Labour & European Law Review
03 September 1997
Advocate General's Opinion in Magorrian and Cunningham v Eastern Health and Social Services Board and DHSS case C-246/96 (European Court of Justice, unreported 10/7/97)
Banks v Tesco Stores Ltd and Secretary of State for Social Security (unreported)
Ashford Industrial Tribunal case number 18985/95/c 4/6/97
The Amsterdam treaty introduced new provisions into the EC Treaty, including a number of changes to the "social chapter" provisions (the Protocol on Social Policy to the Maastricht Treaty, and the Agreement attached to it) which referred to equality and discrimination. Discrimination has been extended to include religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.
The UK Labour Party was elected on a manifesto commitment to establish a statutory minimum wage. This will be set 'according to the economic circumstances of the time' on the advice of an independent low pay commission.
TimePlan Education Group Limited v NUT  IRLR 457 CA
The Court of Appeal has revisited wrongful interference with contractual rights or inducement to breach of contract. Inducement to breach contract is one of the old industrial torts - or wrongs - dating back to the turn of the century. In many circumstances, a valid industrial action ballot will protect a union from this, although not where it would amount to secondary action.