Delivery drivers used by Amazon are fighting for improved employment rights. They argue they are doing the equivalent of an employed person’s role, with fixed hours, without the benefits. Similarly, outsourcers’ trainees claim they are being treated as ‘indentured labour’ with the expectation that they will train for no salary and then remain with the […]
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Since the news broke about the sexual harassment claims against Harvey Weinstein, the lid has been lifted on many other cases in the arts and politics. Those in the public eye are under scrutiny, but what lies behind the curtain in other workplaces? Half of women (and a fifth of men) say they have been […]
Modern slavery is on the increase, right under our noses. Companies are failing to vet the employees in their supply chain, which means that modern slavery is remaining hidden. It could take the shape of labour exploitation, for example working very long hours, sexual exploitation, or domestic servitude. 190 public sector staff in London are […]
Already deep in controversy over its ‘toxic culture’, Uber has now lost its licence to operate in London where it has 40,000 drivers and 3.5m customers. Its new CEO has apologised and hopes to restore faith. The more fundamental dispute, for Uber and other ‘gig economy’ firms like Deliveroo, centres on the 2016 ruling that Uber drivers are not […]
Capitalism has got out of hand in recent years, due to its short-termism. The voice for taking the long-term view is growing louder. Those companies that take a long-term position outperform their peers in earnings, revenue and market capitalization. One aspect of long-termism involves prioritisation of stakeholder needs. The employee takes centre stage, after the […]