Inspired by the success of Starbucks United in the US, baristas in the UK are organising too - but fear corporate backlash is imminent.
The "Minimum Services" bill is so vague it would allow any passing minister to force as many people into work as they please - eliminating more that just the right to strike. It's among the most dictatorial laws proposed in Britain in recent memory.
Over the summer, brigades battling record wildfires were outnumbered, even as fire engines stood dormant in garages for lack of staff. Then came winter - and the prospect of a real-terms pay cut. We spoke to the firefighters gearing up for a desperate attempt to save their service.
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