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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.

The NI scandal has exposed corruption right at the heart of the British political system

Prof Keith Ewing, IER President

22 August 2011

The News International scandal has exposed various forms of corruption at the heart of the British political system – a corruption of politicians and a corruption of the police. It has exposed a global company that thought it was above the law, and appeared routinely to break the law with impunity.

UK Recognition Laws Need Amending to Prevent Wapping Bad Practices

15 July 2011

Prof Keith Ewing

In 2001 IER called for a change in the UK’s recognition laws to remove a loophole that allowed anti-union employers to set up sweetheart arrangements blocking applications for recognition from independent unions using the example of News International Staff Association.

Coalition proposals on strike laws already condemned ~ in Bulgaria

10 July 2011

Keith Ewing, IER President

Victimisation of trade union members causes industrial unrest in the UK

The reinstatement of Eamonn Lynch and now Arwyn Thomas by London Underground is a complete vindication of the RMT’s decision to take industrial action in their support.

John Hendy QC's Response to Vince Cable at GMB Conference

6 July 2011

John Hendy QC, IER Chair

In June Vince Cable warned GMB delegates in Brighton about Coalition threats to reduce access to justice and further restrictions on the right to strike. The President and Chairman of IER addressed the same audience and here you can read John Hendy QC’s response.

Workers' Rights Are Under Threat Across The World

6 April 2011

Keith Ewing, IER President

Workers face hostile employers in Wisconsin, Greece and the UK. Today is a day of international solidarity with the public service workers of Wisconsin, whose right to bargain collectively has been stripped away by legislation sponsored by state governor Scott Walker, a man who has led the great state of Wisconsin to pariah status.

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