UK Workers

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.

Giving Young People A Chance

Ellie Bradley | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Tech
Ellie Bradley

Modern technology may be transforming the jobs market, but the challenges remain age-old - we need experience to get experience and ultimately prosper.

Nepal's 'Invisible' Children Are Still Falling Through The Net Two Years After The Earthquake

Imogen Calderwood | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Imogen Calderwood

Today, as we look back to the 9,000 lives lost in the devastating earthquake of 2015, we must also look to the future, to the work that still needs to be done in Nepal to build resilience, to help lessen the impact that disasters like this have on the most marginalised communities.

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.

The Shared Economy: Time For The Regulators To Catch Up

Janvi Patel | Posted 08.09.2017 | 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.

Why Boycotting Brands Won't Help Garment Workers

Jenny Holdcroft | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Style
Jenny Holdcroft

Garment workers desperately want to keep their jobs, so boycotting brands is not the way forward. They want to work. In many countries the garment industry is of the few avenues to financial independence for women.

Robots Will Cut Out the Middleman - Oops, That's Us!

Michael Mercieca | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Tech
Michael Mercieca

The endgame of robotics is to achieve the so-called 'Technological Singularity'; that's the moment when artificial intelligence can truly think for itself, redesign itself, improve itself or build other robots that are better than itself, on its own, without human assistance.

Why Italians in London Aren't Here to Live Off the Governments Benefits

Carolina Are | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Politics
Carolina Are

Changing the UK's immigration laws to restrict the influx of these skilled, flamboyant and yes, loud, workers might end up changing the country's landscape, and for the worse. Think about that next time you complain your pizza isn't up to Italian standards.

The Tories Are the Party of the Workers? Translation: A Worker is All You're Allowed to Be

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

In modern Britain, women are to be workers, and workers only. Care and family work, the women and men who do it, and any importance placed on their work, are to be crushed by the New Party of the Workers - because a 'Worker' is all you are allowed to be.

Remembering the Dead, Fighting for the Living

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

This Tuesday millions around the world will stand to 'Remember the dead and fight for the living' at events, demonstrations and vigils held to mark International Workers' Memorial Day (IWMD). This annual commemoration for all those who have been killed, disabled, injured or made ill as a result of accidents at work or occupational disease...

It's Time to Stop Treating Workers as Cheap Commodities

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Labour MPs and MEPs want to see collective agreements such as the NAECI become the norm in the UK and a reversal of the casualisation of labour that is devastating the lives and livelihoods of so many.

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.

Employees Behaving Badly

Charles Elvin | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Charles Elvin

The corruption of the world's biggest currency dealers was exposed recently, leading to US and UK regulators imposing £2.6bn of fines on six major banks. Although an extreme example, what we have here is a prime illustration of how bad behaviour in the workplace can have incredibly serious consequences for the organisations involved.

Volunteer's Week - Good for You, Good for Business

Adam Stones | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Adam Stones

Do you volunteer, do you give up time to share your experience with people or projects that could benefit from your assistance?

Unpeeling the Impacts of Poverty

Harriet Lamb | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade is a large, complex work in progress. We have never claimed to tackle all the many injustices that grind down people living in poverty, or to have achieved trade nirvana balancing all of global trade's problems with a magic Mark...

As Young Workers' Month Ends: It's Time to Get Organised

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josiah Mortimer

It's been a bad couple of weeks for trade unionism. Two of its greatest champions - Tony Benn and Bob Crow - have both passed away. But beneath the sadness, something interesting has been happening. Something that offers hope for a previously moribund movement...

Brits On Zero-Hour Contracts Could Get Right To Fixed Work

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics

Workers on controversial zero-hours contracts should get a legal right to a fixed-hours arrangement after 12 months, a think-tank has concluded. Th...

Will Osborne's Budget Woo British Workers?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been challenged to win around British workers in his Budget as a new poll found how financially battered they have been over recent...

New EU Rules to Protect Posted Workers and Prevent Abuse

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Valuable, even necessary. Companies often post workers abroad to fill service contracts in other EU countries. However, these postings can be far from an unadulterated blessing. The workers involved can be exploited and companies may try to avoid tax and social security contributions in host countries...

How Ill Have Brits Been? Here's 5 Graphs You Need To See

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

It's official, British workers are getting healthier. According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of days lost to sickness absence...

Here's Why Most Of You Won't Be Getting A Pay Rise

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Politics

Many workers expect pay to be frozen or remain below inflation this year amid warnings that the "severe fall" in real wages will not be reversed until...

'A Looming Problem For Employers'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A shortage of skilled workers in some industries is a "looming problem", a new report has warned ahead of the latest unemployment figures. A study ...

How to Be More Productive

Stephen Fear | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Fear

Being productive at work won't happen by sitting at your desk, staring at your emails for eight hours. To be productive you have to manage your time efficiently and with a few simple steps; you can make the most out of your work day and avoid those unnecessary late nights at the office.

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...

Humans vs. the Machines: Managing People and Resources in Today's Modern Enterprise

Nelson Phillips | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK
Nelson Phillips

Successful businesses are those that can achieve a balancing act; juggling the management of technology with the interests of staff and workers. In today's connected culture, IT resources are more important than ever - acting as the hub connecting workers, data, processes and operations.