‘The TUC Principles: Competitive nightmare or realistic regulation of the market?’

The CCP seminar series continues on Friday 27th March with the marvellously charismatic Shaun Bradshaw (CCP & LAW) presenting his latest paper on a very novel topic, ‘The TUC Principles: Competitive nightmare or realistic regulation of the market?‘. Shaun is a PhD Researcher and Associate Tutor at the UEA Law School, having joined the CCP in October 2014. His research interests encompass numerous legal topics, including Labour Law, Competition Law, EU Law and Human Rights. An abstract for his paper can be viewed below.

Although clearly stated as being legally unenforceable, the Trade Union Congress’s Disputes Principles and Procedures have serious anti-competitive effects. Principles 2 and 3 severely restrict a TUC affiliate’s ability to compete. Affiliates cannot freely recruit and/or organise where another TUC affiliate is already present. This paper aims to analyse the TUC’s Dispute Principles from a Competition policy viewpoint. The paper will achieve this aim through the evaluation and analysis of the TUC’s Dispute Principles in light of competition policy and an exploration of the potential effects of full competition on collective bargaining. The paper will also use the UK law on the prohibition on individual detriment for action short of dismissal to provide an explanation for the TUC Principles.

The seminar will be held from 13:00-14:00 in the Thomas Paine Study Centre (TPSC), Room 1.03.

This is the final CCP seminar before the Easter break. We will return after Easter with more excellent seminars and further news of our Annual Conference in June.

About CCP
The Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) conducts interdisciplinary research into competition policy and regulation.

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