The first of the 2015 sessions of the UWS-Oxfam Partnership Policy Forum will take place at the Paisley Campus of UWS on Wednesday 25th March. The theme of the session will be:
“Decent Work: What are the minimum expectations people should be able to have of their employment, and how might those be achieved in practice?”
This meeting of the Forum is linked to a wider research project which will be supported by the Partnership in the coming months.
Speakers for the session will be:
- Professor Chris Warhurst, Institute for Employment Research, Warwick University
- Anna Ritchie-Allan, Project Manager, Close the Gap
- Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress
When: Wednesday 25 March 1.30-16.00 (Lunch from 12.45)
Where: University of West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, Rooms D128 and D130
Background to the event:
What are the kinds of expectations which people might reasonably have of their employment – both in terms of pay and conditions, but also more generally? It might be optimistic, unfortunately, to think that everyone would have a ‘good job’: But what kind of job could at least be considered to be ‘decent’?
These kinds of discussions have been taking place in various fora in recent years, while the Scottish Government is in the process of setting up a Fair Work Convention. With input from speakers (as indicated above) with specific expertise in job quality, gender and work, and the Scottish labour market, the UWS-Oxfam Partnership is seeking to build on, deepen and extend these pre-existing discussions around:
The minimum entitlements people should be able to expect of/in a job;
The causes and drivers of good and bad jobs;
Proposals for actions which might help achieve more good jobs, and a better baseline of ‘decency’ in our labour market.
Professor Chris Warhurst is currently Director for Employment Research at the University of Warwick. He is Associate Research Fellow of SKOPE at the Universities of Oxford and Cardiff, and co-editor of Palgrave’s Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment book series. He has secured over 50 research awards, published more than a dozen books, including The Skills That Matter (Palgrave) and Are bad jobs inevitable? (Palgrave), and has two others forthcoming: the Handbook of Skills and Training (Oxford University Press) and Job Quality: Perspectives, Problems and Proposals (Federation Press). He has published around 50 academic journal articles, over 40 book chapters and more than 25 reports for government and practitioners. He has been an expert advisor to the UK (on pay, skills), Scottish (on skills, labour market issues, economic development) and Australian governments (on skills utilisation) and is currently an International Expert Adviser to the OECD’s LEED programme.
Anna Ritchie Allan is Manager of Close the Gap, a partnership project which works in Scotland on women’s participation in the labour market. Close the Gap works with policymakers, employers, sectoral representative bodies, and trade unions to encourage and enable action to address the causes of the gender pay gap. Anna is a member of the Scottish Women Budget Group, a Director of Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre, and Vice Chair of the GMB Glasgow General Apex branch. She is also a steering group member of Women In Renewable Energy Scotland, and is on the equality advisory groups of Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Stephen Boyd is STUC Assistant Secretary with responsibility for economic and industrial policy, the labour market, the environment, utilities, transport and arts and culture. He is currently a member of the First Minister’s Energy Advisory Board for Scotland, the Aerospace, Defence and Marine Industry Advisory Group, the National Textiles Forum, the Highland Economic Forum, the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s Executive Committee, the Scottish Government’s Public Procurement Advisory Group and the Scottish Government’s Regulatory Review Group. Prior to joining the STUC in 2003, Stephen was a policy officer with the Scottish Government.