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David Whyte

David Whyte
David Whyte

David Whyte

David Whyte is a Reader in Sociology at the University of Liverpool. He has written several books on health and safety law for the IER

Charlie Woodhouse

Charlie Woodhouse

Charlie Woodhouse is a Barrister at Old Square Chambers, where he specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence. He has been ranked by Chambers & Partners since 2010.

Chris Wright

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Chris Wright

Chris Wright is an ESRC Placement Fellow at the Faculty of Economics at Cambridge University.

Rachel Yates

Rachel Yates
Rachel Yates

Rachel Yates

Rachel Yates is Centre Coordinator at think tank CLASS - the Centre for Labour and Social Studies.

Blacklisted workers need more than a public inquiry - they need a change in the law

27 March 2018

By Alex Just, employment and trade union law expert

Friday's admission by the Metropolitan Police that special branch officers colluded in the blacklisting of construction workers came as no surprise to the thousands of people whose livelihoods were destroyed by the blacklisting scandal. For years, we knew that police officers met with The Consulting Association (TCA) – a blacklist operation run by 44 major construction firms – and infiltrated union meetings and pickets. As one of the barristers who represented hundreds of blacklisting victims in their 2016 High Court case – at which 24 firms publicly admitted to having run an illegal blacklist – I have seen first-hand the devastation that years of joblessness wrought on innocent workers and their families. Unions are right to call for a public inquiry to bring those responsible to account. Secretary of the Blacklist Support Group, Dave Smith, and I joined that call in our recent report for the Institute of Employment Rights (IER): Blacklisting: the need for a public inquiry.

Fast food workers’ health, safety and welfare in drive-thru’s

By Janet Newsham, Hazards Campaign

The IER manifesto makes an important contribution in emphasising the importance of collective bargaining. In the Hazards Campaign we know that where workers are working in low-paid, vulnerable employment then they are more at risk of injury, illness and ultimately dying as a result of their work.

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