to grasping what neoliberal capitalism is doing to our urban spaces. Strands running through urban space Cities are inspiring and exciting...

Ukraine, Russia and the miners of the Donbass

Miners in the Donbass region have played a crucial role in Ukrainian politics since 1989, and are key today, argues Nick Evans The situation in eastern Ukraine is becoming more and more dangerous. It is...

Inoculation against bosses’ lies

Ian Allinson discusses how his workplace gained confidence through exposing their bosses' lies In 2003 I went on strike for the first time. We wanted improved sick pay, increased pay and equal pay. There had...

Having no job is a daily grind in itself – on unemployment.

Mary Turner writes about her son struggling to find work. My son is shy and does not always mix well with other people. He lacks certain social skills, but he is a lovely person and...

UCU marking boycott: Management have called our bluff – we have a choice

Management at universities across the country, including Bath Spa, UWE, Oxford Brooks, Bradford University, UEA and Westminster University, have told staff that they intend to dock 100% of their pay if they participate in...

The dullness of work

A university admin worker writes about their job. My job is boring. I'm an admin worker at a popular university in Northeast England. I've done the same job for several years. There have been...

Sparks strike back against umbrella agencies: NG Bailey vulnerable to action

● Deadlock at Manchester City ground Balfour Beatty job ● Scottish electricians to meet to set out next steps ● Action could generalise across country and industries by Ray M, Christian C and Anindya Bhattacharyya Over...