23 May 2016
By Dr Aurora Trif, Lecturer in Human Resources Management, Dublin City University
In the second of our series of blogs detailing how the Troika has helped to spread the neoliberalist agenda across the EU, including in its diminishing of trade union powers, Dr Aurora Trif takes a detailed look at how the decentralisation of collective bargaining has affected wages and employment rights in Romania.
23 May 2016
By Bob Kelly
With impeccable timing, the Institute of Employment Rights (IER) held a conference on the issue of the Human Rights Act, a day after it was briefly mentioned in the Queen’s Speech. The conference chair, Carolyn Jones, recited the sentence with an attempt at an impression that came out sounding more like the Queen of Kirkby than a rich aristocrat! After Carolyn’s otherwise excellent introduction the conference speakers fell into two camps. Two speakers gave us a legal background to aspects of Human Rights Law and three speakers who, as well as some legal aspects, gave us their view of the political context in which the law exists.
19 May 2016
By David Whyte and David Ellis, University of Liverpool
On the eve of a major international anti-corruption summit hosted by the British government, the prime minister, David Cameron, was caught on a microphone bragging to the Queen that “we’ve got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming”, including “Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world”.
12 May 2016
By Adrian Weir, Assistant Chief of Staff, Unite the Union
The cat is out of the bag – the publication last week of the LSE report on the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions within the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) commissioned by the Government has concluded that there’s nothing in for the UK.
27 April 2016
By Linda Kaucher, StopTTIP UK
Liberalisation means opening investment opportunities to foreign and transnational investors. While the word is tossed around by journalists and politicians, it is rarely explained. Thus people don’t get the chance to grasp the meaning, to connect it to their own experience, or to recognise that the UK’s policy of total liberalisation is a political choice – and that there are other options. Part of the problem is that prestigious BBC journalists don’t really grasp this meaning themselves.