Perspectives on labour law by A. C. L. Davies

By A. C. L. Davies

This is often an available yet thought-provoking advent to labour legislations. it really is appropriate for these coming to the topic for the 1st time, and it'll even be of curiosity to extra complicated scholars, together with postgraduates, who have to take into consideration the subject's broader issues. the tutorial literature on labour legislation makes substantial use of human rights arguments and of financial research. either one of those ways offer necessary insights into the underlying coverage of the legislations yet they are often fairly off-putting for college students who have no idea the overseas human rights tools, or who've no history in economics. This ebook introduces those wider views on labour legislation after which applies them to a variety of themes, together with anti-discrimination legislations, dismissal, operating time, pay, session and collective bargaining, exchange union club and business motion.

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39, paras. 3. 44 Above n. 39, para. 26. 15 16 A brief history of labour law Finally, the government has made some changes to the law on trade unions. 45 Put simply, this means that when a union can show that it has the support of a significant proportion of a particular workgroup, the employer can be legally obliged to recognise the union for collective bargaining on pay, hours and holidays. The procedure is designed to maximise opportunities for the employer and the union to reach a voluntary agreement, but there is a possibility of compulsion as a last resort.

This range of approaches might make the subject seem rather daunting. But the use of several different types of analysis should give us a more rounded understanding of the law. And it makes the subject much more interesting. Further reading For a detailed account of the development of labour law from the 1950s to the early 1990s, see P. Davies and M. Freedland, Labour Legislation and Public Policy (1993). This book is worth reading in full if you have time. Chapters 1 and 11 summarise the book’s argument.

Freedland, Labour Legislation and Public Policy (1993). 2 See O. Kahn-Freund, ‘Legal Framework’, in A. Flanders and H. A. ), The System of Industrial Relations in Great Britain: its History, Law and Institutions (1954). 3 4 A brief history of labour law played a very minor role in industrial relations, particularly in comparison with other industrialised Western nations. There were relatively few statutes obliging employers to treat individual workers in particular ways or even to promote collective bargaining between trade unions and employers.

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