Future unions: towards a membership renaissance in the private sector

New research supported by a wide range of union leaders sets out a radical plan to reverse the decline in trade union membership and boost pay in the private sector. The 11-point plan is published by the Changing Work Centre, a joint initiative between the Fabian Society and Community union. Private sector union membership is now … Continue reading Future unions: towards a membership renaissance in the private sector

Reinvigorating our skills system to support older workers

By Charlie Samuda Looking for a new job is daunting at the best of times. Even with unemployment at a record low, many of the jobs available are part-time, poor-quality or unreliable shift-work. It’s an uphill struggle if you don’t have the right qualifications to start with. Now that further education funding has been slashed … Continue reading Reinvigorating our skills system to support older workers

How trade unions address a new set of challenges for women at work

By Frances O’Grady The trade union movement has a long and proud history of representing – and winning – for women workers. From the chainmakers of Cradley Heath and the Bryant & May match workers through to the sewing machinists at Ford in Dagenham, trade union women have organised, bargained and campaigned for a fairer, … Continue reading How trade unions address a new set of challenges for women at work

Making a living from cutting our own hair

By Carsten Sorensen There is currently much debate on the future of paid employment in light of technological advancements in speech recognition, robotics, artificial intelligence and a range of other areas. We are often presented with evocative imagery of self-driving cars and, occasionally, the digital immortality of bodiless beings. I wish here to emphasise more … Continue reading Making a living from cutting our own hair