Modern Working Practices and the Future of Work

A one day workshop hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures (CSWEF), School of Business, University of Leicester

The aspiration of decent work for all has been embedded in high profile policy objectives both internationally (UN Sustainable Development Goal 8) and at national level. In the UK recent policy initiatives include the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, established by Prime Minister Theresa May in 2016, and the more recent Commission for Fair Work Wales.

This workshop examines the possibilities for securing decent and fair work against the backdrop of new research on contemporary working practices. How, in the absence of effective collective systems of regulation, can work and employment practices in the future be safeguarded against non-compliant business practices, wage theft, labour abuses and other forms of exploitation? The day will include a keynote address by Professor Linda Dickens, Chair of Fair Work Commission Wales, and research presentations examining the experience of work in the growing insecure sectors of the UK economy.


Thursday 30 May 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


College Court, University of Leicester


10:00am - 10:30am: Coffee and registration

10:30am - 10:40am: Introduction. Professor Peter Nolan

10:40am - 11:40 am: Keynote: Report of Wales Fair Work Commission. Professor Linda Dickens (Warwick)

11:40am -12:30pm: The Taylor Review of Modern Practices and Insecure Work. Professor Sian Moore (Greenwich) and Professor Kerry Newsome (Sheffield)

12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm - 2:20pm: State, Labour and Capital Relations in South Wales: A Case Study of Amazon Fulfilment Centre. Professor Phil Taylor (Strathclyde)

2:20pm - 3:10pm: Working Insecurely and Unproductively: A Case Study of Garment Manufacture in Leicester. Dr Nik Hammer and Professor Peter Nolan

3:10pm - 3:30pm: Coffee

3:30pm - 4:00pm: Closing roundtable (Chair Professor Anne-marie Green)

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