From the TUC

The Future of Collective Representation roundtable

09 Mar 2011, By Guest

There are a few places remaining for The Future of Collective Representation roundtable on 23 March. The event is part of the joint TUC/ESRC Unions, Collective Bargaining and Employment Relations research project, which explores how unions can meet challenges and opportunities of extending collective bargaining coverage in the current economic and political climate .

We have an impressive list of speakers lined-up, as you can see from the programme.

If you would like to attend, please contact Zoe Molyneaux  on [email protected] or 0207-467-1273. Places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Programme – TUC/ESRC Roundtable, The Future of Collective Representation, Congress House, Wednesday 23 March

Introduction (10.00-10.15): The TUC/ESRC Unions, Collective Bargaining and Employment Relations project (Chris Wright, TUC and Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge)

1st session (10.15-11.45): Collective employment relations – Past, present and future
Chair: Kay Carberry, Assistant General Secretary, TUC

  • Understanding the reasons for the decline of collectivism (William Brown, University of Cambridge)
  • The impact of recession and austerity on collectivism abroad: What are the lessons for the UK? (Lionel Fulton, Labour Research Department)
  • The current state of play in collective bargaining (Paul Nowak, Head of Organisation and Services, TUC)
  • Looming developments in public sector bargaining (Christina McAnea, National Secretary, UNISON Education and Children’s Services)

2nd session (12.00-13.15): The challenges of a fragmented workforce
Chair: Gail Cartmail, Assistant General Secretary, Unite

  • The growth of low-paid and atypical work and how to deal with it (Damian Grimshaw, University of Manchester)
  • Responding to the rise of unorganised conflict (Peter Harwood, Chief Conciliator, Acas)
  • Non-union representation, and what it means for unions (Edmund Heery, Cardiff Business School)

3rd session (14.00-15.30): Innovative union strategies

Chair: Roger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary, UNISON

  • Union responses to self-employment (Steve Murphy, Midlands Regional Secretary, UCATT)
  • Unions and the regulation of occupations (Maria Koumenta, Oxford Brookes University)
  • The use of corporate codes to influence good labour practices (Annie Watson, Ethical Trading Initiative)
  • Opportunities for reforming collective bargaining regulation (Alan Bogg, University of Oxford and Keith Ewing, King’s College London)

Final session (15.30-16.30): Panel discussion on the future of collective representation
Chair: Alex Bryson, National Institute for Economic and Social Research

  • Frances O’Grady (TUC Deputy General Secretary), John Kelly (Birkbeck, University of London) and Robert Taylor (author and journalist)