Industrial relations

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on industrial relations. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

01.12.2011Employment Law Review - workplace disputes
Following the Coalition agreement to review employment law, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced the 'Employment Law Review' in January 2011, the first strand of which was a consultation on workplace disputes. This Note considers that consultation and the background to it, and the Government's intentions as set out in its response to the consultation published in November 2011
07.10.2010Trade Union Legislation: Labour's changes to the Conservative reforms
Trade Union Legislation: Labour's changes to the Conservative reforms. By Julia Lourie. SN/BT/596.
02.02.2009Posted Workers
Posted Workers. By Vincent Keter. SN/BT/301.
26.01.2006The Lyons and Gershon Reviews and variations in Civil Service conditions
Organisational changes to the Civil Service over the past thirty years have meant that the majority of civil servants now work in Departments and Executive Agencies in which the responsibility for pay and conditions are decided locally. Uniform pay structures and conditions of service have been significantly eroded. The Government have launched major reviews into the operation of the civil service and these include the Lyons and Gershon Reviews.

Research Papers

26.08.2005Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill (Bill 14 of 2005-06)
Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill (Bill 14 of 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/59
07.01.2004Employment Relations Bill (Bill 7 2003/04)
Employment Relations Bill (Bill 7 of 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/03.
23.05.2000Trade union recognition
Trade union recognition. House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/55.
05.02.1999Employment Relations Bill 1998/99 (Bill 36 of 1998/99).
Employment Relations Bill 1998/99 (Bill 36 of 1998/99). House of Commons Library Research Paper 99/11.
17.11.1998Fairness at Work Cm 3968
Fairness at Work Cm 3968. House of Commons Library Research Paper 98/99.

Select Committee Reports

22.11.2011Political party finance: ending the big donor culture.
Committee on Standards in Public Life report [Commons]

Lords Library Notes

21.12.2007Employment Bill [HL] (HL Bill 13, 2007-08). LLN 2007/010
Employment Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2007/010

Early Day Motions

That this House notes that trade unionists undertake 100,000 hours of unpaid voluntary work per week; further notes that they have been described as the workplace wing of the Big Society; ...
That this House supports full trade union rights for the Prison Officers' Association (POA); notes that the International Labour Organisation criticised the previous administration ...
That this House notes the strike by many Welsh musicians of 19 to 21 December 2011 during which they will withdraw permission for their compositions and performances to appear on Radio ...
That this House is alarmed at the re-arrest of Ebrahim Madodi from the Vahed Trade Union Syndicate in Tehran; calls for his release and that of fellow trade unionist, bus workers' leader, ...
That this House supports the industrial action being undertaken by public sector unions on 30 November 2011 to protect their members' pensions; and calls on the Government to engage ...


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - an occasional series of papers compiled by the House of Lords Library