How is law represented in the seemingly mundane goings on between employers and their workers? Often law appears as vague and distorted as this photo suggests, but it is in the picture somewhere. I want to try and draw attention to its presence.
What shape does labour law give to our lives at work? Viewed in action, what does labour law tell us about our government or opposition MPs elected to represent us? Are trade unions increasingly constrained by the presence of individual employment rights? What can be learned about the state of our democracy from our status as employees? Do rights at work give people new opportunities and new ways to secure justice? These are just some of the questions motivating this blog.
My current research has a focus on equal pay, minimum wages and care work – so there is little doubt there will be plenty of posts on those topics. I consciously chose the term ‘labour law’ for this blogsite rather than the more frequently deployed ’employment law’. It captures the social relationship between workers and employers. It enables me to blog about the law as it applies to individual employees as well as the trade union organisations to which many belong. I can pick up on issues affecting workers who stand outside the law; those who lack the correct immigration papers or take on types of work devoid of legal protection or perhaps the unemployed . . . simply workers without work . . .
so here goes . . .