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16 January 1999

First trade union analysis of the Employment Relations Bill
Labour Research Department (LRD) has published the first detailed examination of the eagerly awaited Employment Relations Bill from a trade union perspective. Its latest booklet, The Employment Relations Bill - a trade union analysis contains crucial information for union negotiators, particularly with regard to the most significant new right in the Bill, that of unions to gain legal recognition.

The Bill is Labour's response to 18 years of hostile government and has been broadly welcomed by trade unions, although none are totally satisfied with it. It is of vital importance that trade unionists fully understand the content of the Bill now, while it is still at consultation stage, so that they can influence its content.

The booklet guides trade unionists through all of the main provisions of the Bill, which cover a substantial range of employment-related issues. It sets out the government's proposals for new legislation on recognition, industrial action, unfair dismissal, disciplinary and grievance procedures, part-time workers and rights for working parents.

In each section, the proposed legislation is explained along with its likely impact on workplace industrial relations and workplace rights. It highlights the gains for workers, as well as the weaknesses in the Bill.

Notes to editors

The Employment Relations Bill - a trade union analysis is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?2.75 or ?10 for non-labour movement bodies.
LRD Booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?25.75 (?65.90 for non-labour movement bodies). LRD will publish 12 booklets this year.
The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 83 years ago. More than 2,000 trade union organisations, including 54 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership are affiliated.
For press enquiries only, contact Sonia McKay on 0171 902 9827 (until Friday 12 February) or Andrea Oates on 0171 902 9825. The telephone number for orders is 0171 928 3649.

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