“You don’t have to do this thing we clearly want you to.” – Opting out of zero hours contracts, and “choices” at work.

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.

The not-so-secret problems with trade unions

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

The Sports Direct shambles shows how workers can never rely on the law alone.

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.

Nigel Farage is after workers as well as immigrants.

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.