Employment Rights at Work: Reviewing the Employment Relations Act 1999

Submitted by treena on Mon, 01/01/2001 - 20:22

Edited by Professor Keith Ewing

Published in January 2001

The Employment Relations Act 1999 is the most important piece of trade union legislation for a generation. Included in its terms are procedures for union recognition and representation, a framework of family friendly policies, new protections against unfair dismissal and powers to extend the scope and coverage of employment protection legislation.

This book, prepared by a distinguished team of trade unionists, social scientists and lawyers, offers a unique and timely overview of the legislation. Each essay considers an aspect of the Employment Relations Act, highlighting both the strengths and weaknesses of the legislation. More importantly, the book goes on to ask what more can be done?

Looking to a second term Labour government, this excellent book analysis how the current framework of law can be improved and extended. One chapter focuses on the need to bring trade union laws and the right to strike in line with international standards. Another focuses on Europe and looks at what more could be done to bring UK law in line with best European practices. The final chapter goes on to offer policy proposals for a second legislative step along the road to securing fairness at work. The book also contains as an appendix the full text of the Employment Relations Act.

The book is an excellent companion to the Institute’s report Human Rights at Work. It is essential reading for all those interested in employment rights, industrial relations, human resource management and trade union rights.

Employment Rights at Work: reviewing the Employment Relations Act 1999; K D Ewing; 210×135mm; 352pp; ISBN 1 873271 85 9;

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