Whitehall department strike grows as workers demand living wage

Security guards and others working for contractors at BEIS demand better payReceptionists, security guards, porters and post-room staff at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London have joined cleaners and caterers in striki…

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Six ways to bring the American Dream back from the dead

From cutting student debts to index-linking the minimum wage, the dream can be rebuiltIt is time to admit that the “American Dream” is dead. Its underlying conditions – strong, consistent economic growth and a meritocracy structured to keep the rich fr…

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The cost of Boris Johnson: pricing up the next PM’s pledges

From nationwide full-fibre broadband to 20,000 extra police officers, here’s what 10 of his plans might costTaxes will be cut and public spending increased if Boris Johnson makes good on the pledges he has made in recent weeks while campaigning to be p…

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The real cost of cheap, fast fashion – to workers and to the planet

Online retailers such as Boohoo and Missguided are booming, but critics say there is a hidden priceIt comes in red, mustard and black, in sizes 6 up to 16; the bandeau bodycon minidress, is, according to the online retailer Boohoo, “perfect for transit…

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More than 5m people in Britain suffer low-paid, insecure work

Living Wage Foundation research shows families struggling to make ends meetMore than 5 million workers across Britain are in low-paid and insecure work, leaving families struggling to make ends meet, according to a campaign calling for more firms to of…

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The gig is up: America’s booming economy is built on hollow promises | Robert Reich

Contract workers prop up big earners but under Trump’s anti-labor administration are ruthlessly exploited themselvesUber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although it lost $1bn, investors may still do well because the …

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Ocasio-Cortez: $2.13 tipped minimum wage is ‘indentured servitude’

The New York congresswoman returned to a restaurant in Queens on Friday, seeking to highlight the plight of workers she knowsAs she returned to New York to waitress and bartend for the first time since being elected to Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Corte…

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