Last week we heard the apparently good news that UK retailer Sports Direct had had a record profit after last year’s Olympics-fueled “summer of sport”, and that they would be sharing this profit with their staff. It sounded like a company doing things …

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Last week we heard the apparently good news that UK retailer Sports Direct had had a record profit after last year’s Olympics-fueled “summer of sport”, and that they would be sharing this profit with their staff. It sounded like a company doing things differently, and valuing the people who make their business a success. The truth has emerged: Sports Direct will be sharing the profits with their permanent staff – but 90% of their workers are on zero hours contracts. That’s 20,000 workers who have no guaranteed hours of work, or pay. This extreme casualisation is what is driving workers in the UK into the hands of loan sharks like Wonga.

Things will become even harder for working people, who will now have to pay £1,200 to have a case of unfair dismissal at the Employment Tribunal. This gives employers license to fire with impunity.

The alleged murder of Muslim Brotherhood supporters by the Egyptian security forces highlights the problems of the deep state – the unaccountable bureaucratic and political structure that lies beneath the veneer of many states, including Egypt, Brazil, Greece and Turkey.

How should revolutionary movements tackle this unaccountable and often invisible power?


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