Publications

The Right to Strike: From the Trade Disputes Act 1906 to a Trade Union Freedom Bill 2006

By Prof Keith Ewing

Published in January 2007

This book tells the story of the Trade Disputes Act 1906, in celebration of its centenary. That Act was one of the most important pieces of labour legislation ever passed by a British Parliament. It provided very simple legal protection for the right to strike for sixty-five years, and left a legacy which is found on the statute book to this day.

The substance of today’s law however, is far removed and much weaker than the position established in 1906. For that reason, the Trade Union Freedom Bill is designed to soften some of the harder edges of the Thatcher bequest.

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Agency and Migrant Workers

By Dr Sonia McKay

Who is the employer?

By Fang Lee Cooke, Jill Earnshaw and Jill Rubery

Agency working is high on the political agenda. A draft European directive means that the UK will have to introduce a new law to give a right to no less favourable treatment for agency workers, compared to directly employed workers. Agency work is also the subject of political debate, due to the poor terms and conditions that many agency workers experience, particularly those in low paying jobs and significantly where they are migrant workers. For this reason a publication on agency work and migrants is timely.

This new report looks at the growing complexity of the employment relationship, the shift towards individual statutory employment protection and the need for trade unions to organise and bargain beyond the enterprise level if terms and conidtions of employment are to be defended and extended. Based on original research, the authors outline the nature of the new forms of employment including agency workers, self-employed, outsourced work, PPP and PFI arrangements and use a call centre as a case study to highlight the multi-agency nature of the modern employment relationship. The paper concludes by suggesting six areas of policy and employment law changes aimed at identifying where the real power lies in the employment relationship, thereby providing better protection for those working in multi-employer situations.

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Justice Deferred: a critical guide to the Coalition's employment tribunal reforms

By David Renton and Anna Macey

Published in February 2013

This publication offers a chilling reminder of the extent to which access to justice is being systematically shut down by the Coalition government.

Ruined Lives: Blacklisting in the Construction Industry

by Prof Keith Ewing

Commissioned from IER by UCATT

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Published in August 2009

This very timely report highlights the problems surrounding the practice of blacklisting within the UK and critically examines the governments proposed Regulations to deal with the matter.

 

Federation Viewpoint Autumn 2012 No:1

September 2012

There is an alternative. Federation Viewpoint details nine of them through articles written by employment law experts, trade unionists and economists.

 

 

 

 

Labour Law Highlights 2012

By Rebecca Tuck, Betsan Criddle & Stuart Brittenden

Published in October 2012

An update on employment law and highlights of cases this year that reflect the change in the labour law landscape under the Coalition government.

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