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The Great Post Office Scandal - role of postmasters’ union is cause for concern

The Great Post Office Scandal - role of postmasters’ union is cause for concern

January 25, 2022

As the public enquiry into the Horizon IT scandal gears up,  Simon looks at the role played by the National Federation of sub-Postmasters, the Fed,  in the mass prosecution and conviction of its own members for fraud and theft that they were entirely innocent of. He is joined by author of The Great Post Office Scandal Nick Wallis, former Fed Executive Council member Mark Baker, and communications union (and refuge for dissident and disillusioned Fed members) national officer Andy Furey.  “A jaw-dropping tale of what happens when unions distrust their members and surrender independence.”  Music by Scott Holmes.   A Makes-You-Think production.

Labour market regulation needs strong unions

Labour market regulation needs strong unions

January 11, 2022

In the latest UnionDues, Simon chats with Alice Martin from PIRC about labour market regulation, enforcement and the scourge of non-compliance.  Just why does this matter so much to unions and what is the scope for action?   Mel Simms looks at the theory that underpins this regulation in her #thought4theweek.  Spoiler alert – both Alice and Mel conclude that union involvement is essential for decent employment standards.  With Basit Mahmood adding his #RadicalRoundUp of union stories that problem won’t get covered n the mainstream media, and you have a bumper 1st edition of 2022.  Companion blog for links, etc, here. Part of the Labor Radio Podcast Network,  Music by Scott Holmes. A Makes-You-Think production. Timestamps:  Mel Simms – 2m27s, Alice Martin - 7m37s, Basit Mahmood – 46m.33s, Jack Dromey tribute – 50m08s

Are we there yet?  Is the race for gender equality nearly over?

Are we there yet? Is the race for gender equality nearly over?

December 15, 2021

A bumper episode for the holiday season.  With women in union leadership roles increasing, and more women than men in union membership,  is the fight for gender equality close to an end?  The TUC's Nikki Pound and leading academic Dr Cecile Guillaume walk us through a landscape that is varied and challenging.  But are we moving forwards or falling back?  Plus Mel Simms' #thought4theweek  and Basit Mahmood's #RadicalRoundup. Time stamps - Mel: 3m06s, Nikki: 6m37s, Cecile: 35m51s, Basit:57m00s. Part of the Labor Radio Podcast Network. Music by Scott Holmes. A Makes-You-Think production.

Making global solidarity real - w/Eric Lee of LaborStart

Making global solidarity real - w/Eric Lee of LaborStart

November 30, 2021

In the latest UnionDues podcast, global union newsite LaborStart’s  founder Eric Lee explains why website hits don’t matter and email campaigning still gets his vote. Glasgow university’s Professor Mel Simms on the power, potential and pitfalls of digital organising, and Basit Mahmood brings us union stories you won’t see in mainstream media in the #RadicalRoundUp.  Music by Scott Holmes, part of the Labour Radio Podcast Network. A Makes-You-Think production.

Doctors‘ union finds strength in their members‘ patients

Doctors‘ union finds strength in their members‘ patients

November 16, 2021

In the latest episode, Simon chats with doctors’ union Chief Executive Tom Grinyer – lots of weighty issues from what BMA strapline  “Looking after doctors so they can look after you” means in practice, to unique relationships with the TUC, the Royal Medical Colleges and the British Medical Journal.  Also featuring Prof Mel Simms #thought4theweek and Basit Mahmood previews the #RadicalRoundUp.  Music by Scott Holmes.  Union Message by Luke Roderick/LRPN. A Makes You Think production

Uber - cultural change or blatant deceit? With James Farrar, ACDU

Uber - cultural change or blatant deceit? With James Farrar, ACDU

August 18, 2021

In this special episode, Simon chats to James about why the UK Supreme Court ruling wasn't the last word on Uber drivers' employment rights, why the company's operating model breeds poverty and pollution, how to organise in a world of algorithms and "robo-firings" and ADCU's common cause with sister union GMB. UnionDues is part of the Labor Radio Podcast Network. A Makes-You-Think production. Music by Scott Holmes.  Companion blog (for links, signposting, background) here.

Feathers and Pennies - the 1888 Matchgirls and us

Feathers and Pennies - the 1888 Matchgirls and us

July 28, 2021

In this special episode, Simon explores the legacy of the 1888 Matchgirls' strike on union organising, safe working, collective voice and women's emancipation and finds a "golden thread" linking then to now.  The Feathers and Pennnies collection of Matchgirls-inspired poems and prose is available here.  Companion blog here.  Music by Scott Holmes and The Pete Dunhill Choir.  A Makes-You-Think production.  

Industry without Art is Brutality - w/Zita Holbourne

Industry without Art is Brutality - w/Zita Holbourne

July 20, 2021

Featuring Artists' union co-chair Zita Holbourne in conversation with Simon, Professor Mel Simms asks "What are we organising for?" in her #thought4theweek,  Josiah Mortimer brings us the latest #RadicalRoundUp of union stories you just may have missed.  Companion blog at bit.ly/IndustryWithoutArt. Music by Scott Holmes. A Makes-You-Think production. Part of the Labor Radio Podcast Network.  contact the show on uniondues@makes-you-think.com 

How to get 250m workers on strike - w/Ajitesh Pandey

How to get 250m workers on strike - w/Ajitesh Pandey

July 6, 2021

The Indian General Strike at the end of 2020 saw 250 million workers take action.  How and why does that happen? What's behind the headlines?  Simon chats with senior INTUC officer Ajitesh Pandey to find out. Plus Mel Simms on why mobilising and organising are not the same, and Josiah Mortimer's #RadicalRoundUp.  Music by Scott Holmes. Companion blog here. A Makes-You-Think production

The Future of Work - w/ACAS chair Clare Chapman

The Future of Work - w/ACAS chair Clare Chapman

June 22, 2021

Simon chats with Arbitration and Conciliation Service Chair Clare Chapman about fairness, fire-and-rehire and the future of work.  Mel Simms wonders if hard hit hospitality workers can look forward to better times, in her #thought4theweek,  and Josiah Mortimer brings us up-to-date with his #RadicalRoundUp.  Companion blog at bit.ly/UDs4e5blog. Music by Scott Holmes. A Makes-You-Think production

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