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AUDIO: The Legality of a General Strike and the Coalition Timeline

20 September 2012

Listen to John Hendy QC speak about the legality of a general strike and IER's Communications Assistant Sarah Glenister explain our newest resource the Coalition Timeline

TUC Congress 2012 - The IER and a future that works

New interactive Coalition timeline

The IER has launched a brand new interactive timeline on the Coalition's ideological attack on workers' rights and trade unions.

We believe our Coalition timeline is the first free resource of its kind. Use your mouse – or finger on a touchscreen – to move through the last two years of news and debate, following the erosion of workers’ rights by the government since May 2010.

Click here to browse our interactive timeline

Days of Action

Professor Keith Ewing and John Hendy QC will be launching their publication Days of Action: The legality of protest strikes against government cuts, at the Sunday Night Special.

To order a copy of the book, click here






Federation Viewpoint

Our Sunday Night Special also features the launch of our brand new journal Federation Viewpoint, which we produce in conjunction with the GFTU.

How has an unelected Coalition swindled workers into accepting the pains of austerity, while big business continues to gain? And what alternatives are there to the cuts?

Find out in the first edition of Federation Viewpoint

Fighting austerity

Sunday 9th September

Workers and trade unions are eager to fight the dissolution of their rights as outlined by our timeline.

Legal experts from the IER will be joined by UNITE General Secretary Len McCluskey at a special fringe meeting at this year’s TUC Congress. Do not miss out on the Sunday Night Special:


Professor Keith Ewing
President of the IER and Professor of Public Law at King’s College, London

John Hendy, QC
Chair of the IER

Len McCluskey
General Secretary of UNITE


The Old Ship Hotel King’s Road Brighton BN1 1NR

RSVP for fish and chip supper

If you would like to book a fish and chip supper for when you attend the free meeting, please email


Troika imposing illegal terms on Greece

29 May 2012

As the European political crisis becomes ever more intense and the economic crisis ever more acute, there is a third crisis yet to unfold. This is the crisis of legality now engulfing the EU, an entity that seems to be free to do what it likes and to ignore the legal foundations on which it is supposed to be built.

Review: Trade Union Freedom Bill: Launch Conference

Conference Report by Gregor Gall

On Wednesday 31 January in London, some 150 trade unionists gathered together for the conference launch of the Institute of Employment Right’s latest book The Right to Strike: from the Trade Disputes Act 1906 to a Trade Union Freedom Bill 2006

The book is the intellectual and ideological ballast to support the move to provide unions with the ability to lawfully and effectively protect their members’ interests through collective mobilisation.

It means overturning both the Tories’ past legal legacy and Labour’s present regulations on industrial action through a redistribution of power.

A range of high-level speakers argued a convincing and stimulating case.

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