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IER Briefing: Health and Safety Week of Action

February 2011
While the Institute of Directors continue their call for further deregulation, the Institute of Employment Rights has put together a briefing on the danger of deregulating health and safety, written by Steve Tombs and David Whyte.

Cable's 'Employers' Charter' incites bosses to take advantage of workers' vulnerability

Keith Ewing

3 February 2011

Keith Ewing

In the same week that the governor of the Bank of England told us inflation-adjusted wages were falling in a manner unseen since the 1920s, Vince Cable is inciting bosses to take advantage of workers’ vulnerability, by telling them in his charter that they have the right to ask their workers to take a pay cut, and to contact women on maternity leave about when they are planning to return.

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.

Unions Defending Workers: Too Much for the Guardian

22 December 2011

Keith Ewing, IER President

After the vigour and excitement of the student demonstrations against the cuts, today’s Guardian leader on proposed trade union action struck a disappointingly depressing and defeatist note. Has the Daily Mail leader writer been picked up on a free transfer? Has the cold weather affected normally sound judgment?

Every day 60 people die due to work - Health and Safety laws matter

18 October 2010

Steve Tombs and David Whyte

The authors of a new IER book, Regulatory Surrender: death, injury and the non-enforcement of law reject Lord Young’s health and safety proposals, noting they are based on little more than media myths.

Ballot Restrictions to Remain

23 October 2010

Carolyn Jones, IER Director

Despite a sucessful lobby in support of John McDonnell’s Lawful Industrial Action (Minor Errors) Bill, only 89 MPs turned up to support the Bill when it was discussed in Parliament on 22nd October 2010. The Bill aimed to simplify procedures around industrial action ballots and notices.

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