Frances O’Grady, the General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), gave the sixth annual Jimmy Reid memorial lecture on Thursday 27 September. 180 attendees filled Glasgow’s City Chambers to hear her lecture: A Future after Brexit? Unions and the Scandinavian model of social democracy.
Frances O’ Grady, the General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), will give the sixth annual Jimmy Reid memorial lecture in Glasgow’s City Chambers on Thursday 27 September. Doors open at 6pm with the lecture beginning at 7pm. The lecture is titled A Future after Brexit? Unions and the Scandinavian model of social democracy.
In March, the Scottish Affairs Select Committee published The future of working practices in Scotland. This report reflects on the Taylor review on modern working practices, which covered the gig economy and precarious work, and looks at changes in the traditional workplace, and the particular impact of these developments on Scotland.
The report contains recommendations for the UK Government:
Extend a written statement of terms and conditions to all workers.
Clarify employment status in primary legislation.
Give workers who have been on zero hours contracts for 12 months the right to request a contract which reflects actual hours worked.
Consider a higher minimum wage for hours which are not guaranteed.
Assess the extent of unfair and illegal employment practices in Scotland.
Stronger penalties, including fines, for repeat or serious breaches of employment legislation, and expand “naming and shaming” to all non-accidental breaches of employment rights.
Work with unions to establish the extent of blacklisting and stop it.
The report was informed by evidence given by Robin McAlpine, Director of the Common Weal, and Professor Mike Danson of the Jimmy Reid Foundation.
If you prefer a paper copy of the SLR, get in touch to see if we have one to borrow. There are a number of magazines to which members have subscriptions that they are happy to share with Unite comrades.
Other magazines to borrow include Socialist Review and Strike! There are also a range of books that may be of interest, including
Nick Srnicek and Alex William’s excellent manifesto for a post-work world and analysis of the rise of neo-liberal capitalism Post-Capitalism and a World Without Work
Jane McAlevey’s account of her decade as a trade union organiser, Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell)
Razmig Keucheyan’s essential overview of modern anti-capitalist thought The Left Hemisphere.
To find out what else is available – or to lend your own to the branch lending library – contact Graeme Smith. For more learning opportunities, contact our Learning Rep Amanda Cunningham.