Last week, the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) was in the news because the union backed its two members in helping make sure that Uber lost its appeal at the Employment Appeals Tribunal. The appeal sought to strike down the earlier decision of the Employment Tribunal in late 2016 that Uber's practice of self-employment for its drivers was bogus.
The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has announced the result of its consultative ballot of members on breaking the 1% pay rise cap in the public sector. On a 49% turnout, members agreed by 99% with the statement that the pay cap should be scrapped and that additional government funding should be made available to provide for an above inflation pay rise. On the same turnout, 79% voted to take industrial action if the government refuses to scrap the cap.
Workers in two McDonald's restaurants in Crayford, south east London, and Cambridge made history on Monday 4 September when they became the first ever McDonald's workers in Britain to go on strike.
So there is a very strong case for saying that there is a pressing need to strengthen the ability of unions to do their job of protecting and advancing their members' interests because this will benefit workers in general. Currently, only one major political party advocates such a perspective, and that is the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.
Only full and proper state regulation of our financial and economic systems can prevent such a calamity from happening again. But it will also need state intervention in employment matters to protect workers' interests and to support the creation of stronger unions to help in doing so. For a book that unfortunately will be beyond the financial reach of many, consider getting your union branch or public library to order a copy.
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).
The scale of this challenge is on a par with that facing the British-wide unions supporting the Manifesto and seeking its implementation throughout Britain.
Bob Crow, the former RMT union general secretary, died at the tragically young age of 52 three years ago this week. In some ways, the world has moved on apace since he died on 11 March 2014 - with the arrival of the Trump presidency, the Brexit vote, Corbyn as Labour leader and so on.
Museums exist in the present day and need to react to dynamic audiences. You need to keep on your toes and think about what you are doing and ask yourself whether it makes sense to you and will it make sense to other people.
In the last few months, a number of large, household name companies like Hermes, Sports Direct and ASOS have come under intense