both a live and challenging issue. To get a different perspective, we spent some time with the Shadow Minister responsible for this policy area, Labour’s Chi Onwurah talking about this and her work as chair of the All-party Parliamentary Group on diversity and inclusivity in STEM, Also in this episode: the challenge of organising in Amazon, four day working weeks (or not) at the Welcome Trust, and how to get your U21 Conference tickets. A Makes-you-Think production.
In the latest Unions21 podcast, Becky and Simon talk to Danny Mortimer– chief executive of the NHS Employers’ organisation. The lack of co-ordination and appetite amongst employers is frequently cited as a major inhibitor of good industrial relations and collective bargaining. So, when the lead negotiator for the employers of the largest workforce in the country offers to spend some time sharing his thoughts, that seems a good opportunity – to gain some insights and test some bona fides.We also preview the Unions21 conference – tickets available now - and following listener comments, extend our union recognition debate to Canada. A Makes-You-Think production.
In the latest Unions21podcast, Becky and Simon talk union recognition with Paul Day of the Pharmacists’ union PDAU. In a David-and Goliath tale for our times, hear how a retail/pharma giant was called out by their own staff. We also run the rule over reports from ETUI, ONS and ETUC about the current and future world of work and give a plug to Waterstones workers' campaign to be paid the Living Wage. A Makes-You-Think production.
Although 12,000 miles and 13 time zones away, there are important lessons to learn from impressive initiatives like collective bargaining rights for freelancers and platforms that promote worker rights rather than abuse them.
Closer to home, we also look at the fantastic victory of the Pharmacists Defence Association Union (or PDA for short) in their campaign for recognition in Boots, and
celebrate the outlawing of zero-hour contracts in Ireland.
We send sympathy and condolences to those affected by the terrorist acts in Christchurch on 15 March. You can read the PSA statement here.
In the latest Unions21 podcast, as we come to the end of this year’s TUC HeartUnions week, Becky and Simon look at some of the many things that have been going on to highlight the good and wonderfully varied things that unions do. A Makes You Think production
In the season finale, and last episode of 2018, Becky Wright and Simon Sapper look at the Government’s new commitments on worker rights– and highlight what really needs to happen to address one-sided flexibility in employment. We also look back over a memorable podcasting year, with the help of Michele Stanistreet ,Gavin Kelly and Charlotte Bence,and lay out a roadmap for work on Collective Worker Voice and other matters in 2019. A peaceful and happy new year to all our listeners. A Makes-You-Think production
In the latest Unions21 podcast, Becky Wright and Simon Sapper explore how collective bargaining can control the use of algorithms with Fredrik Nilson and Fredrik Soederqvist from Swedish union Unionen. Just how did they make that happen and recruit 100,000 extra members as well? And most importantly of all – could it happen here too? A Makes-you-Think production.
In the latest Unions 21podcast, Becky Wright and Simon Sapper talk with Vic Barlow about the unbreakable links between organising and communications -and how notions of strategic choice underpin both. Drawing on her work for teaching unions ATL and NEU, Vic gives us a masterclass in good practice in this vital area for unions and all membership organisations. A Makes-You-Think production
In the latest Unions21podcast, Becky Wright grills the three trade union members of the Low Pay Commission - Kate Bell, Kay Carberryand our own Simon Sapper– on the process and politics of recommending increases in the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage. Hear how such a blatant intervention in the labour market has delivered for the poorest paid in our society – and many more besides. A Makes-You-Think production.
If you have something to say on low pay – either a piece of research, or a suggestion for people or places the Commission should talk to - then please do get in touch with the Commission secretariat.
British film, tv and theatre is a big, big success story; a source of national pride, entertaining and audiences across the world and earning millions for the UK. But why do so many performers work in such precarious conditions – and what can be done about it. In the latest Unions 21 podcast, Becky Wright and Simon Sapper talk with Charlotte Bence of Equity about the “professionally made, professionally paid” campaign targeting low pay in the sector – and discover that the organising tools used here could, should and do have a resonance across the economy, irrespective of industry. A Makes-You-Think production.