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Economic challenges could be helped through collective bargaining

Chris Wright

13 December 2011

Collective bargaining is a collective good

As CHris Wright so correctly suggested in his article in Left Foot Forward earlier in the year, rebalancing the economy can best be achieved through strong, independent collective bargaining procedures

Osborne and Cable stack tribunal odds against workers

George Osborne announced at the Conservative Party Conference that from April 2012 workers will have to be employed for two years instead of one year to qualify for unfair dismissal protection.

21 November 2011

Advancing rights at work: developing devolved solutions

Prof Keith Ewing, IER President & Mick O’Sullivan

27 September 2011

One of the problems we are about to face under the Con Dem government is the erosion of employment standards. More use of agency workers, limited rights to unfair dismissal, and restricted access to tribunals

In these circumstances we need to be looking around at areas where the Con Dems are not in power politically, and where there might be opportunities to advance rights at work. Specifically is there anything that can be done in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (and by large local authorities)?

How can we step up Britain's fight back

Prof Keith Ewing, IER President and John Hendy QC, IER Chairman

15 September 2011

Across the globe unions are organising resistance to what is an almost uniform governmental response to the current crisis of capitalism.

States have drained their coffers to bail out the financial gamblers and are now taking the opportunity to slash public services and cut the wages, pensions and job security of their employees.

Working people in both the private and public sectors are suffering and are increasingly angry and unions have organised mass protest around the world.

Collective Agreements – A Better Indicator of Trade Union Reach Than Membership Numbers?

Keith Ewing

Prof Keith Ewing, IER President

25 August 2011

Earlier this year, the TUC joined forces with unions elsewhere in the world in a display of solidarity with brothers and sisters in Wisconsin. The collective bargaining rights of public sector workers were being signed away by the Governor, in a State that once pioneered workers’ rights.

The second week of August was not a good one. But if this was true of the disorder and looting, it was also true of the ‘clean-up’

Prof Keith Ewing, IER President

25 August 2011

In the second week of August, Britain’s political classes were gripped by panic as a number of English cities experienced ‘rioting’ and looting on a scale unknown in modern times. The second week of August was not a good one. But if this was true of the disorder and looting, it was also true of the ‘clean-up’. Now in the grip of a hysterical media, the country responded in a wholly disproportionate manner, beginning with the mass arrests and the processing of 796 of the 1,600 arrested through the courts in a period of a few days.

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