Labour & European Law Review
05 April 2012
A survey on occupational health and safety has concluded that job-related stress is a concern for the vast majority of the European workforce.
The views of just over 35,000 workers were surveyed in the 2nd European Opinion Poll on Occupational Safety and Health. Eight in ten of the working population across Europe think that the number of people suffering from job-related stress over the next five years will increase with just over half expecting this to ‘increase a lot’.
Employers can justify a claim of indirect discrimination by showing that it was a “proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim”. In HM Land Registry v Benson, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) said that relying on cost as the criterion in a redundancy exercise can constitute a ““legitimate aim”, even if it had a disproportionate impact on a particular age group.
The Trade Union and Labour Relations Consolidation Act (TULRCA) requires unions to follow a complicated set of rules before taking industrial action. In London Underground Ltd v ASLEF the High Court said that unions could lawfully ballot members who were being asked to join the picket line as well as those taking strike action on a particular day.