Police must confront ‘poison of decades-old misdeeds’, Home Secretary tells officers at annual conference – The Independent

‘The police must confront the “poison of decades-old misdeeds”, the Home Secretary Theresa May has told officers, raising hopes that she is close to ordering an inquiry into police misconduct during the 1980s miners’ strike.’

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The Independent, 17th May 2016

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Orgreave inquiry calls grow after damning Hillsborough verdict for police – The Guardian

‘South Yorkshire police’s alleged ‘frame-up’ of striking miners in 1984 is consistent with force’s conduct five years later.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2016

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Former chief constable calls for public inquiry into Orgreave clashes and beyond – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2016 in industrial action, inquiries, miners, news, police by tracey

‘A public inquiry should examine the way Margaret Thatcher’s government used the police to occupy communities during the 1980s miners’ strike, a former chief constable has said. Sir Peter Fahy said the police attitudes that caused public outrage last week, following the Hillsborough inquest verdicts, were fostered by events such as the government using officers to crush one of Britain’s bitterest industrial disputes.’

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The Guardian, 4th May 2016

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Equality watchdog warns junior doctors’ contract is potentially illegal – The Guardian

‘The new contract ministers plan to force on NHS junior doctors discriminates against female medics and is potentially illegal, Britain’s equality watchdog has told the government.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2016

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An absence of fairness: the Trade Union Bill – OUP Blog

Posted April 5th, 2016 in bills, industrial action, news, reports, trade unions, United Nations by sally

‘According to Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Trade Union Bill currently before Parliament is “not a ban on strike action. This is about ensuring that our rules are modern and right and fit for today’s workplace”. As the Bill progresses through the House of Lords, Mr Javid’s rosy view has been challenged by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the UN supervisory body responsible for scrutiny of compliance with international labour standards.’

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OUP Blog, 5th April 2016

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Junior doctors’ row: Government hit with second legal challenge over contracts – BBC News

‘A second legal challenge has been made over the government’s decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors in England.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2016

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Government seeks High Court ban on sixth-form strike plan – BBC News

Posted March 14th, 2016 in budgets, education, industrial action, news, statistics, teachers, trade unions by sally

‘Strike plans by sixth-form college teachers are “unlawful”, the government will argue in the High Court later.’

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BBC News, 14th March 2016

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BMA ignored lawyers’ advice before launching judicial review over new contracts for junior doctors – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 1st, 2016 in contracts, doctors, industrial action, judicial review, news by sally

‘The British Medical Association ignored the advice of its own lawyers before launching a judicial review over new contracts for junior doctors, it has emerged.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th February 2016

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‘Battle of Orgreave’: Legal submission for public inquiry – BBC News

Posted December 15th, 2015 in industrial action, inquiries, news, police by sally

‘Legal papers demanding a public inquiry into police conduct during violent clashes of the 1984-5 miners’ strike are due to be handed to the government.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2015

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Telegraph misled readers over NHS x-ray service, press watchdog finds – The Guardian

Posted November 20th, 2015 in doctors, hospitals, industrial action, media, news, ombudsmen, Sunday trading by tracey

‘The Daily Telegraph misled readers by suggesting NHS radiology departments were closed on Sundays in an article about Justice Secretary Michael Gove breaking his foot, according to a ruling from the Independent Press Standards Organisation.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2015

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Striking workers may have to identify themselves to police, carry a letter of authorisation and wear an armband under proposed reforms – The Independent

‘Every worker wanting to join a strike picket could be forced to identify themselves to police, carry a letter of authorisation and wear an armband, under proposed reforms to trade union laws that could be in breach of international agreements, human rights groups have warned.’

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The Independent, 6th September 2015

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Criminal Bar Association votes to take industrial action – BBC News

Posted July 16th, 2015 in barristers, industrial action, legal aid, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Criminal barristers in England and Wales have voted for industrial action to support solicitors taking action over government cuts to legal aid.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2015

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Trade Union Bill: Ministers unveil strike law reforms – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2015 in bills, consultations, industrial action, news, statistics, trade unions by tracey

‘Legislation designed to toughen up the laws on strike action is to be unveiled by the government later. The Trade Union Bill proposes minimum turnouts in strike ballots, time limits on mandates for industrial action and changes to political levies.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2015

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Legal Aid boycott ‘causing chaos’ – BBC News

‘Lawyers who are boycotting legal aid work in protest against cuts say their action is causing “chaos” in some courts and police custody suites.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2015

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Lawyers’ strike over legal aid cuts boosted by the backing of major firms – The Independent

‘The “strike” by lawyers which threatens to bring chaos to the criminal justice system next week has received a substantial boost after the country’s biggest legal aid firms pledged to support the action.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2015

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Lawyers to refuse criminal cases in protest against cuts in legal aid fees – The Guardian

‘Solicitors and barristers in Liverpool are threatening to refuse to handle any new criminal cases from 1 July, as lawyers across the country meet to coordinate protests against cuts in legal aid fees.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2015

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Criminal solicitors berate bar retreat – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Solicitors accused the criminal bar of selling out to a government policy of ‘divide and rule’ as the Gazette went to press, after the bar ditched plans to take direct action over cuts to legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd June 2015

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It’s 30 years since the miners’ strike. But justice for Orgreave shouldn’t have a time limit – The Guardian

‘Police behaviour at Orgreave paved the way for Hillsborough five years later. The IPCC’s decision not to investigate teaches the state that it can mistreat citizens with impunity.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2015

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IPCC will not investigate Orgreave police action during miners’ strike – The Guardian

‘The Independent Police Complaints Commission will not mount a formal investigation into allegations of criminal wrongdoing by police even though it has found evidence to suggest that police officers assaulted miners at the mass picket of the Orgreave coking plant during the 1984-85 miners’ strike, then perverted the course of justice and committed perjury in the failed prosecutions which followed.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2015

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Decision on striking workers’ pay could make action less attractive, says expert, as Queen’s speech confirms new ballot rules – Out-Law.com

‘Employers may be entitled to deduct a day’s pay for strike action at the rate of 1/260th of the striking worker’s salary depending on contractual terms, the Court of Appeal has confirmed.’

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Out-Law.com, 28th May 2015

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