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I’m being exploited in the gaming industry

26 Jun 2017, By Guest

My company is exploiting contracted workers and I am one of them. I’m a self-employed Digital marketer for a multinational corporation in the gaming industry. I’ve worked here for two years and I’ve become increasingly frustrated and angry with my employment as I strongly believe that they are exploiting contracted workers. I work in a…

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Grenfell Tower vigil

Grenfell exposes the true face of deregulation

21 Jun 2017, By

I think it is important that we do not rush to conclusions over the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower that has killed so many people in West London. The priority must be supporting residents who have lost their homes and comforting those who have lost loved ones. Many of those who lived, and died, in…

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Britain Still Needs A Pay Rise

07 Jun 2017, By

Over the past week, the TUC has been out across the country with one simple message – Britain Still Needs A Pay Rise. We’ve been driving around constituencies and stopping in town centres to talk to the wider public. This is a big election issue; what will politicians do for those whose pay has not…

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Iranian workers still fighting for justice

07 Jun 2017, By

My colleague Mehdi Kouhestani, who now works for the Canadian trade union movement, has provided this update on a three day long strike in Iran which demonstrates the struggles trade unionists in Iran have just getting wages paid. Non-payment of wages is a problem in many countries, usually because it’s a get-rich-quick scheme for the…

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Organising music’s precarious workforce: What gigging workers can teach gig workers

22 May 2017, By Guest

The Musicians’ Union has 30,000 members the majority of whom are self-employed and have portfolio careers: gigging, teaching, working in freelance orchestras, session musicians or composers and songwriters working from home. As our member Stephen Wright recently told the Scottish TUC conference: “The gig economy: welcome to our world! We need to recognise that the…

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Stress

Is this Tory mental health proposal going to help?

19 May 2017, By

The Conservative Party election manifesto includes a commitment to amend health and safety regulations, and many readers will be surprised and delighted to learn that, on this occasion, they are not proposing to reduce levels of protection. In fact, what the manifesto says is: “We will amend health and safety regulations so that employers provide…

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