On 30th November we will be publishing our final report and we will be launching it at Conway Hall on that day, from 9am to 1pm. We will be discussing our understanding of how and why unpaid wages come about, and some preliminary recommendations for what could be done to tackle the issue. This is an open invitation to anyone who would like to attend. If you are interested in attending please register using Eventbrite as places are going quickly!
|09:00-09:30||Registration & Breakfast|
|09:30||Welcome & introduction||Chair: Jo Seery (Thompsons Solicitors)
Stephen Syrett (Business School Director of Research, Middlesex University)
|09:45||Outline of findings||Nick Clark and Eva Herman (Unpaid Britain project)|
|10:10||Responses||Bharat Mehta (Chief Executive, Trust for London )|
|Diana Holland (Asst General Secretary, Unite the Union)|
|Matthew Perceval (Head Employment Policy, CBI)|
|10:25-10:30||Personal testimony||Hospitality worker|
|11:00||The future of enforcement||Sir David Metcalf (Director of Labour Market Enforcement)|
|11:10||Access to justice||Prof. Nicole Busby/Ele Kirk (Strathclyde University)|
|11:30||Report recommendations||Nick Clark|
|11:40-12:25||Discussion of recommendations in working groups||All participants|
|12:25||Closing remarks||Jo Seery, Thompsons Solicitors|
Sir David Metcalf was appointed the UK’s First Director of Labour Market Enforcement in January 2017. He is Emeritus Professor, Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE. Previously he was a founder member of the Low Pay Commission (1997-2007) and the first chair of the Migration Advisory Committee (2007-2016).
Bharat Mehta CBE is Chief Executive of Trust for London. Prior to taking up this post he was Chief Executive of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (NSF, renamed RETHINK). He has also worked for the Medical Research Council; the National Council for Voluntary Organisations; and the Social Services Department of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. He is a board member of a number of organisations including: Home Group, one of the largest registered social landlords in the country; London Funders; and the Social Justice and Human Rights Centre Ltd. He has also served on numerous government and civil society commissions and advisory groups.
Stephen Syrett is Professor of Local Economic Development and Director of Research at Middlesex University Business School. He specialises in issues of urban and regional economic development, governance and policy and the study of ethnic minority, home-based and social enterprises and the regeneration of deprived areas. He has published widely on these topics including a number of books and many journal articles and reports. He has worked extensively with national, regional and local government bodies in the UK and internationally, as well as with a wide range of voluntary and community sector and private sector organisations.
Nicole Busby is Professor of Labour Law at the University of Strathclyde. She teaches and researches in the areas of equality and employment law, European social rights and access to justice in the employment tribunal and has published widely. She is currently a member of the Scotland Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Eleanor Kirk is Ailsa McKay Post-doctoral fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University. Eleanor’s research interests encompass the nature of work, employment relations, access to justice and social equality. Her current work focuses on employment rights enforcement, precarious work and ‘bogus’ self-employment. Additionally, Eleanor is a research associate at Ulster University Law School where she is working on the project: “Litigants in Person in Northern Ireland.” https://www.ulster.ac.uk/faculties/social-sciences/schools/law/research/litigants-in-person
Matthew Percival has been representing the CBI’s 190,000 member companies on employment issues since 2011 and is the Head of the CBI’s Employment Policy team, leading on issues ranging from employment law, pay and pensions, to immigration and diversity.
Diana Holland OBE is the Assistant General Secretary of Unite the Union and the current treasurer of the Labour Party. At Unite she is responsible for transport, food and equalities. She is also a long-standing member of the TUC Women’s Committee and serving as Vice-President of the Global Trade Union Confederation. She was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to Equal Opportunities in Employment.
Address for event:
25 Red Lion Square,