Troika attacks bargaining systems across Europe

5 March 2015

By Thorsten Schulten, collective bargaining expert at the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI).

Real pay and collective bargaining coverage are falling dramatically and industry-level agreements are being destroyed. These are the results of the policies of the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund in Europe’s crisis countries.

The Gagging Act: What can be done?

3 March 2015

By Keith Ewing, President, Institute of Employment Rights

Many readers will recall the great controversy that was provoked by the clumsily entitled Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning etc Act 2013 at the time it was passed. It is clear its purpose was to clear the pitch for the Tories, to allow them to dominate the election with their city-fuelled war chest.

The right to strike re-affirmed at ILO

25 February 2015

According to a press release from ITUC today (25 February 2015), a breakthrough has been made at the International Labour Organisation(ILO) following two years during which employers at the ILO brought the UN body’s global supervisory system to a standstill in an attempt to wipe out decades of ILO jurisprudence supporting the right to strike.

Extending Rights for Workers

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16 February 2015

By Andrew James, Solicitor

Much has been reported in recent months about the inequity of zero hours contracts (ZHCs). ZHCs are quite rightly seen as a form of employment relationship which leaves workers open to abuse and exploitation. Indeed, such contracts are often used as a conscious long term strategy by businesses to cut costs. Take for example, Sports Direct and Amazon, to name but two.1

What kind of laws do we want? A report of an IER Conference

13 February 2015

By Roger Jeary, IER Blogger

The Institute’s conference on 11th February saw a fine array of trade union and political leaders alongside legal experts and academics debate the kind of employment law scene that they would want to see post the upcoming election.

Unfair Dismissal Social Media Reputational Damage

2 February 2015

Paul Scholey, Morrish Solicitors

Following his presentations on Social Media and Employment Rights at IER events in Liverpool and London last year, Paul Scholey, Head of Employment Rights at Morrish Solicitors has updated us on a court decision relating to one of the cases he discussed.

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