The Unions21 Podcast
How To Win Union Recognition: The PDAU Story

How To Win Union Recognition: The PDAU Story

March 29, 2019

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.

Kiwi Lessons In Innovation

Kiwi Lessons In Innovation

March 19, 2019

The new series of Unions21podcasts kicks off with Becky and Simon spending time with New Zealand trade unionists Andrea Fromm and Kirsten Windelov,  of the 70,000 strong Public Services Association.

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.

A Makes-You-Thinkproduction.

HeartUnions Week 2019

HeartUnions Week 2019

February 15, 2019

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

New Workers’ Rights dissected and 2018 in review w/ Becky Wright & Simon Sapper

New Workers’ Rights dissected and 2018 in review w/ Becky Wright & Simon Sapper

December 21, 2018

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

How Collective Bargaining Controls Algorithms & Other Tales From Sweden

How Collective Bargaining Controls Algorithms & Other Tales From Sweden

December 10, 2018

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.

Organising, Comms and Strategic Choice w/ Vic Barlow

Organising, Comms and Strategic Choice w/ Vic Barlow

November 30, 2018

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

Lifting The Lid On The Low Pay Commission

Lifting The Lid On The Low Pay Commission

November 12, 2018

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.

Lessons for everyone in Equity’s fight against low pay - w/ Charlotte Bence

Lessons for everyone in Equity’s fight against low pay - w/ Charlotte Bence

October 29, 2018

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.

 

Linked podcasts are: New Deal or New Serfdom(published 18 May 2018) and our Brexit Special(published 7 September 2017)

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

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.

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

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