Trade Unions

The 'Mama Union' of Kenya

Rose Omamo came through the ranks at her assembly plant to lead a national union in Kenya
Rose Omamo is the General Secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Kenya Metal Workers. She trained as a mechanic and started out working as an assembler but as one of only two women working with hundreds of men she realised that the only way to defend her rights was to stand as a shop steward. Known as 'Mama Union,' the members of her organisation are still 90% male.

Image: Rose Omamo
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Happy birthday Shire Hall!

The Dorchester attraction is celebrating a year since opening its doors.
The Dorchester attraction is celebrating a year since opening its doors. During that time, more than 17,000 people have visited the museum. Director Anna Bright says the response has been wonderful.

CBI: 'Other ways' to hear workers' voices

The director-general of the CBI welcomes flexibility on putting workers on company boards
In the summer, before she became Prime Minister Theresa May suggested that she wanted to see workers directly represented on company boards. Now, she says this should not be compulsory and direct representation may not be the best model. 

The director-general of the CBI, Carolyn Fairbairn, has welcomed the move, calling it a "clarification" of policy, and not a reversal. "There are other ways of doing it", she told BBC Radio 4's The World At One.

(Photo: Carolyn Fairbairn. Credit: NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)