Solicitors accused over ‘dubious deals’ with union official that cost sick miners thousands – The Times

Posted November 18th, 2008 in claims management, fees, industrial injuries, miners, news, solicitors, trade unions by sally

“Britain’s highest-earning solicitor acted dishonestly and with ‘conscious impropriety’ in dealings with a mining union that led to his firm handling thousands of industrial disease compensation claims, a tribunal heard yesterday.”

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The Times, 18th November 2008


Employment Act 2008

Posted November 14th, 2008 in employment, employment tribunals, legislation, trade unions by sally

Employment Act 2008 published

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Allen and Others v GMB – Times Law Reports

Posted September 1st, 2008 in equal pay, law reports, sex discrimination, trade unions by sally

Allen and Others v GMB

Court of Appeal

“A trade union was not justified in indirectly discriminating against a number of female members in resolving gender-based pay inequalities among local authority employees.”

The Times, 1st September 2008


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Union takes outsourcing case to Employment Tribunal –

Posted August 8th, 2008 in contracting out, news, trade unions, transfer of undertakings by sally

“A £400 million outsourcing deal between local authorities and IBM was unfair because the full details of the transfer of staff to a private company were not revealed, workers’ union Unison has said.”

Full story, 7th August 2008


Equal pay: Unions face compensation claims of up to £100m – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2008 in equal pay, news, sex discrimination, trade unions by sally

“Unions are facing the threat of a compensation bill for as much as £100m in the wake of an appeal court ruling that they broke the law by discriminating against women indirectly in the way they settled equal pay claims in local government.”

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The Guardian, 28th July 2008


Allen and others v GMB – WLR Daily

Posted July 18th, 2008 in equal pay, law reports, sex discrimination, trade unions by sally

Allen and others v GMB [2008] EWCA Civ 810; [2008] WLR (D) 243

The striking of a deal by a trade union with a local authority as to terms and conditions of employment pursuant to a national collective agreement establishing a ‘single status’ common pay and grading structure for all local authorities, which deal attempted to achieve compensation for some union members for past pay inequality as well as ongoing pay and employment protection for all members, was indirectly discriminatory since it constituted the application of a provision, criterion or practice which applied equally to men but was to the detriment of a considerably larger proportion of women than of men and since the means adopted by the union to persuade members to accept the deal, including mis-selling and manipulation, were not proportionate to the union’s legitimate aim of achieving single status with the minimum of losers.”

WLR Daily, 17th July 2008


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Unions discriminated against female workers, court rules – The Times

Posted July 17th, 2008 in news, sex discrimination, trade unions by sally

“One of the country’s largest trade unions discriminated against female members while negotiating a pay deal with their employer, the Court of Appeal said today in a ruling that could cost it and other unions millions of pounds.”

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The Times, 16th July 2008


Legal ruling safeguards UK jobs – BBC News

Posted October 26th, 2007 in news, redundancy, trade unions by sally

“Following a landmark legal ruling this week, employers will now need to consult trade unions before they make a decision to close a workplace in the UK.”

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BBC News, 26th October 2007


Day v Haine and another – WLR Daily

Posted October 22nd, 2007 in debts, insolvency, law reports, trade unions by sally

Day v Haine and another

Protective awards made pursuant to s 189 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 were not debts provable in the liquidation of a company in circumstances where they were made after the date of liquidation.”

WLR Daily, 22nd October 2007


Please note: once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Bill to regulate solicitors ‘risks another miners’ compensation fiasco’ – The Times

Posted October 15th, 2007 in consumer protection, legal services, news, solicitors, trade unions by sally

“Plans for a shake-up of the legal profession, to be debated by MPs today, could lead to another fiasco like the miners’ compensation scheme, because trade unions would be exempt from consumer safeguards, Conservative MPs say.”

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The Times, 15th October 2007


Jail dispute set to spread to other public sector unions despite talks – The Guardian

Posted August 31st, 2007 in industrial action, news, prison officers, trade unions by sally

“More strikes by prison officers look inevitable in the wake of the government’s response to this week’s wildcat action. The justice secretary, Jack Straw, is due to meet union leaders today for ‘meaningful talks’, but both sides appeared headed for a confrontation which could spread to other public sector unions.”

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The Guardian, 31st August 2007


Union cleared over gender pay claim – The Times

Posted July 31st, 2007 in news, sex discrimination, trade unions by michael

“One of the country’s biggest trade unions did not discriminate against female members in its negotiations on equal pay claims, an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled today. ”

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The Times, 31st July 2007