TRADE UNION BILL: Government clings to concept of intimidation despite lack of evidence

20 November 2015

By Andrew Moretta, World of Work Project Researcher, Institute of Employment Rights

IER readers will recall that in July 2015 the government released three consultation documents to accompany the Trade Union Bill. In November the Government published its first response to those consultations, starting with the intimidation of non-striking workers. Below, is a brief blog on that response by the expert who drafted IER’s submission to the consultation.

HSE statistics point to stagnating health and safety performance and declining enforcement

16 November 2015

By Phil James

New HSE statistics covering the year 2014-15 report a rise in work-related fatal injuries, suggest that national health and safety performance may be stagnating and illustrate how enforcement action by local authority inspectors is falling dramatically.

Are Conservatives ‘now the party of work’? The Trade Union Bill suggests not…

6 November 2015

By Tonia Novitz and Michael Ford, Professors of labour law at Bristol University

This post first appeared on October 12, 2015 on the policybristol website. It analysis the Bill, comments on its likely conflict with international law and provides links to useful documents. Since publication of this article, the Bill has passed through its Committee Stage and is due back in the Commons in its amended form for its third reading on 10th November 2015. The Government has also published its response to comments received to its consultation paper entitled Tackling Intimidation of Non-Striking Workers. IER will post further analysis of both developments in due course.

Trade Union Bill in Public Committee

20 October 2015

By Jo Stevens, Labour MP for Cardiff Central

Last Tuesday marked the beginning of the committee stage of the Trade Union Bill, which I have been selected to sit on. After the second reading debate of the bill before conference over a month ago, this was round two in our fight of the battle of arguments against the Tories in the House of Commons. We were ready.

Commission to replace infamous ISDS with Investment Court System

19 September 2015

By John Hendy QC

After months of consultations and heated debates, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will present, on 16 September, the Commission’s blueprint for a new dispute settlement mechanism called Investment Court System (ICS) to be part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement with the US.

Pre-Strike Ballots and the Trade Union Bill 2015: Denying Workers the Right to Strike?

8 September 2015

By Alan Bogg, Ruth Dukes and Tonia Novitz

The Government’s indecently short consultation procedure on the important issues of restricting the right to strike, using agency workers as strike-breakers and curtailing the freedom and civil liberties of working people to publicly protest ends tomorrow (9 September 2015). The IER will be responding to each consultation as best we can given the restrictive nature of the questions and the inadequate response forms. Here we offer a critique of the Government’s proposals on strike ballot thresholds.

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