TUC 2017 - Preparing for Power: Developing progressive labour laws

The Institute of Employment Rights will be at the 2017 TUC Congress, putting forward our policies for progressive labour law reform, which have been developed as part of our Manifesto for Labour Law Project.

This year, our theme is Preparing for Power, and we will be sharing the outcomes of Phase 2 of our Manifesto for Labour Law project, and sharing our plans for Phase 3.

Our stall

Come visit us on our stall at Stand 44, towards the back of the ground floor, outside room 1A, where you can pick up:

Make sure you stop by to enter our free prize draw. The winner will take home £50 worth of Bookmarks gift vouchers, the second prize is a one year free IER subscription to the IER, the third prize is free entry to one IER event, and the fourth prize is one year of free Campaign for Trade Union Freedom newsletters.

Our fringe

Thank you to all of those who braved the wind and rain on Sunday 10 September 2017 to attend our fringe meeting. Pictures of the event are below.

Audio of the event will be published in the coming weeks. Sign up to our newsletter by entering your email address in the box at the top left of the page if you wish to be kept updated.

Fringes featuring our speakers

How do the Parties compare on workers' rights?




Liberal Democrat

Protecting precarious workers

Ban on zero-hour contracts.

Give all workers equal rights from day one.

Legislate to ensure that any employer wishing to recruit labour from abroad does not undercut workers at home.

Ensure every takeover proposal has a clear plan in place to protect workers and pensioners when a company is sold.

Right to a regular contract for those working more than 12 hours a week reflecting those hours.

Abolish “Swedish derogation”, which allows agency workers to be paid less for the same job.

Scrap Tory weakening of TUPE law.

Protecting whistleblowers seeking jobs in the NHS: Employment Rights Act 1996 (NHS Recruitment - Protected Disclosure Regulations)

12 May 2017

Senior Lecturer, School of Law & Social Sciences, University of East London Catherine Hobby responds to the Department of Health's consultation into Protecting Whistleblowers seeking jobs in the NHS.

Protection of Official Data - submission to the Law Commission

02 May 2017

Catherine Hobby, Senior Lecturer in Law at University of East London, responds to the Law Commission's consultation on how to protect Official Data as it reviews statutes including the Official Secrets Act, with particular emphasis on how any reform could affect the rights of whistleblowers at work.

Trade Union Act 2016: What is says; what it means

01 March 2017

The Trade Union Act is implemented today, but what does that mean for workers and trade unions?

Find below our easy to read guide to the new legislation and what it will mean for industrial relations.

In our Manifesto for Labour Law - 25 recommendations for reform, the principles of which have been adopted by the Labour Party - we call for the full repeal of the Trade Union Act 2016.

Click here to read more about the Manifesto for Labour Law

Submission to the United Nations Open-ended Inter-Governmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights

06 September 2016

Stefanie Khoury and Professor David Whyte, both of the University of Liverpool, responded on behalf of the Institute of Employment Rights to a call for evidence by the United Nations Human Rights Council regarding the potential principles, scope and elements of an internationally binding instrument to protect human rights.

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