One of the great things about the trade union movement though, is that simply by existing it protects workers whether it's allowed into a workplace officially or not. By ensuring that a big enough stink was caused about Sports Direct that Ashley has been dragged in front of MPs, Unite have done more for Sports Direct workers than Ashley has ever even considered doing.
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Rebecca is a trade union activist and writer who writes on work issues, class and gender. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman, TES and the New Internationalist.
Now in all honesty, does anyone really feel that the fact more women will be refusing others maternity rights, helping the rich to evade tax, ignoring the fact that their child workers are being poisoned and flogging bad sports clothes made by sweatshop labourers, is going to get us any nearer to any sort of equality?
26/03/2015 17:50 GMT
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.
12/03/2015 12:04 GMT
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.
01/12/2014 16:39 GMT
Tweeting a picture of a terraced house, van in driveway, flags flying, is classist. Flags and vans are not an inherent part of working class culture, or unquestioned and undisputed by the working class. St George's crosses do not naturally bloom from the walls of terraced houses. Thornberry had the same reaction to that house as this council house kid would have.
21/11/2014 10:11 GMT
When we imagine the struggle for equal pay, it's in black and white newsreels, mini-skirted strikers and overtly sexist, cigar-puffing bosses. It's grounded in history, a fight long since won. We view the debate over Equal Pay as one that doesn't need to happen any more.
03/11/2014 15:06 GMT
When I was younger, I claimed housing benefit and JSA solidly for a year. I did it so I could live in a place where I could find a job I could turn into a meaningful career, a meaningful existence. I grew up in an area short of prospects, short of jobs. I did not have parents who could fund a year long series of internships. I had to rely on the state to get me on my feet.
29/09/2014 17:43 BST
Apparently we can't have a sensible discussion about anything without it descending into accusations of bigotry, blindness to privilege or just plain old childish nastiness. Unlike many criticisms leveled against feminism, this is probably one those inside the movement can accept.
13/02/2014 11:30 GMT
Get involved with your community and get it back. It will mean tiresome public meetings in dusty social centres, aching arms from holding placards in the rain, and - even if you're not a big shot landlord - being a bit less selfish, which is never easy. But it sure as hell beats sobbing over click-bait photo galleries of some millionaire's busted up ballroom.
04/02/2014 10:43 GMT
Hopkins has been rude about fat children and snobbish about working-class ones, but has she ever really done anything which really merits a 30-foot steel effigy of her being burned in front of a baying mob high off toffee apples?
31/10/2013 17:36 GMT
If bashing equality-seeking movements is your thing, you'll already be down with the failings of feminism. Exclusionary, ineffective and irrelevant, we're a middle class movement which bolted the drawing-room doors against the masses as suffragettes, and has continued to alienate everybody with a load of intellectual blah-blah ever since.
27/08/2013 10:22 BST
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