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Offer of partnership working on demonstrating the impact of ‘night-working’



Briefing Note to SERTUC Executive Committee

July 2016


Offer of partnership working on demonstrating the impact of ‘shift-working’ and ‘night-working’ from a ‘Video in Common’, supported by The Wellcome Trust and Oxford University

Since 2008 the number and proportion of people in shift work in London has steadily increased, mostly in the areas of healthcare, personal protection, transport and communications. There is already significant anecdotal and peer reviewed academic research that has highlighted potential impacts upon those who work nights shifts, including harm to health and well-being and detriment to family, social and community ties. Consequently, any shift towards a 24/7 economy and constant access to public services infers potential impacts upon those people who work so called ‘anti-social hours’ to provide those products and services.
SERTUC has been approached about a project called the ‘Night-Shift’. It is a creative project by artist Martin Kohout and ‘Video in Common’. It will feature the testimony about everyday experience of night and shift workers in London. Outcomes of the project will be a short film, with screenings in both London and Oxford, and a book of essays and short stories. The project aims to explore this growing phenomena of ‘night-time’ and shift working by holding discussions and interviews with shift workers from a range of occupations.

Secondly, researchers from the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi) at the University of Oxford will participate in the project to explore what effects the increasingly common patterns of shift and ‘night-time’ working have upon general health and wellbeing, and other metrics.


The project is fully funded by The Wellcome Trust, a charity for biomedical research based in London: https://wellcome.ac.uk/
The project has expressed its complete support for the outcomes to be used to promote the profile of trade unions, trade union membership and organising in the workplace.
The production company/researchers have asked whether unions in the SERTUC region wish to explore involvement in the project, a first probable step being, publicising the project to members that work shift patterns and ‘night-shifts’ with view:

There is scope for trade unionists to contribute who do not work night-shifts, but who consume the products and services of ‘night-shift’ workers.


The indicative schedule is:

June - October; building the network of those engaged in the project,

November - January, holding workshops, discussion groups and filming,

February - June, screenings and dissemination.


This initiative is consistent with, and informed by the TUC’s report “A Hard Day’s Night”, published in 2015. The report references the disproportionate impact of ‘night-working’ on young workers, BAME workers and women workers, and so this initiative might interest SERTUC’s Race Relations Committee, Women’s Right Committee and Young Worker’s Network.
Video in Common makes film about arts, and aims to promote learning through arts media. Our Culture and Leisure Industries Committee might be interested in the project too.
Video in Common is an arts organisation based in London. It has an arts YouTube channel and a production company.

https://goo.gl/5iuYu2 and http://video.incommon.org.uk/

The production company is very small. It pays at least BECTU minimum rates, the artist involved in this project will be paid, and it is positive about trade union membership.

Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi) at the University of Oxford.



http://www.ndcn.ox.ac.uk/research/sleepcircadianneuroscienceinstitute

Martin Kohout has produced a variety of art works about the impact of communications and logistics upon worker’s experiences in the workplace.



http://www.martinkohout.com/
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