European ruling on personal contracts and union rights

A
European Court has ruled in favour of workers forced to sign away collective
bargaining rights or receive lower pay rises.

The
European Court of Human Rights ruled that making staff sign personal contracts
and lose union rights or accept lower pay rises was a breech of human rights.

Seven
judges in Strasbourg found that journalist David Wilson and docker Terrence
Palmer had been unfairly treated when they were denied pay rises for refusing
to sign personal contracts which prohibited union representation.

The
ruling may force the Government to rethink current laws during this summer’s
consultation on the Employment Relations Act.

By Ross Wigham

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