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All magazine/bulletin articles of less than 250 words are open-access and can be read without subscribing to Publications Online. Selected longer articles are also open-access to contribute to wider debate within the union movement.

October 2017
Booklet: Drug and alcohol policies at work - a guide for union reps (introduction)

Many employers now have workplace policies in place to manage problems arising from the misuse of drugs and alcohol. In part, this is in response to ...
Drug and alcohol policies at work - a guide for union reps

Labour and the unions: forging stronger links?


Since Jeremy Corbyn became Labour Party leader, several unions that were not Labour-affiliated have been considering their relationship with the ...
Labour Research

September 2017
Booklet: Taking industrial action - a legal guide (introduction)

When the government decided to enact the Trade Union Act 2016, described by the TUC as “the most serious attack on the rights of trade unions and ...
Taking industrial action - a legal guide

End the pay pinch, scrap the cap


Union campaigns against the government’s public sector pay cap have stepped up over the summer, with the latest pay awards for public sector ...
Labour Research

August 2017
Booklet: Time off for trade union duties and activities - a guide to facility time (introduction)

Union and other workplace representatives need time off to carry out their duties and activities if they are to represent workers to their best ...
Time off for trade union duties and activities - a guide to facility time

Brexit widens UK skills gap


Concerns over skills shortages in parts of the UK economy are being intensified by the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the status of EU ...
Labour Research

July 2017
Booklet: Health and safety law 2017 (introduction)

This latest edition of the Labour Research Department’s annual guide to health and safety law, Health and Safety Law 2017, is being published at a ...
Health and safety law 2017

One hundred years of service


Labour Research this month celebrates 100 years of service to trade unions. We look at the many issues of concern to the movement the magazine has ...
Labour Research

June 2017
Hammering the unions, the workers and the poor


Ahead of this month’s general election, Labour Research looks at the damage the Tories have inflicted on unions, and on both working and ...
Labour Research

May 2017
Booklet: Law at Work 2017 (introduction)

This 29th edition of Law at Work is being published at a time of significant political and economic uncertainty, following the UK’s vote on 23 June ...
Law at Work 2017

The French election and the unions


How will the outcome of France’s presidential election impact on the country’s workers and their trade unions? Labour Research investigates.
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Labour Research

April 2017
Booklet: State benefits and tax credits 2017 (introduction)

State Benefits and Tax Credits 2017 is the latest edition of the Labour Research Department’s annual guide to the benefits system. It focuses on ...
State benefits and tax credits 2017

Entrenched inequality still exists


A new review of race in the workplace finds that race inequality stubbornly persists. And unions warn that real progress will continue to be elusive ...
Labour Research

Is it time to dust off the slogan Britain need a pay rise?


The picture that emerges from a survey of 380 settlements drawn from the LRD Payline database is that: 
 ...
Workplace Report

March 2017
Booklet: Promoting race equality at work - a union rep's guide (introduction)

Despite more than five decades of race equality legislation, the largest ever review into race inequality in Great Britain concluded in 2015 that ...
Promoting race equality at work - a union rep's guide

Will employers finally start to mind the gap?


Regulations obliging employers to publish information on the gender pay gap are set to come into effect at last. But are the new rules sufficient?
 ...
Labour Research

February 2017
Booklet: Protecting workers from violence and abuse - a union rep's guide (introduction)

Work-related violence threatens dignity, security, health and well-being and impacts not only on workers and employers, but also on their families, ...
Protecting workers from violence and abuse - a union rep's guide

Sustainable development?


Critics say that Sustainability and Transformation Plans for health and care organisations in England will create yet more chaos across the NHS.
 ...
Labour Research

January 2017
Booklet: Case law at work - 13th edition (introduction)

This is the 13th edition of Case Law at Work, the LRD’s key source of information on recent employment law cases. It contains clear summaries and ...
Case law at work - 13th edition

What will 2017 bring the unions?


A continued pay squeeze, the implementation of the Trade Union Act and the impact of the Brexit process will all make for a tough year for unions. ...
Labour Research

December 2016
Booklet: Performance management and capability procedures - a guide for union reps and negotiators (introduction)

Punitive and dysfunctional performance management systems and capability processes top the workplace agenda for a growing number of union reps. Low ...
Performance management and capability procedures - a guide for union reps and negotiators

Fat cat pay continues to rise


Top executives' remuneration packages have continued to ratchet up, albeit at a slower rate. Prime minster Theresa May has promised to address ...
Labour Research

November 2016
Booklet: Using information and consultation rights - a union rep's guide (introduction)

For more than ten years the UK has had regulations on the statute book through which employees and their representatives can require employers to ...
Using information and consultation rights - a union rep's guide

Legal rights: trade unions set out hopes and fears


Employment rights are more than ever under the spotlight in the face of the UK’s exit from the EU.
 ...
Labour Research

October 2016
Booklet: Stress and mental health at work - a guide for trade union reps (introduction)

Stress is the number one health and safety concern for trade union members and their reps across all sizes of workplace and in every region and ...
Stress and mental health at work - a guide for trade union reps

Higher education: lower standards?

Legislation enabling the entry of more for-profit providers in higher education seriously endangers academic quality, as Labour Research reports. ...
Labour Research

Collectively agreed settlements again average out at 2.0% 


Bargaining around low pay expanded in the 2015-16 pay round with rises in the National Mimum Wage and the introduction of a higher minimum wage for ...
Workplace Report

September 2016
Booklet: Supporting pregnant workers - a union reps guide (introduction)

Despite steady improvements in rights for working parents in recent years, pregnant workers and those returning to work face huge problems in terms ...
Supporting pregnant workers - a union reps guide

Manifesto sets out stall on new workers’ rights


Britain’s largest unions are backing comprehensive policy proposals for a framework of collective bargaining, underpinned by strong trade union ...
Labour Research

Leadership candidates set out their stalls 


Labour Research puts seven questions on a range of issues of concern to unions and their members to the two candidates for the leadership of the ...
Labour Research

August 2016
Are workers getting a fair share of this gig?


The “sharing” or “gig” economy is producing a realignment of employment relationships, as Labour Research finds out.
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Labour Research

July 2016
Booklet: Health and safety law 2016 (introduction)

This latest edition of the Labour Research Department’s annual guide to health and safety law, Health and Safety Law 2016, sets out the law using ...
Health and safety law 2016

Minorities will fall foul of this Act


Unions and those campaigning for migrants’ rights fear that the government’s Immigration Act will create a hostile environment for minority ...
Labour Research

Heads not heels should rule when drawing up dress code


The TUC is calling for a relaxation of dress codes at work as the country currently sits in a heatwave and the ‘heels case’ of Nicola Thorp is ...
Workplace Report

June 2016
Booklet: Law at Work 2016 (introduction)

Law at Work, now in its 28th year of publication, is being released against the backdrop of a clear attack on trade union rights and freedoms, in the ...
Law at Work 2016

Should I stay or should I go?


What positions are UK unions adopting in relation to this month’s historic referendum on whether Britain should remain in, or leave, the EU?
 ...
Labour Research

May 2016
Booklet: Social media at work - a practical guide for trade union reps (introduction)

Social media appears to be an unstoppable force. In the last decade people’s usage of social networking sites has exploded and for many they have ...
Social media at work - a practical guide for trade union reps

Addressing the needs of disabled members


What are the top concerns of disabled trade union members? And how are unions ensuring disabled members’ participation in union life? Labour ...
Labour Research

New mums and dads get better deal if they are in union


Shared Parental Leave celebrated its first anniversary in April, but fathers may have been deterred in embracing it, with the loss of pay involved. ...
Workplace Report

April 2016
Booklet: State benefits and tax credits 2016 (introduction)

State Benefits and Tax Credits 2016 is the latest edition of the Labour Research Department’s annual guide to the benefits system. It concentrates ...
State benefits and tax credits 2016

Government plans persist in avoiding home truths


Affordable social housing is becoming an ever more distant dream for many, thanks to Conservative plans.
 ...
Labour Research

March 2016
Booklet: The skills system at work - a guide for trade unionists (introduction)

The UK skills system is complex with a vast array of participants, providers and funders. This complexity, combined with current spending restraints ...
The skills system at work - a guide for trade unionists

Are women making progress?


Women now make up over half (55%) of Britain’s 6.4 million-strong trade union membership. So are unions ensuring that they are fairly represented ...
Labour Research

February 2016
Unions move forward on transgender issues


Trans issues have a greater presence than ever on the union agenda, as Labour Research discovers.
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Labour Research

January 2016
Booklet: Case law at work - 12th edition (introduction)

This is the 12th edition of Case Law at Work, the LRD’s key source of information on recent employment law cases. It contains clear summaries and ...
Case law at work - 12th edition

Benefits of migration


Migrants to the UK act as “transnational economic entrepreneurs” and “transnational economic activists”, helping to promote economic ...
Labour Research

What lies in store in 2016?


The Conservatives’ union-bashing Trade Union Bill will be one of many challenges UK unions have to face in 2016, as the Labour Research staff ...
Labour Research

December 2015
Monster pay packets keep fat cats purring


Eye-watering remuneration packages remain the order of the day for top executives.
 ...
Labour Research

November 2015
Booklet: Monitoring and surveillance at work - a practical guide for trade union reps (introduction)

Traditional forms of workplace monitoring are increasingly being supplemented by surveillance practices which utilise new forms of technology. The ...
Monitoring and surveillance at work - a practical guide for trade union reps

Pay in manufacturing


Factory workers have made up some lost ground against inflation in their pay this year, official figures show. However, they lost ground to other ...
Fact Service

Bill legitimises union-bashing

The Conservatives’ Trade Union Bill is an attempt at undermining unions and silencing resistance to public sector cuts, as Labour Research reports. ...
Labour Research

Employee representation: the lessons from Europe

Board-level employee representation is found in a majority of EU Member States. But its operation varies markedly — and raises some questions ...
Labour Research

October 2015
Booklet: Bullying and harassment at work - a guide for trade union reps (introduction)

Bullying and harassment are workplace hazards which have grown steadily over recent years to become a top concern for trade union safety reps. The ...
Bullying and harassment at work - a guide for trade union reps

Certification Officer role to be further politicised


This month, Back-up examines another aspect of the Trade Union Bill, this time focusing on Tory plans to fundamentally alter and expand the role of ...
Labour Research

Unions look to new pay round for sustained improvements

The 2.0% rise in collectively agreed pay settlements in the last pay round was disappointing and was the lowest rise since the 2009-10 pay round. ...
Workplace Report

September 2015
Booklet: Disciplinary and grievance procedures - a practical guide for trade union reps (introduction)

This LRD booklet is intended to provide practical advice and support for union reps or members who are facing a disciplinary or considering whether ...
Disciplinary and grievance procedures - a practical guide for trade union reps

Buzz word rears its ugly head

Unions have told Labour Research how employers are looking to resilience as a way of trying to make workers more able to cope with stress, rather ...
Labour Research

August 2015
Booklet: Working from home - a negotiator's guide for trade union reps (introduction)

Four million people are now homeworkers, according to TUC analysis of the latest 2015 government statistics. Developments in modern technology, most ...
Working from home - a negotiator's guide for trade union reps

Who is best for the unions?

Labour Research interviews the candidates for leadership of the Labour Party on a range of issues of concern to unions and their members. ...
Labour Research

July 2015
Membership challenge

What happened to trade union membership during the years of the Tory-led coalition government? Labour Research reports. ...
Labour Research

June 2015
Booklet: Sickness absence and sick pay - a guide for trade union reps (introduction)

None of us knows when we might need the support of a good sick pay scheme and a fair absence management policy. The issue brings together an element ...
Sickness absence and sick pay - a guide for trade union reps

What is the impact of early conciliation?

New rules introduced last year mean that workers can no longer take a claim to tribunal without first considering conciliation. So what have these ...
Labour Research

Dismissal decision not discriminatory where final decision maker not influenced by discrimination

Dr Reynolds, who was an expert in medical insurance, had worked since 1968 for a leading insurance provider, part of the Canada Life Group. After ...
Workplace Report

May 2015
A different legal framework

Labour Research looks at unions’ alternative vision for employment law after the election, and at what Labour’s manifesto has to offer trade ...
Labour Research

April 2015
The poor are hardest hit

This month sees further cuts to social security as the Tory-led coalition’s “welfare revolution” continues to hammer the poorest. ...
Labour Research

Most workers still waiting for return of good times on pay

On the eve of the 2015 general election, low inflation has taken hold. But has that impacted on pay settlements? Now at its halfway point, Workplace ...
Workplace Report

March 2015
The real welfare beneficiaries

The government makes much of cutting welfare spending. What it is less vocal about is the corporate welfare that goes to businesses and individuals ...
Labour Research

February 2015
Booklet: Pay: getting it right - bargaining information for union reps (introduction)

Negotiating, campaigning and representing members on pay and related issues remains at the very heart of trade union activity. The need for strong ...
Pay: getting it right - bargaining information for union reps

Party donations in 2014

Conservative Party headquarters received almost two and a half times the sum the Labour Party received at its HQ in 2014, according to a Fact Service ...
Fact Service

New regulations limit claims

New regulations have been rushed through by the government to limit a worker’s basic right to recover their unpaid wages. These are the Deduction ...
Labour Research

Agency workers want umbrella pulled from above them

The number of agency workers has been on the increase, but legislation covering them has been accompanied by many employers seeking to skirt around ...
Workplace Report

January 2015
Booklet: Case law at work - 11th edition (introduction)

This is the 11th edition of Case law at work, the LRD’s key source of information on recent employment law cases. It contains clear summaries and ...
Case law at work - 11th edition

Is health and safety being weakened?

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Health and Safety Executive. But celebrations will be somewhat muted by the latest ...
Labour Research

Most EU states see real pay rise, but UK records a fall

Last year saw a further revival of real pay in the EU, with pay increasing faster than prices in 22 countries, compared with 15 in 2013. However, the ...
Workplace Report

Where they survive, workplace canteens keep staff well fed

A Workplace Report survey of 351 workplaces found a significant fall in the proportion of workplaces providing a staff canteen, although a higher ...
Workplace Report

December 2014
Pay surge sees boom time in boardrooms

Top company executives continue to rake it in as their pay ratchets ever upwards. ...
Labour Research

November 2014
Booklet: Unfair dismissal - a legal guide for union reps (introduction)

A well organised workforce is one that knows its rights. This means that union and employee representatives need to have a good grasp of the current ...
Unfair dismissal - a legal guide for union reps

Bare minimum is not enough

As millions struggle with low pay and insecure work, and the taxpayer subsidises poverty wages, calls for a decent living wage grow louder. ...
Labour Research

October 2014
Booklet: Leave and pay for working parents - a guide for trade union reps (introduction)

Over the last 10 years successive governments have introduced a wide range of measures aimed at helping working parents to balance their employment ...
Leave and pay for working parents - a guide for trade union reps

Why Britain needs a pay rise

The TUC-organised demonstration on 18 October is making the case that “Britain Needs a Pay Rise”. Labour Research examines the backdrop. ...
Labour Research

September 2014
Roots of movement will survive

Local union branches are increasingly being seen by unions as key to ensuring the continued health of the movement. Union branches have always formed ...
Labour Research

What new parents can expect in best pay and practice policies

The introduction of a new right in 2015 to Shared Parental Leave means that paternity and maternity policies will need to be modified in the coming ...
Workplace Report

August 2014
Booklet: Casualisation at work - a guide for trade union reps (introduction)

Casual work has always existed. Even before the 2008 recession, non-standard forms of working were an established feature of the UK and European ...
Casualisation at work - a guide for trade union reps

Unions have their say on Scotland’s vote

How are UK unions positioning themselves in relation to next month’s vote on Scottish independence? ...
Labour Research

July 2014
Booklet: Workplace pensions - a guide for trade union reps (introduction)

The coalition government’s radical shake up of both workplace and state pensions is continuing at a startling pace, raising new issues for trade ...
Workplace pensions - a guide for trade union reps

Challenging the myths around migrant workers

What is the actual impact of migration on UK employment and the UK workforce? Labour Research investigates. ...
Labour Research

June 2014
Probation service up for grabs

What impact will the part-privatisation of the probation service have on those who work in the service and on public safety? ...
Labour Research

May 2014
Europe, immigration and bashing workers’ rights

While its anti-immigration and anti-EU policies are well known, the UK Independence Party’s other policies, such as those on workers’ rights, are ...
Labour Research

April 2014
Equality must come of age for older women

The needs of older women workers are being overlooked, despite their increased numbers in the workforce. ...
Labour Research

March 2014
Tackling sexual harassment

With the issue of sexual harassment scarcely out of the headlines in recent months, Labour Research asks unions whether it is still a significant ...
Labour Research

February 2014
Booklet: TUPE - a guide to using the law for union reps (introduction)

The Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) were introduced to protect the rights of employees on the transfer of ...
TUPE - a guide to using the law for union reps

Care workers must be paid for travel time

This month’s Back-up looks at an employment tribunal decision with very important ramifications for care workers across the country. An Employment ...
Labour Research

Should there be a legal right to bereavement leave?

The issue of bereavement leave has been in the news of late, with renewed calls for the introduction of a statutory right to time off in the event of ...
Workplace Report

January 2014
Booklet: Case law at work - 10th edition (introduction)

This is the 10th edition of Case Law at Work, the LRD’s key source of information on recent employment law cases. It contains clear summaries and ...
Case law at work - 10th edition

What lies ahead in 2014?

The experts at Labour Research examine what the forthcoming year is likely to bring for working people and their trade unions. ...
Labour Research

UK one of two EU states where real pay falls as economy grows

After three years of pay lagging behind prices in most countries of the European Union, 2013 saw something of a real pay recovery. In 17 out of 27 ...
Workplace Report

December 2013
Time to ring down the curtain on this performance

New forms of performance management are causing misery for thousands of workers. ...
Labour Research

November 2013
Booklet: Promoting equality for disabled workers - a guide for trade union reps (introduction)

Disabled people are statistically less able to participate in employment compared to their non-disabled colleagues. In 2012, the Labour Force Survey ...
Promoting equality for disabled workers - a guide for trade union reps

NHS unions don’t want poisoned pill from pay review body

Agenda for Change, the national agreement for those NHS staff covered by the NHS Pay Review Body is almost 10-years old. Under the coalition ...
Workplace Report

October 2013
Booklet: Redundancy law - a guide to using the law for union reps (introduction)

Even though the figures for quarterly redundancies have flattened since the height of the economic downturn, they remain a regular and unwelcome ...
Redundancy law - a guide to using the law for union reps

Upturn in economy has yet to feed into pay settlements

The economy is growing again, but there is little sign of it in headline trends on pay deals in the private sector. Meanwhile, Chancellor Osborne ...
Workplace Report

September 2013
Booklet: Contracts of employment - a guide to using the law for union reps (introduction)

Ongoing coalition government attacks on employment rights mean there has not been a more important time in recent years to be an active trade union ...
Contracts of employment - a guide to using the law for union reps

Austerity impacts on headcount

The 145th TUC Congress meets this month, five years on from the 2008 crash and four since the country hit the depths of recession. But growth is all ...
Labour Research

Auto-enrolment: the story so far and what the future may hold

In the last few years, the number of people judged to be not saving enough for retirement has risen from nine to 11 million, so the statutory duty ...
Workplace Report

August 2013
Booklet: Health and safety law 2013 (introduction)

This latest edition of the Labour Research Department’s (LRD’s) annual guide to health and safety law, Health and Safety Law 2013, sets out the ...
Health and safety law 2013

Some more highly paid charity workers

The pay of top executives of development charities, such as Save the Children, has come under attack in the Daily Telegraph and from the chair of ...
Fact Service

July 2013
Booklet: Representing older workers - a guide for trade union negotiators (introduction)

The UK has an ageing population and an ageing workforce. Throughout the 1990s, fewer than 8% of men over 65 and women over 60 were in work. By 2006, ...
Representing older workers - a guide for trade union negotiators

Sickness absence does not make management’s heart grow fonder

Next year, the government will be setting up a new health and work assessment and advisory service to help sick employees back to work, but it is ...
Workplace Report

June 2013
Supplements aim to help staff working in and around capital

The higher cost of living hits workers in their pockets, so paying a London allowance helps soften the blow. However, the latest Workplace Report ...
Workplace Report

Paid time off, not a spoonful of sugar, helps medicine go down

A good sick pay scheme delivers support when it is needed and remain an important workplace benefit. Workplace Report analyses the results of a sick ...
Workplace Report

May 2013
Is it only a flash of recognition?

There has been a sharp decline in applications under the statutory procedure for union recognition, while the procedure has brought UK unions both ...
Labour Research

Reps’ time off to do their union work is under attack

Union reps need to have reasonable paid time off from their normal job to carry out their role effectively. A Workplace Report survey has found that ...
Workplace Report

April 2013
Booklet: Working Time Regulations - Application and enforcement (introduction)

This booklet looks in detail at the application and enforcement of the Working Time Regulations (WTR) in the UK. Although it is essentially a matter ...
Working Time Regulations - Application and enforcement

Young, gifted and blocked

Historically, black and minority ethnic people have been at a disadvantage in the labour market — and things don’t appear to be ...
Labour Research

March 2013
Trade unionists will be among the millions who will lose out

Government reforms changing the way that civil cases are processed and funded will start to take effect next month. The reforms apply across civil ...
Workplace Report

February 2013
Zero-hours contracts on the increase across all sectors

Casualised work arrangements, such as “zero-hours” contracts, are spreading. The recession seems to be a lot to do with it, but there is also a ...
Workplace Report

January 2013
Booklet: Case law at work - 9th edition (introduction)

This is the ninth edition of Case law at work, the LRD’s key source of information on recent employment law cases. It contains clear summaries and ...
Case law at work - 9th edition

Union reps face battle to win better standard of living

Inflation has remained stubbornly high and union reps and official are expecting a tougher bargaining climate in 2013 year than last year. A ...
Workplace Report

December 2012
Maintaining the branch meeting

In the second of a two-part series on the union branch, Labour Research examines the cornerstone of branch activity — the branch meeting. ...
Labour Research

November 2012
State of the union branch

In the first of a two-part series on the union branch in 2012, Labour Research finds out how branches are faring and what affects their health. ...
Labour Research

October 2012
Booklet: Employment tribunals - a practical guide for trade unionists (introduction)

The coalition government is pursuing a programme of radical employment law reforms. The process began shortly after the 2010 election when the ...
Employment tribunals - a practical guide for trade unionists

BME leadership: how are UK unions faring?

What are unions doing to encourage BME members to participate in the life of the union and to move up the union ranks? ...
Labour Research

Double-dip recession hits settlements in last pay round

Union negotiators have had to operate in the difficult environment of a double-dip economic recession and a government intent of pursuing its failed ...
Workplace Report

September 2012
Booklet: Disciplinary and grievance procedures - a practical guide for union reps (introduction)

This LRD booklet is intended to provide practical advice and support for reps of members who are facing a disciplinary or considering whether to ...
Disciplinary and grievance procedures - a practical guide for union reps

Difficult climate for equality

The last three years have clearly been a tough period for unions to negotiate improvements for their members. And equality is no exception. ...
Labour Research

August 2012
The impact of the think tanks

Many think tanks are hoping to catch the government’s eye with their policies. Labour Research reports on some of the more successful. ...
Labour Research

July 2012
Unions keep up pressure for improved deals for parents

The pace of change on maternity and paternity rights has slowed considerably under the coalition government. However, collective bargaining has ...
Workplace Report

June 2012
Booklet: Green unions at work 2012 (introduction)

The TUC would like to express its warm appreciation to the over 1,200 shop stewards and environmental reps who took part in the TUC’s 2012 green ...
Green unions at work 2012

Whistleblowing at work

Legislation on whistleblowing was intended to give employees the confidence that they would be protected from reprisals if they took action to alert ...
Workplace Report

May 2012
Booklet: Preventing injury at work - a union reps' guide to musculoskeletal disorders (introduction)

If you ask workers about their chief health concerns at work, back pain and strain and repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are always high on the list. ...
Preventing injury at work - a union reps' guide to musculoskeletal disorders

When bonus pay is no dividend

The impact of the bonus culture on low-paid workers in the finance industry is very different to that enjoyed by top bank executives. ...
Labour Research

A need to negotiate over growing problem of mental health at work

The TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference later this month will note that “discrimination against people with mental health impairments is ...
Workplace Report

April 2012
Booklet: Safety, health and equality at work - a practical guide for trade unionists (introduction)

The decades since the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations came into force in 1978 have witnessed seismic changes in the UK ...
Safety, health and equality at work - a practical guide for trade unionists

Pricing justice out of reach?

Coalition proposals to introduce fees to access employment tribunals will further undermine black workers’ chances of obtaining justice, ...
Labour Research

March 2012
Struggle for justice is far from over

On the second anniversary of legislation intended to control blacklisting, Labour Research finds that the law is failing to deliver proper redress ...
Labour Research

February 2012
Booklet: Social media, monitoring and surveillance at work - a practical guide for trade unionists (introduction)

Surveillance and monitoring affect everyone in some way. When we shop, travel on public transport, cycle, drive or walk, visit public places and ...
Social media, monitoring and surveillance at work - a practical guide for trade unionists

Pensions strike boosts trade union recruitment

Unions have reported an upsurge in recruitment in the wake of last November’s pensions strike. ...
Labour Research

January 2012
Booklet: Case law at work - 8th edition (introduction)

There is a huge amount of employment legislation governing the workplace, from the right to be paid a minimum wage to laws protecting workers from ...
Case law at work - 8th edition

Workers’ rights come under siege

It’s farewell to “partnership” as the Con-Dem coalition embarks on an onslaught on employment rights. ...
Labour Research

December 2011
Booklet: Using financial information - a practical guide for trade unionists (introduction)

Strong trade union organisation can be a major factor in winning improvements in the workplace over many issues, including pay and other benefits. ...
Using financial information - a practical guide for trade unionists

November 2011
Booklet: Workplace pensions reform - a practical guide to auto-enrolment (introduction)

Workplace pensions have been making headlines recently with the government trying to make public sector workers work longer and pay more to get less ...
Workplace pensions reform - a practical guide to auto-enrolment

October 2011
Booklet: Agency Workers Regulations - a legal guide (introduction)

Trade unions have been concerned about the treatment of agency workers for decades. This is not surprising as agency workers have endured some of ...
Agency Workers Regulations - a legal guide

June 2011
Redundancy policies - early consultation and steps to avoid job losses are key

In bad times, when redundancies are looming, it is something of a relief to unions and employers to have good redundancy policies to draw on. Indeed ...
Workplace Report

April 2011
Booklet: Safety reps in action (introduction)

There are around 150,000 safety reps appointed and supported by trade unions. This booklet makes the case for trade union safety reps. As well as ...
Safety reps in action

January 2011
Booklet: Case law at work - 7th edition (introduction)

There is a very considerable amount of employment legislation governing the workplace, from the right to be paid a minimum wage, to laws protecting ...
Case law at work - 7th edition

December 2010
Booklet: Discrimination at work - a guide to the Equality Act 2010 (introduction)

Discrimination law is a complex area and one that union reps need to keep up to date with. This booklet explains how discrimination law works in ...
Discrimination at work - a guide to the Equality Act 2010

October 2010
Booklet: Sickness absence and sick pay - a guide for union reps (introduction)

Industrial relations and work organisation are key issues in sickness absence. However, even though the evidence strongly links employee involvement ...
Sickness absence and sick pay - a guide for union reps

August 2010
Booklet: Time off for trade union duties and activities - a legal guide (introduction)

Around half of all workplaces and two-thirds of all employees have access to a union or workplace representative or are covered by some sort of ...
Time off for trade union duties and activities - a legal guide

June 2010
Booklet: Pensions under pressure - the challenge for trade unions (introduction)

A sober assessment of the current state of UK pensions was provided shortly before the 2010 election by the National Association for Pension Funds ...
Pensions under pressure - the challenge for trade unions

April 2010
Booklet: Hazardous substances - a guide for safety reps (introduction)

Hazardous substances are used in almost every workplace — factories, offices, building sites, shops, schools, hospitals, kitchens, parks, ...
Hazardous substances - a guide for safety reps

February 2010
Booklet: Taking industrial action - a legal guide (introduction)

Evidence of state interference with workers’ attempts to join together and improve their pay and conditions dates back to the Statute of ...
Taking industrial action - a legal guide

January 2010
Booklet: Case law at work - 6th edition (introduction)

There is a very considerable amount of employment legislation governing the workplace, from the right to be paid a minimum wage, to laws protecting ...
Case law at work - 6th edition

October 2009
Recession and pay: analysis of the 2008-09 pay round

Workplace Report

August 2009
Booklet: Organising and bargaining in the downturn - a guide for unions (introduction)

Although recession has a detrimental and sometimes dramatic effect on employment and on the conditions of union members’ jobs, it does not ...
Organising and bargaining in the downturn - a guide for unions

June 2009
Booklet: Unions and climate change - the case for union environment reps (introduction)

Unions and climate change - the case for union environment reps

November 2008
Booklet: Drug and alcohol policies at work - a guide for union reps (introduction)

Employers’ attitudes towards drug and alcohol use at work have become a significant issue for trade union representatives to deal with in ...
Drug and alcohol policies at work - a guide for union reps

October 2008
Inflation hits pay settlements as global downturn looms

Workplace Report

January 2008
Booklet: Case law at work - 4th edition (introduction)

Case law at work - 4th edition

December 2007
Booklet: Young workers - a guide for union reps (introduction)

Young workers - a guide for union reps

November 2007
Booklet: Unfair dismissal - a legal guide (introduction)

Unfair dismissal - a legal guide

October 2007
Booklet: Tackling violence at work - a guide for union reps (introduction)

Tackling violence at work - a guide for union reps

Upward trend in pay deals isn’t enough to keep pace with prices

Workplace Report

April 2007
Booklet: Carers in the workplace - a guide to negotiating flexible working and leave (introduction)

Carers in the workplace - a guide to negotiating flexible working and leave

February 2007
Booklet: Tackling asbestos at work - a trade unionist's guide (introduction)

Tackling asbestos at work - a trade unionist's guide

January 2007
Booklet: Case law at work - 3rd edition (introduction)

Case law at work - 3rd edition

January 2006
Booklet: Case law at work - 2nd edition (introduction)

Case law at work - 2nd edition

October 2005
Booklet: Bargaining to organise - a guide for trade unionists (introduction)

Bargaining to organise - a guide for trade unionists

November 2004
Booklet: Case law at work - 1st edition (introduction)

Case law at work - 1st edition

May 2004
Booklet: Worker Representation in Europe (introduction)

Worker Representation in Europe

October 2002
Booklet: Temporary workers - a guide to the new law (introduction)

Temporary workers - a guide to the new law

September 2002
Booklet: Pensions under threat - a guide to recent developments (introduction)

Pensions under threat - a guide to recent developments

August 2002
Booklet: Rehabilitation - an LRD guide (introduction)

Rehabilitation - an LRD guide

March 2002
Booklet: Winning equal pay - a trade unionist's guide (introduction)

Winning equal pay - a trade unionist's guide

October 2001
Booklet: Work-life balance - a negotiator's guide (introduction)

Work-life balance - a negotiator's guide

July 2001
Booklet: Violence at work - a safety rep's guide (introduction)

Violence at work - a safety rep's guide

August 2000
Booklet: European works councils - an LRD guide (introduction)

European works councils - an LRD guide