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The timelines above chart the introduction of policies, the airing of proposals and the calls of backbenchers and right-wing think tanks that have threatened the rights of UK workers since 2010.

It is a new resource that we believe is the only place currently available to view information on the drive against workers' rights in a comprehensive and interactive way.

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Trade union representatives and facility time in the Civil Service

01 August 2012

By Roger Jeary

In the last few days the Guardian and the Observer has published three reports that have a clear link to trade union organisation and the need for trade union representation.

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.

The Right to Strike

05 july 2012

By Roger Jeary

I was reminded recently of the gross inadequacy and unfairness of UK legislation on strikes. I was attending an interesting and informative IER seminar reflecting upon the Friction Dynamics trade dispute in Caernarfon, North Wales over 11 years ago, one of the longest industrial conflicts in British history with workers spending over two and half years on a picket line.

Govt puts profit ahead of people in collective redundancy consultation

27 June 2012

By Roger Jeary

Perhaps the one short paragraph reflecting the 23 trade union submissions is indicative of the importance attached to the views of workers and trade unions in government considerations…

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