Employment Rights Publications

Employment Rights: Building on Fairness at Work

Published in March 2000

Since taking office in 1997 the government has introduced a national minimum wage for the first time in this country, and delivered the manifesto promise to implement a statutory right to trade union recognition. The GCHQ ban has been lifted, and the government has committed itself more wholeheartedly to the implementation of European social policy than its predecessors.

The Institute of Employment Rights was invited by a number of trade unions to consider what steps might be taken in the future to build on these achievements: how to build on the new fairness at work legislation.

Age Discrimination in Employment

By Malcolm Sargeant

November 1999

In 1999 the government introduced a Code of Practice on Age Discrimination in Employment. The aim of the Code is to introduce good practice into employers’ policies on recruitment, selection, promotion, training, redundancy and retirement. It is argued that when 12% of employers feel that people aged 30 are too old to employ, and another 25% believe 50 is too old then some form of protection against discrimination is required.

Resolving Employment Rights Disputes Through Mediation: The New Zealand Experience and ACAS Arbitration

By Susan Corby

Published in May 1999

This book is the second in a series of Comparative Notes published by the Institute of Employment Rights.

The Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) Act 1998 introduced mediation as an alternative to Tribunals for resolving unfair dismissal disputes.

This booklet, with a foreword by Angela Foulkes, Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, looks at the differences between conciliation, mediation and arbitration, as forms of alternative dispute resolution and concludes that mediation is by far the most effective.


Surveillance and Privacy at Work

By Michael Ford

Published in December 1998






Low pay, the working of the labour market and the role of the minimum wage

by Sanjiv Sachdev and Frank Wilkinson

Published in May 1998

The authors highlight the positive contribution a national minimum wage can make to the economy if set at a high enough level. They provide figures about the effects of a minimum wage across different industries and occupations. The authors refute the argument that a NMW will cause job losses or inflation and warn that setting a minimum wage too low may deal with the worst excesses of employer power but will fail to tackle the economic problems underpinning the economy.



Comparative Notes: Tradition and Change in Australian Labour Law

By Anthony Forsyth

Published in April 1998

This is the first in a series of comparative papers outlining how labour law operates in other countries and highlighting lessons to be learned from the experiences of workers from around the world.





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