UCU victory against university employer

11th May 2015

By Michael MacNeil

In higher education the bosses often consider themselves to sit at the more enlightened and progressive end of the employers’ spectrum. They do, however, preside over obscene levels of casualisation, with ridiculous numbers of zero hour teaching contracts and with 67% of research staff on fixed-term contracts.

Tory plans and IER responses: Don’t miss IER’s programme of discussions for the year ahead.

11th May 2015

Following the results of the general election, it is clear that the labour movement’s response to the threatened attacks on our rights and freedoms will be more important than ever. Here at IER we will endeavour to inform that response starting with our forthcoming event Workplace Issues: taking up the issues with the new government on Wednesday 10th June in London.

News Brief 8 May

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By Claudia O’Brian

Psychologists Against Austerity Campaign

6th May 2015

With the outcome of the general election looking unclear one thing we can be sure of is that austerity will be something that remains at the forefront of the electorate’s consciousness during the post-election period. How this will translate into government policy is uncertain, however one campaign making a case against further austerity policies is Psychologists Against Austerity.

News Brief 1 May 2015

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By Claudia O’Brian

Collective Bargaining in Ireland: lessons for Westminster?

29 April 2015

By Michael Doherty, Professor of Law and Head of the Department of Law at Maynooth University, Ireland

The voluntarist system of employment relations that exists in Ireland is, of course, derived from that of the UK. Despite the common origins, however, a number of subtle differences have emerged, and persisted, over the years in relation to collective bargaining in the two countries. First, the statutory recognition procedure under the Employment Relations Act 1999 has no equivalent in Ireland. While the Irish Constitution protects the right of freedom of association, trade unions in Ireland enjoy no rights to be recognised for bargaining purposes by an employer. Employees are free to join a trade union, but they cannot insist their employer negotiate with that union regarding their pay and conditions. There is a framework under the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Acts 2001-2004 that allows a trade union to get a legally binding order in respect of specific member grievances, where employers refuse to bargain with the union, but this has been infrequently used since a successful Supreme Court challenge to its operation by the airline, Ryanair, in 2007.

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