How Collective Bargaining Controls Algorithms

The Robots Are Coming but Sweden Is Fine – so ran a memorable headline of a New York Times articlelast year about the looming impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and employment. But why are the Swedes apparently so relaxed about this? What is the truth behind the headline? In this week’s Unions21 podcast, we talk to two … Continue reading How Collective Bargaining Controls Algorithms

New Podcast: Battling Low Pay In British Theatres Matters To All Of Us

Charlotte Bence (Equity) and Becky Wright (Unions21) recording our latest podcast In 1982, Colin Welland won the Oscar for best screenplay. The film, also winner of the Oscar for best picture, was Chariots of Fire. Welland accepted his award with the clarion call: “The British Are Coming!” Setting aside he historical contradiction – those words … Continue reading New Podcast: Battling Low Pay In British Theatres Matters To All Of Us

From Martin Luther King to Fortnite: Social Movements, Gaming And Unions

In this third Unions21 bite-size masterclass podcast,  we range from Martin Luther King to Fortnite, exploring how social movements and gaming technologies can be best harnessed in support of  labour movement organising and education.  Dr Peter Bloom, from the Open University Business Schooltakes us across the “mobile divide” and explains why it is so important.  There is … Continue reading From Martin Luther King to Fortnite: Social Movements, Gaming And Unions

“I Didn’t Think I Could Take My Maternity Leave But I Knew I Had To”

The lack of flexible working practices is really a cost to business – a bar to higher productivity. Yet still there is reticence to have a sensible discussion about this.