Does the noise from ice cream vans really affect more people than cutting employment rights, Oliver Letwin?

13 December 2012

By Sarah Glenister, IER staff

Oliver Letwin, Cabinet Office Minister responsible for coordinating government policy, tries to defend the government's new approach to consultations (that is, making them more difficult to respond to), to the Secondary Legislation and Scrutiny Committee.

Privatising public services: threats and alternatives

12 December 2012

By John Medhurst

John Medhurst explains how so-called "mutuals" cropping up within the public sector are far from employee-led, and in fact disadvantage workers and attack employment rights.

Experts discuss the future of equality law in a time of austerity

06 December 2012

By Roger Jeary

A report on yesterday's Equality and Discrimination conference, at which seven experts discussed the future of equality law under the current government and the effect of recent legislation on protected groups.

Boris threatens EU protection for workers' rights

05 December 2012

By Roger Jeary

The EU may not be perfect, but we should not allow the Conservative Party to drive skeptics toward abolishing the only protection some of our workers' rights have.

The Coalition and the Arts: culture and revolvers

21 November 2012

By John Medhurst

In the 1930s leading Nazi Hermann Goering once said: “When I hear the word Culture, I reach for my revolver”. So, apparently, does the UK’s Coalition government.

New briefing regarding removal of 114-year-old health and safety law

16 December 2012

Summary of a briefing by Charlie Woodhouse

A new IER briefing has been released with further information and analysis on the proposed amendment of Section 47 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which will result in the removal of employers' strict liability for their workers' health and safety at work.

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