Migration after Brexit: the challenge for labour standards 2017
Wednesday 15 March 2017
A one-day conference
Organised by the Institute of Employment Rights and sponsored by the British Academy for Mid-Career Fellowship and the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences
About the Conference
As migration to Britain has grown since the 1990s, it has led to a debate over weak labour standards, and the flexible and deregulated character of the labour market regime. Do employment law and immigration policy, including their respective enforcement systems, ensure equality of opportunity and treatment as between migrants and UK resident workers? Are they strong enough to protect migrants against exploitation and more serious forms of abuse in the workplace?
These questions have become especially urgent with the referendum decision to leave the European Union, not least because of the public concerns over the effects of immigration that contributed to that decision. Substantial labour migration is however likely to continue after Brexit, at all skill levels, given employer demand for workers, and a supply of workers in other countries.
The central question of the conference will be how to achieve an egalitarian and protective labour market regime, including migration policy and labour standards. If there is a ‘soft’ Brexit, with free movement of persons continuing, labour standards reform, with better guarantees of equal treatment and high standards at work, will be needed in order to ensure public support for migration. If there is ‘hard’ Brexit, with an end to the free movement of labour from other EU countries, public policy will also need to ensure the protection of increased numbers of migrant workers with temporary status, or lacking permission to work.
The conference will cover migration policy after Brexit, both from the EU and from elsewhere in the world, and the implications of future labour migration patterns for labour standards. The speakers will bring extensive expertise to the subject, as academics, campaigners and trade unionists.
The conference will build upon previous work by the Institute of Employment Rights on the links between migration and employment law, reflected in earlier publications on Labour migration and employment Rights (2005) and Labour migration in hard times (2013).
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.
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Bernard Ryan, University of Leicester
Don Flynn, Migrant Rights Network
Susan Cueva, UNISON
Diana Holland, Unite the Union
Alex Balch, Liverpool University
Alan Bogg, University of Oxford
Owen Espley, War on Want
Sonia McKay, London Metropolitan College
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