Who is the employer?

Submitted by treena on Tue, 01/10/2002 - 14:24

By Fang Lee Cooke, Jill Earnshaw and Jill Rubery

Published in October 2002

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.

A5; 64pp; ISBN 1 873271 99 9;

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