During the referendum campaign, we saw that telling someone on a zero-hours contract or in agency work that there is a risk to their job from Brexit was futile. Until we begin to address these issues and reinstate the concept of secure employment, we will stand no chance of rebuilding our fractured society.
As we look forward to another brand new year, here's an idea I had while listening to some experts talk about how to get promotions in conventional workplaces. If, as I've suggested in some of these posts, you might think of your freelance or creative work as within the framework of a sort of imaginary office, why not give yourself a promotion every now and then?
If there's one thing about which we can be certain, it's that we will all face change - whether in our personal lives, in politics or at work. Change means different things to different people and affects us in ways we don't necessarily anticipate. To manage through and get the most out of change, we all need our own personal tool-kit to help us to not only cope, but to thrive.
Since qualifying, I have always had one eye to the future, worried about what will happen to my career and my relationships, and how my disability could make a hard career even tougher. While this victory with HEE is not going to improve everything, I now know that I will not struggle alone, isolated from my loved ones, while fighting a body that never learnt the rules. We still have a way to go, but I'm going to savour this win for a long while.
It's 2030; Internet technology has become ubiquitous in its place in our society reaching a point where human and machine intelligence is indistinguishable. All but the most important jobs are taken over by artificial intelligence. The world is dominated by two categories of worker, those who automate and those who are automated.