Blog

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.

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.

This website relies on the use of cookies to function correctly. We understand your continued use of the site as agreement to this.