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Delivering rights in the modern world of work

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'.

The Tolpuddle Tree

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.

Now is the time to fight for a new deal for workers

15 September

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.

Britain’s Workers Feel Stressed And Insecure

13 September 2016

By Carolyn Jones, Director, Institute of Employment Rights

BRITAIN’S 31 million workers are among the most insecure, stressed and unhappiest in Europe.

No wonder! According to the latest report by the Institute of Employment Rights (IER), the evidence is damning.

Byron Hamburgers: When employers fail to do right by migrant employees

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.

The neo-liberal reform of collective bargaining in Spain: its consequences for social dialogue

Miguel Martínez Lucio
Miguel Martínez Lucio

10 August 2016

By Carlos J Fernández Rodríguez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain; Rafael Ibáñez Rojo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain; and Miguel Martínez Lucio, The University of Manchester, UK

The latest in our EU Comparative Series

This briefing outlines some of the key industrial relations issues in Spain in the light of the major legal reforms since the start of the crisis in 2008, pushed by the Troika and mainly enacted by the right-wing Popular Party (PP) (2011-15) – as well as to an extent the previous Socialist Party (PSOE) in its final years in power (08-11).

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