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There’s been a lot of talk about a “hot strike summer” in Britain, and that’s mainly because of the excitement around the rail workers’ strikes. In June, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) went on strike for three days over pay and proposed cuts to the train system. Though people around the country rallied to the cause of the strikers, the dispute remains unresolved and there are more strikes coming up, with other rail unions joining the RMT on the picket lines. I met up with Alex Gordon, the president of the RMT, to talk about the state of the unions, the prospects for a revival of class consciousness, the privatization and financialization of rail travel, the looming climate breakdown and transport workers’ role in fighting it, and so much more.
We also talk to Laura Hancock of the Yoga Teachers Union-IWGB about their campaign against sexual harassment, and Matt Cole of Fairwork about the leaked Uber files. With updates on the Medieval Times union and what happens when “hot labor summer” means workers are laboring in temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. For Argh, we consider nurses’ battle against “moral injury” and the hell that is working in chain-owned pet hospitals.
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Harry Davies, Simon Goodley, Felicity Lawrence, Paul Lewis and Lisa O’Carroll, Uber broke laws, duped police and secretly lobbied governments, leak reveals, The Guardian
Kelle Howson, Callum Cant, Alessio Bertolini, Matthew Cole and Mark Graham, Protecting workers in the UK platform economy, Fairwork
Julia Jacobs, The Knights of Medieval Times Will Carry Union Cards With Their Lances, The New York Times
Polly Smythe, Britain’s Workplaces Are Not Ready for Extreme Heat, Novara Media
Zia Weise and Karl Mathiesen, The frontline workers at risk in Europe’s heat wave, Politico
James Meadway, This could be the labour movement’s summer of glory, The New Statesman
Cat Hobbs, The government’s ‘Great British Railways’ is privatisation rebranded, openDemocracy
Yves Smith, Matt Stoller: The Liquidation of Society versus the Global Labor Revival, Naked Capitalism
Argh, I wish I’d written that!
Sarah: Kari Lydersen, Nurses in the U.S. Are Suffering ‘Moral Injury”, In These Times
Michelle: Jarod Facundo and Brian Osgood, “Welcome to Hell”, The American Prospect