Central London BUIRA in conjunction with



The Central London branch of BUIRA meets in the Westminster Business School of the University of Westminster at 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS (nearest tube Baker Street). We usually meet on the last Friday of the month at 10.30 in the HRM Suite, Room 215, with coffee available from 10.15 and a sandwich lunch provided from 12.30. This gives ample opportunity to discuss the presentation from an invited speaker and matters of common interest, or just catch up with friends.


The programme for 2007/8 is particularly focussed on the changing nature of the employer/employee relation and is as follows:


26th October 2007 Dr. Rafael Gomez (London School of Economics) From the Two Faces of Unions to the Facebook Society: North American Labour in a 21st Century Context M215


30th November 2007 Dr Ian Clark (University of Birmingham) The Private Equity Business Model – The Implications for Industrial Relations M215


25th January 2008 Paul Smith (Department of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Keele University) The Attack on Industrial Relations and Critical Social Sciences M215


29th February 2008 Toby Shelley (Financial Times) Exploited: Migrant Labour in the New Global Economy** M215


28th March 2008 Owen Tudor (Head of TUC EU and International Relations Department) How can unions deal with employers who’ve gone global? M215


25th April 2008 Dr Maurizio Atzeni (University of Loughborough) and Fernando Duran-Palma (University of Westminster) Current developments in labour relations in Latin America: the cases of Argentina and Chile M215


30th May 2008 Frank Wilkinson (University of Cambridge) and Professor Len Shackleton (University of Westminster) The longer term impact of the unions on the economy: a debate between economists  M215


So do put these dates in your diary now. These meetings can be full. To ensure a place and to help forecast catering provision, please inform Linda Clarke if you expect to attend, preferably by email (please also let me know if you subsequently need to cancel).


Contact: Prof. Linda Clarke, Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS. Tel. 0207 911 5000 extn. 3158; email:


** Provisional title based on the title of Toby Shelley’s new book