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.
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.
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.
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
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.