UnionDays

Stories from a trade union scrapbook.

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Episodes

Wednesday Jun 22, 2022

Into the 1990s and beyond.  Demystifying Union Safety Reps, and how I broke the stereotype armed with just a white sliced loaf of bread.  Why  “elf n’ safey” isn’t just about bogs, basins and boring stuff. How we pushed back on a grand outsourcing plan so ill-conceived it nearly triggered a strike ballot amongst 100,000 employees - and the strange connection with Jermaine Defoe’s goal against Slovenia. A Makes-You-Think production. Music by Scott Holmes. Companion blog here. Some names and other details have been changed. Got a story for the scrapbook? Tell us at info@makes-you-think.com

Wednesday Jun 08, 2022

Episode 3.  Into the 1990s. I’ve been with the National Communications Union for about a year and have been given responsibility for health and safety. We dive straight into the ground-breaking case that outlawed ruinous computer working practices (which saw employees literally crippled whilst employers ignored or dismissed the warning signs), the media scrum that followed the court case, how the EU was a force for good, and a revolution in making this work safer.  A Makes-You-Think production. Music by Scott Holmes. Companion blog here. Some names and other details have been changed. Got a story for the scrapbook? Tell us at info@makes-you-think.com

Wednesday May 25, 2022

The late 1980s, and I’m working for the specialist civil servants’ union.  Hear why one employer thought jury service didn’t apply to their staff, how another sacked someone for being on maternity leave, and why a third was given a “take it or leave it” ultimatum by their employees.  Hear too about a change in my responsibilities that brought me face-to-face with spooks, so-called weapons of doom and, albeit indirectly, the Prime Minister of Pakistan. A Makes-You-Think production. Music by Scott Holmes. Companion blog here. Some names and other details have been changed. Got a story for the scrapbook? Tell us at info@makes-you-think.com

Wednesday May 18, 2022

It’s 1986. Margaret Thatcher is prime minister.  Madonna, the Communards and Nick Berry jostle for the No 1 single. I’m working for the specialist civil servants’ union.  In this episode we travel from Glasgow’s abattoir to Kew Gardens,  via agricultural shows and the Government Communications Headquarters, travelling the length and breadth of the UK, and getting a behind-the-scenes look at some of Britain’s quintessential institutions.  As well as meeting characters who are both charming and bewitching, we answer two key questions – (1) does the water run blood red when abattoirs are hosed down?  And (2) can you be a good union member and a loyal patriot too ? A Makes-You-Think production. Music by Scott Holmes. Companion blog here. Some names and other details have been changed. Got a story for the scrapbook? Tell us at info@makes-you-think.com  

Thursday May 12, 2022

A trailer for the forthcoming podcast series UnionDays - stories from a union scrapbook.  A Makes-You-Think production.  Music by Scott Holmes.  Contact us at info@makes-you-think.com.  Find us on YouTube and Insta - search UnionDays.

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It's our turn....

Cops, medics, lawyers, vets, footballers' wives - they all get to tell their tales.  Now it's the turn of a union rep to open the scrapbook of stories.

The people, places, scraps and scrapes. Heroes and villains. Tall tales and low blows. It’s the stuff of life itself and I can’t wait to share these stories with you.

Who knows, you might see yourself in some of them.

In fact, you probably will.

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