Keith Ewing

Trade unions and the lobbying Bill

Prof Keith Ewing, IER President

29 August 2013

Last week the TUC expressed serious concerns about the far – reaching consequences of the government’s Transparency of Lobbying, Non Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, due for a second reading on 3 September 2013.

Such concern is hardly surprising, for this is a Bill that not only represents a threat to basic liberties generally, but to trade union freedom specifically. So much for the Illiberal Democrats, who promised that they would be the guardians of freedom when in government.

Review: Trade Union Freedom Bill: Launch Conference

Conference Report by Gregor Gall

On Wednesday 31 January in London, some 150 trade unionists gathered together for the conference launch of the Institute of Employment Right’s latest book The Right to Strike: from the Trade Disputes Act 1906 to a Trade Union Freedom Bill 2006

The book is the intellectual and ideological ballast to support the move to provide unions with the ability to lawfully and effectively protect their members’ interests through collective mobilisation.

It means overturning both the Tories’ past legal legacy and Labour’s present regulations on industrial action through a redistribution of power.

A range of high-level speakers argued a convincing and stimulating case.

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