50 years after The Pentonville 5 - Now is the time for a New Deal for Workers

18th October 2022 – 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Regency Suite, The Old Ship Hotel, Brighton, BN1 1NR


  • Prof Keith Ewing, IER
  • Dr Jo Grady, UCU
  • Lord John Hendy KC, IER
  • Esther Lynch, ITUC
  • Mick Lynch, RMT
  • Doug Nicholls, GFTU
  • Mark Serwotka, PCS
  • Dave Ward, CWU
  • Yvette Williams MBE, Justice4Grenfell
  • Chair: Sarah Woolley, BFAWU/CTUF

About the event

50 years after the case of the Pentonville Five, Trade Unionists are once again struggling to maintain their hard won rights at work. With pernicious laws having been introduced over the last 50 years to slowly erode workers rights, and recent Government ‘kite flying’ in the media that they plan to attack workers’ right again to the point of criminalisation, we ask what lessons can be learned from the past when trade unionists were criminalised for enforcing their rights, and how must the Labour and Trade Union movement fight back for its future.

Come and hear from our excellent speakers, as they share their analysis of the situation, and what they think the next steps should be.

***Refreshments provided***

After the end of our main fringe event, at 20:30 we are putting on an after-party, with food and live music in partnership with the GFTU, to celebrate the retirement of our long standing Director Carolyn Jones. Click here to register your free place.


The Regency Suite, The Old Ship Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton BN1 1NR

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