The Manchester Industrial Relations Society (MIRS) is a well-established and important forum for the discussion of industrial relations and employment issues within Britain.

Founded in 1964, the Society has mounted a continuous annual programme of meetings addressed by distinguished speakers from the industrial relations, human resource management and trade union world. We now have over 160 members from across the north-west of England, drawn from the trade unions, management, Acas, Industrial Law Society, and Universities.

Recent Speakers

Speakers over recent years have included: David Fairhurst, Chief People Officer, McDonald’s North Europe; Catherine Glickman, Human Resources Director, Tesco; Shaun Grady, Global Projects Leader, AstraZeneca; Tony Stark, Head of Employee Relations, Vertex; Neil Carberry, Director of Employment Affairs, CBI; Mike Emmott, CIPD; Professor Keith Ewing, University of London; John Hendy QC; Brian Doyle, Regional Employment Judge; Billy Hayes, General Secretary, Communication Workers Union; Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, Public and Commercial Services Union; Matt Wrack, General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union; Alex Bryson, National Institute of Economic and Social Research; Professor Linda Dickens, Industrial Relations Research Unit, University Warwick; Professor Keith Sisson, Industrial Relations Research Unit, University of Warwick; Professor Willie Brown, University of Cambridge; Professor Geraldine Healy, Queen Mary University of London; Will Hutton, The Observer; Paul Routledge, The Mirror; Paul Mason, BBC2 Newnight; Martin Kettle, The Guardian; Alastair Hatchet, Director, Incomes Data Services.

Next Meeting: October 14, 2021

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    October 14, 2021 (6pm)

    Organising freelance workers in the creative industries in a global pandemic

    Ian Manbord, Equality and Diversity Organiser for Equity, and John Shortell, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion for the Musicians' Union.

    This MIRS session provides an opportunity to gain insight to the challenges of organising self-employed workers across the entertainment industry. Representatives of both Equity and MU will provide an overview of the dominant, prevailing challenges of organising and mobilising across highly precarious, segmented groups of workers, and the innovative strategies deployed to maintain existing membership and recruit new members. Additionally, the session will provide insight on the combined negative impacts arising from the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement and Covid pandemic on the sector, its workers, and organising strategies.

    The meeting will be held over Zoom at 6pm-7.30pm on 14 October, 2021.

    Register Here

    A Zoom link will be available upon registration.