Regulation Races to the Bottom

David Whyte and Steve Tombs: Image courtesy of
David Whyte and Steve Tombs: Image courtesy of

16 May 2012

How does the coalition continue to get away with peddling such nonsense? David Whyte and Steve Tombs explore.

Lofstedt Reviewed: When it comes to health and safety, politics can kill

11 May 2012

On the day the Queen’s Speech reiterated the government’s plans to reduce the state inspection of businesses, experts at the IER’s Reviewing Lofstedt conference discussed the human cost of cuts to health and safety.

How the ‘NISA clause’ has put Murdoch’s empire under threat

Image: Courtesy David Shankbone, Wikipedia Commons
Image: Courtesy David Shankbone, Wikipedia Commons

03 May 2012

The Leveson Inquiry recently heard how Rupert Murdoch's News International effectively prevented independent trade unions from representing its workers - a move that may have contributed to the crisis the company is now facing.

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)?

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