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15th Annual Labour Relations Conference - beyond Brexit together apart?

Who should attend

This conference attracts those responsible for labour relations and employment policy, directors and VPs of HR, ER specialists and in-house lawyers.


When a group of people act together the more powerful have to listen. The TUC is right about this*. They are also right that some of the UK’s leading companies have vital union relationships, that the union movement is getting smaller and that members and activists are getting older. But isn’t an internal WhatsApp group a form of ‘union’? What about an online petition, a Facebook page or a letter to The Times with multiple signatures?

Because of new media, corporate power is more receptive to different collective voices than ever before and new unions are being heard. What new forms of organising are we seeing? As the date when the UK leaves the EU draws near, this conference will consider the impact on labour relations and new ways in which employees and employers are engaging with each other.


Setting the scene
Tom Player

Labour law developments
Martin Warren

  • the Government’s response to the Taylor Review
  • gig economy recognition and status cases
  • continuing European influence?

The UK post-Brexit
Dan Hannan

  • timeframes, hurdles and likely outcomes
  • optimism about the deal and trade
  • Washington and Brexit 

Labour migration: an update
Professor Alan Manning

Commissioned by the Home Secretary,the Migration Advisory Committee is an independent public body that provides transparent, independent and evidence-based advice to Government.

Labour supply and pay growth
Neil Carberry

  • labour supply post-Brexit
  • retention and pay rises
  • the impact of minimum wages

One of many disruptions
Jim Bligh

  • managing the evolution of AI
  • navigating Trump, China, Brexit
  • reworking regulation

Representing precarious workers
Dr Jason Moyer-Lee

  •  ‘Good work’ and the Taylor Review: reflections
  • small unions and well-funded employers
  • cases, actions and real change

The outlook for the UK economy
Dr Andrew Lilico

  • GDP, inflation and pay
  • unemployment, migration and productivity
  • best case scenarios and worst

Panel discussion:
21st century collective voice?

Chaired by Sir Brendan Barber,
with Richard Nanton, Nita Clarke
and Sally Nailard

Reviewing terms and conditions
Nigel Lewis

  • doing things diff erently
  • a new approach with unions
  • learning from mistakes
  • internal and external influences

Labour law under Labour
John Hendy QC

  • reinstating a Ministry of Labour
  • reintroducing sectoral collective bargaining
  • enforcing workers’ rights

Implications of Labour’s proposals for employers
Marc Meryon

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 Advanced employee investigations skills training

Cost: £479

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 5%

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