Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.The world of work is changing. With technological advances and businesses looking for new ways to cut costs, we are being presented with fresh challenges in the form of digital platform capitalism. The question often being asked is whether we should accept the inevitability of automation and stop trying to make work better. But we believe Labour should continue the fight for a new workplace politics. If you get talking to someone on the bus, one of the first topics will be: “so, what do you do?”. It comes down to the dignity of work.We must set out why good, inclusive work matters – from how workers are treated by their employer matters to wage growth, employees being able to see clear paths for progression, opening up job applications to anyone in society. IPPR’s Tom Kibasi writes today: “Within firms, too much power is concentrated in the hands of management, and too little is held by workers.” This matters – but those power imbalances are also just the start of what must be done to deliver the change we need.The development of ‘good work’ could mean work is shared, more flexible, even reduced with a four-day working week. It involves creating inclusive workplaces, where necessary adjustments are made for people with disabilities and good mental health is promoted for all. We should be striving to ensure both that we reach full employment and that every worker has a job in which they are valued and feel comfortable.There are two simple truths. How you treat workers is crucial to the product. And the difference between the average and the world class lies in the extent to which you untap the endless potential and creativity of employees. As Alex Sobel MP explores in his piece on communal ownership and social enterprise, it is key for communities and workers to be meaningful stakeholders.New skills and good, inclusive jobs must be located as a central part of an intelligent industrial strategy that works to Britain’s strengths and adapts as industry changes. The whole skills agenda needs a boost: at present, vocational education and training is too often regarded as inferior to academic education and yet it is crucial to personal and national success.We must break down the institutional barriers facing marginalised groups in the labour market. The disability employment gap has stubbornly remained a little above 30% for the past decade. Government employment programmes have failed to achieve greater opportunities for disabled people, and employers are still often unwilling to hire disabled people. There is startling evidence that more than a fifth are less likely to hire someone if they are open about being disabled. It is vital that we transform the workplace to ensure everyone is able to participate fully and equally.We hope that our project looking at the world of work for Labour Together will be informative for future progressive Labour Party policy. As Westminster is consumed by Brexit, industries across the UK are facing new challenges that will shape the way we work for decades to come. We must grasp those challenges and work with our partners in the trade union movement to ensure the changes to work benefit all in society.This piece was commissioned by Labour Together, which is guest editing LabourList this week.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Labour /Jon Cruddas /Jack Dromey /Marsha de Cordova /Labour Together guest edit /The future of work /
A SUPERB first half performance saw Saints beat Crusaders RL 34-18 in Wrexham.James Roby and the half-back partnership of Lee Gaskell and Jonny Lomax were in inspired form as Saints ran in five unanswered tries.It ensured they climbed to second in the table but not before they fought off a spirited fightback from the Crusaders.Royce Simmons’ men were simply irresistible in a first half that yielded five tries and some breath-taking rugby league.They blitzed their opponents from the off with their fast pace, quick handling and attacking flair.Tries from Jonny Lomax, Lee Gaskell, Paul Wellens, Ade Gardner and James Roby telling a tale of total dominance as Saints looked like scoring from every set.Jamie Foster adding five goals to send them in 30-6 to the good.The second half brought tries from Tony Martin and Lloyd White as Crusaders threatened a comeback but Saints did enough to hang on; Ade Gardner adding his second as the hooter went.Consistency was the key with team selection as Simmons made only two changes from the team that beat Hull KR last week: Shaun Magennis coming in for Matty Ashurst and Jon Wilkin replacing the injured Scott Moore.Crusaders could have called on Jarod Sammut but opted to leave him out of a strong looking home side.Saints have made a habit out of starting poorly recently but made amends with two tries in the opening 10 minutes.Firstly, good territorial possession saw Roby feed Lomax on five minutes to scamper and sidestep his way to the line – Foster converting.And seconds later Lee Gaskell extended the lead further – Foster again successful.It took Crusaders 13 minutes to get into Saints’ 20 on the back of two penalties – but some superb last gasp defence had them on their backs twice in the in-goal area.Buoyed by that, six minutes later, Paul Wellens was strolling through a massive gap on the right for another try. Foster making it 18-0 from an acute angle.Crusaders hit back when a high ball from Lloyd White was tipped back and put down by Gareth Thomas – Clinton Schifcofske adding the extras.But normal service was resumed when the ball went right and Ade Gardner finished – his 157th try in the Red Vee.And seconds later a wonderful break and pass from Shaun Magennis saw James Roby go in.Foster tagging on his 33rd two-pointer of the year.Half Time: Crusaders 6 Saints 30Saints would have wanted to start the second half as good as the first but couldn’t have got off to a worse start as from Crusaders’ first attack; Tony Martin found space in the corner.It was a fantastic pass from Michael Witt who then coolly added the conversion from the touchline.It took Saints a good 15 minutes to regain their form but they eventually did; even if it didn’t add to the scoreline.Jon Wilkin would count himself unlucky to be held up with an inch to spare from Jammer’s pass then Foster was inches away from touchline down Wheeler’s chip.Crusaders then scored again in the most bizarre of circumstances. The ball went up on the last and was clearly tipped forward . Expecting the whistle to blow Wellens mopped up in his own in goal area.But the referee strangely gave a drop out and after two strong drives Lloyd White scored.The try knocked the stuffing out of Saints but Ade Gardner ensured there would be no need for late nerves with a clinical finish late on.Match Summary:Crusaders:Tries: Thomas, Martin, WhiteGoals: Schifcofske (1 from 1), Witt (2 from 2)Saints:Tries: Lomax, Gaskell, Wellens, Gardner (2), Roby,Goals: Foster (5 from 6)Penalties:Crusaders: 9Saints: 10HT: 30-6FT: 34-18REF: Robert HicksATT: 4002Teams:Crusaders:1. Clinton Schifcofske; 5. Stuart Reardon, 3. Tony Martin, 2. Gareth Thomas, 4. Vince Mellars; 6. Michael Witt, 17. Rhys Hanbury; 22. Richard Moore, 19. Lloyd White, 10. Mark Bryant, 11. Hep Cahill, 12. Jason Chan, 21. Paul Johnson.Subs: 8. Ryan O’Hara, 13. Frank Winterstein, 16. Ben Flower, 27. Jordan Tansey.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 17. Gary Wheeler, 22. Jamie Foster; 25. Lee, Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 9. James Roby, 8. Josh Perry, 13. Chris Flannery, 4. Sia Soliola, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 12. Jon Wilkin, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 21. Shaun Magennis, 28. Tommy Makinson.
LEWIS Charnock has been named in England Academy’s 20-man squad to face Wales Academy in a two-Test series.The 19-year-old made his debut for Saints earlier in the season.England will take on Wales on Sunday October 13 (3.00pm) and Friday October 18 (6.30pm) at Taffs Well RFC and coach John Winder believes that junior Rugby League is thriving and that his squad can benefit from a number of players having already played in Super League.“Whenever you select a national team it is a tough decision,” said Winder. “We have some great talent and there are good players who miss out now but they only miss out on this squad, for these Tests. The door is always open.“One of the big strengths of the England programme is that we have players coming in who have Super League experience.“In all England environments it is about creating a learning environment. We have a nine-day camp now which will help with the players’ process and development.“It definitely helps to have the England Knights as a stepping stone, there is a full pathway now for the players from youth level to the Knights and eventually to the full senior squad.“There is a really good mix of players here in this squad. We have players who have been in the England programme for the last couple of years and also we have some new fresh faces.”
NATHAN Brown says London will be a tricky proposition when Saints travel to The Hive this Saturday.Even though the Broncos have been relegated they are a team that “competes hard” for each other and may even “chance their arm more” as they have nothing to lose.“They have had some performances down there and have pushed Wigan, Warrington and Huddersfield close on their own field,” he said. “They seem to enjoy playing there.“Joey (Grima) has had one part of his mind on next year and has blooded some youngsters so they are probably in a bit of a transition period too.“One thing that has stood out though is those guys have kept competing for each other and that is a real credit to Joey and the players themselves.“It is a tough situation to be in but they are starting to produce players themselves which is important. There are solid foundations there.“It is still about consistency for us though as we haven’t put in a string of performances together for a while. We need to look at ourselves and look at what sort of team we want to be.”Saints came through Friday’s win over Bradford with no fresh injury concerns – but are unlikely to welcome back Luke Walsh this week.“We came through the game pretty sound,” Brown added. “Anthony Laffranchi and Kyle Amor came through well and it was good for them to get a game.“Luke Walsh will probably miss another week though. Obviously we would like him to play as he’s missed some footy, but he isn’t quite ready at the moment. It will be good to see him back as he’s missed a few games.“Jon Wilkin has been able to help out there though and that has been pleasing.“We had some good performances at Rochdale and Whitehaven last weekend too and those players will come into the reckoning. Shannon McDonnell had his first game and will probably need another couple. He will be a handy acquisition for us.”