Tag: Zero-hours contracts

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The UK’s richest union is fighting in the courts, but not for the low paid | Nick Cohen

Capital will stage a brutal demonstration of its power over labour when the furloughs and state protections of the Covid pandemic end. Across the west, but most particularly in the UK, employees’ ability to defend themselves will depend on whether they are in a trade union. The new working class of young, female and ethnic…
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October 8, 2021 0

The Guardian view on public sector jobs: keep gig economics out | Editorial

The erosion of job security and the prospects of millions of UK workers due to casualisation and outsourcing is widely recognised to have transformed the experience of work. Between 2000 and 2016, the number of zero-hours contracts increased fourfold. Such trends are meeting with increased resistance. Last week, Uber drivers won the right to a…
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October 4, 2021 0

The minimum wage is meaningless if we don’t treat workers with respect

Last week, Labour members backed the fight for a £15-an-hour minimum wage at their annual party conference in Brighton. The vote, which may or may not inform the party’s future policy, has kicked off a debate over what figure the UK should be aiming for as a basic wage floor. But this bold declaration of…
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October 3, 2021 0

The Guardian view on the Uber drivers ruling: a challenge to government | Editorial

It is difficult to think of ways in which Friday’s supreme court ruling on the employment status of Uber drivers could have been more emphatic or conclusive than it was. The six justices agreed unanimously to uphold a groundbreaking employment tribunal finding made against the company in 2016. Uber drivers, the court confirmed, are not…
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October 2, 2021 0