Beyond the Third Way in Labour Law: Towards the Constitutionalization of Labour Law?

Professor Hugh Collins, London School of Ecomomics, argues that New Labour, not the Thatcher government, was responsible for the real break from the political settlements of the Trade Disputes Act 1906, which established collective bargaining as a primary guarantee of social justice.


While Labour’s policies sought to reorient labour law to serve the new goals of social inclusion, partnership and competitiveness, thisThird Way agenda risks a return to the inequities of an uncontrolled free market in labour. He suggests that a new social contract is required that constitutionalizes social and economic rights.