Reminder to UK folks that registering to vote is a small part of the toolkit for resistance, and that the vote registration deadline is tonight. Register if you haven't yet. Master's tools and all that, but it's still something you can do that could improve the lives of people in the immediate future.
Registrations per day is currently occurring at a higher rate than the that in the election in which the Tories lost their majority and Labour gained 30 seats, back in June 2017. Yesterday's total, for instance, is 177% more than the number of signups for the equivalent day in the 2017 elections, and the preceding days show a similar trend. The majority of these are young people, as is usually the case.
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Labour and The Co-operative Party are standing 50 joint candidates. The CP is linked to all the co-operatives in the UK and promotes using co-operatives as a model for housing, working etc, which is in line with my understanding of what would constitute a better world.
"New Jersey has demanded that Uber pay $649 million for years of unpaid employment taxes for its drivers, arguing that the ride-hailing company has misclassified the workers as independent contractors and not as employees."
The Star's Sara Mojtehedzadeh reports on Wednesday's labour board hearing, where our union must prove that Foodora couriers are not independent contractors and therefore have the right to unionize: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/11/06/heavyweights-uber-foodora-in-separate-battles-that-could-impact-gig-economy.html
Got to go to bed—rally & important hearing at the Labour Board first thing tomorrow morning on whether Foodora couriers are "independent contractors"/have the right to unionize. I will be posting when I can!
UK architects form labour union to fight exploitation Show more
#Labour: #UK professional architects form a union to fight against aggressive exploitation in the field, citing among other concerns unpaid overtime, precarious contracts, and working hours https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/oct/30/architects-form-trade-union-uvw-saw
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I'm seeing a number of reports (all so far behind paywalls) that #UK and #EU are on the verge of an agreement on an Irish backstop replacement. As it would keep N Ireland in the EU customs union, the 11 DUP MPs in Westminster will vote no, so #Bojo will have to gather support from #Labour party MPs for approval by Parliament
"Gigs, Side Hustles, Freelance: What Work Means in the Platform Economy City"
A collection of bite-size essays from various contributors on the #PlatformEconomy from an urban planning perspective. Touches on Uber, AirBnB, WeWork, and precarious labour and economic development in general.
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From Luciana Berger's own blog:
"You can’t trust the Lib Dems – vote Labour"
I'm occasionally inspired to give a reasonably precise summary of what is wrong with free-market, property-based, capitalist economic systems.
This would be one such:
Also last night...
East Kilbride Central North by-election, 1st prefs:
SNP – 1582 (46.5%, +4.2)
Lab – 690 (20.3%, -11.3)
Con – 498 (14.6%, -4.1)
LibDems – 422 (12.4%, +9.9)
Green - 153 (4.5%, +0.6)
UKIP – 48 (1.4%, +1.4)
LBT – 12 (0.4%, +0.4)
In days bygone, Labour used to weigh their votes here, now entirely supplanted by the SNP. Hard to believe, but Labour's downward trajectory may not yet have hit the bottom.
> With the GDPR, FairTube hopes to shine a light on how YouTube chooses which videos to prioritize or demonetize, and change YouTube’s support system from an automated one to one staffed by humans.
Google Agrees to Meet with YouTubers Union Right Before Deadline: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/evjnew/google-agrees-to-meet-with-youtubers-union-right-before-deadline