The Unions21 Podcast
Industrial Strategy and Collective Voice - w/Chi Onwurah

Industrial Strategy and Collective Voice - w/Chi Onwurah

April 18, 2019

In the latest Unions21 podcast, Simonand Becky tackle the issue of how to ensure that collective worker voice is embodied in the UK’s industrial strategy-

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.

What Makes NHS Employers tick? - w/Danny Mortimer

What Makes NHS Employers tick? - w/Danny Mortimer

April 11, 2019

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.

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)