A one-day conference on migrant workers, trade unions and the new economy.
Forty years ago Asian women at Grunwick led a strike for basic human dignity at work and for the right to join to a trade union. Today these battles are still being fought, often by migrant workers in precarious employment conditions. The experiences of workers at Byron revealed the extent to which migrant workers can be exploited by 'the new economy' and tossed aside when no longer needed, while those at Deliveroo showed that resistance is both necessary and possible.
This one-day conference will bring together campaigners, trade unionists, activists and thinkers to examine the changing nature of work and the terrains for resistance.
Although a free event, please ensure you book your place here as spaces are limited.
Lunch (with a vegetarian and vegan option) will be available for a reasonable price.
10.30-10.35: Chair’s opening
10.35-11.30am: Opening plenary - What was the legacy of the Grunwick strike?
Dr Sundari Anitha, Jack Dromey MP, Amarjite Singh (CWU), Amrit Wilson
a) Brexit: the implications for workers and our rights
Facilitated by Gracie May Bradley (Migrants Rights Network), Petros Elia (United Voices of the World Union)
b) Resisting immigration raids
Facilitated by Rita Chadha (Ramfel), Anti-Raids Network
c) Challenging media narratives
Facilitated by: Reel News, Jeremy Gilbert
12.40-1.40: Buffet lunch £5 a head
1.40 – 2.40pm: Plenary - A platform for current struggles
Top Shop 2
Durham Teaching Assistants
Daniella Silva (GMB Aramark dispute)
SOAS Justice for Cleaners
a) What does solidarity look like today? A practical skills sessions
Facilitated by: Owen Epsley (War on Want)
b) Sex workers as targets
Facilitated by: English Collective of Prostitutes
c) Organising after the Trade Union Act?
Facilitated by: Campaign for Trade Union Freedom, Nadine Houghton (GMB)
3.50-4.30pm Final plenary – Moving forward
Megan Brown (IWGB/Deliveroo)
Suresh Grover (The Monitoring Group)
Nilufer Guler (Unite Hotel Workers’ Branch)
Ian Hodson (Bakers Union)