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Strike A Light - Tory Trade Union Act Is Already Backfiring

06 July 2017

By Gregor Gall, Professor of Industrial Relations, The University of Bradford

Although it’s still early days, the evidence is that the Tory Trade Union Act 2016 is already backfiring as the length of individual strikes increase, creating more days ‘lost’ to striking per strike, as a result of the new tighter regulations. The intention of the Tory government with the Act was to reduce the levels of strike action even lower than they presently are and especially in the so-called ‘essential services’ of transport and education.

Dangerous Times: health and safety protections under attack

Steve Tombs

30 June 2017

By Steve Tombs, Professor of Criminology, Open University

Since 2010, the Coalition, then the Tories, have both continued and significantly extended some of the ‘reforms’ initiated by Blair and Brown under the Better Regulation initiative from 2004 onwards; and, significantly, these approaches to regulation in general and to health and safety law and enforcement in particular, have been pursued in the context of austerity and the attempt to shrink the state. The effect of these trajectories has been to unravel the levels of social protection for workers and local communities. Health and safety law is being undone, undermined and is under attack.

Health and Safety: Undoing Social Protection

Steve Tombs

23 June 2017

By Steve Tombs, Professor of Criminology, the Open University

"It's going to come to the point where it's going to affect the residents, the local population, in many ways we are at that point now, public health and protection is being eroded." Environmental Health Officer, Merseyside.

The Tory Trade Union Act 2016: What Has Its Impact Been So Far?

20 June 2017

By Gregor Gall, Professor of Industrial Relations, the University of Bradford

The main provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016, concerning new, tougher balloting thresholds, came into force on 01 March 2017. This articles summarises the main findings of the first research (from the Jimmy Reid Foundation) to quantify the impact of the new Act on strikes and industrial action.

Why trade union rights are an important factor in the General Election

08 June 2017

As the electorate goes to the polls today, our Chair John Hendy QC and President Professor Keith Ewing, explain why trade union rights are an important factor for workers' future.

How we can achieve universal rights for workers

07 June 2017

Sonia McKay, Professor of European Socio-Legal Studies at the Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University

Universality of rights ought to be a fundamental principle in law so as to protect all workers, no matter what type of contract they have. Employers should not be able to avoid their obligations under employment law simply by defining some groups of workers in such a way so as to be excluded from employment rights.

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