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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.

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.

‘Good Work’ the government’s Response to the Taylor Review

12 February 2018

By John Hendy QC, IER Chair and Barrister at Old Square Chambers

It might be hard to imagine that the tedious, barren worthlessness of Matthew Taylor's Report on 'Good Work' could be surpassed. But it has been. The government's Response to it (also called 'Good Work') is yet more tedious, barren and worthless. Both proceed on the basis that 'the UK has one of the most successful labour markets in the world'. For that reason all that is needed is to note some troubling issues like low productivity, low pay and income insecurity and do nothing about them. All other issues, we are told, will be given further consideration and consultation. No real change is proposed to anything.

Canada plus, plus, plus

19 December 2017

By Professor Keith Ewing and John Hendy QC

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David Davis has suggested that in place of the EU Treaties, the UK’s relations with the EU should be regulated by a deal which is ‘Canada, plus, plus, plus’. By this he means a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) based on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) agreed between the EU and Canada. The British people should treat the proposal with revulsion. It contains every one of the defects which led 3.5 million Europeans to sign a petition objecting to the now defunct TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the USA), a sister agreement to CETA. 

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