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.

A Manifesto for Labour Law: towards a comprehensive revision of workers’ rights

Rolling out the Manifesto for Labour Law

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A Manifesto for Labour Law: towards a comprehensive revision of workers’ rights

On 28 June, the Institute of Employment Rights launched A Manifesto of Labour Law: towards a comprehensive revision of workers' rights: 25 policy proposals for the next Labour government.

The publication was launched at Westminster with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Shadow Minister for Trade Unions Ian Lavery as part of Labour's Workplace 2020 consultation on reviewing trade union and workers' rights, launched by Jeremy Corbyn in May.

Workers' rights in the UK: Quiz

Take our quiz below to test your knowledge of the current workers' rights and economic situation in the UK and then find out more about how we can change the law to turn the tide on inequality and our unproductive economy by reading about our Manifesto for Labour Law.

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