14 October 2016
Steve Tombs, Professor of Criminology, The Open University
This week, the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee published an evaluation of the Better Regulation initiative. The Government, it stated, “has set a target to reduce the cost to business of regulation by £10 billion between 2015 and 2020. So far it has achieved less than £1 billion”. In other words, ‘Better Regulation’ must do better.
14 October 2016
By Joy Johnson, UNITE Political Team
Become a Deliveroo rider and "pick up a ton of perks to sweeten the deal, like discounts with Apple and Vue Cinema on top of your self-employed sixteen pound an hour depending on location". Click on Deliveroo, the online restaurant delivery service website, and this is what the platform offers as inducements to entice young, fit "superstar cycle and scooter riders" to join the 'Roo'.
20 September 2016
By Martin Smith, GMB National Organiser
The labour market faces massive changes in the next ten years – laying down a challenge to the trade union and labour movement to adapt to the new needs and aspirations of working people by developing new forms of collective organisation, campaigning and action.
By Tony Burke, Assistant General Secretary, UNITE
Below is a video of, and the full text for, Tony Burke's speech in favour of Composite Motion 16 at TUC Congress, which supported the repeal of the Trade Union Act and called for a new framework for workers' rights.
16 August 2016
By Don Flynn, Director of the Migrants' Rights Network (MRN)
What else could Byron’s have done? The social media world was awash with attempted defences of the hamburger chain after it collaborated in the arrest of 35 of its migrant workers earlier in July. Our answer is they didn’t have to go along with the shabby act of entrapment of its staff, and they could have done so much more to push back against punitive, anti-worker rules.