Xmas sale 2018!

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50% off Rolling out the Manifesto for Labour Law

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The IER’s 2016 Manifesto for Labour Law garnered support from major unions across the UK, the Green Party, the Scottish Nationalist Party, and most of all the Labour Party. Indeed the Labour Party’s popular and influential 2017 Manifesto For the Many, Not the Few adopted many of the IER’s recommendations as a blueprint for future reform.

Now we present Rolling Out, a guide to how our recommendations could be practically implemented. This includes proposals for a Collective Bargaining Act and other legislative reforms to protect workers both domestically and across the international supply chains that support the UK’s economy.

At the heart of our proposals is a shift in the focus of labour law to the collective agreement of wages and conditions as opposed to statutory minimums that are outdated, difficult to enforce and inflexible in the face of a changing world of work. In this way, we seek to open the next chapter of democratic society by enhancing democracy at work.

The comprehensive recommendations detailed in this volume have been collaboratively authored by 26 leading labour lawyers and academics from some of the most prestigious universities in the UK. Taken together, they put forth a new framework for industrial relations and workers’ rights designed to better-fit the needs of a post-Brexit, increasingly automated and fragmented workforce.

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Re-Regulating Zero-hours Contracts

ZHCs are highly profitable for employers, but lead to insecurity of income and low pay for workers. The authors point to rigidities in employment law and the operation of the tax-benefit system as being responsible for the rise in zero hours contracting.

Proposals to ban so-called exclusivity clauses are a red herring. Instead the authors propose reforms based on European examples including the reform of the UK’s archaic rules on continuity of employment; changes to the benefit system, which currently encourage employers to offer short-hours, low-waged work and force individuals into accepting such work or lose benefits; and better use of new EU procurement laws which increase the scope for social issues to be taken into account when awarding public contracts.

Blacklisting: the need for a public inquiry (including a Manifesto Against Blacklisting)

In 2016, some of the largest construction companies operating in the UK confessed that, for decades, they had worked together to systematically exclude union activists and other vulnerable workers from employment, depriving them of an income and a decent quality of life through no fault of their own.

The thousands of blacklisted workers whose lives had been ruined by the blacklisting scandal finally received some compensation for their losses, but in this volume Secretary of the Blacklist Support Group, Dave Smith, explains why money is no substitute for justice.

In his thoughtful account of the conspiracy, which incorporates the first-hand experiences of blacklisted workers and their families, the author leads readers through the multitude of obstacles faced by the victims. These included restrictive employment laws that prevented them from accessing justice, and loopholes manipulated by the employers to force the workers to settle out of court, therefore evading an official conviction of guilt, thus limiting the damage to their reputations.

The book concludes with a call for a public inquiry that forces those involved to publically account for their actions; and a detailed Manifesto Against Blacklisting drawn up by employment lawyer Alex Just, who recommends changes to legislation that would protect workers vulnerable to blacklisting now and in the future.

Health & Safety at Work: Time for Change

The world of work is changing. Fast. But the framework of law tasked with protecting the health, safety and well being of workers is now 50 years old and – according to the authors of this report – no longer fit for purpose. As a result, work continues to generate large and unacceptable levels of harm, despite the massive reductions of employment in high-risk areas of work like manufacturing, docks, steel and mining.

The authors conclude that the time has come to repeal the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act and to fundamentally reform the current framework of law governing workplace health and safety. To support this conclusion, the authors measure the appropriateness of the Act against four central issues: the Act’s application to today’s employment patterns and structures; the oversight and enforcement of employer compliance with their legal duties; worker access to representation on health and safety issues; and the overall governance and resourcing of our regulatory bodies. Looking to the future, the authors offer a number of informed policy recommendations based on good international practices.

8 Good Reasons Why Adult Social Care Needs Sectoral Collective Bargaining

For over a decade, there has been a steady stream of evidence that employment in the social care sector comes with poor quality terms and conditions, low pay, and in too many cases, exploitation. This not only devalues and degrades the skills and labour of the industry’s two million-strong workforce, but is well-evidenced to have a dangerous impact on the care that some of our most vulnerable citizens receive. The sector also employs the largest number of women in low-paid jobs, adding to the gender pay gap. Despite countless inquiries and investigations, the same issues persist. It is clear that the industry is in dire need of reform.

In this booklet, Dr Lydia Hayes sets out the lessons learned from her interdisciplinary research into the social care sector, and builds upon the recommendations made in the Institute of Employment Rights' Manifesto for Labour Law: a comprehensive revision of worker’s rights to propose a sectoral collective bargaining structure for the negotiation of wages and conditions.

Europe, the EU and Britain: Workers' Rights and Economic Democracy

On 01 July 2017, labour movement leaders from across Europe met at the Marx Memorial Library, London, to discuss how a progressive future for workers’ rights can be sought following the UK’s vote to leave the EU. Representatives from Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus, France and Great Britain shared the impact of EU membership, as well as the referendum vote, on their populations, as well as detailing the shape and expected impact of various new trade agreement options.

Common themes emerged from the discussion, including evidence that neoliberal policies adopted by EU political structures have disempowered workers across the bloc. These include the coordinated privatisation of public services, court decisions that prioritised the rights of business over those of workers, and the collapse of collective bargaining across multiple nations following interference from supranational bodies and as an effect of the free movement of labour. In terms of the future of the UK, several speakers demonstrated how key proposals in the Labour Party Manifesto For the Many Not the Few cannot be implemented while the nation remains part of the EU.

This report documents the meeting, including the transcripts of each presentation, as well as notes on the discussion between panel and delegates on the day.

The Legacy of Thatcherism in European Labour Relations: The Impact of the Politics of Neo-Liberalism and Austerity on Collective Bargaining in a Fragmenting Europe

As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, this analysis – the 11th in our Comparative Notes series – shines a light on the deleterious effect of the nation's deregulatory influence on the bloc.

The authors outline their findings from a wide-ranging study of the seven member states most effected by interventions from supranational bodies during the financial crisis - Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, and Spain. Under pressure to make reforms to labour law, these member states have seen their industrial relations structures eroded by neoliberalist ideologies emanating from the UK.

Drawing from interviews with government officials, trade unions and employer associations, the authors investigate how a shift within EU political structures towards a neoliberalist paradigm has led to the decentralisation of collective bargaining, and how this in turn has instigated a decline in wage levels, working time, and equality within the countries studied. They also point to evidence that this focus on individualisation and fragmentation is deskilling and demotivating the workforce with major economic effects.

Labour Law Highlights 2017

2017 has been a key year for employment law, with Unison’s success in its judicial review against tribunal fees; the implementation of the Trade Union Act 2016; the publishing of the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, which puts forth recommendations for the reform of labour law in light of the burgeoning ‘gig economy’; and the continued negotiation of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

In this year’s Labour Law Highlights, a team of barristers from Old Square Chambers returns to assess how each of these events has impacted upon case law in the last 12 months, including clarification from the courts on the requirements of the Trade Union Act in practice, the flurry of tribunal hearings regarding ‘gig’ workers, and further decisions on the rights of workers required to take "sleep-in" shifts. In each case, they provide commentary on the potential wider implications of tribunal decisions.

The team covers a wide array of key rulings during 2017, from cases affecting trade union rights such as industrial disputes, collective consultation and recognition; to individual employment rights, such as the terms and conditions of precarious workers, pay, equality and discrimination at work, whistleblowing, and TUPE; to clarifications on and changes to the employment tribunal procedure itself.

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