After the summer of discontent: where next and what's needed now?

RSA Event / Video / Online

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Online via YouTube

  • Economic democracy
  • Employment

Whether it’s energy bills, food essentials, petrol or train tickets, costs are rising across all corners of our lives. Households, businesses and even essential services are feeling the pressure, with the poorest in our society most harshly affected.

To add to the burden, wages and salaries have failed to rise in line with inflation. The past summer saw several sectors push back on this, as train operators, posties, barristers, dock workers and more went out on strike. Some success was achieved, but for many, their battle is ongoing.

With cost of living pressures expected to worsen over the winter, what kind of support is needed now from employers and from the government? And what can the ‘summer of discontent’ teach us about the power of collective action and how people can best make their voice heard in the workplace and wider society?

Hear representatives from Citizens Advice, the Living Wage Foundation and the Trades Union Congress as they explore these urgent questions and their potential solutions.   

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