From the TUC

Roundtable on The Future of Collective Representation, 23 March

27 Jan 2011, By Guest

The TUC is hosting a roundtable at Congress House on Wednesday 23 March from 10.00 to 16.30 as part of its joint research project with the Economic and Social Research Council on Unions, Collective Bargaining and Employment Relations.

 The roundtable will bring together union officials, academics, and representatives from organisations such as Acas to discuss the challenges and opportunities for unions and collective employment relations in the current economic and political climate.

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

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

 1st session: Collective employment relations – Past, present and future (10.15-11.30)

  • Understanding the reasons for the decline of collectivism (William Brown, University of Cambridge)
  • The remaining areas of collective bargaining coverage: Can they be replicated elsewhere? (speaker tbc)
  • Looming developments in public sector bargaining (Christina McAnea, National Secretary, UNISON Education and Children’s Services)

 2nd session: The challenges of an individualised and unorganised workforce (11.45-13.00)

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

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

  • Union responses to self-employment (Steve Murphy, Regional Secretary, UCATT Midlands)
  • Unions and the regulation of occupations (Maria Koumenta, Oxford Brookes University)
  • The use of corporate codes to influence good labour practices (speaker tbc)
  • Supply chain strategies in the unorganised workforce (Chris Wright, University of Cambridge/TUC)

Final session: Panel discussion on the future of collective representation (15.30-16.30)

  • Francis O’Grady, TUC Deputy General Secretary and John Kelly, Birkbeck, University of London