CTUF – IER Fringe Meetings – TUC & Labour Connected

The Campaign For Trade Union Freedom and the Institute of Employment Rights will be holding joint fringe meetings at this years ‘hybrid TUC’ and the
Labour Connected event.

Trade Union Congress 2020

Reconstruction After The Crisis Repaying The Debt To The Nation’s Workers

Monday, September 14th, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Chair: Carolyn Jones

Speakers: Prof Keith Ewing, IER/CTUF, Dave Ward, General Secretary CWU, Andy McDonald MP, Shadow Secretary of State For Employment Rights, Janet Williamson, Senior Policy Officer TUC


Labour Party Connected

Reconstruction After The Crisis – Repaying The Debt To The Nation’s Workers

Monday, September 21st, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chair: TBA

Speakers: John Hendy QC, IER/CTUF, Andy McDonald MP, Shadow Secretary Of State For Employment Rights, Claudia Webbe MP, others TBA


The pandemic revealed to many that some seven million ‘key’ workers, essential to maintain the fabric of society, are amongst the worst paid and least legally protected of the entire workforce. Too often, they suffer from poor terms and conditions, precarious legal status, insecure and unpredictable hours, income and jobs, and lack of protection of their health, safety and wellbeing.

The contrast between their critical role and the terms and conditions under which they work reveals the irrational and unjustifiable nature of the so-called ‘labour market’ in which working people are no more than disposable commodities, ‘human resources’.

But as the ILO set out in 1944,  workers are not commodities, but human beings. The economy should be democratised, with each worker’s voice being heard at the very top.

There are clear signs public opinion has swayed against austerity and towards major economic changes. So what do we want and how do we get it? Join us to discuss both.

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