About Nigel Pitchford
Nigel is a lecturer and doctoral researcher in employment law. He is currently exploring the law and practice around grievance settlement for employees and workers.
Nigel’s own experience is a blend of law and ‘frontline’ practice. Following many years of college teaching Nigel was elected as a workplace representative and immediately became involved in significant workforce restructures. As a result Nigel received recognition for his role and was successfully nominated by his union to their national advisory committee. The issue that Nigel raised within the committee at the time, the pay deductions for strike action with the resultant inequality of treatment between school teachers and college teachers, was ultimately decided in favour of all sixth form college teachers in the Supreme Court decision of Hartley v King Edward VI College  UKSC 39.
- Legal System
- Employment Law
Most employees and workers experience problems in the workplace, at one time or another, and since the 1970s employment legislation has been used to curb collective grievances whilst promoting more individualised workplace grievance procedures. More recently the expansion of the so-called ‘gig’, or ‘platform’, economy has forced the courts and tribunals, through decisions involving major digital brands such as ‘the Deliveroo and Uber cases’, and the government itself, to consider the status, and therefore the associated rights, of this new and expanding workforce. The Covid-19 pandemic has, of course, emphasised the importance of these ‘key workers’ within our society. Nigel’s research explores the law and practice around grievance settlement for these ‘gig workers’ when employed by local authorities.