Federation News Spring 2012: Meeting the Challenges of Age - Out Now

12 June 2012

The latest edition of Federation News – a regular publication from the Institute of Employment Rights and the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) – is now out.

Troika imposing illegal terms on Greece

29 May 2012

As the European political crisis becomes ever more intense and the economic crisis ever more acute, there is a third crisis yet to unfold. This is the crisis of legality now engulfing the EU, an entity that seems to be free to do what it likes and to ignore the legal foundations on which it is supposed to be built.

Trade Unions in a Time of Austerity: Pictures released

23 May 2012

Many thanks to all who attended Trade Unions in a Time of Austerity in London in May 2012. The In Conversation event attracted a full house and we’ve had some great feedback from attendees.

Govt cuts equality law and shrinks human rights body after cuts criticism

17 May 2012

The day after the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) criticised the government for failing to meet all of its obligations during the 2010 Public Spending Review, the Home Office has announced cuts to both the Equality Act and the EHRC.

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.

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