From Prevention to Empowerment: A New Model for UK Labour Law – Industrial Law Journal

Posted May 21st, 2024 in employment, human rights, news, trade unions by sally

‘For at least the last 40 years, law and policy in relation to work in the UK have been rooted in a paradigm of prevention: preventing employers from abusing the power they enjoy over workers in ways that are harmful to the latter’s interests. This article argues that this paradigm is rooted in a partial and structural, understanding of power, that is incapable of grappling with the true scope of the problems associated with power as it relates to work in the context of capitalism. Exposing the issues that exist with this understanding of power, and advancing an alternative structural conceptualisation, the article explores the implications that such an understanding might have for labour law and policy.’

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Industrial Law Journal, 13th May 2024