8 episodes

Cops, medics, vets, lawyers, footballers’ wives all get the chance to tell their tales. Now it’s time to look in the union scrapbook of stories.

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    • Society & Culture

Cops, medics, vets, lawyers, footballers’ wives all get the chance to tell their tales. Now it’s time to look in the union scrapbook of stories.

    Episode 7 - Searching for tractors

    Episode 7 - Searching for tractors

    In the final episode of the series,  we can’t avoid the role sex plays in misconduct at work.  Why do so many men think looking at porn in works time on work equipment is ok?  (Were they searching for tractors?) What did the telephone engineer say to the sex worker who couldn’t get a dialling tone? Are there some cases – both linked to pornography and not -  that are so extreme, the member forfeits the right to be represented? And why we can fairly point the finger of blame at government for the hostile environment in which many workers suffer?

    A Makes-You-Think production. Music by Scott Holmes. Companion blog here. Some names and other details have been changed. Got a story for the scrapbook? Tell us at info@makes-you-think.com

    • 21 min
    Episode 6 - Discipline at work and the case for a learning culture

    Episode 6 - Discipline at work and the case for a learning culture

    Casework is a large part of any union rep’s life.  We meet the unfortunate and the miscreant.  Hear about the devastating impact conduct cases can have on employees and their families, how Stan’s love of vines nearly cost him his job, and why disclosure of confidential information is easier to allege than prove – and above all why a learning culture is so important in minimising the destructive fall-out from high profile cases.

    A Makes-You-Think production. Music by Scott Holmes. Companion blog here. Some names and other details have been changed. Got a story for the scrapbook? Tell us at info@makes-you-think.com

    • 20 min
    Episode 5 - Going green

    Episode 5 - Going green

    Sheffield becomes the epicentre as the union tries to go green. Were we ahead of the curve and how could we match the good intentions with worthwhile deeds?  How we came to love COEDS (Control of Environmentally Damaging Substances).  Why new ways of working  make “elf  n’ safey” even more important and immediate.

    A Makes-You-Think production. Music by Scott Holmes. Companion blog here. Some names and other details have been changed. Got a story for the scrapbook? Tell us at info@makes-you-think.com

    • 13 min
    Episode 4 - a bread and butter issue

    Episode 4 - a bread and butter issue

    Into the 1990s and beyond.  Demystifying Union Safety Reps, and how I broke the stereotype armed with just a white sliced loaf of bread.  Why  “elf n’ safey” isn’t just about bogs, basins and boring stuff. How we pushed back on a grand outsourcing plan so ill-conceived it nearly triggered a strike ballot amongst 100,000 employees - and the strange connection with Jermaine Defoe’s goal against Slovenia.

    A Makes-You-Think production. Music by Scott Holmes. Companion blog here. Some names and other details have been changed. Got a story for the scrapbook? Tell us at info@makes-you-think.com

    • 16 min
    Episode 3 - Reckless computer working practices and making legal history

    Episode 3 - Reckless computer working practices and making legal history

    Episode 3.  Into the 1990s. I’ve been with the National Communications Union for about a year and have been given responsibility for health and safety. We dive straight into the ground-breaking case that outlawed ruinous computer working practices (which saw employees literally crippled whilst employers ignored or dismissed the warning signs), the media scrum that followed the court case, how the EU was a force for good, and a revolution in making this work safer. 

    A Makes-You-Think production. Music by Scott Holmes. Companion blog here. Some names and other details have been changed. Got a story for the scrapbook? Tell us at info@makes-you-think.com

    • 16 min
    Episode 2 - From Fringe Bodies to Weapons Of Doom

    Episode 2 - From Fringe Bodies to Weapons Of Doom

    The late 1980s, and I’m working for the specialist civil servants’ union.  Hear why one employer thought jury service didn’t apply to their staff, how another sacked someone for being on maternity leave, and why a third was given a “take it or leave it” ultimatum by their employees.  Hear too about a change in my responsibilities that brought me face-to-face with spooks, so-called weapons of doom and, albeit indirectly, the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

    A Makes-You-Think production. Music by Scott Holmes. Companion blog here. Some names and other details have been changed. Got a story for the scrapbook? Tell us at info@makes-you-think.com

    • 24 min