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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.

Manifesto for Labour Law Sponsors

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Support a progressive future for post-EU UK

The Institute of Employment Rights’ Manifesto for Labour Law has gained widespread support from the Labour Party, and several major trade unions.

Our proposals, which have been offered as the basis of discussion for Labour’s employment law plan for post-EU UK, include:

  • Reinstating a Ministry of Labour, the main role of which will be to promote and oversee sectoral collective bargaining
  • Reintroducing sectoral collective bargaining across the economy
  • Repealing the draconian measures of the Trade Union Act
  • Reviewing the over-regulation and bureaucracy imposed on the labour movement and individual workers to remove barriers to justice and negotiation

These measures will bring us closer to the economic model of the strongest and most efficient economies in Europe, where collective bargaining coverage reaches 80% compared with under 20% in the UK.

They will also promote a more equal society, a healthier society, and a more resilient national economy. At a time when the UK has the worst levels of wage inequality in Europe, and is suffering the widest productivity gap since records began in comparison to the rest of the G7, our population is in urgent need of change.

Union support for Manifesto for Labour Law

Frances O'Grady, General Secretary, TUC

"Since the results of the referendum, the TUC has been campaigning to ensure the vote to leave the EU does not become an excuse to slash workers' rights. It is critical for post-EU Britain to not only maintain the level of protection afforded to Britain's workers by EU law, but also to build on this foundation to create a stronger, fairer and more secure economy for all.

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