Independent Labour Publications (ILP) will be holding a one day seminar about work, wages and Labour on Saturday 14th March at Leeds Beckett University, City Campus, Leeds.
Since the crash of 2008 the dominance of corporate elites has remained largely unchanged and unchallenged. Instead we have seen ever-increasing pressure on wages and conditions of work, zero hours contracts and cuts to in-work benefits. Over 5 million workers in the UK are paid less than the living wage. Yet such attacks have been met with new forms of resistance, the campaigns for a living wage foremost among them.
This seminar will explore the on-going changes in the labour market and work conditions, their political and social consequences and what is being done in response, both by campaigning groups and by the Labour Party.
Jane Wills is Professor of Human Geography at Queen Mary University London specialising in the political economy of work, employment and labour and new forms of urban political alliances such as community organising. She is co-author of Global Cities at Work: New migrant divisions of labour (2010, Pluto Press).
Harry Barnes is former Labour MP for North-East Derbyshire and author of the blog threescoreyearsandten. His recent work has focused on scrutinising the emerging Labour policy platform.
Further details of the conference and a booking form can be found here.