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Red Pepper covers both the failing economic status quo and the growth of alternatives the section on economics, unions and work.

While exploring how privatisation, globalisation, the gig economy, and changes to working life after Covid-19 have generated new forms of exploitation, we also hear from workers organising and fighting back both in and beyond trade unions.

Red Pepper covers both the failing economic status quo and the growth of alternatives the section on economics, unions and work.

While exploring how privatisation, globalisation, the gig economy, and changes to working life after Covid-19 have generated new forms of exploitation, we also hear from workers organising and fighting back both in and beyond trade unions.

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    Big Tech: A new platform for global capitalism

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