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Tory conference attack on civil service trade unions

10 October 2012

By Roger Jeary

Two months ago I wrote about the "consultation" which the government issued concerning trade union facilities time in the civil service. My prediction that "I am equally certain that the consultation is simply a means of going through the motions with the outcome previously determined" was on Monday (8th October 2012) borne out by the announcements made by Francis Maude at the Tory Party Conference.

All eyes on the Lib Dems

Kevin Rowan, Regional Secretary, Northern TUC

03 October 2012

Kevin Rowan on the Liberal Democrats' part in the regional pay dispute

CLASS: working for the labour movement

03 October 2012

By Rachel Yates & Carolyn Jones

As the Labour Party determines its policy going into the next general election and conference delegates ponder the meaning of "predistribution" and the likelihood of “responsible capitalism”, there is an overwhelming sense that another world is possible.

PICTURE GALLERY: IER at the TUC Congress 2012

27 September 2012

The Institute of Employment Rights attended the TUC Congress this year, holding a packed fringe meeting and having our publication Days of Action mentioned in the debate on whether the TUC should consider the practicalities of a general strike.

Limits on Tribunal awards for unfair dismissal

14 September 2012

By Roger Jeary

The announcement today (Friday 14th September) by Vince Cable Secretary of State for Business, that tribunal awards for unfair dismissal will be limited to 12 months net pay or national median earnings (£26,000) is the latest in the weakening of employment rights in the UK. Of course, as has been stated and written so many times before, no-one for one moment believes that this will create one single job or boost the economic recovery currently being undermined by the austerity programme of the Chancellor. So why do it?

Days of Action

As the TUC opens its discussion for 2012, this IER Briefing from Keith Ewing and John Hendy argues that increased protest action against government austerity measures are defendable in Court with reference to the European Convention on Human Rights.

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