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The Tory manifesto and the absence of voice

23 May 2017

Miguel Martinez Lucio, Professor of International HRM & Comparative Industrial Relations, University of Manchester

The engagement of the current government with workers' rights has drawn the attention of the media. Much has been said about how the Conservatives are attempting to encroach on the heartlands of the Labour Party and this current push on workers' rights is seen as an important part of this strategy. Some are even saying the current Conservative Government is taking a post-Thatcherist direction – leaving behind the neoliberal and market-venerating approaches of the 1980s and 1990s Conservative governments – but beyond spin, there is scant evidence for any serious attempt to rebalance the power between employers and the workforce.

Is a robot after your job?

12 May 2017

Martin Upchurch, Middlesex University, London

We re-blog an article from the European Institute for Construction Labour Research on how the growing trend of automation is affecting workers’ rights.

IER FACT NEWS: The Purposes and Benefits of Sectoral Collective Bargaining

12 May 2017

By John Hendy QC and Professor Keith Ewing, Chair and President of the IER

This is Part Two of a two-part series - see Part One for more on sectoral collective bargaining

The Labour Party has identified the restoration of Sectoral Collective Bargaining as a key element in its proposals for new laws at work. But what benefits will it bring?

A Manifesto for Labour Law: what would it look like in Scotland?

05 May 2017

By Gregor Gall, Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Bradford; Director of the Jimmy Reid Foundation; and Editor of the Scottish Left Review

In this abridged version of an article originally published by the Jimmy Reid Foundation, Professor Gregor Gall describes the Institute of Employment Rights' Manifesto for Labour Law and discusses its implementation in Scotland. For the full version of the article, please click here.

IER FACT NEWS: What is Sectoral Collective Bargaining?

05 May 2017

By John Hendy QC and Professor Keith Ewing, Chair and President of the IER

The Labour Party has identified the restoration of Sectoral Collective Bargaining as a key element in its proposals for new laws at work. Our chair John Hendy QC and President Professor Keith Ewing explain how sectoral collective bargaining workers.

This is Part One of a two-part series - see Part Two for the purposes and benefits of sectoral collective bargaining

Another corporate attack is looming

31 March 2017

By Adrian Weir, Assistant Chief of Staff, Unite

In this article, originally published in the Morning Star, Adrian Weir details the risks to the UK’s workforce of international free trade agreements, in particular those which include ISDS clauses, following Brexit.

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