When it comes to workers’ rights, we need to leave the past behind

27 September 2019

By Sarah Glenister, National Development Officer, Institute of Employment Rights

At Labour Party Conference, Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Laura Pidcock all confirmed their plans to take forward key recommendations from the Institute of Employment Rights Manifesto for Labour Law project. Some critics have attempted to spin better workers' rights as an old-fashioned notion, but it is Thatcherite neoliberalism that is past its sell-by date.

Thomas Cook staff: The latest victims of a bankrupt corporate model

27 September 2019

By Professor David Whyte, University of Liverpool

Giving workers shares will make the economy more stable, not less

By David Whyte, Professor of socio-legal studies at Liverpool University

There is an alternative to allowing a tiny unaccountable elite to run the economy and the planet into the ground - and those in charge know it all too well.

Collective Bargaining and Fair Work at the Heart of Wales’ Future,

15 July 2019

By Lydia Hayes, University of Cardiff

On Tuesday 16th (tomorrow) the Institute of Employment Rights and Wales TUC will hold a public meeting in Cardiff on trade union rights and fair work. The backdrop is a landmark announcement by Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford. Trade unions are at the core of a new plan for Welsh Government. It will embed social partnership and collective bargaining in law. The proposed Social Partnership Act will create new legal duties so that decision-making inside government departments is informed by agreements reached with trade unions and employers’ organisations. The Act will also create a new government directorate, the Office of Fair Work, with a cross-cutting remit to work across all areas of government. The aim is to put the interests of working people, and collective bargaining, at the heart of Wales’ future.

How the ministry of labour will defeat neoliberalism

03 July 2019

By Laura Pidcock, Shadow Minister for Labour

The work of the Institute of Employment Rights (IER) over the last three decades has been essential and remains so today.

This care home crisis is a labour rights issue

01 July 2019

By Ben Crawford, University of Liverpool

Who would you trust to make decisions around an elderly relative’s care – care home workers, or hedge fund managers?

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