The world of work has changed substantially in the last 20 years. The Fourth Industrial Revolution, digitalisation, outsourcing, “gig” working and precarious employment mean that trade unions must find new ways to protect their members. This meeting brings together expertise from trade unions, the Labour Party and the academic world to explore the contribution that this teaching can bring. The event will be held in the historic Mechanics’ Institute, where the Trades Union Congress held its first meeting 150 years ago. The meeting will start with a buffet lunch at 1pm for 2pm start, to conclude at 4.30pm.
- Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, 2017 President of the TUC
- Bishop William Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Birmingham
- Rob Flello, political consultant, former Labour Member of Parliament for Stoke South and former shadow Justice Minister
- Dr Anna Rowlands, St Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought & Practice
- Clifford Longley, author, broadcaster and journalist
- Kevin Flanagan, National President, GMB Commercial Services Section