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Bectu, AEP, POA become latest unions to get behind the manifesto for collective bargaining

For immediate release 24 October 2013 The number of unions officially backing the Institute of Employment Rights' Manifesto for Collective Bargaining has grown to 13 following the addition of media and entertainment union BECTU, the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) and the Professional Trades union for Prison, Correctional & Secure Psychiatric Workers (POA).

ASLEF becomes tenth union to back IER Manifesto for Collective Bargaining

For immediate release 11 October 2013 Railway union ASLEF has announced its official support for the Institute of Employment Rights' (IER's) latest package of policy proposals Reconstruction after Crisis: a manifesto for collective bargaining. This makes the organisation the tenth union to give the manifesto their backing, including Unite, Unison, GMB, NUT, PCS, CWU, UCU, RMT and ATL.

Think tank offers policy proposals on zero-hours contracts

For Immediate Release 18 September 2013 Following Business Secretary Vince Cable's announcement this week that a consultation will be launched into zero-hours contracts, the Institute of Employment Rights (IER) published policy proposals that aim to eradicate the exploitation of workers while retaining a degree of flexibility for businesses.

Unions back alternative growth strategy to be launched at TUC Congress

23 August 2013 The Institute of Employment Rights (IER) will launch a policy proposal for an alternative growth strategy at the TUC Congress this year.

Workers are integral to saving the flailing construction industry – so why not let them have a voice?

16 January 2013 Yesterday (15 January 2013), Minister for Construction and Tory MP Michael Fallon announced the launch of an 18-member advisory council, which has been developed by Government Chief Construction Adviser Peter Hansford in order to look at ways to help the flailing construction industry get back on its feet.

G4S costs the taxpayer millions by failing to respect workers’ rights

25 July 2012 The IER asks why G4S tried to fill 10,400 roles with a deal so poor for workers that Locog does not even expect the guards to turn up for duty.

Controlling Fat Cat Pay

20 June 2012 Statutory places for worker reps on remuneration committees would be a far more effective way to control executive pay, says IER.

Ellesmere Port: Success or Sacrifice?

18 May 2012 The IER notes that the Ellesmere Port deal came at a cost.

Why are train drivers male and white? Union asks.

16 May 2012 Train drivers are a colourful group of people. But that doesn't extend to race or gender, according to a report released today at the ASLEF conference. Only about 4.2% of the grade ASLEF represents are women and a mere 4.9% come from ethnic minorities.

Govt risks repeat of Liverpool crane collapse with promises of deregulation

On the very day two construction companies were found guilty of causing serious injury to the operator of a crane that collapsed in the centre of Liverpool, the government pledged to undermine the law that brought them to justice. The Institute of Employment Rights (IER) is warning that the coalition’s supposed aim to ‘cut red tape’ could put thousands of workers in danger of injury and disease in the name of populist politics and tabloid myths that have no bearing on reality.

What price justice? Too dear for you!

04 March 2012 As the misnamed Ministry of Justice considers responses to its consultation paper on charging fees in employment tribunals, IER notes that a cursory glance at the state of British employment rights and trade union freedoms highlights the extent to which access to justice is systematically being shut down for British workers.
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