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14th annual Labour relations conference - Fair rights, effective representation?

Who should attend

This conference is targeted at those responsible for labour relations and employment policy, including officers, directors and VPs of HR, ER specialists, in-house lawyers and corporate responsibility professionals.


There is evidence that employers and investors, are listening to what Theresa May has had to say about employment and pay, and reforming their practices. It also appears that political change in the EU and the USA have not had the economic consequences that were predicted. Timed to follow the TUC and party conferences, this conference addresses the impact of international developments on the UK labour market.


Earlier this year Andy Bindon of GTR Southern kindly agreed to share his experiences of the Southern dispute at our annual Labour Relations Conference. At this point it was anticipated that the dispute would have been resolved well in advance of the conference. However, as the dispute is still ongoing, Andy will not now be speaking at the conference

9.00–9.30am Registration and coffee

Setting the scene
Martin Warren

  • employment issues and reputational risk, including pay
  • the gig economy: it is not just a narrow or sector issue
  • implementation of Trade Union Act: fur her measures?

The Government’s aims for employment reform
Margot James MP

Implementing the Taylor Review?
Matthew Taylor

  • why we came to our conclusions
  • work quality?
  • further work to be done: tax?
  • anticipated legislative response?

Campaigning, representation and influence
Roy Rickhuss

  • save our steel
  • self-employment
  • politicised unions

Labour market enforcement –levelling the playing field
Sir David Metcalf

  • improved coordination
  • tackling exploitation: targeted enforcement
  • migrant workers

Panel discussion:Worker rights and HR reputation
Chaired by Sarah O’Connor, panellists include Neil Carberry, Peter Cheese and Roger Seifert.

The politics of employment
Michael Portillothe negotiations so far and analysisthe negotiations so far and analysis of the UK’s current position

  • the negotiations so far and analysisof the UK’s current position
  • predictions about the settlement
  • minority government and reform

What does a Trump administration mean for employers?
Ronnie Goldberg

  • is a change of Government in Washington affecting employment in the US and internationally?

Voice and ROI?
Nita Clarke

  • multi-channel listening mechanisms
  • reputation and trust
  • canary in the coal mine

Negotiating tactics – using the law to get to a deal
Marc Meryon

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16.30 Final comments, drinks and nibbles


Details of speakers can be found on the flyer above.

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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