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School of Business and Management

Research Seminar: The role and impact of trade union equality representatives in Britain

9 March 2011

Time: 1:00 - 1:00pm
Venue: FB 4.04/08 (Francis Bancroft Building Level 4), Mile End

Speakers: Professor Kim Hoque, Professor of Human Resource Management, Birkbeck, University of London
Professor Nick Bacon, Professor of Human Resource Management, Nottingham University Business School 

Time: 13.00 - 14.00
Abstract: Drawing on data from the first ever national survey of trade union equality representatives, this seminar assesses the role and impact of equality representatives in Britain. While the majority of equality reps report having had a positive impact on employer equality practice, the analysis also suggests that equality rep effectiveness might be enhanced via the introduction of statutory rights to time off. In addition, it points to the need for unions to include equality on the bargaining agenda, attract new reps to the role, and ensure that equality reps have the confidence and skills to represent members effectively within grievance procedures. It also suggests an important role for the government in encouraging employers to engage in meaningful dialogue with equality reps.
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