For anyone returning to their usual place of work, being consulted about whether or not to return, or with questions about safety we recommend watching this video from the multi-disciplinary group of scientists Independent SAGE. Their weekly briefings feature questions from the public. It’s up to us to be informed, in case our employers aren’t.
Many employers are normalising homeworking arrangements for their entire or a portion of their workforce. This is clearly necessary in order to minimise the potential for Covid-19 to spread, but it should not be at the cost of employees’ physical or mental wellbeing. By law employers have a duty of care to their workers, regardless … Read more
At our Zoom branch meeting on Thursday 9 July we’ll be hearing from a bus driver about the impact of Coronavirus and the challenges transport workers face as the lockdown is eased. All branch members are welcome to attend and take part in our discussions – you don’t have to be experienced to contribute! Members … Read more
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT continues to produce very useful analyses of the tech industry workforce. A recent report on diversity is a must-read. The first part is based on their own research and the second on Office for National Statistics data: The top line results do not make for rosy reading. Only 13% … Read more
Here is a great interview with author Wendy Liu discussing her book Abolish Silicon Valley, in which she investigates the role of tech firms within capitalism. Wendy memorably describes startups which build things like call-centre automation as producing “worker immiseration as a Service”.
Abolish Silicon Valley is available from Repeater books.
Millions of us are now working from home. If WordPress and Tumblr CEO Matt Mullenweg is to be believed, this is a great thing: “Millions of people will get the chance to experience days without long commutes, or the harsh inflexibility of not being able to stay close to home when a family member is … Read more
The latest booklet from the Labour Research Department (LRD) is “Monitoring and surveillance at work – a practical guide for trade union reps”With the largest ever work-from-home mobilisation ever seen in this country, we are now more reliant than ever on technology to keep us connected. Technology is now essential to how many of us … Read more
The next meeting will be held on 11/04/2019 at 19:00 in the Unite Moreland Street Office. 33-37 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB The nearest Tube Station is Angel (Northern Line) AGENDA 1. Apologies for absence 2. Minutes from the previous meeting 3. Matters Arising from the Minutes 4. Treasurers Report 5. Trades Council & Constituency … Read more