Workers Rights

Nigel Farage Is After Workers as Well as Immigrants

Rebecca Winson | Posted 12.03.2015 | 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.

Dear George - About Your 'Shares-for-Rights' Proposal...

Dr Prateek Buch | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Prateek Buch

Weakening employee rights is not likely to boost innovation or the employment rate (much), and will have no impact at all on unemployment and economic growth.

Migrants Versus Natives? Improve Pay and Working Conditions in Low-paid Jobs

Mumtaz Lalani | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Politics
Mumtaz Lalani

Despite public perceptions that migrants have had a substantial and negative impact on wages, there is little quantitative evidence to date that suggests this. What is clear, however, is that migrants have increasingly come to dominate certain sectors and sub-sectors of the economy such as cleaning, construction and agriculture.

Owner-employees - Worse News Than Beecroft

Joe O'Donnell | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Joe O'Donnell

It would be sad to see hundreds of years of employment law progress being swapped for £2,000 worth of shares which can be bought back on dismissal 'at a reasonable price'.

'Basic Worker Rights' For Civil Servants Could Be Slashed

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK

Civil servants could see "basic workers rights" slashed, including holidays, sick pay and child care, and even their jobs put at risk, with managers u...

40% Of Bosses Ignore Depression Among Staff

Posted 11.06.2012 | UK

Two out of five small business owners never talk to their staff about their physical or mental health, despite the cost of stress in the workplace, ac...

How May Day Is Celebrated Worldwide

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK

Whether it is pagan rituals at Wiltshire stone circles or employment rights marches in Taiwan, May Day has different meanings for different countries ...

Apple Appoints Fair Labor Monitors For Foxconn

BBC | Posted 30.05.2012 | UK Tech

Auret Fan Heerden, the President and CEO of Fair Labor Association, has said an investigation into Foxconn will lead to a "dramatic improvement" in wo...

The Human Cost of Apple iPads

The New York Times | Melanie Hick | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Tech

The explosion ripped through Building A5 on a Friday evening last May, an eruption of fire and noise that twisted metal pipes as if they were discarde...