3. Employment Relations and Workplace Initiatives.

Thursday 10 July 2014 at 10:00 am

Venue: University of Warwick

Host: Dr. Clare Lyonette

In this third seminar we consider these questions through a focus on employment relations and workplace initiatives. The seminar opens with an analysis of union perspectives on WLB in changing times in both France and the UK, followed by an analysis of the WERS data on changes in WLB and other aspects of job quality. The afternoon session will focus upon the impact of austerity on the WLB of civil servants and trade union interventions in WLB, with a break-out session to consider practical implications and possible solutions. The seminar aim is to contribute to evidence-based debates about WLB policies and practices. 

Seminar programme

10.00     Coffee and registration 

10.30     Introduction (Dr. Clare Lyonette, IER, University of Warwick);

10.40 Dr. Sue Milner (University of Bath): 

Union perspectives on work-life balance in changing times in France and the UK (download Sue’s presentation slides)

11.10 Dr. Steve French (Keele University): 

Austerity and the end of the model employer myth: the case of Civil Servants and work-life balance (download Steve’s presentation slides)

11.40     Discussants – Sally Brett (Senior Equality Policy Officer at the TUC) (download Sally’s biog) and Professor Stephen Wood, School of Management, University of Leicester

11.55     Open discussion

12.15     Lunch

13.00 Lucy Stokes (National Institute of Economic and Social Research, UK): 

Changes in work-life balance and other aspects of job quality: Findings from the 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Study (download Lucy’s biog) (download Lucy’s presentation slides)

13.30 Mike Rigby (London South Bank University): 

Reflections on trade union interventions in work life issues (download Mike’s biog and talk summary) (download Mike’s presentation slides)

14.00       Discussant – Professor John Purcell (Deputy Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee and ACAS arbitrator; former Associate Fellow with the Industrial Relations Research Unit, Warwick University) (download John’s biog)

14.15     Open discussion

14.30      Coffee and break-out session

15.20      Summing up and introduction to the forthcoming seminars

16.00      Seminar closes



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