A recipe for economic justice

Professor Barry Supple outlines key components of an economically just society and explores degrees of justice and fairness in an economy. He describes three important ingredients for achieving economic justice in society: the provision of education, a well-resourced welfare state and a progressive taxation system.

A redesigned economy

Helen Barnard explains how the causes of poverty interlink with employment, housing and social security, and the need for a redesigned economy.

Birmingham ‘a tale of two cities’

John Cotton, a Labour councillor in Birmingham, tells the story of in-work poverty and his campaign to make the local council introduce the Real Living Wage (RLW). All council staff and 17,000 employees are now paid the RLW and Birmingham has set up a Poverty Truth Commission to listen to those with lived experience of poverty.

Community solidarity

Professor Nadia Valman tells the story of late nineteenth and early twentieth century strikes for better pay and working conditions in the East End of London. She explores how people from Irish and Jewish communities, in spite of differences, supported each other in solidarity when facing injustice and defending their rights.

Craigielea Care Home Dispute

Keith Hodgson tells the story of Craigielea Care Home in the North East of England, UK. After blowing the whistle on the poor treatment of residents and going on strike, some care home staff were sacked. Keith helped create a high profile campaign using music and performance to raise awareness and the staff successfully found new jobs in their local area.

Disability and sports

Sandra Hulme, Mark Palmer and Peter Wyman tell the story of the founding of Greenbank College by Gerry Kinsella MBE, elite athlete, GB medal-winner in the World championships for wheelchair basketball. The College offers education, training, employment, sport and recreational activities for disabled and other disadvantaged local people in Liverpool as a form of economic justice.

Economic Injustice in history

Professor Robert Beckford explains what an economically just society looks like and explores some of the root causes of social and economic justice in Britain today. He also explores the morality of extreme wealth and, in our podcast series, the legacy of colonialism.

Economic justice and employment

Tessa Gray explains the different types of employment in the UK, the need for a living wage on top of a basic minimum wage, and what changes are necessary in order to bring about economic justice. In our podcast series she explores how economic injustice affects refugees and asylum seekers and other historically excluded people.

Economic justice, work and leisure

Tania Aubeelack explores the links between the value of work, leisure, and the gig economy. In our podcast series, she explains that an economically just society gives everyone a fair share and equal access to knowledge, happiness, health, freedom, and prosperity.

Evenbreak

Jane Hatton, tells the story of setting up Evenbreak – a UK job board connecting employers and disabled candidates. Finding discriminatory attitudes that affected disabled applicants getting jobs and becoming disabled herself, Jane was motivated to challenge employment practices. Evenbreak is a living wage employer and social business which has over 600 employers and 50,000 disabled candidates registered on the site.