New Economics Podcast: How we win a new economy – a hot strike summer?

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Sian Elliot and Sarah Jaffe

Note to listeners: this episode was prerecorded in August 2022.

As the first week of rail strikes came to an end in June, Google searches for the phrase join union” had increased by 184%. News channels and politicians didn’t seem to know what to make of the broad public support for the striking rail workers. Inspired by the RMT union, the unrest spread: criminal barristers, BT workers, posties and teachers are just some of the people exploring strike action.

After decades of union busting, wage stagnation and decimated rights, are workers finally saying enough is enough? Why has the public suddenly got behind striking workers? And what would happen if we held a general strike?

Ayeisha is joined by the TUCSian Elliot and Sarah Jaffe, journalist and author of Work Won’t Love You Back”

Want to join a union? You can find the right one for you on the TUC website.

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