Unite asks barrister to examine worker blacklisting collusion claims – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2017 in construction industry, employment, news, reports, trade unions by sally

‘Britain’s biggest trade union has commissioned a barrister to examine allegations that union officials colluded with a covert blacklisting operation financed by major firms to prevent certain workers from being employed.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2017

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R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor – Blackstone Chambers

Posted August 22nd, 2017 in appeals, employment tribunals, equality, fees, news, Supreme Court, trade unions by sally

‘The Supreme Court today [30 July] allowed UNISON’s appeal and held that fees imposed in respect of proceedings in employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal are unlawful because of their effects on access to justice.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 30th July 2017

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The most famous case on the rule of law for a generation? Employment tribunal fees declared unlawful – Hardwicke Chambers

‘The Supreme Court have, this morning, handed down Judgment in the case of R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51, more commonly known as ‘the appeal against Employment Tribunal fees’.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 26th July 2017

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Prison officers permanently banned from striking after Government wins High Court bid – The Independent

‘The Government has won its High Court bid to obtain a permanent ban on industrial action by prison officers, in a move unionists have warned will leave “only a matter of time” before a member of staff gets killed.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2017

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Justice secretary seeks ban on industrial action in prisons – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2017 in industrial action, injunctions, news, prison officers, prisons, trade unions by sally

‘A high court bid to impose a permanent ban on industrial action being taken by prison officers has been launched by the justice secretary, David Lidington.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2017

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Uber faces legal threat from union over London licence – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2017 in licensing, London, news, taxis, trade unions by sally

‘Uber has come under further pressure in London after a union threatened legal action if the capital’s transport authority renews the taxi app’s licence without guaranteeing more rights for drivers.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2017

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HMRC steps up inquiry into employment status of Hermes couriers – The Guardian

‘HM Revenue & Customs has stepped up its investigation into the delivery company Hermes classifiying its couriers as self-employed, while the business has also been hit with an employment rights lawsuit from the GMB trade union.’

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2017

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National Union of Teachers eyes legal action over expansion of selective education – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 18th, 2017 in education, news, teachers, trade unions by sally

‘The National Union of Teachers has threatened legal action against the Department for Education over its proposals to expand selective education.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th April 2017

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Legal threat over ‘back door’ grammar school streams – BBC News

Posted April 18th, 2017 in education, news, teachers, trade unions by sally

‘Legal action to prevent grammar schools expanding by the back door in England is being threatened by a teachers’ union.’

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BBC News, 15th April 2017

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£1,200 cost for unfair dismissal claims is challenged in UK’s highest court – The Guardian

‘Steep rises in fees for bringing unfair dismissal claims at employment tribunals – which have led to a 70% fall in the number of cases – are to be challenged at the UK’s highest court.’

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The Guardian, 27th march 2017

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First Uber, now DX – union brings legal action over “forced self-employed” workers – Legal Futures

Posted March 9th, 2017 in employment, employment tribunals, news, self-employment, trade unions by sally

‘DX has become the latest delivery company to face legal claims that it is taking advantage of the ‘gig economy’ by forcing workers into bogus self-employment, after the GMB union announced it was to start legal action on behalf of members working as couriers.’

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Legal Futures, 8th March 2017

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Trade Union Act ballot thresholds in force from 1 March, regulations confirm – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 16th, 2017 in elections, industrial action, news, regulations, trade unions by sally

‘Higher ballot thresholds which must be met before trade unions can proceed with industrial action, particularly in relation to ‘important public services’, will come into force on 1 March 2017, the government has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th February 2017

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Lesson for employers and unions from Southern Rail industrial action, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 7th, 2017 in arbitration, employment, news, railways, trade unions, transport by sally

‘The partial resolution of the dispute between Southern Rail and trade union representatives for its drivers and conductors provides an “interesting contrast and lessons” for both employers and unions, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th February 2017

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Hermes facing legal challenge from its self-employed workers – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2017 in news, remuneration, self-employment, trade unions by sally

‘Hermes, the courier company that delivers parcels for John Lewis and Next, is facing a legal claim from workers who believe they are wrongly classed as self-employed, according to the Labour MP Frank Field.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2017

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Southern rail operator appeals to supreme court to block drivers’ strikes – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2017 in appeals, EC law, industrial action, news, railways, Supreme Court, trade unions, transport by tracey

‘Govia Thameslink Railway is taking a legal case against drivers’ union Aslef to the supreme court over its industrial action on Southern rail.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2017

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Court rejects bid to halt Southern train drivers’ industrial action – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2016 in EC law, industrial action, news, railways, trade unions by sally

‘The high court has rejected an attempt by the owners of Southern rail to prevent train drivers from taking industrial action.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2016

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Care workers sue council contractor in minimum wage battle – BBC News

Posted September 14th, 2016 in care workers, employment tribunals, local government, minimum wage, news, trade unions by tracey

‘Seventeen care workers are alleging failure to be paid the minimum wage in the sector’s biggest ever legal claim.’

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BBC News, 14th September 2016

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Workers’ rights must not be bartered away in Brexit negotiations – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2016 in EC law, employment, news, referendums, statistics, trade unions by sally

‘Unions warned workers might pay the price for leaving the EU. The government must not invoke article 50 until it has negotiated a secure future for them ‘

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Cavanagh and others v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – WLR Daily

Cavanagh and others v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2016] EWHC 1136 (QB)

The first and second claimant employees were, it was assumed for present purposes, employed by the defendant employer under civil service terms and conditions and various collective agreements. Under “check-off arrangements” in the employer’s deductions from pay policy, the employees had opted for their subscriptions to the third claimant trade union to be paid by deduction from their salary and paid by the employer to the union. Latterly the check-off arrangements had been included in the employer’s salary policy published on the staff intranet. When the employer ended the check-off arrangements, the claimants brought a claim against it, contending that the employees had a contractual right to insist that the employer continue with the arrangement enforceable by the trade union under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

WLR Daily, 13th May 2016

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Filling the void: the Brexit effect on employment law – OUP Blog

‘Having been cast as unnecessary “red tape”, a burden on business, inflexible, uncompetitive and inefficient, it is widely assumed that a sizeable number of domestic employment laws derived from European Law will be in the firing line in the event of a Brexit. In a well-publicised written opinion produced for the TUC, the leading labour law barrister, Michael Ford QC, has provided some support for this assumption. He noted the vulnerability of these EU-derived employment rights and labour laws, and divided and categorised them according to whether a future UK government would be likely to repeal, dilute or preserve them. In this blog, I will probe what might fill any void created by the removal of employment rights rooted in EU law. Surprisingly, the common law would appear to have as significant a role to play as domestic legislation in this context. The potential involvement of the common law is somewhat paradoxical, particularly in light of its perceived ‘undemocratic’ credentials, it being a source of law crafted incrementally by unelected judges.’

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OUP Blog, 7th June 2016

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