Workers Rights

Lost My Job, Found an Occupation

Liam Barrington-Bush | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics
Liam Barrington-Bush

The VIOME worker-occupied factory in Thessaloniki. Credit: Joel Benjamin Greek workers have shown that bosses and owners are not needed to create su...

Sports Direct Staff Are Having Strokes And Are 'Too Scared To Be Off Sick'

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

Ambulances have been called to the headquarters of Sports Direct 82 times in the last two years amid reports workers were "too frightened" to take tim...

Deadly Fast Fashion

Ilana Winterstein | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Style
Ilana Winterstein

One of the flawed messages of fast fashion is that clothes are disposable: wear a top once or twice, tire of it and throw it away in favour of the latest look. This has direct consequences on the women who make our clothes.

The Government's Trade Union Bill Makes a Mockery of David Cameron's Claim to Support Working People

Christine Blower | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Politics
Christine Blower

Any reasonable person would conclude that these proposals are an unjustifiable assault on trade unions and their members and will seriously undermine good industrial relations. They illustrate perfectly well what this Government really thinks of workers and make a mockery of David Cameron's claim to be on the side of working people.

The Anti-Worker Legislation That Attacks the Poorest

Nadine Houghton | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Politics
Nadine Houghton

David Cameron is laying plans to finish the work that Thatcher started in her attempts to break the trade union movement. The Tories pernicious Trade Union Bill due to have its second reading next week, is worse than many thought.

Effective Altruism Is Good - Changing the System Is Better

Harriet Lamb | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Effective altruism, the smarter way to do charity, is trending. The essence, as argued in William MacAskill's new book Doing Good Better, is to put your money where it will have the greatest impact in terms of lives saved or significantly improved.

If Union Members Can't Be Arsed to Vote Why Should Their Bosses Be Allowed to Hijack People's Lives?

Charlie Mullins | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

For too long Union leaders have been able to mobilise a militant few to do their bidding, calling strikes on shamefully low levels of support. Now at least the economy will be safe from this kind of manipulation.

Young People Must Engage With Trade Unions

James Walker | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Walker

You said goodbye to your first job long ago. You may have flipped burgers, pulled bricks around a building site, or sat behind a till trying to find the Marlboro Golds. Whatever it was you were doing, one thing is almost certain: your first job was a shit job. Chances are the job you have now is no less painful than the first.

Nigel Farage Is After Workers as Well as Immigrants

Rebecca Winson | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Rebecca Winson

The legislation Farage wants to get rid of wasn't put in place by an overpaid quango who had nothing better to do, but by working people campaigning and protesting for over a century. When someone leading the third biggest party in the country can dismiss that history so casually, there is more need for these laws and protections than ever.

Investing in Clean Energy With a Social Conscience

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

For a region with a strong history of energy production, it is really exciting that the North East is carving out its place as a clean energy technology hub for the UK. It is great that companies are investing in building new energy production sites and providing some of the new power capacity needed to decarbonise our energy supply and industries.

Why TfL's Union-Bashing Tweet Helps Ruin Things for All of Us

Rebecca Winson | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Politics
Rebecca Winson

Tweets like this, when viewed as part of a much bigger picture, are a direct threat to the idea that your job should be as safe as possible, that your time spent at work shouldn't make you weep blood and that you should get a fair wage for a fair day's work. TfL aren't just throwing shade at the RMT, they're throwing it at all of us.

Louise Ridley

'I'd Be Dead By Now If I Wasn't British': Activist Gives Chilling Interview From Thai Trial | Louise Ridley | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK

The British activist who is on trial in Thailand after uncovering alleged “modern slavery” in a local pineapple factory says he would have been mu...

Samsung Drops Supplier Accused Of Using Child Labour

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Tech

Samsung has confirmed that it has cut all ties with a Chinese supplier which has been accused of using children to make products. The company revea...

Focusing Minds on the Human Suffering in Qatar

Gail Cartmail | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Gail Cartmail

Workers explained their circumstances. As we sat with them in the terribly overcrowded 'bedrooms' many wept from sheer frustration. Returning home to massive debts chalked up by payment to labour agents is a humiliating prospect that has led some migrant workers to take their own lives. Agents actively recruit workers in poverty stricken and jobless countries. I wondered about the men I met who will return home alive or uninjured, who will repay their debt and who will survive the shame if they "fail". I looked workers in the eye and felt immense anger at the betrayal of their human rights.

Why We Should Celebrate May Day - International Workers Day

Alan Wyllie | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

May Day has been a traditional holiday for the UK stretching back hundreds of years evolving from the Celtic festival of Beltane into a celebration of workers and worker's rights throughout the world.

The Case Against Qatar

Sharan Burrow | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Sport
Sharan Burrow

When will the workforce behind the richest country in the world and the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup be treated as human beings with decent housing, fundamental rights and no longer live with the enslavement of kafala? Qatar is a country without a conscience.

Which Side of History Will FIFA Be on in the March to End Slavery in Qatar?

Sharan Burrow | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Sport
Sharan Burrow

Qatar is a slave state for 1.4million migrant workers. It doesn't have to be that way. Qatar chooses to build its modern nation with the labour of migrant workers and deliberately chooses to maintain a system that treats these workers as less than human.

On the Tenth Anniversary of the Morecambe Bay Tragedy

Jim Sheridan | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jim Sheridan

I said at the time of the Morecambe Bay tragedy that a life is a life. We must ask ourselves: how would we feel if our brothers, our sisters or our children were in this position abroad, in a country they did not understand. Would we expect their hosts to sit back and watch it happen?

What's the Human Cost of the World Cup?

Nash Riggins | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Sport
Nash Riggins

Shameless profiteering and delusions of grandeur have tarnished Fifa's charitable reputation and bloodied the legacy of what was once a beautiful game. Consequently, it's time to implement some serious sanctions and act against these blatant human rights violations before more lives are lost.

Katie Hopkins: 'Employers Should Not Have To Pay For The Risks In Our Lives'

Esther Hayden | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Esther Hayden

Katie Hopkins view, as she expressed in her newspaper column is that we should all take responsibility for what she terms the 'potential risks' in our lives and business owners should not be out of pocket in cases such as this.

Raped, Impregnated and Imprisoned: Qatar's Forgotten Workers

Kerry Ann Akers | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kerry Ann Akers

Sexual violence and imprisonment are facts of life for many of Qatar's women workers. Largely women from Nepal, India and the Philippines, Qatar's domestic workers face isolation and exploitation in the world's richest country.

Dying for a Pair of Jeans

James Elliott | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Style
James Elliott

What are you wearing right now? Is it a pair of blue jeans? If it is, then it's more than likely they were made in the Guangdong province of China, where over half the world's denim is produced. If they're sandblasted, then someone may well have died making them for you.

Bangladesh Rescue Workers End Search For Survivors

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK

Bangladeshi rescue workers have said no more victims of the deadly factory collapse remain buried under the rubble, and have called off their search, ...

Human Rights Under an Increasingly Authoritarian Regime - Bangladesh

Amir Eden | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Amir Eden

After having spoken to fellow colleagues from Justice International, one of Justice for A Better World's charitable organisations, made up of internat...

Entrepreneur Backs Ed Miliband's Support for a Living Wage for All

Jessica Rose | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Politics
Jessica Rose

As you may well know, last week Labour leader, Ed Miliband, announced that if Labour were to form the next government they would encourage businesses to pay employees the Living Wage (approximately £8.55) by cutting business rates or tax levels for those that do. As someone who employees 20-30 people (some on PAYE and others freelance) at the London Jewellery School, I whole-heartedly welcome these plans.