How often have you felt totally comfortable asking for something at work - a pay rise, flexible working, a full year's maternity leave, different hours? I feel okay asking for most of those things, some of you reading this will too. I'm going to remove some stuff from this situation though. Firstly, lets get rid of the fact … Continue reading “You don’t have to do this thing we clearly want you to.” – Opting out of zero hours contracts, and “choices” at work.
So a few people sent me this today. If you've not read it, it's an anonymous Guardian blog purporting to be written by a trade union employee who coasts at work, where his colleagues are also-coasting, sexist dinosaurs and the organisation is "crumbling", with no collaboration, no diversity and seemingly no way of stopping cantankerous old men milking … Continue reading The not-so-secret problems with trade unions
Employment rights in the UK are, relatively at least, fairly good. They're not excellent, but they're good. We have laws against maternity discrimination. We have Health and Safety laws to protect pregnant women from suffering at work. There's legislation preventing zero-hours workers from being prevented from seeking work elsewhere, from being harassed at work, and … Continue reading The Sports Direct shambles shows how workers can never rely on the law alone.
HI! Everyone's excited about the new Gender Pay gap law because it's great and is going to force companies to be more equal and stop dicking round paying women less than men! But here I am to rain on your parade and poke some holes in it and say that this is far from the end … Continue reading How to make the new Gender Pay Gap law actually work
So. Nigel Farage has said, in an interview with former equality commissioner Trevor Phillips, that he'd get rid of "most" discrimination law, as "the employer should be much freer to make decisions on who he or she employs.” Most of the furore over this interview is likely to be justifiably centred on Farage's scare-mongering about … Continue reading Nigel Farage is after workers as well as immigrants.
"It’s important not to worry that you are not doing enough, everyone’s contributions matter, however small, and at each point in your life you can only do what feels comfortable at that moment. Even just sharing your views, or just being yourself and modelling an ethical way to live will make a difference."
A blog on Mrs Jayaben Desai, who led a two-year strike against anti-immigrant bosses in the 1970s.
Speech from Rent Freedom Day which explains what the hell trade unions have got to do with the housing crisis.