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Weekly Economics Podcast: Can unions transform the economy?

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Unions Renewed authors Alice Martin and Annie Quick


Amid the coronavirus crisis, the number of people becoming members of a union has skyrocketed. Unison reported 65,000 new members since the start of the year, and in the last six months, 50,000 people have joined the National Education Union. The TUC worked with the chancellor to create the furlough scheme, and teaching unions were partly responsible for the government U‑turn over face masks in schools.

It certainly looks like union influence has had a boost, as they fight against redundancies and for the health and safety of their members. But what about outside of the workplace? Can unions and their members change the rules of the economy?

Ayeisha is joined by Alice Martin and Annie Quick, the authors of Unions Renewed: Building Power in an Age of Finance, co-published by Polity and NEF. 

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Image: Charles Edward Miller (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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