FBU scores victory on landmark pensions case

01 July 2019

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is celebrating a “hard-fought victory” for its members, after the Supreme Court refused an application from the government to review a ruling that found its pensions scheme to be discriminatory.

Tory plans "not consistent with human rights", says UN expert

27 June 2019

The UN's Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, has warned that economic plans launched by Tory leadership hopefuls are not in line with international human rights agreements.

"Make social care a priority," govt told, as cuts strip services from thousands

27 June 2019

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has called on the government to prioritise the social care sector, warning that successive cuts to local authority budgets mean that thousands of older and disabled people now face losing the services they rely on.

IER and ASLEF launch new On Track with Diversity report

21 June 2019

At a packed reception in the House of Commons on 17 June 2019, train drivers union ASLEF launched its new report On Track with Diversity. The report, produced by IER and authored by two equality experts from Old Square Chambers, is an update on a 2012 report produced by IER for ASLEF. The 2019 edition reviews the recommendations made in the 2012 report and assesses the extent to which the train and freight operating companies and the union have implemented those recommendations.

UK among worst violators of trade union rights in Europe, research shows

21 June 2019

The latest Global Rights Index from the International Trade Union Congress (ITUC) has revealed that the UK is among the worst offenders in Europe when it comes to violating trade union rights.

Most social workers put in unpaid hours to keep services afloat, research finds

21 June 2019

Most social workers are forced to put in unpaid hours because cuts have stopped them from being able to do their jobs effectively during their contracted working time.

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