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13th Annual Working Effectively With Trade Unions Conference: A Blue Print for The New Decade

Danubius Hotel Regents Park , 18 Lodge Road, St. John's Wood, London NW8 7JT

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED - NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE

After dropping to an all-time low in 2016, union membership in the UK increased by 100,000 between 2017 and 2018. Along with tech changes, there are signs that unions will become more visible, relevant and powerful. New kinds of unions are emerging, and they’re on the forefront of tech and automisation – including low paid unions for migrants and self-employed workers.

Smart employers are placing industrial relations even higher on the HR agenda. Is your organisation prepared to tackle a slew of new legislation and social justice movements?

Registration fee: £395 plus VAT

The UK labour market in 2020 is looking increasingly uncertain – Brexit, automisation, globalisation and changing demographic trends all significantly impact the workplace. Employers who want to optimise their union relations need to ensure they understand and accommodate these changes.

There are implications to employers who will need to ensure they understand the legal ramifications of current and future proposed changes to the law.

This long-running event, now in its 13th year, tackles how employers and employees are listening to each other in 2020 and highlights the issues challenging both employers and workers.

The areas for discussion were identified during extensive research. We are confident it will be a day of comprehensive and robust examination of the issues, pinpointing the key areas of industrial relations to look at in 2020, and providing workable, practical solutions through a hand-picked panel of legal and industrial relation experts, union spokespersons and forward-looking corporate employers.

Delegates will benefit from hearing the best approaches and learn how to optimise industrial relations in their own organisations, as well as joining debate and discussion throughout the day.

Here’s what delegates said last year….

"Great day, very valuable" - P&O Ferries

"Very Interesting presentations, good mix of speakers and different thinking" - DVSA Civil Service

"Informative and thought-provoking" - Calamander Consulting

"Excellent range of speakers" - Highways England

"Excellent day, lots to absorb, great mix of speakers" - Study Group

"Well-paced and informative" - EDF

"Great content" - Centrica

"Very useful content and great speakers" - Forten Solutions

"Engaging and thought-provoking speakers with a range of solutions" - Sellafield

"Excellent variety of topics and speakers – thanks for a great day" - Heineken

Please note: If you have a topic to suggest or might like to speak at, endorse, or sponsor the event, please see how to get involved here.

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • Directors, Senior Managers, HR and Recruitment professionals, Employee and Industrial Relations, Employment Policy, Legal, Trade Union Representatives, Employment Law, Operations, Conciliation and Arbitration, Directors and Managers with industrial and employee relations responsibilities

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Schedule

Coffee and registration

Chair's welcome and opening remarks

Marc Meryon

Marc Meryon

Partner and Head of Industrial Relations
Eversheds Sutherland

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Marc Meryon

Partner and Head of Industrial Relations , Eversheds Sutherland

Marc Meryon is a partner and Head of Industrial Relations in the London office. He is also an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, City University. Marc specialises in helping companies with difficult labour relations issues, often arising from organisational change. He frequently advises on managing and resolving collective disputes, including preventing and mitigating the impact of strikes and responding effectively to union backed corporate campaigns, both within the UK and internationally. Marc’s role includes helping employers with union negotiations; new models for staff engagement; managing stakeholder relations; and using innovative legal challenges to protect businesses from disruption. Marc also advises on the growing impact of human rights on business and labour relations, and on the increasing use of contingent workers.

GOVERNMENT ADDRESS: A TIME FOR CHANGE

  • Protecting and enhancing workers’ rights: how we will work together
  • The new European relationship: what do we want?
  • The future of zero-hours contracts
  • Pay, rights and taxes: the real story

THE TRADE UNION PERSPECTIVE: WORKING TOGETHER IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

  • Including the “new world”: key steps to maximising relationships
  • Developing and maintaining new relations
  • What new unions are emerging to represent the new workers?
  • TU relationships in non-recognised environments: effective relations without recognition
  • Expanding interest beyond pay and working conditions
  • Internal politics and culture: do they dictate how you consult and negotiate?

LEGAL UPDATE

  • Political and regulatory influences
  • Blue-collar and white-collar activism: new digital tools and how to prepare
  • Changes to employment leave and agency workers
  • Revising collective bargaining agreements
  • IR35 Implications and ramifications
  • Case law examples and implications: employment law cases in 2020 that will significantly influence future union relationships

Morning coffee and networking

OPTIMISING EMPLOYEE RELATIONS IN A POST-BREXIT WORLD

  • Resourcing and maintaining good working relations
  • Managing the interests of contractual represented and non-represented employees
  • Managing a disengaged workforce
  • Maximising your employee relations
  • The role of TUs in an effective engagement strategy
  • Costings and pay claims
  • Modernising your remuneration and benefits offerings: competing with better-paid positions

TRADE UNION CONSULTATION AND NEGOTIATION: A PRACTICAL GUDE TO CHANGE MANAGEMENT AND TRANSFORMATION

  • Leadership & change
  • Workplace vision, values & behaviours 2020: what you should be thinking about?
  • Joint ‘ways of working’
  • The negotiation & consultation journey
  • Benefits realisation

Lunch and networking

CASE STUDY: MAXIMISING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH EFFECTIVE NEGOTIATIONS

  • Negotiation: essential preparation and planning
  • The importance of early and ongoing communications
  • Interest-based negotiations
  • Key negotiation questions you must ask
  • Language: what do you need to consider?

BUILDING EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS IN A NEW DECADE: ESTABLISING COMMON GROUND AND SUPPORTING EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIP WORKING

  • The impact of workers roles and tech on how your workers organise
  • How can employers embrace and build relationships with this new model?
  • Prioritising planned partnership events
  • Understanding union structures and politics
  • Holding reps to account
  • Collective agreements: the basic

Afternoon tea and networking

CASE STUDY: TRANSPORT

TECHNOLOGY, AUTOMATION AND YOUR UNION RELATIONSHIPS: BRAVE NEW WORLD OR UNEASY BEDFELLOWS?

  • The effect of technology on working practices: good, bad and ugly
  • Technology and activism
  • The role of this in shaping employee decisions to enhance worker and technology relations
  • Lessons from Scandinavia: how should UK employers and unions be preparing?
  • Workertech companies: the roles and future of Organise, Earwig and Workerbird
  • How tech and automation will affect working lives

Wrap up and end

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