The Trade Union Bill: TUC Submission to ILO Committee of Experts

Professor Keith Ewing provides a detailed analysis of the Trade Union Bill's contravention of international standards on workers' rights.

President of the IER, Professor Keith Ewing, makes a detailed complaint to the International Labour Organization (ILO) on behalf of the TUC, regarding the government’s proposed Trade Union Bill.

“The TUC considers the Bill and its accompanying proposals and announcements to be nothing less than a full frontal assault on the industrial and political freedoms of the British trade union Movement – a strategic part of the government’s austerity policy,” he says.

“They demonstrate the government’s contempt for the civil liberties of trade unions and their rights under international law.”

Professor Ewing provides a thorough analysis of the Bill in relation to international law and argues the government’s proposals contravene ILO Conventions 87, 98 and 151. He also notes they may be in violation of other treaties to which the United Kingdom is a party, including the European Social Charter.