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Recent press releases from the Institute

You will find below a list of all the latest press releases from the Institute of Employment Rights, covering our publications, consultation responses, briefings and events. If you need any further information please contact Carolyn Jones on 0151 207 5265.

Blacklisting not just a UK problem

IER Reaction to Government Axing of One Third of HSE Workplace Inspections

9 March 2011 Unannounced workplace inspections could be reduced by a third from 2011–12 onwards, according to a leaked letter obtained by the BBC’s File on 4 programme. An IER Briefing by Steve Tombs and David Whyte sets out the danger of deregulating health and safety.

IER Chair John Hendy QC on BBC Radio 4

6 January 2011 In a programme hosted by broadcaster Clive Anderson, the Chair of the Institute, John Hendy QC, is joined by David Reed QC, Sir Thomas Morrison and Bronwyn McKenna of Unison as they discuss how the law controls the actions of trades unions and employers during industrial disputes.

Press Release: Minimum Wage Freeze Would Make No Sense

14 October 2010 The Institute of Employment Rights (IER) has warned against any freeze in the minimum wage, claiming that such a move would be both economically and morally unjustifiable. IER director Carolyn Jones explained that failing to increase the minimum wage – which currently stands at £5.93 an hour for over-21s – in line with inflation would deter some workers from spending their money at Britain’s retail outlets.

IER Health and Safety Report on Left Foot Forward

7 October 2010 The authors of IER’s recent report rebutting the myth of health and safety gone mad, have updated their comments on Left Foot Forward in response to statements by Cameron and Young.

IER Parliamentary Launch – Ruined Lives: Blacklisting in the UK Construction Industry

20 October 2009 MPs To Increase Efforts To Strengthen Blacklisting Measures A group of Labour MPs have agreed to work with construction union UCATT to pressurise the Government to strengthen the draft regulations designed to outlaw blacklisting. The MPs agreed to take this action at the parliamentary launch on 20th October 2009 of Ruined Lives: Blacklisting in the UK Construction Industry an academic report which reveals that the Government’s proposed anti-blacklisting regulations are inadequate.

How to Make Corporations Accountable

Balancing the scales of justice in the fallout from profit-driven decision making that led to the current financial downtrend.

Yes to a Referendum?

1 April 2008 As the debate on the European Reform Treaty enters the House of Lords, Bill Wedderburn, QC – an ex-President of the Institute of Employment Rights -offers his informed opinion on the Reform Treaty, the draft Constitution and the need for a referendum.

Non Unionised Workers Are More Vulnerable To Abuse At Work

9 December 2007 In a new publication from the Institute of Employment Rights – Anna Pollert, a Professor of Sociology of Work at the University of West of England – links the decline in the numbers covered by a union agreement with an increase in the vulnerability of workers. Pollert argues that ‘individualising’ work problems and ‘externalising’ possible solutions both fail to address the problems of isolated, vulnerable workers.

IER Briefing: The Health of Britain’s Working Age Population

29 November 2011 The workplace is too often the source of ill-health warns the Institute of Employment Rights The Institute of Employment Rights has produced a Briefing in response to Dame Carol Black’s Review of the Health of Britain’s Working Age Population. The Black Review, announced in October 2007, was hailed as “the first ever review of the health of the working age population”. At the launch of the Review, Peter Hain MP said its aim was to “address how we can improve people’s health and support them to stay in or return to work”
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