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‘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. 

Raiding Trade Union Offices - a New Low for Australia

27 October 2017

By Barry Camfield in Australia

The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) is Australia’s oldest and largest blue-collar trade union, representing over 100,000 working men and women and their families.

Review: "In Place of Austerity – a programme for the people"

24 October 2017

Bill Greenshields, People's Assembly National Steering Committee Member

Tracing the origins of austerity to the policies of government following the 2008 financial and economic crisis – which they claimed to be aimed at "deficit reduction" – the recently published People's Assembly Pamflet In Place of Austerity – a programme for the people says: "Many people now say that austerity policies have failed – and indeed deficit targets are routinely 'missed', and there has been no debt reduction ... in fact it has steadily grown from under 40% of GDP in 2008 to just under 90% in 2017. But the real aim of austerity was to stabilise the post-crisis economy in favour of the bankers and big business billionaires, raising the rate of profit at the expense of the working class. In that they have succeeded, and will continue to do so, if we let them."

Tories scrap pay cap for all the wrong reasons

10 October 2017

By Sarah Glenister, National Development Officer, Institute of Employment Rights

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that the NHS pay cap is to be scrapped, but asked whether the NHS would receive more funding to cover higher pay, he said: "That is something I can't answer right now."

Corporate Governance reforms offer greater transparency, but no real change

29 August 2017

By Sarah Glenister, National Development Officer, IER

Launching a consultation into Corporate Governance at the end of 2016, the government announced that workers needed a stronger voice to ensure businesses operated with regard to the interests of their workforce, and to tackle excessive corporate pay. But in her foreword, Theresa May reassured employers that her party remains "unequivocally and unashamedly pro-business" and that the motivation for reform was to protect the reputation of the free market at a time of surging wage inequality. It should not surprise us, then, that proposals published today in response to that consultation offer little more than superficial changes that give the appearance of reform without actually affecting it.

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