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2013-14

Conference Calendar Conference Calendar sponsored by 2013 April The Public Sector: cuts, privatisation and employment rights (London) May The Public Sector: cuts, privatisation and employment rights (Liverpool) ‘In Conversation’: an evening event – with Frances O’Grady and Sharan Burrow (London) June Health & Safety at Work (London) July Health & Safety at Work (Liverpool) October Employment Law Update 2013 (London) TUPE Update (London) ‘In Conversation’: an evening event – The Dublin Lockout (Liverpool)

November Employment Law Update 2013 (Liverpool) Labour Migration in Hard Times (London) December Equality and Discrimination (London)

2014 January Equality and Discrimination (Liverpool) February Pension Rights (London & Liverpool) March Access to Justice (London & Liverpool)

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IER CONFERENCE CALENDAR 2013-14 1 The Public Sector: cuts, privatisation and employment rights E 9.30am to 3.45pm, Wednesday 17th April 2013 E NUT Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London The public sector is shrinking as a result of the government’s austerity measures, and workers’ rights and public services are being undermined. Private businesses are taking over both frontline service delivery and back-office functions. This event will look at a number of issues facing the public sector – facility time, collective agreements, privatisation and more, and will consider the implications of the profit motive for workers’ rights in the public sector.

5 Health and Safety at Work

E 9.30am to 3.45pm Wednesday 12th June 2013 E Diskus Room, UNITE Building, London As the government continues its plans to reduce health and safety protections, including the inspection of businesses, we will look at the human cost of health and safety cuts. The Lofstedt secondary review will have reported earlier in 2013 and the implications of its findings will be debated in depth, at this event.

E Speakers: Hilda Palmer, Hazards Campaign, Daniel Shears, GMB, Steve Cottingham, O H Parsons and David Whyte, Liverpool University

E Speakers: Dave Prentis, UNISON, Brian Strutton, GMB, John Medhurst, PCS, Rachael Maskell, Unite, Karen Jennings, UNISON

6 Health and Safety at Work LIVERPOOL

2 The Public Sector: cuts, privatisation and employment rights E 9.30am to 3.45pm, Wednesday 8th May 2013 E Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool The public sector is shrinking as a result of the government’s austerity measures, and workers’ rights and public services are being undermined. Private businesses are taking over both frontline service delivery and back-office functions. This event will look at a number of issues facing the public sector – facility time, collective agreements, privatisation and more, and will consider the implications of the profit motive for workers’ rights in the public sector.

E Speakers: Kevan Nelson, UNISON, Paul McCarthy, GMB, Peter Middleman, PCS, Lynn Collins, NW TUC

3 ‘In Conversation’ – an evening event

E 6.30pm, Tuesday 14th May 2013 E Diskus Room, UNITE Building, London Chaired by John Hendy QC, this is the fourth in our series of ‘conversations’ designed to stimulate thought and debate. FREE. £10 fee to delegates claiming CPD hours.

LIVERPOOL

E 9.30am to 3.45pm Wednesday 3rd July 2013 E Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool As the government continues its plans to reduce health and safety protections, including the inspection of businesses, we will look at the human cost of health and safety cuts. The Lofstedt secondary review will have reported earlier in 2013 and the implications of its findings will be debated in depth, at this event.

E Speakers include: Hilda Palmer, Hazards Campaign,

Daniel Shears, GMB, Steve Cottingham, O H Parsons and David Whyte, Liverpool University

7 Employment Law Update 2013 Ken Gill Memorial Fund E 9.30am to 3.45pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 E Conference Chamber, 9th Floor, UNISON, Euston Road Organised by The Institute of Employment Rights in association with the TUC and Old Square Chambers. This ninth IER annual conference is designed to ensure trade union representatives are kept up to date and well-informed about developments in employment law.

E Speakers include: Damian Brown QC, Littleton Chambers,

Stuart Brittenden, Old Square Chambers, Sarah Veale, TUC, Bruce Robin, Thompsons Solicitors, Paul Statham, Pattinson and Brewer

E Speakers: Frances O’Grady General Secretary TUC, Sharan Burrow, General Secretary ITUC

8 TUPE Update LIVERPOOL

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E 9.30am to 3.45pm, Thursday 6th June 2013 E Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool

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Government response to TUPE consultation expected to be published in July or August. Conference re-scheduled for 23rd October, in London.

E 9.30am to 3.45pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 E Conference Chamber, 9th Floor, UNISON, Euston Road The government is expected to have published their response to the consultation on proposed changes to the TUPE Regulations (2006) and this conference will look in detail at the new draft regulations, what to expect and the implications for workers.

E Speakers include: Richard Arthur, Thompsons Solicitors, Hannah Reed, TUC, Christine Haswell, PCS


IER CONFERENCE CALENDAR 2013-14 LIVERPOOL

LIVERPOOL

9 ‘In Conversation’ – an evening event The Dublin Lockout: learning the lessons in the centenary year E 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 30th October 2013 E Hearnshaw Lecture Theatre, Eleanor Rathbone Building,

University of Liverpool In the early 1900s many of Dublin’s residents lived in appalling slums. The Irish TGWU struggled for better conditions which resulted in 300,000 workers and 27 unions being locked out of their workplaces. What lessons can we learn from this dispute and how does it inform our response to social injustice in today’s society.

E Speakers: Tony Donaghey, General Secretary, The Connolly

Association and Lynn Collins, Regional Secretary, North West TUC. Chaired by John Hendy QC LIVERPOOL

10 Employment Law Update 2013 Ken Gill Memorial Fund E 9.30am to 3.45pm Wednesday 6th November 2013 E Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool Organised by The Institute of Employment Rights in association with the TUC and Old Square Chambers. This fifth IER annual conference in the North West is designed to ensure trade union representatives are kept up to date and well informed about developments in employment law. The platform of speakers includes some of the leading UK legal experts in individual employment rights and collective labour law.

E Speakers include: Damian Brow QC, Littleton Chambers,

Stuart Brittenden, Old Square Chambers, Sarah Veale, TUC, Bernie Wentworth, Thompsons Solicitors

11 Labour Migration in Hard Times

E 9.30am to 3.45pm Wednesday 20th November 2013 E Diskus Room, UNITE Building, London All too often, migrant workers provide employers with a cheap, unprotected and barely regulated workforce. This conference will look at the ways in which migrant workers are exploited and the measures needed to better protect migrant workers in economic hard times. The conference will draw-on the findings of a new IER publication on migrant workers.

E Speakers include: Bernard Ryan, University of Kent, Sonia McKay, London Metropolitan University, Don Flynn, Migrant Rights Network

13 Equality and Discrimination

E 9.30am to 3.45pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014 E Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool This 4th Equalities Conference in the North West brings together an expert panel of speakers to look at the latest issues affecting equality and discrimination at work. A similar programme to the London conference, this event will be accessible to people who don’t want to travel to London.

E Speakers include: Jo Seery, Thompsons Solicitors, others tbc 14 Pension Rights

E 9.30am to 3.45pm Wednesday 12th February 2014 E Diskus Room, UNITE Building, London As the government continues to peddle the myth of so-called ‘gold-plated’ public sector pensions our experts tell the real story. Pensions are a key issue for trade unionists but many people find the subject difficult. Let the Institute guide you through the pensions maze, with key facts and accurate analysis of the issues.

E Speakers include: Ben Collins, Old Square Chambers,

Michael Ford, Old Square Chambers, Christine Haswell, PCS

15 Pension Rights

LIVERPOOL

E 9.30am to 3.45pm Wednesday 26th February 2014 E Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool As London, see above

E Speakers include: Christine Haswell, PCS 16 Access to Justice

LIVERPOOL

E 9.30am to 3.45pm Wednesday 5th March 2014 E Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool Following the introduction of far-reaching changes to employment tribunals practice and procedures, including the introduction of fees, this event will look at how these changes are affecting access to justice in the employment tribunal system. The event coincides with the launch of a new Institute publication.

E Speakers include: Morag McDermont, Bristol University,

David Renton, Garden Court Chambers, Prof Bryan Clark, University of Strathclyde, Victoria Webb, Old Square Chambers

17 Access to Justice 12 Equality and Discrimination

E 9.30am to 3.45pm Wednesday 4th December 2013 E Diskus Room, UNITE Building, London This 7th Equalities Conference brings together an expert panel of speakers to look at the latest issues affecting equality and discrimination at work. Our keynote speaker will look at the Coalition Government’s record on equality.

E Keynote Speaker: Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC

E 9.30am to 3.45pm Wednesday 19th March 2014 E Diskus Room, UNITE Building, London As Liverpool, see above.

E Speakers include: Morag McDermont, Bristol University,

David Renton, Garden Court Chambers, Prof Bryan Clark, University of Strathclyde, Victoria Webb, Old Square Chambers


The Institute would like to thank our donor organisations for their continued support.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE The Institute of Employment Rights was established in 1989 and is an independent organisation acting as a focal point for the spread of new ideas in the field of labour law. It became a registered charity in 1994 and is funded by trade unions, individual donations and subscription fees. Members of the Institute include the general secretaries of most trade unions, many leading law academics and practitioners, and a number of highly distinguished experts. The Institute seeks to develop an alternative approach to labour law and industrial relations and make a constructive contribution to the debate on the future of trade union freedom in the UK. We are not a campaigning organisation, nor do we simply respond to the policies of the government. We seek not to produce a ‘consensus’ view, but to develop new thoughts, new ideas and a new approach to meet the demands of our times.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND Trade unionists, employment lawyers working in support of trade unions, academics and students with an interest in industrial relations and labour law.

CPD, NPP AND EPP ACCREDITATION All IER seminars and conferences attract credit hours under the Law Society’s Continuing Development Scheme and the General Council of the Bar’s New Practitioners’ Programme and Established Practitioners’ Programme. Delegates requiring CPD points may be charged an additional administration fee of £10.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Name changes are accepted up until the time of the event. Delegates who advise IER of their cancellation more than 15 working days in advance will receive a credit note with 10% deduction for administration.

COSTS Full Price

Early Bird Discount (with upfront payment by cheque or online)

IER Subscribers

£80 per delegate

£75 per delegate

Trade Unions

£100 per delegate

£90 per delegate

Commercial

£240 per delegate

£220 per delegate

Reduced prices can be negotiated for block bookings, students and the unwaged. Please telephone the office for further information on 0151 207 5265

BOOKINGS: 3 easy ways to pay E 1. Website: go to www.ier.org.uk/events and look for this conference. To get your early bird discount pay online using paypal.

E 2. Post: to get your early bird discount send a cheque with your booking form. Cheques are payable to IER, post to IER, 4th Floor, Jack Jones House, 1 Islington, Liverpool L3 8EG

E 3. Email: office@ier.org.uk to make your booking.

Conference Calendar 2013-14  

The Institute of Employment Rights' timetable for employment law conferences in the coming year.

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