Trade Union Congress 2020
Reconstruction After The Crisis Repaying The Debt To The NationâsÂ Workers
Monday, September 14th, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Chair: Carolyn Jones
Speakers: Prof Keith Ewing,Â IER/CTUF, Dave Ward,Â General Secretary CWU, Andy McDonald MP,Â Shadow Secretary of State For Employment Rights, Janet Williamson,Â Senior Policy Officer TUC
Labour Party Connected
Reconstruction After The Crisis â Repaying The Debt To The Nationâs Workers
Monday, September 21st, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Speakers: John HendyÂ QC,Â IER/CTUF, Andy McDonald MP,Â Shadow Secretary Of State For Employment Rights, Claudia Webbe MP, others TBA
The pandemic revealed to many that some seven million âkeyâ 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 âlabour marketâ in which working people are no more than disposable commodities, âhuman resourcesâ.
But as the ILO set out in 1944, Â workers are not commodities, but human beings. The economy should be democratised, with each workerâs 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.