Unions and Politics Publications

Federation News: The Politics of Pensions

Edited by Carolyn Jones

Published in May 2010

As the ConDem Coalition announces its priority programme of cuts, the Institute of Employment Rights and the General Federation of Trade Unions have together published a series of essays exploring the Politics of Pensions.

In an introductory Editorial, Carolyn Jones, Director of the Institute says: “The ConDem coalition is not the progressive outcome trade unionists would have liked. But the Coalition does not have a mandate for the programme of swingeing cuts in public services, pay and pensions proposed by the Conservatives in their pre-election statements”.

Federation News: Young Workers

Edited by Doug Nicholls

Published in April 2009

This edition of Federation News addresses Young Workers and includes features from young trade unionists.

 

 

 

Yes to a Referendum? A Labour View

By Bill Wedderburn

Published in March 2008

As the debate on the European Reform Treaty enters the House of Lords, Bill Wedderburn, QC, an ex-President of the Institute of Employment Rights, offers his informed opinion on the Reform Treaty, the draft Constitution and the need for a referendum.

This timely booklet will be of interest to all those wanting to take part in the growing debate about the British people’s right to a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

What is the Warwick Agreement?

Edited by Carolyn Jones

Published in January 2005

As we approach the next general election, the Institute of Employment Rights has what trade unions expect to see in a third term Labour Party manifesto. With no less than 6 trade union General Secretaries contributing to the report, it is perhaps the most up to date and informed document on what is commonly referred to as the Warwick Agreement – an accord reached between new Labour and the unions on a future policy programme.

 

The Future of Company Law: Fat Cats, Corporate Governance and Workers

By Bill Wedderburn

Published in October 2004

All too often we hear news stories about “fat cat” employers paying themselves huge pay increases along with massive bonus packages. The CBI claim that the problem is “confined to a few instances”. The TUC on the other hand call this a “crisis in the legitimacy of capitalism”. However described, what is certain is the discrepancy in pay is fuelling the general inequality apparent in our society.

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