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Women, Work and barriers to Industrial Prosperity with Jess Phillips MP
In the latest Unions21 podcast, Becky and Simon chat with Jess Phillips MP, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Women and Work. Along the way, we talk childcare, why it’s good to laugh and why we shouldn’t be grateful when we win. If we categorise people as either “radiators” or “drains”, there’s no doubt Jess is in the former camp. We give a shout-out to a great work by NAPO in overturning the government’s deeply flawed part-privatisation of the probation service.
Posted: 20 May 2019
We know the issues facing young people, now let's organise them where they work
In her latest blog, Unions 21 director Becky Wright asks why unions have been unable to organise young workers in recent years and what more can be done to bring them into the union fold to face future challenges in our economy?
Posted: 14 May 2019
Enforcing Labour Standards with Sir David Metcalf
You can have all the positive legislation in the world, but effective enforcement is needed to make good intentions a day-to-day reality. In our latest podcast, Becky and Simon talk with David Metcalf, Director of the Office of Labour Market Enforcement. What are the key parts to his strategy and why?
Posted: 12 May 2019
Collective Voice & A Manifesto For Justice
The FDA last week launched its Manifesto for Justice, calling for investment in the criminal justice system. Steven Littlewood argues that Collective Voice and investment in the criminal justice system should go hand in hand.
Posted: 9 May 2019
The Future Of Work – Taming The Robots
In the latest Unions21 podcast, Becky and Simon talk to Christina Colclough and Jonnie Penn about their work with the 20m strong UNi Global Union and the Future World of Work project. Are the fears for the future justified? How can we use this new technology to our benefit? There is no one better qualified or more articulate on this most pressing of subjects.
Posted: 6 May 2019
What Future for ACAS? With Brendan Barber
In the latest Unions21 podcast, @beckyunions21 and @simonsapper talk to ACAS chair Brendan Barber. What is the future for this paragon of tripartite social partnership? We think you will be surprised and encouraged! We also preview the forthcoming U21 conference, and definitely absolutely. Do not give away any Avengers movie spoilers. Honest. A Makes-You-Think production. #DontSpoilTheEndGame
Posted: 29 April 2019
Industrial Strategy and Collective Voice with Chi Onwurah MP
In the latest Unions21 podcast, Simon and 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 talked 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.
Posted: 17 April 2019
What Makes NHS Employers Tick?
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 largest group of workers in the country offers to spend some time sharing his thoughts, that seems a good opportunity.
Posted: 11 April 2019
David and Goliath and Groundhog Day
In the new Unions21 podcast, Becky and Simon catch up with Paul Day of the Pharmacists Defence Association Union. They last spent time with Paul a year ago, when the PDA had just won the first-ever ballot to derecognise the distinctly non-independent management-controlled in-house 'union' for their pharmacists.
Posted: 29 March 2019
Kiwi Lessons In Union Innovation or From Middle-Earth to Game of Thrones
The first in a new series of Union21 podcasts is here. Becky and Simon talk to Andrea Fromm and Kirsten Windelov of New Zealands PSA union. Plus: the PDA's victory in their campaign for recognition from Boots, and the outlawing of zero-hour contracts in Ireland.
Posted: 18 March 2019