Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool
For the first time, the Institute of Employment Rights is holding a conference that focuses solely on issues in the public sector - where the majority of trade union members are employed. The large-scale protests against cuts and austerity have been led by public sector unions who have developed economic arguments and alternatives to the austerity narrative. Trade unions have led the way in the battle to save vital public services. They have raised public awareness and brought the arguments into the public consciousness, but are trade unions now paying the price for this success? The Con-Dem government has put the public sector firmly in its sights and is determined to undermine the strength of public sector trade unions in a number of ways.
Chaired by IER Director Carolyn Jones and featuring Unison regional secretary Kevan Nelson on The future of trade unions in the public sector, Peter Middleman, PCS regional secretary on Trade union facility time, Unite’s Mick Whitley on Protecting trade unions and employment rights: Where next? plus Lynn Collins from the North West TUC.
Workshops are also being run on mutualisation in the public sector, Undermining the NHS: the impact of the government's agenda (with Unite’s Gary Owen) plus more.