Managing employee relations

the inside track

Get the inside track on the current industrial relations landscape and a pragmatic approach to managing trade union dynamics.

As the UK emerges from recession, the employee relations landscape is changing. Throughout the downturn, Trade Unions and management worked together to keep sites open and preserve jobs. Now, with membership on the increase and a General Election looming, unions are looking to reassert the influence of collective bargaining to make up for suppressed wages and terms.

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for anyone who works with trade unions or who has an interest in this field and would like to get some practical advice about their options. This includes HR managers and directors, Operations managers and directors, MDs and CEOs.The conference is designed for anyone who works with trade unions or who has an interest in this field and would like to get some practical advice about their options. This includes HR managers and directors, Operations managers and directors, MDs and CEOs.

Why attend?

Managing employee relations - the inside track has been designed to give you a practical insight into the current industrial relations landscape, providing you with a pragmatic approach to assist in managing an effective relationship with trade unions.

This workshop will allow you to:

  • Gain an insight into the current and future industrial relations landscape, based on the networking from our experience practitioners and our policy departments
  • Explain the options when faced with a voluntary recognition request, including the law and some practical guidance
  • Hear the view from ACAS, and what challenges they anticipate for the coming period
  • Have confidence in their legal position and gain some practical advice on handling relationships with union representatives
  • Understand the legal framework regarding industrial action
  • Gain insight into practical steps we have assisted employers to take when facing industrial action.

Our speakers include an ex-union official, a current barrister and a former HR Manager with real experience of strike and industrial action management.

The conference will be presented by:

  • Jeff Neild, National Head of Employee Relations and Mediation, EEF

  • Chris Harries, Barrister, Employee Relations Executive (South), EEF

  • Simon Mather, CIPD, Employee Relations Executive (North), EEF

Guest speaker:

  • Malcolm Boswell, Chair of ACAS, West Midlands

Programme

08:45 - Registration and coffee

09:15 - Opening Remarks and Welcome

09:30 - The current landscape of Employee Relations in the UK – union recruitment strategies, supply chain and globalisation

  • Growth of use of social media
  • Claw back and the pay strategy agenda (living wage)
  • TUC agenda following the conference season
  • Carr report

10:15 - Union Recognition- Statutory or Voluntary Approach?

  • Overview of the statutory framework
  • The voluntary route-benefits, what clauses would you consider, and why?
  • Derecognition, the statutory procedure

11:15 - Break

11:30 - ACAS – a changing role in the new industrial relations climate?

  • Conciliation, arbitration, dispute resolution, what next for ACAS

12:15 Lunch

13:00 - The union representative – rights and obligations

  • The law and code of practice regarding the right to time off
  • Relevant case law- the right to say no, how pay is calculated
  • A positive approach to TU relationships

13:45 - Industrial Action- the legal framework

14:30 - Break

14:45 - Some practical guidance for handling industrial action

  • Some practical thoughts and experiences for management teams facing industrial action

15:30 - Panel discussion

16:00 - Close

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