Tags: workers rights

General Election manifesto digest – a breakdown for HR professionals

With the General election only a week away, business, individuals and HR teams alike will be wondering how the next UK Government plans to respond to the changing employment landscape. We’ve pulled together a brief summary of the election’s three front-runners to help you compare policies on all things work-related, from zero-hour contracts to maternity and paternity pay.

Shocking new report shows workers living 10 to a squalid room in World Cup hosts Qatar

FIFA needs to get tough with the organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, says the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), as it publishes a report exposing the squalid conditions in which many of the tournament’s construction workers are living. The report – The Case Against Qatar – shows, says the ITUC, just how far Qatar…

Zero-hours contracts have been unfairly demonised says CIPD

The use of zero-hours contracts in the UK economy has been underestimated, oversimplified and unfairly demonised, with the positive experience of the majority of people employed on them being overlooked, according to new research from the CIPD.   A survey of more than 2,500 workers has found that zero-hours workers are just as satisfied with their job as…

90% of firms do not support ‘shares for rights’ scheme

A flagship Government initiative allowing organisations to offer shares in return for removing certain employment rights is likely to fail because an overwhelming proportion of firms think it will be damaging to their business – according to a survey of over 500 UK companies by national law firm, Irwin Mitchell. The so called ‘shares for…

FIFA must not tolerate workers rights abuses in Qatar, says Amnesty

Migrant workers report being ‘treated like cattle’ Subcontractors for Qatar Petroleum, Hyundai E&C and OHL Construction linked to exploitation Workers living in squalid, overcrowded accommodation with no air conditioning, and exposed to overflowing sewage or uncovered septic tanks Workers left unpaid for months and prevented from leaving the country by employers – faced with mounting debts…