Union Organising Publications

Days of Action: The legality of protest strikes against government cuts

K D Ewing and John Hendy QC

Published in October 2011

This latest publication from the Institute considers whether a day of action called by the TUC and trade unions, taking place on a weekday and intended to protest at the government's cuts and austerity measures, could be lawful in the UK in the light of recent jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights

 

 

 

Rolling out the Manifesto for Labour Law

edited by John Hendy QC, Professor Keith Ewing and Carolyn Jones

Rolling out the Manifesto for Labour Law

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.

 

 

 

Protect the right to strike: kill the bill

by Professor Keith Ewing and John Hendy QC

Published September 2015

The Trade Union Bill has now passed its second reading and the government is attempting to rush it through parliamentary procedures. Here two leading experts on trade union rights –Professor Keith Ewing and John Hendy QC – publish a short but comprehensive overview of the Trade Union Bill and its implications.

The Conservative Government’s proposed strike ballot thresholds: The challenge to trade unions

by Professor Ralph Darlington and Dr John Dobson

Published August 2015

According to the authors of this timely report, the government is attempting to rush into law ‘the most sweeping and radical tightening of rules on industrial action since the Thatcher era of the 1980’s’. They warn that such proposals could result in ‘the biggest showdown over industrial relations for a generation’ and go on to drill down into one aspect of the government’s proposals – strike ballots.

The political attack on workplace representation - a legal response

By Alan Bogg & K D Ewing

Published June 2013

Legal experts respond to the Tory-led Coalition's attack on worker representation in this timely report.

Fighting Back: resisting 'union-busting' and 'strike-breaking' in the BA dispute

By Prof Keith Ewing

Published in September 2011

The story of this publication relates to a dispute that had huge implications for UNITE and BASSA members whose lives were turned upside down by the demands of the employer.

But the nature of the dispute and the conduct of BA also have massive implications for british trade unionism generally.

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