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Collective redundancy consultation cut a miserable Christmas present to the UK workforce

19 December 2012

By Keith Ewing

President of the IER Keith Ewing writes about the miserable circumstances that could befall many of the UK's workforce this New Year.

Public Sector Equality Duty review launched for all the wrong reasons

19 December 2012

By Carola Towle, UNISON National LGBT Officer

The Public Sector Equality Duty review has been launched too early and is driven by politics, not the thirst for ending discrimination and disadvantage in our society.

Does the noise from ice cream vans really affect more people than cutting employment rights, Oliver Letwin?

13 December 2012

By Sarah Glenister, IER staff

Oliver Letwin, Cabinet Office Minister responsible for coordinating government policy, tries to defend the government's new approach to consultations (that is, making them more difficult to respond to), to the Secondary Legislation and Scrutiny Committee.

Privatising public services: threats and alternatives

12 December 2012

By John Medhurst

John Medhurst explains how so-called "mutuals" cropping up within the public sector are far from employee-led, and in fact disadvantage workers and attack employment rights.

Experts discuss the future of equality law in a time of austerity

06 December 2012

By Roger Jeary

A report on yesterday's Equality and Discrimination conference, at which seven experts discussed the future of equality law under the current government and the effect of recent legislation on protected groups.

Boris threatens EU protection for workers' rights

05 December 2012

By Roger Jeary

The EU may not be perfect, but we should not allow the Conservative Party to drive skeptics toward abolishing the only protection some of our workers' rights have.

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