More than 220 groups criticise UK review of Human Rights Act – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2021 in bills, charities, human rights, judicial review, news, trade unions by sally

‘An “unprecedented” coalition of more than 220 organisations has attacked proposed changes to the Human Rights Act and judicial review as a threat to freedom and justice.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2021

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Uber recognises union for first time in landmark deal – BBC News

Posted May 27th, 2021 in holiday pay, news, pensions, remuneration, taxis, trade unions by tracey

‘Ride-hailing giant Uber has agreed to recognise a trade union for the first time, in a landmark deal that should benefit gig economy workers.’

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BBC News, 26th May 2021

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Disciplinary Déjà vu: Res Judicata and Trade Union Disciplinary Proceedings – Parklane Plowden

‘The case related to a complaint made against Mr McFadden, that he had inappropriately touched a woman at an anti-austerity march attended by Unite members. A complaint was raised with Unite and Mr McFadden was found to have breached the union’s rules on conduct “in the workplace”. He appealed through the union’s procedures and his appeal was unsuccessful. Thereafter, Mr McFadden made a complaint to the assistant certification officer [“ACO”]. The ACO determined that as the alleged conduct was outside the workplace, in a context where Mr McFadden was not acting as a representative of Unite, nor at an event organised by Unite, the complaint did not pertain to conduct that Unite could discipline him for and consequently the allegation was null and void. The ACO ordered Unite to reinstate McFadden to his positions held prior to the suspension.’

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Parklane Plowden, 10th March 2021

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Shrewsbury 24: how industrial action led to 47-year fight for justice – The Guardian

‘The industrial action that led to the convictions of union activists and a 47-year campaign to clear their names took place as Edward Heath’s Conservative government sought to weaken the economic power of trade unions.’

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2021

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Shrewsbury 24: court of appeal overturns 1970s picketing convictions – The Guardian

‘Court of appeal judges have overturned the criminal convictions of a group of trade unionists, including the actor Ricky Tomlinson, after a campaign lasting more than four decades.’

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2021

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UK launches action plan to prevent harassment and abuse of journalists – The Guardian

Posted March 9th, 2021 in freedom of expression, harassment, media, news, police, prosecutions, trade unions by tracey

‘The UK’s first national action plan aimed at protecting journalists from abuse and harassment has been published by the government with the backing of police and union leaders.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2021

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Former trade union strikers challenge convictions at appeal court – The Guardian

Posted February 3rd, 2021 in appeals, criminal justice, employment, industrial action, news, trade unions by sally

‘The actor Ricky Tomlinson is among a group of trade unionists seeking to overturn their criminal convictions arising out of an industrial strike that took place nearly five decades ago.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2021

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Covid: Close courts in England and Wales or face strikes, union warns – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2021 in coronavirus, courts, industrial action, news, trade unions by sally

‘A union has warned of industrial action unless courts in England and Wales close while improvements are made to staff coronavirus safety.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2021

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‘Families of people who died deserve a hearing’: Unison boss demands public inquiry into government handling of Covid – The Independent

‘The boss of Britain’s biggest union has called for a pandemic “day of reckoning”, saying he’d been left “heartbroken” over thousands of needless deaths among his members.’

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The Independent, 8th January 2021

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Union takes legal action over Boris Johnson’s decision to clear Priti Patel of bullying – The Independent

‘Boris Johnson is facing legal action over his decision to clear Priti Patel of bullying staff at the Home Office and other departments.’

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The Independent, 10th December 2020

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Victory For Workers Denied Health And Safety Protections Amid Covid-19 – Each Other

‘Precarious workers have been wrongly denied health and safety protections amid the pandemic, a court has found.’

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Each Other, 17th November 2020

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‘No one questioned it’: teacher’s tribunal victory shines light on unfettered academy powers – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2020 in disciplinary procedures, education, news, teachers, trade unions, unfair dismissal by sally

‘Herefordshire academy conspired to sack drama teacher for her union activities.’

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The Guardian, 10th November 2020

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GMB union institutionally sexist, inquiry finds – The Guardian

‘One of Britain’s biggest trade unions has been described as “institutionally sexist” in a highly critical independent report.

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2020

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Mayor defeats Court of Appeal challenge to removal of congestion charge exemption from minicab drivers – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has found for the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in a case brought by minicab drivers, despite judges being troubled by aspects of his actions.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th August 2020

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Ricky Tomlinson’s criminal convictions to be re-examined – The Guardian

‘The criminal convictions of actor Ricky Tomlinson, who starred in the TV comedy the Royle Family, are to be re-examined by appeal court judges after an official body suggested he may have been unjustly jailed.’

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The Guardian, 26th May 2020

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Up to 1,500 English primary schools to defy 1 June reopening plan – The Guardian

‘Up to 1,500 primary schools in England are expected to remain closed on 1 June after a rebellion by at least 18 councils forced the government to say it had no plans to sanction them.’

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The Guardian, 19th May 2020

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Teachers can legally refuse to return over health risk, says union – The Guardian

‘Teachers can legally refuse to return when schools reopen unless they get the same protections against coronavirus as other frontline staff, one of the UK’s leading teaching unions has warned.’

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The Guardian, 14th May 2020

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‘Join A Union’: Lawyers Warn Right To Refuse To Work Has Limits – Each Other

Posted May 12th, 2020 in coronavirus, employment, health & safety, news, trade unions by sally

‘Lawyers are urging people concerned by Boris Johnson’s back-to-work message to join a union and seek legal advice before exercising their right to refuse to work.’

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Each Other, 11th May 2020

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Coronavirus: Draft post-lockdown workplace rules contain ‘huge gaps’ – TUC – BBC News

Posted May 5th, 2020 in coronavirus, employment, health & safety, news, trade unions by sally

‘Draft guidance for getting people back to work during the coronavirus pandemic could compromise worker safety, the head of the TUC has warned.’

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BBC News, 4th May 2020

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‘Justice not charity’ – the blind marchers who made history – BBC News

‘A century ago blind and partially sighted people marched on London to lobby the government to improve their living and working conditions. The 1920 Blind March has become a milestone in the history of the disability rights movement. But as recreating a large gathering is not possible in current circumstances, blind people are using their daily personal exercise to mark the anniversary.’

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BBC News, 30th April 2020

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