Workers Rights

TfL's Taxi For Uber Cuts To The Heart Of The Gig Economy

Tim Roache | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK
Tim Roache

Today is a big deal for gig economy workers and professional drivers across London - and it's making a splash on the global stage too. Transport for London has told Uber that it is "not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence". TfL has warned of the potential public safety and security implications of the company's behaviour.

I'm An Uber Driver And Agree With TfL - Uber Must Play By The Rules Or Get Out Of London

Dennis Bartholomew | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK
Dennis Bartholomew

TfL have a duty to keep Londoners safe - and if Uber cannot stand playing by the rules, then it can have no place in London. Playing fair would safeguard drivers from abuse and protect the public - but as this soap opera drags on, it is drivers and the public who risk paying the price.

Time To Put An End To Killer Heels

Ilana Winterstein | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK Style
Ilana Winterstein

Shoe production is a shady world. There is little to no transparency throughout the shoe industry, and complex global supply chains make it nearly impossible to pick up a shoe in a high street store and trace its origins.

Here's How Theresa May Could Really Change The 'Unacceptable Face Of Capitalism'

Erinch Sahan | Posted 03.09.2017 | UK Politics
Erinch Sahan

To really change 'the unacceptable face of capitalism' the government should consider more fundamental reform. It needs to change incentive systems that reward CEOs who keep costs down and profits high through paying low wages, exploiting loopholes in tax laws to avoid paying their fair share, and ignoring the planet's natural limits.

To Increase Britain's Productivity We Need An Active Government And A Pay Rise For Workers

Rebecca Long-Bailey | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Politics
Rebecca Long-Bailey

Britain is lagging behind other advanced economies. Our people are dynamic but that dynamism is stifled, with us all losing out. We must breathe new life into our economy. We can't do that without supporting the workers, who will drive that process and make our economy fit for the 21st Century.

National Postal Strike Looms Unless Company Changes Direction

Dave Ward | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK
Dave Ward

Royal Mail will never succeed just by relying on the parcels market. Instead we are calling for real change, a far more ambitious growth strategy and proper empowerment of the company's greatest asset - its workforce.

McDonald's Workers Historic Step, In Their Fight For Fairness

Ian Hodson | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Ian Hodson

This strike is a call for change. Our members demand to be listened too - they have a right to get their voice heard. Hopefully, senior figures at McDonald's will be listening, because this voice is not going to go away, and this behaviour can go on no longer.

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...