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5 Freedom of Association

Jon Lawrence tells the story of the struggle of Victorian working men to form unions with real power. And courier Max Dewhurst talks about struggling to unionise the 'gig economy'.

In this episode, Phil Tinline asks Professor Jon Lawrence to explain how Victorian working men struggled to form unions with real power - and why they trusted judges more that governments. Bike courier Max Dewhurst, Vice President of the recently-formed Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, talks about their efforts to unionise the 'gig economy' - and reflects on how the foundational struggles of the mid-19th century compare with the situation today.

Producer: Phil Tinline

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14 minutes