Workers Rights

ET Go Home - Trade Unions, Workers Rights And The Modern Economy

Joe Dromey | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Politics
Joe Dromey

If the decline in union membership and collective bargaining has been in part due to government action, then the solution to addressing and reversing the decline must also - in part - lie in government action.

The Taylor Review Diagnoses The Problems Of The Gig Economy But Fails To Recommend Tough Action

Tim Roache | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK
Tim Roache

It is not too late for the Government to take action to create fairness and security at work. It is in everyone's interests that they do. My door is always open if the Prime Minister is serious about listening to the real concerns of working people, but I won't hold my breath.

Taylor Is A First Step, Not Last Word

Simon Sapper | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK
Simon Sapper

It will not cure the ills of our gig economy. This is because power and choice will still be firmly distributed in favour of the employer or enterprise, rather than the newly established Dependent Contractor.

The Tory Trade Union Act 2016: What Has Its Impact Been So Far?

Gregor Gall | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Politics
Gregor Gall

Ultimately, the repeal of the Trade Union Act is required along with the establishment of positive rights in law with regard to workers' rights (especially concerning strikes and industrial action).

Labour's Promise Of A Better, Fairer Britain

Ian Hodson | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Hodson

In recent times, I can recall no General Election holding as much importance as this one. This is an election which will define and shape the future of generations to come.

Can Theresa May Be Taken At Her Word? The Case Of Worker Directors

Gregor Gall | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Politics
Gregor Gall

It remains to be seen whether May can be taken at her word on her other pledges on workers' rights such as her party's claim in its general election manifesto that: 'We will make sure that people working in the 'gig' economy are properly protected' and 'Workers' rights conferred on British citizens from our membership of the EU will remain'.

Failing Tory Government Working For The Few, Not The Many

Ian Hodson | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Hodson

Broken promises, and unfulfilled manifestos. That's what we have been offered by this Tory government, and the sham coalition that preceded it. Year after year, Theresa May's Tory party has pledged to rebalance the economy, clamp down on aggressive tax evasion, invest in education and public services such as the NHS, as well as ensure workers' rights for all citizens.

Tories Pledge National Living Wage Rise And Protection For Workers On Short-Term Contracts

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Politics

The National Living Wage will rise and workers on short-term contracts will be given more protections under a government led by Theresa May, the Torie...

Kicking the Kyriarchy Episode 11: Clothing

Elena Guthrie | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Style
Elena Guthrie

We are used to clothing defining us. You only have to pick up most mainstream magazines to be told that the brand, the fabric, the cut of the clothing and how you wear it make an instant impression.

Don't Be Fooled By The Spin - Labour Is Offering A Clear Alternative To A Tory Hard Brexit

Skylar Baker-Jordan | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK Politics
Skylar Baker-Jordan

In this, and so many other ways, the battle lines have been drawn and the choice made clear. Only Labour can be trusted to deliver a Brexit that protects British workers from Tory greed while honouring the results of the referendum.

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 03.07.2017 | 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 03.07.2017 | 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 16.08.2017 | 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 27.06.2017 | 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 24.06.2017 | 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 23.06.2017 | 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 11.06.2017 | 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.