In the last week, legislation has been passed in California in an attempt to crack down on companies disguising a workers true employment status. The Bill is being introduced directly in line with the growth of so-called ‘gig economy’ companies, such as Deliveroo and Uber, who have sought to limit workers’ rights in an attempt to boost profits. The move by the State of California is likely to lead to other state legislators in the United States implementing similar laws to combat disguised employment. The difficulty around employment status is not restricted to the United States and remains a prevalent issue here in the UK. The question is what can be done by the UK to combat the rise of the gig economy?
At Court of Session this week an employer, Peebles Media Group, are bringing a case against their former employee, Patricia Reilly.The claim, brought before one of Scotland’s highest court, claims that Ms Reilly was at fault when she paid invoices, which turned out to be fraudulent, leading to the company losing around £200,000.
Today Friday 31 January 2019, marks the centenary of the Battle of George Square, one of the most significant moments in Scottish working class and trade union history. The Battle of George Square, otherwise known as “Bloody Friday” started with a strike called by the Clyde Worker’s Committee (CWC). CWC and their members sought to agitate for the 40 hour week. The industrial action was well supported on Clydeside, and by 31 January 1919, estimates of 90,000 striking workers and their families flooded to Glasgow’s George Square. The Red Flag was raised in the crowd. The British state, concerned that such well supported agitation would turn to a Bolshevik style revolution, violently suppressed the rising, sending tanks, soldiers and machine guns to Glasgow. Over 50 people were injured as a consequence.
This Saturday 24 November 2018, Thompsons Solicitors will stand shoulder to shoulder with our STUC colleagues, members of religious groups, trade unionists, and anti-racist activists at the STUC St Andrews Day Anti-Racism March and Rally.This year’s STUC St Andrews Day Anti-Racism March and Rally, champions the words of Maya Angelou, in its theme “Still We Rise: Internationalism, Freedom, Justice”.
Being given a diagnosis of cancer can be completely devastating for the individual involved and their family. During an already emotional and stressful time, worrying about undergoing treatment and how to tell family and friends, matters such as finances and employment should be the least of your worries. However, unfortunately many employers are still not offering the appropriate support to people with cancer, leaving them with little choice but to leave employment or put their health and recovery at risk.
Today and tomorrow a record 8000 women across Glasgow will take strike action in their continuing fight against Glasgow City Council for Equal Pay.
These women, supported by their trades unions Unison & GMB Scotland, have been fighting for equal pay for over a decade.
It is undoubtable that one of the cornerstones the fourth wave feminism has been the #metoo movement; a moment which has exposed the wide spread prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault, especially in the workplace. The movement has been far reaching, with allegations being made in all industries, from politics, to the church, to sport and the media. Although most of us will have heard of the high profile cases, the focus tends not to be on the experiences of low paid workers…. until today.