Civil Society

Voluntary sector and trade unions: the need for common cause has never been greater

Voluntary sector organisations and trade unions have much in common. They seek social justice for their beneficiaries, they rely heavily on volunteers to help organise and support beneficiaries; and they rely on non-paid bodies to oversee their strategic direction and governance. Both types of organisation are also heavily regulated; and scrutinised by a sceptical, often… Continue reading Voluntary sector and trade unions: the need for common cause has never been greater

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News

Enthusiastic and engaging union reps

A weekend spent in a meeting room with a group of union reps may not sound particularly exciting, but it proved to be a most uplifting event. The engagement, enthusiasm and commitment shown by the eight reps present really underlined the value of trade unions and the positive contribution they make to modern workplaces. The… Continue reading Enthusiastic and engaging union reps

Employment Relations

Constructive dismissal? If only it were that simple

In my twenty years or so dealing with employment issues there has been one issue above all others that causes confusion. I’m talking of Constructive dismissal, that unusual employment concept where a resignation can be considered as a dismissal on account of the employer’s conduct. But if only it were that simple… Take the case of… Continue reading Constructive dismissal? If only it were that simple

Politics

Growth in gig economy will surely lead to more inequality

Call me a cynic, but despite Theresa May’s claims about the Conservative’s being the real party for workers, I don’t expect employment rights to be a government priority in 2017. Yes, they are undertaking a review following the growth of the so-called gig economy, but positive change? I very much doubt it because they aren't… Continue reading Growth in gig economy will surely lead to more inequality