Unions and Politics Publications

What is the Warwick Agreement?

Edited by Carolyn Jones

Published in January 2005

As we approach the next general election, the Institute of Employment Rights has what trade unions expect to see in a third term Labour Party manifesto. With no less than 6 trade union General Secretaries contributing to the report, it is perhaps the most up to date and informed document on what is commonly referred to as the Warwick Agreement – an accord reached between new Labour and the unions on a future policy programme.


The Future of Company Law: Fat Cats, Corporate Governance and Workers

By Bill Wedderburn

Published in October 2004

All too often we hear news stories about “fat cat” employers paying themselves huge pay increases along with massive bonus packages. The CBI claim that the problem is “confined to a few instances”. The TUC on the other hand call this a “crisis in the legitimacy of capitalism”. However described, what is certain is the discrepancy in pay is fuelling the general inequality apparent in our society.

Federation News: Trade Unions and Society: Delivering Fairness, Social Justice, Peace and Equality

Edited by Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Jones

Published in September 2003

This edition of Federation News focuses on the added benefits unions bring to the workplace, to the community, to the economy and to society at large. The breadth of issue covered in this edition, reflects the variety of ways in which unions can and do work with their members to offer a better vision of society.

Moving Forward on the Railways

By Professor Keith Ewing

Published in July 2003

This publication was commissioned from the Institute of Employment Rights by the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF).

A Charter of Workers’ Rights

Edited by Professor Keith Ewing and John Hendy QC

Published in September 2002

The Charter of Workers’ Rights was launched at a fringe meeting at TUC Congress on Monday 9th September 2002.

In 2001 the TUC Congress called for the development of a Workers’ Charter. Since then, the Institute has been working with unions, academics and lawyers to develop ideas for such a Charter.

The end result is an impressive report outlining the economic, social and international reasons why a Charter is required. The report has been sponsored by unions large and small with 28 logos included on the cover. It also includes a Foreword from John Monks, General Secretary of the TUC.

Social Justice and Economic Efficiency

published in association with the Cambridge Journal of Economics

Published on October 2000

Labour market deregulation is part of the neo-liberal economic experiment that has dominated the political agenda over the past two decades. This agenda has encouraged the growth of the ‘flexible’ labour market and placed at centre stage the concept of the management’s right to manage.
But has this agenda led to improvements in economic efficiency or social justice? According to this report the answer to both must be no. Productive inefficiency often results from managerial inadequacies, the results of which are often reflected in the intensification of work, reduced terms and conditions, redundancies and unemployment. Boosting management’s right to manage not only allows greater scope for these inadequacies but can also make things worse by reducing workplace co-operation and creating conflict.

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