This weekend, the TUC is 150. 1868 was another world in terms of work – as anyone reading the list of occupational unions who sent delegates to the first meeting in Manchester would recognise.
In the US, yesterday was Labor Day. Wikipedia tells me that the bank holiday “honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.”
Yesterday, Lindsay’s boss asked her to work a double shift — again. Her tutor rang to find out why she’d missed her NVQ class — again. And a client, let down by the agency and left unwashed and hungry, rang in tears — again.