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Collective bargaining: the impact of decline on trade unions

Collective bargaining: the impact of decline on trade unions

29 May 2014

Collective bargaining was the major way in which employees terms and conditions were determined.  In the space of two decades this dominant form of regulation collapsed.  Alongside the impact on employees it has also had a major impact on trade unions. The London and Eastern Region are holding two talks to explore the implications for unions.

Collective Bargaining: The impact of decline on trade unions 

This talk will explain the importance of collective bargaining for trade unions, how it shaped the post-war movement, in particular the emergence of workplace bargaining.  It will then review the impact of decline on union membership and union organisation.

Speaker:     Dr Michael O’Sullivan
Time:         6.30 pm
Venue:     Unite LE Regional Office - Ron Todd House
Date:         Thursday 12 June 2014

Rebuilding Collective Bargaining 

This talk will be based on Ewing and Hendy's Reconstruction after the Crisis - A Manifesto for Collective Bargaining (IER, 2013).  It will consider the crisis of collective bargaining in the United Kingdom and elsewhere and will examine the implications of the crisis for the future of trade unionism.  The main focus will be on how to address the crisis and the means required to restore collective bargaining density to previous levels.  What kind of collective bargaining structures do we require?  What is the role of the State in building these structures?  What are the implications for Unite and other trade unions. 

Speaker:     Professor Keith Ewing
Time:        6.30 pm
Place:         Unite LE Regional Office - Ron Todd House
Date:         Thursday 17 July 2014

Each talk will be for approximately 40 minutes and there will be plenty of time for discussion.

VENUE:    Ron Todd House is at Unite the Union, 33-37 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB
TEL:        Tel: 020 8800 4281         Email: education.londoneastern@unitetheunion.org
TUBES:    Angel or Old Street