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Where Are The Workers In The Government’s Supposed Review Of Workers’ Rights?

08 December 2016

By Sarah Glenister, National Development Office, Institute of Employment Rights

When taking on the mantle of prime minister this summer, Theresa May attempted to rebrand the Tories as “the party of workers” and two new reviews last week ostensibly serve to back this up with action. But one key stakeholder in her apparent fight for workers’ rights is missing — workers.

Fantastic Powers, and Where to Find Them: The Investigatory Powers Act 2016

Paul Scholey: Head of Employment Rights Team, Morrish Solicitors

06 December 2016

By Paul Scholey, Head of Employment Rights Team, Morrish Solicitors

We've not had a lot of success, historically, with our Snooping Powers in the UK.

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 was a dog's dinner of a statute, described by Justice thus: "Poorly drafted and hopelessly opaque, it was not so much a comprehensive framework for surveillance powers as a crude stitching-together of different regulatory regimes that were each highly complex in their own right and, taken together, lacked all coherence."

Productivity puzzle? Financialization, inequality, investment

16 November 2016

By Özlem Onaran, Professor of Economics and Director of Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre, University of Greenwich

Productivity in Britain is lower than other developed countries, and the Great Recession has made this dismal performance even worse. This is not at all a puzzle given the investment and growth pattern in Britain. Among developed countries, Britain also has one of the lowest private investment rates as a ratio to GDP. At the core of this development lies the missing link between profits and investment. Rising inequality and financialization have been the main reasons behind this missing link and hence the major brakes on investment, growth, and productivity.

IER Employment Law Update: London

10 November 2016

By Roger Jeary

On a cold wet day in London, the Institute welcomed a full house for the 2016 Employment Law Update in the Unite HQ. The chair for the day, Nerys Owen, Labour Research Department, introduced the programme with an overview of the day's speakers and expressed delight that the conference would begin with a presentation from Employment Tribunal (ET) President Judge Brian Doyle, who would outline the latest developments in ET practice and procedure.

Tim Roache: Politics is in a state of flux, we must be ready with an alternative

09 November 2016

By Tim Roache, General Secretary of GMB

General Secretary of the GMB Tim Roache spoke at the Class think tank Britain at a Crossroads conference on Saturday (05 November 2016). His full speech, below (and originally published by the Morning Star), identifies the need for an alternative to austerity following the British people's rejection of current economic policy via the Brexit vote.

Tim Roache is one of the many supporters of our proposals for a progressive alternative, the Manifesto for Labour Law, which he described as an "excellent contribution" to a much-needed discussion on workers' rights.

Len McCluskey: the free movement of labour is a class question

08 November 2016

By Len McCluskey, General Secretary of UNITE

At the 2016 conference of think tank Class - Britain at a Crossroads - General Secretary of UNITE Len McCluskey gave a speech advocating that the labour movement takes seriously the concerns of working class people about immigration. He recommended proposals to safeguard jobs and communities rather than bans on free movement of labour.

At the heart of his recommendations was the need for sectoral collective bargaining, in keeping with the proposals drawn up in the Institute of Employment Rights' Manifesto for Labour Law, for which Len McCluskey has already announced his strong support.

His full speech to the Class Conference is below

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