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The GMB/Deliveroo deal - a masterclass in negotiation or cynical PR move?

The GMB/Deliveroo deal - a masterclass in negotiation or cynical PR move?

June 15, 2022

When GMB and Deliveroo announced an agreement covering all 100,000 of the company’s self-employed drivers and riders, it was a bit of a “Shock and Awe” moment.  Is this a fantastic feat of negotiation or, as the IWGB union put it “a cynical PR exercise”?  In this special episode Deliveroo’s Joe Carberry and GMB’s Mick Rix discuss with Simon how the deal came to be,  what it covers (and what it doesn’t), and why both believe the deal could be a blueprint for the modern world of work.  Companion blog at bit.ly/Loudshirts. Music by Scott Holmes. A Makes-You-Think production.

Knowledge is power - how can unions use data?

Knowledge is power - how can unions use data?

April 27, 2022

In this special episode, we look at an important new survey from Unions21 into how unions can use data.  Report author Tom Hunt reminds us that, like death and taxes, data has always been with us.  But effective use of data not only leads to better decision making, but also sets the stage for wholesale cultural change in unions, driving improvements in organising, servicing and governance based on evidence-based allocation of resources and investing in a sharing-based rather than silo-based way of working.  With case studies from Linda Kelly (Forsa) and Melantha Chittendnen (Community).  Companion blog here.  Music by Scott Holmes.  A Makes-You-Think production.

Reach, information, persuasion - successful union comms w/Kevin Slocombe

Reach, information, persuasion - successful union comms w/Kevin Slocombe

February 22, 2022

In the latest episode,  Simon chats with Kevin Slocombe – for 12 years the Communication Workers’ Union’s Head of Communications before moving on to work with Jeremy Corbyn while he was Leader of the Opposition, and then becoming Chief Of Staff for Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees - not one but three roles that are each fascinating in their own way, but not often open for viewing and discussion. Kevin’s assessment of what works best in comms is one that comes with real authority.  We also have Mel Simms#thought4theweek direct from the UCU picket line,  Basit Mahmood with his #RadicalRoundUp, and news of a brand new podcast from the UnionDues stable.  A Makes-You-Think production. Music by Scott Holmes. A member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network.

Timestamps 2m01s - #thought4theweek, with Mel Simms, 5m28s - Kevin Slocombe  (6m48s – CWU,  17m14s - LOTO, 29m10s – Bristol), 36m44s - #RadicalRoundUp, with Basit Mahmood, 40m21s - New podcast news! Total run time  - 43m57s

 

Double delight

Double delight

February 8, 2022

Simon introduces not one but two helpings of Mel Simms' #thought4theweek - what is the impact of long Covid, and will the looming cost-of-living crisis increase the chances of union successes?  There's also a new format expanded #RaicalRoundUp as Basit Mahmood guides us through care homes being insourced by local authorities,  care workers at breaking point,  Amazon quietly ditching paying people to rebut critical tweets, and the longest ever gig worker strike by Stuart drivers.  Plus hear David Rovics play his City Hall Workers' Strike Song.  Full details, links etc at bit.ly/3LkrOuM    Music by Scot Holmes.  A Makes-You-Think production

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.

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