The youth need quality apprenticeships

Apprenticeships, on paper, sound like a fantastic initiative, right? Learning practical skills for the workplace, gaining qualifications, all while earning a wage. Indeed, there is a romantic image surrounding apprenticeships that still pervades among popular opinion, students learning to become skilled craftsmen at the foot of an all knowing master, the making of the artisans of the future, all very nostalgic.

It was this romantic image that was harnessed by the Conservative Government in its push for apprenticeships, including degree apprenticeships, to be rolled out en masse in the early 2010s, with Cameron vowing to create 3 million apprenticeships, including prestigious ‘degree apprenticeships’, in 2014, payed for via cuts to housing benefit of course.

Double victory for the Communication Workers Union

This morning on their Facebook page the Communication Workers Union, representing tens of thousands of postal workers across Britain, have announced that a one off payment of up to £200 will be paid to all postal workers. In a statement the union said that, “Following the recent exchange of correspondence, the union has been inContinue reading “Double victory for the Communication Workers Union”

An Open Letter to all Working People from the Communist Party

Dear comrade, sister or brother, The Communist Party is writing to you as one of the millions of people whose work keeps our society going in good times and bad. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the value of all those workers who have continued to provide the goods and services that we all need toContinue reading “An Open Letter to all Working People from the Communist Party”

YCL: Tory negligence has killed tens of thousands; the drive for profit risks millions

The Young Communist League has issued an updated statement on the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) in response to yesterday’s (10 May 2020) government announcement attacking lockdown protections.

Protest graffiti on the rise across lockdown Britain

Across Britain in recent weeks people have been finding all manner of ways to cope with being cooped up inside for hours on end – that is, if you are one of the majority that is stringently observing the government’s lockdown rules. But in an interesting series of events, Challenge has received a number ofContinue reading “Protest graffiti on the rise across lockdown Britain”

Royal Fail

Royal Mail has been in dispute with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) for over a year. In March this year, CWU members delivered a massive 94.5% YES vote in favour of strike action with a turnout of 63.4%, easily exceeding the requirements of Britain’s regressive trade union legislation for the third time in less than three years.

However, recognising the ongoing crisis and the key importance of their role, the CWU decided to postpone any industrial action until lockdown measures had passed.

Care Worker MP sacked for speaking out

Former care worker and Labour MP Nadia Whittome revealed today (May 6th 2020) that she had lost her job at Nottinghamshires’s Lark Hill retirement village for speaking out about a lack of PPE. The MP for Nottingham East, who returned to work at the care home a month ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, revealed that she was told on Tuesday (May 5th 2020) she would no longer be given shifts due to her comments.