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Celebrating 30 years of the IER

Support the IER

IER was formed on 28th February 1989, creating a unique network of trade unionists, academics and lawyers. Over the years, the Institute has produced 200 titles, circulated nearly 350,000 booklets and raised £491,000 in sales. In 1999 IER began taking its message direct to trade union members by organising conferences and events. Since then we have organised over 200 events, reaching an estimated 6,000 delegates.

After 30 years of informing the debate around employment rights and trade union freedoms, IER is proud to say that our Manifesto for Labour Law has recently been adopted as a blueprint for a future Labour government. It is therefore crucial that our work continues. For that to happen we need to focus on rebuilding our financial base, modernising our communication methods and popularising our ideas.

Can you help us?

We hope to raise £30,000 to celebrate our 30 years. The money will be used to:

  1. Modernise our website and on-line communication methods
  2. Promote our ideas via meetings, education packs, videos and animations
  3. Establish a reserve fund to avoid constant fund-raising

Labour Party Conference 2017 - Preparing for Power: Labour rights under a Labour government

The Institute of Employment Rights will be at the 2017 Labour Party Conference, 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, where you can pick up:

Our fringe

Many thanks to everyone who attended our fringe on Monday 25 September 2017. See below the tweets from the event.

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?

 

Labour

Conservative

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.

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