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Working from the margins: how can UK/Scottish trade unions meet the needs o...

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Speakers:

Colin Lindsay, Alison Koslowski, Alan Marshall, Jay Wiggan, and Jen Remnant,

Chaired by Rob Gowans, Citizen's Advice Scotland.

This is a free event, refreshments will be provided.

This event will consider how the role of trade unions and collective bargaining should change (or not) given the conditions of the contemporary UK labour market. Featuring presentation-led discussion, it will draw on trade union and academic research relating to workers in the margins between work and worklessness, focusing on retirement, ill health, care eligibility and precarious work.

The divide between formalised paid employment and worklessness is not clear cut. The UK workforce is ageing consequent of an ageing population generally, the removal of a default retirement age and increased age at which citizens can access their state pension. Similarly, the burden of long term ill health is concentrated in middle/later life and so more working age people will be experiencing health conditions that will require long term sick leave and potentially having recourse to UK state welfare benefits before to returning to work. Workers are engaging in platform and gig economy based zero-hour or self-employed contracts, often featuring insecurity, precarity and in-work poverty which some propose carry health-harming consequences.

The UK labour market cannot promise secure work with the opportunity to progress and earn enough to support a household. There is a flexible reserve of labour, situated at the margins of the workforce, subject to the effects of welfare reforms which increasingly propel people of working age back into the labour market and lengthen working life. They exist somewhere between formalised, contracted paid work – within the remit of UK trade union support - and worklessness – beyond the remit of trade union support.


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