Workers Rights

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 22.04.2016 | 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 22.04.2016 | 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 08.04.2016 | 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 06.04.2016 | 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 01.04.2016 | 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 07.03.2016 | 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 01.03.2016 | 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.

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 sus...

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 26.05.2016 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.