Union activists awarded compensation after being cleared of racism over leaflet – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 12th, 2013 in compensation, employment tribunals, news, racism, trade unions by tracey

“Four senior members of Unison have been awarded almost £50,000 in compensation after a panel ruled their use of a cartoon of a 17th century proverb on leaflets was not racist.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th September 2013

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Activists barred from badger protest – The Independent

Posted August 23rd, 2013 in agriculture, animals, demonstrations, injunctions, news, trade unions by sally

“A High Court judge granted an injunction today that will allow people to protest peacefully against the controversial badger cull within the trial culling zones, but bar a handful of named hardcore activists from the area.”

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The Independent, 22nd August 2013

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Farmers Union applies for injunction that aims to stop badger cull protests – The Independent

Posted August 22nd, 2013 in agriculture, animals, demonstrations, injunctions, news, pilot schemes, trade unions by sally

“If granted by the High Court, it would prevent any protest against the pilot scheme.”

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The Independent, 21st August 2013

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No trade unions for clergy if the Archbishop says no, rules European Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 2nd, 2013 in clergy, human rights, news, trade unions by sally

“The Orthodox Archbishop of Craiova in Romania, that is, not the Archbishop of Canterbury. The European Court of Human Rights recently handed down an interesting ruling on Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) that could also have more far-reaching consequences for the application of Article 9 (freedom of religion).”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st August 2013

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ATE providers and unions – authors of their own misfortune? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 31st, 2013 in costs, insurance, legal aid, news, third parties, time limits, trade unions by sally

“We all know the gravy train is coming to an end. With the abolition of inter partes recovery of After the Event (ATE) premiums and equivalents, ATE providers and unions are scrambling to fill the void in their coffers this will create. Recently, there has been outrage at the suggestion that retrospective reform should be introduced to limit the recoverability of pre 1 April ATE premiums and equivalents, imposing a finite timescale. But is this really justified, or are the ATE providers and union funders bringing such measures on themselves by their disproportionate attitude to the quantum of premiums?”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 30th July 2013

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Police lose A19 ‘forced retirement’ challenge – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2013 in age discrimination, news, police, retirement, trade unions by tracey

“A regulation allowing police forces to forcibly retire officers after 30 years’
service is not unlawful, the High Court has ruled.”

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BBC News, 25th July 2013

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Lobbyist register plan outlined by ministers – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2013 in bills, lobbying, news, parliament, trade unions by tracey

“Ministers have outlined plans for a statutory register of lobbyists, saying it would boost public confidence about outside influence on decision-making.”

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BBC News, 17th July 2013

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UNISON applies for judicial review of employment tribunal fees – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 25th, 2013 in employment tribunals, judicial review, news, trade unions, tribunals, women by sally

“UNISON has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of the Ministry of Justice’s decision to introduce employment tribunal fees from the end of next month, it has announced.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th June 2013

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Unison to Judicially Review ‘Brutal’ Employment Tribunal Fees – UK Human Rights Blog

“News that Unison has applied for Judicial Review of the Government’s controversial plans to introduce fees in the Employment Tribunal has gone viral in the Labour Law community. A key theme in the application is access to justice for working people, particularly women.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st June 2013

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Ministry of Justice plans to cut court services trigger strikes – The Guardian

“Court staff are being called out on strike on Monday amid growing opposition to the Ministry of Justice’s proposals to contract out services, cut legal aid and limit the use of judicial review.”

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The Guardian, 13th June 2013

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Racial harassment claim by Jewish teacher over union’s Israel-Palestine policies fails – UK Human Rights Blog

“In this case, a member of the Union brought various claims of harassment related to his ‘race, religion or belief’ under section 57 of the Equality Act 2010. The wide ranging allegations made by the Claimant arose, in essence, from the way in which Union had handled the Israel/Palestine debate. For example, claims arose from motions debated at the Union’s congress on proposals for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions and related questions. The Claimant alleged that the Union was guilty of ‘institutional anti-Semitism’ which he alleged constituted harassment of him as a Jewish member of the Union.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th April 2013

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Union conference motions on Israel and Palestine: employment tribunal dismisses harassment claim by member – Employment Law Blog

“The case of Fraser v University and College Union concerned a number of claims of harassment by the Claimant against the Respondent union of which he was a member, under section 57 of the Equality Act 2010. The complaints were based on or stemmed from motions debated at the Respondent’s Congress (annual conference) in the years 2007 to 2011 on proposals for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.”

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Employment Law Blog, 3rd April 2013

Source: www.employment11kbw.com

Construction workers to challenge Met over blacklist – The Guardian

“Decision by the Metropolitan police not to investigate claims that officers supplied information to the blacklist faces appeal by workers’ lawyers.”

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The Guardian, 1st February 2013

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Shrewsbury 24 case: Heath government discussed prosecution of union pickets – The Guardian

“Documents released by the National Archives could be key factor in quashing 40-year-old convictions.”

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The Guardian, 11th October 2012

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National Union of Mineworkers launches court bid to challenge Arthur Scargill – The Independent

Posted October 3rd, 2012 in contract of employment, expenses, housing, miners, news, retirement, trade unions by sally

“The National Union of Mineworkers today asked the High Court to decide whether it is obliged to meet the cost of former leader Arthur Scargill staying in his London flat.”

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The Independent, 2nd October 2012

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Blacklisted builders launch mass legal action against Sir Robert McAlpine – The Guardian

“Workers blacklisted by the construction industry over more than three decades have launched a high court claim against industry giant Sir Robert McAlpine, the Tory donor and builder of the Olympic Stadium, for conspiring with other firms to keep them out of work.”

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The Guardian, 29th July 2012

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Jeremy Hunt: Olympics wrong time for PCS border staff strike – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2012 in budgets, immigration, industrial action, news, sport, trade unions by tracey

“The government is urging Border Agency workers not to hold a strike on the eve of the Olympics, arguing it is the ‘wrong time.’ ”

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BBC News, 25th July 2012

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Employment tribunal fees branded a disgrace by unions – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2012 in employment tribunals, fees, news, trade unions by sally

“The government announced on Friday the introduction of a fee of up to £1,200 for taking claims to an employment tribunal.”

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The Guardian, 13th July 2012

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Union seeks blacklist compensation – The Independent

Posted June 11th, 2012 in compensation, construction industry, employment, news, trade unions by sally

“A union is taking legal action to seek compensation on behalf of workers it claims were blacklisted by one of the UK’s biggest companies.”

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The Independent, 11th June 2012

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NHS Trust rapped on knuckles for refusing to reinstate union activist – UK Human Rights Blog

“R(on the application of Yunus Bakhsh) v Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust [2012] EWHC 1445 (Admin). This fascinating short judgment explores the extent to which a judicial review claim, or a free-standing claim under the Human Rights Act, may be precluded by a statute covering the same issue.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th May 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com