Workers Rights

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 15.08.2016 | 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 27.06.2016 | 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 24.06.2016 | 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 23.06.2016 | 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 10.06.2016 | 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.

Four Things They Don't Tell You About The EU

Banseka Kayembe | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Banseka Kayembe

The fact is the EU has done far more good than bad, and is a democracy. The future of democracy and our sovereignty is that it is shared and that we work together in this increasingly globalised world. Don't fall for the Brexit propaganda, in the long-term our future and success is in collaboration, not isolation.

The Risks of Leaving the EU Are Far Greater to Working People Than Staying In

Frances O’Grady | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Frances O’Grady

The EU is far from perfect. I haven't been afraid to criticise it before, and I won't hesitate in the future. But on balance, the risks of leaving are far greater to working people than staying in. We need to build on the protections we have, not gamble them away.

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 22.09.2016 | 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 16.09.2016 | 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 08.09.2016 | 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 05.08.2016 | 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 27.05.2016 | 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.