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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    November 18, 2021 (6pm)

    Joint meeting with the CIPD and the Work and Equalities Institute at the University of Manchester

    Remembering Professor Mick Marchington

    This meeting is an opportunity to remember and reflect on the work and contribution of our colleague Professor Mick Marchington, who sadly died in February 2021.

    Mick was a former president of MIRS and made a huge contribution to the academic study of human resource management, and through his work with the CIPD made a lasting impact on the status of academic research and critical social science within the teaching and accreditation of HRM among practitioners.

    Our event will involve a panel featuring Prof Jill Rubery, Prof Damian Grimshaw, Prof Tony Dundon and Dr Gail Hebson, who worked on numerous major research projects with Mick on topics including the fragmentation of work and employee voice.

    This will be followed by a panel of speakers from the CIPD (Ali House, Heather Bond and Jonny Gifford) who worked closely with Mick in translating research into professional standards for practitioners and will also talk about the new CIPD research fund named in Mick’s honour.

    The event will be held at 6pm-7.30pm on Thursday 18 November over Zoom.

    Register Here

    A Zoom link will be available upon registration.