EU Developments: has social Europe disintegrated?

By Roger Jeary

As we move ever closer to a UK wide referendum on whether to remain in the EU, the Institute brought together an experienced group of speakers to consider how, if at all, the EU protects workers’ rights and promotes prosperity and jobs. The conference posed the question: Is social Europe growing or withering?

The Trade Union Bill 2015: history repeats itself?

29 January 2016

By Adrian Williamson QC, Keating Chambers

The Conservatives argue that their Trade Union Bill is a necessary response to current union abuses. In truth, the Bill is reminiscent of the debates leading to similar legislation passed by a Conservative government in 1927, the Trade Disputes and Trade Unions Act (‘the 1927 Act’). The 1927 Act was, at the time, highly significant and contentious. It was so resented by the Unions, and the Labour movement more generally, that it was a running sore until its repeal by the post-war Labour government in 1946.

The TTIP threat - part of a bigger picture

27 January 2016

By Linda Kaucher,

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is one of the vehicles for the corporate Davos agenda, intended to lock-in this agenda within international ‘trade’ law, effectively permanently, regardless of future governments. If finalised, this US/EU deal and the other ‘new generation’ trade agreements will set global rules that have been devised by transnational corporations for corporate benefit.

Against the Trade Union Reform Bill: Defending Public Services & Public Service Unions

19 January 2016

By Whyeda Gill-Mclure, Senior Lecturer, Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, Management Research Centre, Wolverhampton Business School

This blog explores the reasons for the Bill’s attack on public sector unions, the impact of this attack and ways in which it could be resisted. The Bill’s second reading took place last week and the Lords has proposed a series of amendments.

The Trade Union Bill is disproportionate, disrespectful and malicious

19 January 2016

By Lord Monks

The Institute of Employment Rights here reproduces Lord Monks' speech from the Second Reading of the Trade Union Bill in the House of Lords on Monday 11 January 2016.

Privacy in the Workplace – the Bărbulescu decision

Paul Scholey: Head of Employment Rights Team, Morrish Solicitors
Paul Scholey: Head of Employment Rights Team, Morrish Solicitors

15 January 2016

By Paul Scholey, Head of Employment Rights Team, Morrish Solicitors

In Bărbulescu v Romania, the European Court of Human Rights has rejected an employee’s claim that his firm infringed his right to privacy (under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights) by intercepting Instant Messages sent on a work computer.

Reported as another sort of “snooper’s charter” the outcome of the case is not altogether surprising, certainly from the perspective of the English legal system’s approach to these things.

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