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IER Book Launch: Workers in Cuba: Unions and Labour Relations 2011 Update

11 March 2011
As workers in the UK struggle to resist ConDem cuts to jobs, pay and services, thousands of workers in Wisconsin Ohio are protesting against a bid to remove their right to bargain. This is certainly not the case in Cuba as this latest offering from the Institute demonstrates.

IER Reaction to Government Axing of One Third of HSE Workplace Inspections

9 March 2011
Unannounced workplace inspections could be reduced by a third from 2011–12 onwards, according to a leaked letter obtained by the BBC’s File on 4 programme. An IER Briefing by Steve Tombs and David Whyte sets out the danger of deregulating health and safety.

IER Briefing: Health and Safety Week of Action

February 2011
While the Institute of Directors continue their call for further deregulation, the Institute of Employment Rights has put together a briefing on the danger of deregulating health and safety, written by Steve Tombs and David Whyte.

Cable's 'Employers' Charter' incites bosses to take advantage of workers' vulnerability

Keith Ewing

3 February 2011

Keith Ewing

In the same week that the governor of the Bank of England told us inflation-adjusted wages were falling in a manner unseen since the 1920s, Vince Cable is inciting bosses to take advantage of workers’ vulnerability, by telling them in his charter that they have the right to ask their workers to take a pay cut, and to contact women on maternity leave about when they are planning to return.

IER Chair John Hendy QC on BBC Radio 4

6 January 2011

In a programme hosted by broadcaster Clive Anderson, the Chair of the Institute, John Hendy QC, is joined by David Reed QC, Sir Thomas Morrison and Bronwyn McKenna of Unison as they discuss how the law controls the actions of trades unions and employers during industrial disputes.

Unions Defending Workers: Too Much for the Guardian

22 December 2011

Keith Ewing, IER President

After the vigour and excitement of the student demonstrations against the cuts, today’s Guardian leader on proposed trade union action struck a disappointingly depressing and defeatist note. Has the Daily Mail leader writer been picked up on a free transfer? Has the cold weather affected normally sound judgment?

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