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New strategy to tackle labour exploitation complicated by immigration and modern slavery focus

28 June 2016

By Dr Alex Balch, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, The University of Liverpool

As the dust settles after the EU referendum, the implications of Brexit for working conditions in the UK will surely be significant but it could be some time before these consequences become clear.

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Photo by Jess Hurd
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23 June 2016

By Michelle Stanistreet, General Secretary of the NUJ

The Investigatory Powers Bill, which will be debated in the House of Lords on Monday 27 June, contains a range of surveillance powers available to the security services, police and other public bodies that will allow the authorities to spy on journalists, trade unionists and citizens.

A Letter From London To Our French Comrades

10 June 2016

By John Hendy QC and Professor Keith Ewing

FRENCH workers are now engaged in a historic struggle in defence of their rights. The struggle is international, as workers and trade unions face the neoliberal onslaught rolling back generations of achievement.

Irish Unions help regain lost ground

10 June 2016

By Dr Eugene Hickland and Professor Tony Dundon

The Celtic tiger is dead … social partnership has collapsed … the Troika have been and gone … a new coalition government struggle to coexist amidst the aftermath of crisis and uncertainty. Despite these challenges, trade unions show remarkable resilience and a capacity for continuity in bargaining for their members and helping to protect some of the most vulnerable in society.

Troika-imposed neoliberalism undermines basic employment rights in Romania

23 May 2016

By Dr Aurora Trif, Lecturer in Human Resources Management, Dublin City University

In the second of our series of blogs detailing how the Troika has helped to spread the neoliberalist agenda across the EU, including in its diminishing of trade union powers, Dr Aurora Trif takes a detailed look at how the decentralisation of collective bargaining has affected wages and employment rights in Romania.

Human Rights vs. Bill of Rights: What’s in it for the workers?

23 May 2016

By Bob Kelly

With impeccable timing, the Institute of Employment Rights (IER) held a conference on the issue of the Human Rights Act, a day after it was briefly mentioned in the Queen’s Speech. The conference chair, Carolyn Jones, recited the sentence with an attempt at an impression that came out sounding more like the Queen of Kirkby than a rich aristocrat! After Carolyn’s otherwise excellent introduction the conference speakers fell into two camps. Two speakers gave us a legal background to aspects of Human Rights Law and three speakers who, as well as some legal aspects, gave us their view of the political context in which the law exists.

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