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Trade Union Rights are Human Rights

IER reminds Joint Committee that trade union rights are fundamental human rights recognised in international law

On 9th June 2009, Professor Keith Ewing (IER President) and John Hendy, QC (IER Chairman)presented oral evidence on behalf of IER to the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Watch the oral evidence (second half of the video). The written submission will be available following the publication of the Committee’s Report.

Remit of the 2009 Inquiry of the Joint Committee

How to Make Corporations Accountable

26 September 2009

How did today’s corporations become so powerful and unaccountable? In this timely report, coinciding with a financial crisis on both sides of the Atlantic, with companies collapsing under the consequences of earlier profit-driven decisions and the taxpayer being asked to bail them out, the authors place the rise of limited liability at the heart of the current economic problems.

Yes to a Referendum?

1 April 2008

As the debate on the European Reform Treaty enters the House of Lords, Bill Wedderburn, QC – an ex-President of the Institute of Employment Rights -offers his informed opinion on the Reform Treaty, the draft Constitution and the need for a referendum.

Non Unionised Workers Are More Vulnerable To Abuse At Work

9 December 2007

In a new publication from the Institute of Employment Rights – Anna Pollert, a Professor of Sociology of Work at the University of West of England – links the decline in the numbers covered by a union agreement with an increase in the vulnerability of workers. Pollert argues that ‘individualising’ work problems and ‘externalising’ possible solutions both fail to address the problems of isolated, vulnerable workers.

IER Briefing: The Health of Britain's Working Age Population

29 November 2011

The workplace is too often the source of ill-health warns the Institute of Employment Rights

The Institute of Employment Rights has produced a Briefing in response to Dame Carol Black’s Review of the Health of Britain’s Working Age Population. The Black Review, announced in October 2007, was hailed as “the first ever review of the health of the working age population”. At the launch of the Review, Peter Hain MP said its aim was to “address how we can improve people’s health and support them to stay in or return to work”

IER Briefing: Equalities Update - Are we catching up?

27 September 2007

The last few years have seen major changes both in the framework of equality legislation and in the institutional structure of the enforcement agencies. New strands of discrimination have attracted legislative attention (age, religion, belief and sexual orientation) and new positive duties to promote equality have been placed on public bodies.

To mark the launch of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, the Institute of Employment Rights and the General Federation of Trade Unions] have brought together a timely collection of short but informed articles on the state of equalities in the UK.

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