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30 April 2005

LRD publishes trade unionists' guide to new information and consultation regulations
Introduced this month, the Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 have the potential to transform unions' relationships with employers at workplace level - but unions need to keep ahead to make the transformation a positive one.

Employees in larger organisations now have the right to be consulted by their employers on working practices, their employment prospects and a range of other issues, including their employers' economic situation and activities.

LRD's new booklet details how unions can use the regulations to extend their influence - and how their reps can prevent employers from using the legislation to marginalise unions.

As well as detailing how union reps can instigate negotiations to set up information and consultation agreements, the booklet also outlines:

* the elements that should be included in a good agreement - and how employers can be persuaded to include them;
* the difference between consultation and negotiation;
* how the regulations fit alongside existing information and consultation legislation, on issues such as compulsory redundancies; and
* how unions can maximise their role in information and consultation.

Essential information for union reps and anyone who needs in-depth knowledge of the new legislation.

Notes to editors

1. Information and consultation - a guide to the new regulations is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?5.15 or ?10.95 for employers and commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?33.45 (?76.95 for employers and commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet, contact Jerry Pinel on 020 7902 9813. To order copies of the booklet, telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all of LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk

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