Workers Rights

Trump's Assault On Climate Change Is Capitalism At Its Worst: Civil Society Must Resist

Ewan Somerville | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

The beast of capitalism has slid under most noses for too long, but now it is exhibited within the White House for all to see. Trump and his team are not 'maniacs', the world has not 'gone mad'. No these people know exactly what they are doing, and they love such escapist labels. It is precisely us, civil society, that must stop them in their tracks with this loud and clear message: you may have ruled the world until now, but no longer.

Don't Let Bullying Managers - Destroy You!

Dawn-Maria France | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Dawn-Maria France

Don't tolerate bullying. No one deserves to feel uncomfortable, harassed or victimised in any workplace. And if you witness bullying in the workplace - report it. Ignoring it makes you complicit in the bullying - effectively, a bully yourself.

Meet The Women Walking Thousands Of Kilometres For Ethical Fashion

Tanya Perdikou | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Style
Tanya Perdikou

Luckily they've made it the 1,100km from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok where I caught up with them. And here's why I think they're two of the best female role models this planet has to offer.

Access To Workplace Justice At Threat

Chris Keates | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Chris Keates

If you were injured doing your job and could no longer work or faced ongoing medical problems you might, as thousands of people do each year, turn to ...

Fast Fashion, Mass Manufacture, And Meaningful Work

Tamsin Lejeune | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Style
Tamsin Lejeune

In the context of life in Myanmar, of course there is a different lens on this. Tedious work that pays is aspirational if the alternative is an inability to feed one's children. Yet, what this experience brought home to me was the depth of our double standards across the fashion industry as a whole.

There Will Be 'Zero Tolerance' For Maternity Discrimination In Workplace, Says MP

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents

Pregnant women and new mothers are expected to be given greater protection against discrimination in the workplace, MPs have revealed. A consultation ...

Risk, Reward And The Zero Hours Contract

Richard Gower | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK
Richard Gower

When corporations share business risk with their employees, they should also be required to give employees a share in the rewards. The zero-hours con...

Mike Ashley Says He's 'Lost My Right Arm' After Sports Direct CEO Quits

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK

Mike Ashley, the founder of Sports Direct, has a new hands-on job at the company, and critics of the beleaguered boss aren’t amused. Ashley is devas...

The Shared Economy: Time For The Regulators To Catch Up

Janvi Patel | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK
Janvi Patel

The argument is that the shared economy is essentially employing workers, but without the worker rights and protections that we have built gradually up as a society over the last few decades. Many find this hard to reconcile, not least the companies because the individuals want complete freedom and control of their day and working life and want a platform which provides them access to the market which they can dip in and out of at their will.

We Need to Look to the Future - And Workplace 2020 Is a Chance to Do Just That

Ian Lavery | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Lavery

Workplace 2020 isn't about focusing on the negatives. Many people have positive experiences - benefiting from apprenticeships, training opportunities and additional support in the workplace. We want to learn from them.

Sports Direct Staff 'Not Treated Like Humans' Finds Damning Report

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK

Sports Direct is subjecting workers to “appalling” conditions where some aren’t paid the national minimum wage and others claim they were offere...

This Is Not OK

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

On hearing the Brexit result, my grandad texted me saying "Hopefully we'll find a way to fix things and make this OK". Like me he was shocked, disappointed and hurt that this was the choice made by such a significant proportion of Brits.

The EU Referendum: Tories Sharpen Their Cutlasses Whilst The Baby Learns To Swim

Karl Davis | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Karl Davis

So it would appear that the 'Leave' campaign has been victorious. Four long months of propaganda, mistruths, and barely veiled xenophobia have managed...

A Final Plea to Britain's Ethnic Minority Voters

Schona Jolly | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK
Schona Jolly

Politicians are entrusted to lead us with vision, whether we agree or not. The Brexit "vision" has no detail, no experts, no answers. Think about whether you can remember a time in history when senior politicians, a Cabinet minister no less, told people to ignore expert views, throw caution to the wind, based on absolutely nothing but a "feeling" Britain would be fine.

The EU Is Flawed, Obscure and Immoral: But It Is Also Absolutely Vital

Bradley Allsop | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

As the power of the global 1% grows, the inequality between rich and poor deepens and the threat from climate change looms, these borderless issues need a borderless response - that response is a progressive, cohesive European left movement, building on the protections and successes of the EU, whilst also being unafraid to critique its many flaws. Europe should be for all of us: let's make it so.

Four Things They Don't Tell You About The EU

Banseka Kayembe | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Banseka Kayembe

The fact is the EU has done far more good than bad, and is a democracy. The future of democracy and our sovereignty is that it is shared and that we work together in this increasingly globalised world. Don't fall for the Brexit propaganda, in the long-term our future and success is in collaboration, not isolation.

The Risks of Leaving the EU Are Far Greater to Working People Than Staying In

Frances O’Grady | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

The EU is far from perfect. I haven't been afraid to criticise it before, and I won't hesitate in the future. But on balance, the risks of leaving are far greater to working people than staying in. We need to build on the protections we have, not gamble them away.

Gloves Are Coming off as Brexiteers Target Workers' Rights and Manufacturing

Owen Tudor | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Politics
Owen Tudor

Patel told Radio 4 that the EU had done nothing to defend workers' rights, and every protection we have was down to the British Government. While it's certainly true that these rights aren't gifts from Brussels bureaucrats, it's breath-taking to suggest we should be thanking Priti and her right-wing chums for them either.

Labour Is Right to Stand Up to McDonalds for the Sake of Working People and Their Unions

Ken Livingstone | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK Politics
Ken Livingstone

If Monday's decision to turn down a stand at Labour conference focuses attention on trade union non-recognition at McDonalds, it's worth it. As a letter this week in The Guardian from unions and others put it "We say to McDonald's: if you can rebrand so much in your stores, from store layout to children's meals, surely you can adapt your business model, with the mega profits generated by your workforce, to recognise your workers' union and meet with the BFAWU now."

Calling 'Mayday, Mayday, Mayday' for Workers' Rights

Gregor Gall | Posted 22.04.2017 | UK Politics
Gregor Gall

The first of May every year is universally known as May Day and May Day is most commonly identified as International Workers' Day. In Scotland, this i...

Brexit Would Risk the Loss of Holiday Pay, Protections for Pregnant Workers and Many Other Rights

Frances O’Grady | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

Voting to leave the EU would be a big risk for every working person. It would leave them haunted by years of uncertainty, with rights like paid holiday, parental leave and equal treatment for part-timers at risk of being whittled away. Generations of trade unionists fought hard to win the rights that the EU now guarantees. If we lose them because of Brexit, it could take generations to get them back again. The biggest cheerleaders for Brexit think that your protections at work are just red tape to be binned. Bad bosses will be rubbing their hands with glee if leaving the European Union gives them the chance to cut back workers' hard-won protections. We shouldn't give them that opportunity.

Working People Are Crucial to the EU Referendum Result - Their Voices Need to Be Heard

Owen Tudor | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Politics
Owen Tudor

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady has rightfully warned that David Cameron that he is in great danger of losing the referendum if he doesn't start telling working people what's in it for them. And given that this report shows that trade unions can play a crucial role in mobilising for a Remain vote, it's time he stopped his unnecessary and divisive attacks on unions.

Don't Be Taken for a Ride by the New Living Wage: Big Firms are Denying it to Cycle Couriers

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Cathal Sheerin

The 1st April sees an increase in the minimum wage, rebranded as the National Living Wage, to £7.20 for those over 25 years of age. But one group of workers - cycle couriers - will be denied this modest boost to their income.

The Invisible Women Who Stitch Our Shoes

Ilana Winterstein | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Ilana Winterstein

As shoe consumption continues to rise, it is vital that we stop the exploitation and poverty trap that women homeworkers find themselves in. The answer is not the knee-jerk reaction that some brands may advocate of banning homeworking from their supply chains.

Eleven Reasons Young People Need to Fight to Avoid Being Shafted in the Workplace

Abi Wilkinson | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Abi Wilkinson

Many of the employment rights we now take for granted - things like health and safety protections and legal entitlement to breaks - were secured through hard-fought battles by trade unions and their members. It's up to young workers to act together to resist new forms of exploitation.