Benchmarking freedom of association: the UK’s non-compliance with international standards (Hard copy)

Examining the extent of the UK’s non-compliance with international law and recommending legislative reforms.

Andrew Moretta | Apr 2020
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About the book

The Institute of Employment Rights has repeatedly highlighted the government’s failure to meet its obligations in international labour law, particularly in the context of trade union rights. Despite the UK’s ratification of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) fundamental principles on workers’ rights over 100 years ago, the government has imposed a number of restrictions on collective action that contravene those principles.

In this publication, author Andrew Moretta provides a detailed analysis of the UK’s trade union laws and their incompatibility with the labour law conventions to which the State is a signatory, including ILO principles, as well as international Charters set by Europe and the United Nations. He takes a fine-toothed comb to a wide range of restrictions on trade union activities, from the pursuit of democratic ballots for industrial action, to picketing, the protection of activists from discrimination, and collective bargaining. He examines the extent of the UK’s non-compliance with international law and recommends legislative reforms necessary to bring the country in line with its obligations.


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