Tory Manifesto 2017

Six days to the election; Six choices on workers' rights

Here at the Institute of Employment Rights, we have been busy comparing party manifestos for their workers' rights policies, and have now launched a new table that allows you to see the differences between the three major parties' deals for workers at a glance.

But if you're looking for something a little easier to digest, we've also broken the issues down into bitesize pieces below.

With six days to go until the General Election, we present six choices on workers' rights when you need to make when you decide who gets your vote.

The Stakes: Employment Rights

By Alex Just, employment law specialist, IER

01 June 2017

There has been a Conservative Prime Minister in Number 10 since the Coalition government formed in 2010. Although Theresa May has attempted to rebrand the Tories as “the party of workers”, its track record on employment law has largely revolved around weakening protections at work and attempting to neuter the trade union movement.

The CLASS Take: The Conservative Workers’ Rights Proposals

31 May 2017

By Faiza Shaheen, Director of CLASS

Director of the CLASS Think Tank Faiza Shaheen comments on the Conservative Party Manifesto pledges for workers' rights.

Strong and stable economy? Forgotten macroeconomics in the manifesto debate

25 May 2017

By Özlem Onaran, Professor of Economics, Director of Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre, University of Greenwich

Economist Özlem Onaran analyses the expected impact of both Conservative and Labour Party manifesto pledges on the UK’s economic productivity – a key issue this election, as the nation’s productivity gap with its major G7 competitors is now at its widest point on record.

Can Theresa May Be Taken At Her Word? The Case Of Worker Directors

25 May 2017

By Gregor Gall, Professor of Industrial Relations, the University of Bradford

The Conservative Party manifesto was launched last Thursday, 18 May. In the first section, entitled ‘A strong economy that works for everyone’, one of the highlighted pledges on page 11 is that ‘Theresa May’s Conservatives will deliver ... Fairer corporate governance, built on new rules for takeovers, executive pay and worker representation on company boards’.

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