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Victoria Phillips

Victoria Phillips is head of employment rights at the leading national trade union law firm Thompsons Solicitors. She has been responsible for several landmark cases and has pursued appeals on behalf of union clients to the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the Supreme Court. These have included ASLEF v UK, which established the right of trade unions to choose their own members and exclude members of the British National Party, and Stringer and ors v HMRC, which gave workers the right to take paid statutory holidays when on long-term sick leave and Williams v British Airways on working time and holiday pay.

Before training as a lawyer, Vicky was national president of the National Union of Students and national women’s officer of the Labour Party.

  • There’s plenty of evidence that the government’s programme of austerity has hit women far harder than men. So it can only be a matter of time before the sweeping changes they’ve made to employment law have a similar impact.

    Part of a long-held obsession with reducing the “burden” on business, the coalition approach to employment law now seems to be morphing into a mantra about “delivering” for small and medium-sized businesses.

    As more women than men tend to work in smaller organisations, we can expect the issues they experience – discrimination, bullying, harassment, unequal pay and so forth – to get worse. Women over 50 face additional problems such as a lack of flexibility to accommodate caring responsibilities; not enough decent part time jobs; and pensions so low they cannot afford to retire.

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    Posted on May 15th, 2013 by Victoria Phillips filed under: Blog