The IER's 30th Anniversary Reception

By Roger Jeary, IER blogger

15 February 2019

On a cold wet night, the celebratory mood inside the well-filled Great Hall at NEU, Mabledon Place could not be dampened, as members, friends and supporters of the Institute arrived to celebrate its 30th Anniversary.

Civil Liability Bill: An attack on workers' rights

08 February 2019


On November 20, the government passed the Civil Liability Bill through its final stages, the effect of which strips workers of their rights. The fight to stop this goes on and we need members' help.

Outsourcing on the ‘never-never’

14 January 2019

By Professor David Whyte and Ben Crawford, University of Liverpool

In the first report from a collaborative project between the Institute of Employment Rights and the University of Liverpool - Employment Rights and the Shareholder: Workers Rights vs Owners Rights - Professor David Whyte and PhD student Ben Crawford explain how and why the UK's privatisation model is falling apart.

One step forward for Shrewsbury pickets

14 December 2018

By Eileen Turnball and Carolyn Jones

In 1972, building workers across the UK took part in the first ever national strike. At that time, construction workers faced powerful, hostile employers. Lump labour (bogus self-employment) was common and health and safety measures were non-existent. At the end of the twelve-week dispute, in September 1972, they succeeded in winning the highest ever pay rise in the history of the industry.

Court gives green light for pickets to challenge CCRC

07 December 2018

By Eileen Turnbull and Harry Chadwick, Shrewsbury 24 Campaign

On Friday 9th November 2018 the Shrewsbury pickets won an important victory in their long struggle to overturn their convictions. In the Administrative Court in Birmingham, Mr Justice Jay gave permission for the pickets’ application for judicial review to proceed to a full hearing.

Teachers and headteachers consider ‘unprecedented’ joint strike over schools cuts

12 November 2018

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

This week, three education unions will consult their members over taking industrial action in response to last week’s budget.

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