May Day 2019 around the world
CommonSpace takes a look at what’s happening on May Day across the world
MAY DAY, also known as Labour Day and International Workers’ Day, takes place on 1 May every year all around the world – although the US celebrates the holiday on the first Monday of September instead.
It all began in Chicago, USA, on 4 May 1886, a demonstration known as the Haymarket Affair.
'Slave economy'? CommonSpace investigation finds employment figures 'skew' reality of modern work
Academics and union leaders warn that we are losing sight of the reality of the jobs market
A COMMONSPACE investigation into Scotland’s jobs market has revealed evidence that reports of record-low unemployment are “skewing” the reality of modern work.
Our investigation found that:
Doaa Shabbir: Forging communities based on togetherness is the solution to our loneliness epidemic
How can we restore community and togetherness in a modern society increasingly characterised by social isolation? Doaa Shabbir, writer and school student in Glasgow, explores this issue, and finds changing the nature of work is key.
Richie Venton: Tory workers' rights reforms are an admission of guilt, but not repentance
Richie Venton, Scottish trade union activist on the UK executive of Usdaw, takes a look at the UK Government’s new workplace rights reform plans – and proposes alternatives in their place
WHEN is a radical new package of workers' rights nothing of the kind? When it's announced by a besieged Tory government, increasingly bombarded by public anger at the horrendous insecurity of jobs and workplace rights in Britain.
Scottish trade unionists say UK Govt workers' rights reforms go nowhere near far enough
Legislation includes the right of workers to “request a more predictable and stable contract”, a proposal which the TUC has said is toothless
THE UK Government has introduced legislation which they say is the largest upgrade in workers’ rights in a generation, but Scottish trade union representatives have slammed it as going nowhere near far enough.