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16 November 1999

LRD Publishes Trade Unionists' Guide To The ERA
The Labour Research Department (LRD) has today published a trade unionists' guide to the Employment Relations Act 1999.

Whilst wishing it could have gone further, trade unionists have welcomed the Act as the first piece of positive employment legislation for 20 years.

LRD's comprehensive guide aims not only to inform trade unionists of the content of the Act, but also to arm them with the information that they need to organise now to gain maximum benefit from the new law. Each section of the booklet starts with an action checklist setting out each of the main legal changes, the date that they take effect, and how union representatives can start to organise in the workplace for the new rights which they are to gain.

The booklet has sections covering: the right to union recognition; representation rights; the right to protection from unfair dismissal; protection for trade union activists; industrial action; leave for family and domestic reasons; and new rights for part-time workers, agency workers and transferred workers.

Notes to editors

The Employment Relations Act 1999 - a guide for trade unionists is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?3.00 or ?10 for commercial organisations.
LRD Booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?25.75 (?65.90 for non-labour movement bodies). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets a year.
The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded over 80 years ago. More than 2,000 trade union organisations, including 54 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership are affiliated.
For press enquiries on the booklet contact Sonia McKay, LRD's employment law researcher on 020 7902 9827. For general enquiries contact Celia Dignan, LRD booklets editor, on 020 7902 9813.

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