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Third Party Harassment – when call centre workers get abuse from their customers – it is a big problem. Yet the government wants to dilute legal protection that currently exists in England, Scotland and Wales, and in Northern Ireland, where the issue seems most acute, there is no dedicated law on this at all.  In this podcast, Simon Sapper discusses the problem – and the remedies to it – with Northern Ireland Telecom branch member Sadie Fulton and CWU National Equal Opportunities Officer Linda Roy.

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The Robin Hood Tax Campaign seeks to inject over £8bn a year into public spending in the UK by imposing a very modest tax on certain types of financial transactions undertaken only by businesses, not individuals. There was an important breakthrough in the campaign at the end of January.  CWU Assistant Secretary Simon Sapper talks to RHT Director David Hillman to find out more.

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CWUYouth’s work on youth homelessness has been championed by Young Labour as their first-ever “priority issue.”  At a fringe meeting to launch the  party’s “Young hidden and Homeless” campaign,  Bex Bailey and  the CWU’s Simon Sapper explain what the campaign is, why it is needed and how it will work.

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More and more people are opting  for “no faith”  burials and partnerships – but many say it is their faith that gives their lives shape. In this podcast Simon Sapper talks with Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association  about  what his organisation believes and why.

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National Youth Committee Vice-Chair continues his  journey through his home town of Worthing to find out why so many people will be  marching for “a Future that works”  on 20 October.

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Simon Sapper talks to Sally Bridge about  the  new CWU  agency  workers’ campaign, 'Close the Loophole'.

This new campaign is born out of the success of the CWU's long-running 'Euro-trashed' campaign, seeking equal treatment for agency workers. This culminated in the implementation of the EU's Temporary Agency Workers Directive in UK law in 2011.

Further information on the campaign can be found:

http://www.cwu.org/agency-loopholes.html

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National Youth Committee Vice-Chair Dave Chivers talks to union activists in his  hometown  of Worthing  about why they will be marching for a Future that Works on 20 October.

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In this episode Dave Chivers, CWUYouth Committee Vice Chair talks to Weyman Bennett, Joint Secretary of Unite Against Fascism (UAF).  They talk about the importance and how people can become involved in the fight against far right organisations such as the EDL and the BNP.

Weyman explains how important the role of unions are in this fight and explains the simple ways that people can get involved.

They also discuss the forthcoming local elections on 3rd May and the Luton demonstration that will take place on 5th May to counter the EDL.

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Ryan Case, CWUYouth Chair speaks to Owen Jones (author of Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class) at CWU Annual Conference.  Owen gives his views on why it is important to recruit young people into the union and offers his ideas on how to do this.  They also discuss the implications of the union carrying Motion 16 which urges the union to defend jobs and employment rights; campaign for decent, permanent jobs for all young people and to organise a national demonstration again youth unemployment.  They also look at the whole issue of union’s becoming more community-based and supporting the unemployed as well as the employed.

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Simon Sapper, CWU National Officer and Ryan Case, CWUYouth Chair discuss the forthcoming CWU Annual Conference which will take place later this month.  They discuss what to expect and give advice to those attending for the first time.  They also talk about the fringe event which this year is in conjunction with the Equality Department.  Owen Jones, author of ‘Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class’ will be one of the guest speakers.

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