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Post-Election Trade Union Landscape

HR Risk Forums: Post-election Trade Union landscape: an analysis for employers

Time: 11:00 - 11:30 | FREE 

When: Thursday, 5th September

We have a Labour Government and they are planning a radical overhaul of workers' rights, with Unions vowing to eliminate 'low-paid, insecure employment.' Union membership has grown exponentially, with whole new sectors striking and planning industrial action.

From worker protection and day one rights, the end of zero-hour contracts and pay increases to the repeal of the 2016 Trade Unions Act, as well as the proposed sectoral collective bargaining and the ban on fire and rehire, employers can look forward to a sparky new agenda from their unions.

Join Unions communications expert Lee Whitehill for a half-hour exclusive insight into all the areas employers need to revisit to ensure their trade unions relations remain workable and positive.

Legislating for an employee rights bill within the first 100 days, Labour intend to ensure employers are listening and changing outdated practices. Come and hear what you need to do. 

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Introduction and welcome

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Director of Research
Business Forums International Ltd. (BFI)

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Elizabeth Smith

Director of Research , Business Forums International Ltd. (BFI)

Elizabeth is director of research and a founding co-director at Business Forums International. She is responsible for all programme content and writing, and researches current areas of interest for senior HR professionals in large organisations. BFI is the UK’s leading HR risk specialist conference and training provider, delivering key and timely information to over 3,000 delegates a year both through public and in-house training courses. Before founding BFI in 1996, Elizabeth specialised in researching corporate financial programmes in Asia and the Middle East, based in Dubai. She also worked in advertising and publishing in the Middle East and London. Elizabeth was educated in the West Indies, Saudi Arabia and Belgium before reading Modern Languages at Durham University. She is currently developing an online training course for line managers to raise awareness of menopause symptoms and ways that employers can work to make their workplaces more inclusive.

Trade Union relations post-election: areas to review

Lee Whitehill

Lee Whitehill

Director of Communications
Whitehouse Communications

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Lee Whitehill

Director of Communications , Whitehouse Communications

Lee is Director of Communications for Whitehouse Communications a leading political communications and media relations company operating in the UK and EU. He has nearly twenty years experience in commercial consultancy and has worked with some of the world's best known companies including Airbus, Leonardo, Babcock, Nissan and Aston Martin as well as global brands such as Coca-Cola, Red Bull and Budweiser. His experience includes leading the London public affairs practice of Hill and Knowlton, a WPP top 10 global PR agency, and ten years as a Director and Group Head of Marketing with Interel Group, a Brussels based public affairs consultancy with offices across North America, Europe and Asia. He specialises in advising clients on reputation, political and government affairs, media strategy and crisis communications. More recently he has been Communications Director for the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU) which is an affiliate organisation consisting of four unions, Unite, GMB, Community and Prospect, running campaigns on behalf of 100,000 members in complex manufacturing and defence. Lee has also founded his own consultancy specialising in digital campaigns and training and has delivered crisis communications workshops for the UK trade body for theme parks and visitor attractions and Effective Political Communications training for members of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA). A winner of the ‘Private Sector Public Affairs Campaign’ of the year, he was recently nominated for ‘Best Use of Digital’ by the Maritime Foundation Media Awards. He is a former Labour Party staffer and worked on the election campaigns in 1997, 2001 and 2005. He began his career in London as Head of Campaigns and Media for the trade union, Unite, where he was the official print and broadcast spokesperson working for two general secretaries across a range of national campaigns and disputes, including the closure of Heathrow following wildcat industrial action.

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