ScotE3: BiFab's decline shows public ownership is needed to tackle the climate crisis
ScotE3, a coalition of climate activists campaigning for a just transition to a carbon free economy, look at the lessons which need to be learned from the decline of BiFab, an engineering firm who’s workers’ skills are needed to power a renewables revolution
Podcast: Is Scotland ready for the fourth industrial revolution?
Everyone is agreed the fourth industrial revolution will fundamentally change society and the economy – but how can Scotland adapt to it?
COMMONSPACE editor Ben Wray speaks to technology writer and engineer Craig Berry about his new report for Common Weal on automation, Disruptive Technologies: The Impact on Workers in Scotland.
Disruptive Technologies: The Impact on Workers in Scotland
Automation and other disruptive technologies are rapidly entering the global economy and could threaten up to 30% of jobs in Scotland by 2030. If we are to deliver an economy which is sustainable and inclusive of both people and technology, then we must focus on how we rebalance away from the current neoliberal model towards an investment-led growth model so that we can live in a world where the benefits of machines are felt by all people in our society; we just need to build the institutions which allow that.
SCOTIA show 2 on precarious work
Campaign group Better than Zero featured in second edition of SCOTIA
SCOTIA is a new live audience show hosted by journalists Robert J Somynne and Michael Gray, alongside film-maker Phantom Power Films.
The second show examines precarious work.
Watch the first show on the housing crisis here.
The basic income: Can it really work or is it all just a pipe dream?
The idea of a universal basic income has been floating around the political horizon in recent times with increasing energy. But what is it and how could it work in practice? Anas Hassan speaks to two academics to gain an extended insight
WOULDN'T we all love to be given money for free, even if we weren't working? What a utopian concept. But within the reality of life, many people have to work to sustain a living.
Submission to Scottish Affairs Committee Inquiry into Sustainable Employment in Scotland
On 11 January, Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine spoke to the UK Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee about sustainable employment. The following short paper is Common Weal’s submission to the committee
Scottish business demands UK Gov guarantee for EU nationals in Scotland
Small business chambers come out to defend freedom of movement for Scottish economy
THE FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESS in Scotland has demanded that the UK Government guarantee the right to stay for EU nationals living in Scotland.
Following its own research, which shows Scotland’s economy would be severely hit by exiting the European Union and single market, the body asked for assurances that Scottish business would be able to attract top talent.
Glaswegians trek in defiance of UK Government job centre closures
In response to closures, community rallies to resist damage of job centre losses
CAMPAIGNERS and local people have marched from Bridgeton to Shettleston this morning (Friday 13 January) in protest against the closure of a Glasgow job centre, which they say will result in extra financial burden to benefit claimants.
They hope that sustained action will impact the current consultation which could see the decision to close reversed in Maryhill, Castlemilk and Bridgeton.