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). There are many with an interest in industrial relations in the London area, including from universities, trade unions and employer associations. The meetings take the form of seminars, with one key speaker, and attract a lively mix of people, both BUIRA and non-BUIRA members, from a range of different disciplines and organisations, some very expert in the particular topic discussed. We usually meet on the last Friday of the month at 10.30, 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, as well as to just catch up with friends. The programme aims to give us fresh insights into key current issues, to present new approaches to the subject of industrial relations, and to discuss important research in the area – whether in Britain or farther afield, particularly on mainland Europe. The programme for 2014-2015 is focussed on important changes in relations of employment:


31st October 2014 The transforming and global employment relation with Dr Maurizio Atzeni (University of Loughborough) on Beyond trade unions’ strategy? The social construction of precarious workers organising in the city of Buenos Aires  and Dr Jill Wells (Engineers against Poverty) on Workers’ Rights in Qatar – is the Kafala to blame? Room tbc


28th November 2014, Perspectives on European integration: Explaining transnational union action with Dr Roland Erne (University College Dublin). Discussant: Dr Lefteris Krestos (University of Greenwich), Room C419 (lunch C420)


30th January 2015 Changing employment relations and trade unions in Africa with Dr Michael Oyelere (Regent University) on Social movement unionism in Nigeria and Dr Eddy Donnelly (LSE) on Twenty years on from Apartheid? Competing narratives on the state of South African employment relations Room tbc


27th February 2015 Where are we with race and gender discrimination in Britain 50 years on since the Race Relations Act and 40 years since the Sex Discrimination Act?  Professor Sir Bob Hepple (University of Cambridge) and Professor Aileen McColgan (Kings College London) Room tbc


24th April 2015 Climate Change and Work, with Professor Carla Lipsig-Mummé (York University, Toronto) tbc and Dr Paul Hampton (Fire Brigades Union) on Trade unions and climate change in the UK: prisoners of neoliberalism or swords of climate justice? Room tbc


29th May 2015 What is happening to industrial relations in Eastern Europe?, with Dr Vera Trappmann (University of Leeds) on Current developments in Poland and Professor Martin Upchurch (Middlesex University) on the Balkans tbc?? Room tbc


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 Contact: Prof. Linda Clarke, Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS. Tel. 020350 66528; email: (please also let me know if you subsequently need to cancel)