Future of Labour Law: progressive rights under a progressive government - London

Submitted by sglenister on Wed, 18/04/2018 - 16:12
14/06/2018 09:30

Thursday 14 June 2018

A one-day conference
Unite the Union, London
9.30am - 3.00pm

Organised by the Institute of Employment Rights and sponsored by Morrish Solicitors

About the Conference

For decades, the Institute of Employment Rights has recommended a shift in the focus of labour law from individual to collective rights, thereby redressing the inherent imbalance of power between employers and workers – a key driver of income inequality.

Although this progressive approach has been adopted in some of Europe’s strongest economies, in the UK, neoliberal reforms made under the Thatcher government have been accepted as the status quo and either built upon or worked within by successive governments – Conservative and Labour.

As a result, collective bargaining coverage in the UK has fallen to just 29% compared with the European average of 60%, and the UK is now the most unequal country in Europe in terms of wage inequality.

The swell of grassroots support for Jeremy Corbyn has revealed a hunger among workers for an alternative to neoliberalism, which the Labour Party promised to deliver in its popular 2017 Manifesto For the Many, Not the Few. The 20 point plan on workers’ rights put forth as part of that campaign was heavily influenced by the IER’s Manifesto for Labour Law – 25 recommendations for reform drafted by 15 leading labour lawyers and academics. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has confirmed that the IER’s proposals will form the blueprint for the Labour Party’s labour law reform.

Since it was published in 2016, our team of experts has continued working on the Manifesto for Labour Law project, preparing our recommendations for their translation into draft legislation. At this conference, key authors from our Manifesto team will guide delegates through our proposed reforms, the evidence behind them, and the benefits for workers, employers and the economy of reform.


A discount is available to those who pay upfront (before the date of the conference) either online or by cheque. Those who pay by invoice will pay full price.

If you have a promotional code, please use the Eventbrite registration below and select 'promotional code' to receive your discount.

Payment up front

£75 Subscribers and members
£90 trade unions
£220 Commercial

Payment by invoice

£80 Subscribers and members
£100 trade unions
£240 Commercial


Unite the Union
128 Theobald's Road

Additional Information

Click here for information on how to book, who should attend and CPD, NPP and EPP Accreditation


Three easy ways to book your place

  1. Book online with through Eventbrite:
  2. Book by cheque by filling out our booking form and emailing it to office@ier.org.uk
  3. Book by invoice by filling out our booking form and emailing it to office@ier.org.uk


Chaired by Adrian Weir, Unite

Prof Keith Ewing, IER President
A Ministry of Labour

Nicola Countouris, UCL Faculty of Laws
Universality of Rights

Prof David Whyte, University of Liverpool
Health and Safety

Dr Aristea Koukiadaki, University of Manchester
Trade deals and supply chains

Sarah Veale, IER
Union recognition

John Hendy QC, IER Chair
Sectoral Collective Bargaining: making it work

Click here to download the full programme

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