Press Releases

Why are train drivers male and white? Union asks.

16 May 2012

Train drivers are a colourful group of people. But that doesn't extend to race or gender, according to a report released today at the ASLEF conference. Only about 4.2% of the grade ASLEF represents are women and a mere 4.9% come from ethnic minorities.

Govt risks repeat of Liverpool crane collapse with promises of deregulation

On the very day two construction companies were found guilty of causing serious injury to the operator of a crane that collapsed in the centre of Liverpool, the government pledged to undermine the law that brought them to justice.

The Institute of Employment Rights (IER) is warning that the coalition’s supposed aim to ‘cut red tape’ could put thousands of workers in danger of injury and disease in the name of populist politics and tabloid myths that have no bearing on reality.

What price justice? Too dear for you!

04 March 2012

As the misnamed Ministry of Justice considers responses to its consultation paper on charging fees in employment tribunals, IER notes that a cursory glance at the state of British employment rights and trade union freedoms highlights the extent to which access to justice is systematically being shut down for British workers.

Blacklisting not just a UK problem

Blacklisted building workers have won a major breakthrough in Europe following a groundbreaking meeting on 30th June 2011. A delegation of blacklisted trade unionists and safety representatives from the Blacklist Support Group held private talks in Brussels with László Andor, EU Commissioner to discuss potential EU wide legislation to outlaw blacklisting.

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.

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