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 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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Young Workers, Collective Voice and #LikeASwede

July 6, 2018

In the latest @unions21 podcast, @beckyunions21 is inspired by her visit to Swedish trade union centre TCO. Together with @simonsapper, leading academic Andy Hodder is quizzed on youth engagement, digital campaigning and Britain’s Got Talent (well our unions have, at least). And as the long-awaited Commission on Collective Voice is launched, we hear from Margaret Prosser and Mike Clancy about it’s purpose and mission. Supported by the University of Glasgow. A Makes-You-Thinkproduction.

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Special Episode: US unions respond after Janus case - holed below the waterline, or conservative own-goal?

July 2, 2018

Last week the US Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Janus case– designed to wreak havoc in US unions’ organisation and finances. Was this a torpedo below the waterline, or an own-goal?  What are US unions doing to respond and what lessons are there for us here in the UK?. What was the case all about anyway?  @beckyunions21discusses all this with @UCB Labor Centerchief @kjacobs9in this soecial edition. Hosted by @simonsapper, A Makes-you-Thinkproduction.

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A Good Week For Unions w Paul Day & Joe Dromey

June 22, 2018

In the latest @unions21 podcast, @simonsapper and @beckyunions21 get the inside story from Paul Day on how the pharmacists’ union PDAU took on Boots – and won but needed to trigger the UK’s first union derecognition ballot to do so. Joe Dromey from IPPR tells us why now the best time for unions is to impact on public policy.  We get on our soapbox to deliver a few home truths as Pimlico Plumbers lose another court battle over the status of their workers and assess the prospects for the IWGB’s as they secure leave to appeal against a judgement that says Deliveroo riders are self-employed.  Contact us at info@unions21.org.uk. A Makes-You-Think production.

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Unions And The Hostile Environment w/Prof Jane Holgate

June 8, 2018

@beckyunions21 and @simonsapper celebrate #TUC150 with leading academic @janeholgate.  Are the latest #union membership stats a cause for optimism or despair? There are glimmers of light like the #HandsOffOurTips campaign at TGIs. Can #community organising succeed where industrial organising has hit problems? And what can we learn from @unigloabalunion ‘s success in getting a deal from Amazon in Italy? This @unions21 podcast is supported by the University of Glasgow. A Makes-you-Think production assisted by Henry Skewes

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New Deal or New Serfdom? w/ Gavin Kelly and Angela Eagle

May 18, 2018

@beckyunions21 and @simonsapper talk the future of unions with @GavinJKelly1. It’s not for the faint-hearted! And we have an EXCLUSIVE with @angelaeagle, discussing her book The New Serfdom, co-authored with @Imi_Ahmed. Plus What Next after the TUC New Deal demo, and did SuRie do the right thing at Eurovision. A Makes-you-Think production

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What Is Organising For? - w/ Prof Mel Simms

May 4, 2018

@beckyunions21 and @simonsapper talk organising, worker voice, the McStrike, recognition and the UCU pensions dispute with leading academic and union activist Mel Simms. Also in this episode: How the PDA-Union are breaking new ground with their #2780Pharmacists twitter campaign to achieve recognition. This episode has been supported by the University of Glasgow. A Makes-You-Think production. 

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