Civil service unions start legal case after government fails to consult on pay – The Guardian

Posted August 9th, 2018 in civil servants, consultations, judicial review, news, remuneration, trade unions by tracey

‘Civil service unions are seeking a judicial review over the government’s failure to consult on pay. Three unions, representing 200,000 public employees, have accused ministers of never intending to consult staff before offering a new pay cap of 1.5%.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2018

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Government to face IWGB union in landmark court case for outsourced workers’ rights – The Independent

‘The government is taking on a union in court in a landmark case that could have huge ramifications for the UK’s army of 3.3 million outsourced workers, many of whom have fewer rights and face worse pay and conditions than in-house colleagues doing the same jobs.’

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The Independent, 7th August 2018

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Ofsted school hijab ban stance challenged by teachers’ union – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2018 in Islam, news, school children, teachers, trade unions by sally

‘Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman risks splitting communities by backing head teachers who may wish to ban the hijab, says a teaching union leader.’

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BBC News, 30th March 2018

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Metropolitan Police admits role in blacklisting construction workers – BBC News

Posted March 23rd, 2018 in construction industry, London, news, police, trade unions by tracey

‘Scotland Yard has admitted Special Branch officers passed information to a controversial network that blacklisted construction workers. It follows a six-year battle to find out if the Metropolitan Police supplied the intelligence on trade unionists.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2018

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Damages for Passing off – The National Guild of Removers & Storers Ltd. v Central Moves – NIPC Law

Posted January 8th, 2018 in appeals, damages, intellectual property, misrepresentation, news, trade unions by sally

‘This was an appeal by the National Guild of Removers & Storers (“NGRS”) against an award of £1,275 damages in its favour by District Judge Vary for passing off. By dismissing that appeal, His Honour Judge Hacon seems to have settled a 7 year controversy as to what should be the correct measure of damages for what is often an inadvertent misrepresentation of continued membership of the NGRS by a removal or storage business that no longer wishes to remain a member of that guild.’

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NIPC Law, 7th January 2018

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EAT decision shows employers must take care over changes to collective terms, expert warns – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 18th, 2017 in appeals, consultations, employment tribunals, news, trade unions by sally

‘Employers keen to make changes to employee terms and conditions but who are unable to come to an agreement with a recognised trade union must be wary of collective bargaining laws, an expert has warned.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th December 2017

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University support staff launch landmark case over pay and conditions – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2017 in contracting out, employment, news, trade unions, universities by sally

‘A union is launching a legal challenge over the rights of 75 university support staff to negotiate their pay and conditions in a landmark case that could improve rights for outsourced workers.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2017

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Strike law reforms mean unions pursuing ‘winter of discontent’ risk consequences, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 27th, 2017 in employment, industrial action, news, trade unions by tracey

‘Changes to industrial relations law mean trade unions are facing a very different legal landscape from the “winter of discontent” 40 years ago, despite recent threats of illegal strike action over public sector pay.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th September 2017

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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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