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Petition to the UK Parliament: Invest in a caring society. A living wage for mothers and other carers

Mothers are the primary carers everywhere in the world. Caring for children, sick, disabled and elderly people is work vital to society.

Carers are impoverished. Income Support is being abolished. Child Benefit, society’s commitment to children, is no longer universal. Carer’s Allowance is insultingly low and most carers don’t even qualify. 200,000 care workers are denied the minimum wage.

When mothers are impoverished, children suffer: hunger, ill-health, and more often taken into care.

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Comment is Free: From welfare to wages, women fight back against the uncaring market

 The welfare state is the latest victim of the market's corruption of all it touches. Fighting like hell is the only option

selma.jpgSelma James
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 1 May 2013 09.00 BST
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1st May - Launch of petition Invest in caring

The Welfare State is being destroyed. For the first time since 1945, our right to survive is under threat. Caring – in the home, hospitals, schools, and every institution – is being attacked.

We are launching a petition to defend caring. Society must invest in mothers and other carers – the foundation of any society.

The petition Invest in a caring society. A living wage for mothers and other carers, is a tool to organise for economic and social policies to be redirected away from the market and towards survival and wellbeing.

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Video: Women of Colour in the Global Women's Strike on the 1000 Mother's March for Justice

A member of Women of Colour in the Global Women's Strike network speaks at the 1000 Mothers March for Justice in Tottenham and we'll be at 1 May launch of petition to Invest in a caring society - A living wage for mothers and other carers. 7-9pm Grand Committee Room, House of Commons London SW1.  See Video here

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Selma James debates Edwina Currie on Margaret Thatcher - Radio 4

Selma James on Radio 4 Broadcasting House debating Edwina Currie on Thatcher. Starts 09.45. Listen here

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