Civil Servants, Collective Voice and Brexit Abuse w/Amy Leversidge

October 15, 2018

In the NEW Unions21 #podcast, @beckyunions21 and @simonsapper talk Brexit, civil service neutrality, and political abuse @Amy_Leversidge of the FDA union. All reasons why workers need a Collective Voice at work.

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The Aussie view on UK union challenges w/ Dr Chris Wright

October 1, 2018

Hey - it's the NEW : workers on the board, employment rights from day 1, collective voice and plus of gives an Aussie perspective on labour relations. With @simonsapper &

During his discussion, Chris signposts a number of “good reads”. The links are: 

Gooberman, Leon, Hauptmeier, Marco and Heery, Edmund, 2018. Contemporary employer interest representation in the United Kingdom. Work, Employment and Society32(1), pp.114-132. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0950017017701074

Kochan, Thomas A. 2018. What Would Frances Perkins Do? Boston Review, 29 August. https://bostonreview.net/politics/thomas-kochan-what-would-frances-perkins-do

Thelen, Kathleen, 2014. Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity. Cambridge University Press. http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/politics-international-relations/political-economy/varieties-liberalization-and-new-politics-social-solidarity?format=PB 

Baccaro, Lucio and Howell, Chris, 2017. Trajectories of Neoliberal Transformation: European Industrial Relations Since the 1970s. Cambridge University Press.

http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/politics-international-relations/comparative-politics/trajectories-neoliberal-transformation-european-industrial-relations-1970s?format=PB 

 

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TUC review w/ Paddy Lillis, Antonia Bance, Worksmart and 90,000 new members!

September 13, 2018

The @unions21 podcast is one year old! To celebrate, @beckyunions21 and @simonsapper joined the TUC Congress in Manchester to catch up with the newest General Secretary on-the-block USDAW's Paddy Lillis to find out how his union recruits NINETY THOUSAND members a year,  @AntoniaBance spells out the TUC’s major new WORKSMART initiative, and we review our standing-room only fringe events, on Digital Transformation, and Collective Voice with voxpops from our stellar speakers including Rachel ReevesAlison Charlton, Jenny Andrew, Jon Skewes  Ali Milani and Amy Leversidge. Henry Skewes is our Production Assistant. A Makes-You-Thinkproduction.

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Bite-size Masterclass 5: Unions And Good Governance w/ Claire Sullivan

September 3, 2018

Good governance is at the heart of all organisations and unions are no different.  It is, literally, the difference between success and failure. In the fifth and final Unions21 bite-sized masterclass, Claire Sullivan from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy talks about what her union has done to ensure its structures do not just reflect members’ priorities, but also empowers them. There is expert analysis from Becky Wright, SPERI’s Tom Hunt, and Simon Sapper. We welcome the support of the University of Sheffield's Political Economy Research Institute, known as SPERI, and Beyond Trafficking and Slavery on openDemocracy. (Beyond Trafficking and Slavery is non-profit project combining clear writing with rigourous scholarship to help everyone better understand exploitation in the world of work. Find out more at opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery.) Music courtesy of  Podsummit.com. Photocredit: CSP.  A Makes-you-Think production.

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Bite-size Masterclass 4: Union organising across borders w/ Garry Elliott

August 27, 2018

In this fourth Unions21 bite-size masterclass, Garry Elliott from Nautilus International talks about organising across national borders, and how this modestly-sized union secured a global deal with multinational giant Shell.  There is expert analysis from Becky Wright, SPERI’s Tom Hunt, and Simon Sapper. We welcome the support of the University of Sheffield's Political Economy Research Institute, known as SPERI, and Beyond Trafficking and Slavery on openDemocracy. (Beyond Trafficking and Slavery is non-profit project combining clear writing with rigourous scholarship to help everyone better understand exploitation in the world of work. Find out more at opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery.) Music courtesy of  Podsummit.com. Photo credit: Nautilus Int. A Makes-you-Think production.

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Bite-size Masterclass 3: Union organising, education and the mobile divide, w/ Dr Peter Bloom

August 20, 2018

In this third Unions21 bite-size masterclass,  we range from Martin Luther King to "Fortnite", exploring how social movements and gaming technologies can be best harnessed in support of labour movement organising and education.  Dr Peter Bloom, from the Open University Business School takes us across the “mobile divide” and explains why it is so important.  There is expert analysis from Becky Wright, SPERI’s Tom Hunt, and Simon Sapper. We welcome the support of the University of Sheffield's Political Economy Research Institute, known as SPERI, and Beyond Trafficking and Slavery on openDemocracy. (Beyond Trafficking and Slavery is non-profit project combining clear writing with rigourous scholarship to help everyone better understand exploitation in the world of work. Find out more at opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery.) Music courtesy of  Podsummit.com. Photogrpah copyright of the Open University. A Makes-you-Think production.

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Bite-size Masterclass 2: Unions and CPD, an unbeatable combination w Mary Bousted

August 13, 2018

In this second Unions21 bite-size masterclass,  Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union speaks on how levels of engagement and union education were transformed by embracing the need of members for continuing professional development (CPD). There is expert analysis from Becky Wright, SPERI’s Tom Hunt, and Simon Sapper. We welcome the support of the University of Sheffield's Political Economy Research Institute, known as SPERI, and Beyond Trafficking and Slavery on openDemocracy. (Beyond Trafficking and Slavery is non-profit project combining clear writing with rigourous scholarship to help everyone better understand exploitation in the world of work. Find out more at opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery.) Music courtesy of  Podsummit.com. A Makes-you-Thinkproduction.

 

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Bite-size Masterclass 1: A renaissance of private-sector unionism w/ Mike Clancy

August 6, 2018

In this first Unions21 bite-size masterclass, ProspectGeneral Secretary Mike Clancy speaks on why and how there must be a renaissance in private sector trade unionism. There is expert analysis from Becky Wright, SPERI’s Tom Hunt, and Simon Sapper. We welcome the support of welcome the support of the University of Sheffield's Political Economy Research Institute, known as SPERI, and Beyond Trafficking and Slavery on openDemocracy. (Beyond Trafficking and Slavery is non-profit project combining clear writing with rigourous scholarship to help everyone better understand exploitation in the world of work. Find out more at opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery.) Music courtesy of  Podsummit.com. A Makes-you-Think production.

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Heatwaves and Blue Sky Futures w/ Prof Mel Simms

July 27, 2018

In the finale to their second series of @Unions21 podcasts, @beckunions21 and @simonsapper tackle the under-reported scourge of domestic violence, why it is a trade union issue and how we could do worse than follow the example of New Zealand.  The heat wave - and what employers should be doing about it - receives special attention. And Prof Mel Simms sets out her views on “where next’ for the world of work, and what she and her academic colleagues will be focussing on next. Real blue-sky stuff, you won’t want to miss. Supported by the university of Glasgow. Production assistant  Henry Skewes, A Makes-You-Think production.

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“I didn’t think I could take my maternity leave but I knew I had to”

July 13, 2018

In the latest @unions21podcast, @simonsapper and @beckyunions21 talk to @NUJofficial General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet – about the Carrie Gracie/BBC pay row, gender pay equality and public service broadcasting.  Becky and Michelle also talk frankly about their experiences as working Mums, and why taking maternity leave sometimes seems more necessary than possible. A Makes-You-Think production.

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