International Comparative Publications

Implementing the Information and Consultation Directive in the UK: Lessons from Germany

By Glynis M Truter

Published in May 2003

In 1997 British workers were promised fairness at work and a new approach to labour relations based on social partnership – a vision welcomed by the TUC. The most commonly discussed model of social partnership was that operating in Germany, with particular reference to German-style ‘consultation’ rights. Also welcomed was the EC Information and Consultation Directive – due to be implemented by March 2005.

Federation News - Protecting and Promoting International Labour Standards

Edited by John Hendy and Carolyn Jones

Published in May 2003

There could surely not be a more appropriate time to consider how best to promote, protect and extend international law than now amidst the anguish of war. This edition of Federation News focuses specifically on standards relating to the rights of trade unions and their members.

John Hendy, QC begins by highlighting the UK’s shameful defiance of international standards. He argues that such behaviour should not simply be seen as an item for discussion at trade union education courses. Rather recognising and upholding international standards should form the central argument for repealing and replacing the worst aspects of UK laws. He puts forward a number of strategies for improving the situation, both at national and international level and urges trade unions to pursue them all.

Protecting Worker Solidarity Action: A Critique of International Labour Law

By Paul Germonetta

Published in June 2002

This paper considers ILO standards on international worker solidarity action. The central argument of the book is that in a globally-integrated capitalist economy, workers need strict legal protection if the right to take international solidarity action is to become a reality. The author discusses the most commonly used restrictions placed on such action before concluding that none are of sufficient importance to warrant the curtailment of this basic right.

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: Waste of Time or Wasted Opportunity?

By Keith Ewing

Published in May 2002

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights was solemnly proclaimed by the heads of government at Nice in December 2000. Although the new Charter includes workers’ rights and trade union rights, it has failed to meet the expectations of the people of Europe. Why?

Labour's Labour Law: Labour Law Reform in New Zealand Under a Labour Government

By Gordon Anderson

Published in September 2001

In both Britain and New Zealand Conservative governments pursued a neo-liberal economic and political agenda that included as a policy objective the radical restructuring of their systems of labour law. The result has been the weakening of trade unions through loss of membership and increased restrictions on their ability to operate effectively.

International Trade Union Rights for the New Millennium

By Keith Ewing and Tom Sibley

Published in December 2000

International Trade Union Rights for the New MilleniumFollowing four years of research and consultation, this report highlights the need for those international labour standards concerning freedom of association to be consolidated, simplified and strengthened.

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