MIRS - Programme of Meetings

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Organising freelance workers in the creative industries in a global pandemic14 October 2021, 6pm

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 - book now to receive the Zoom link!

Remembering Professor Mick Marchington18 November 2021

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

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, and you can register here via Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mirs-meeting-18-november-2021-remembering-mick-marchington-tickets-191556138567.

To be confirmedDecember 2021

All details too be confirmed.

Fire-and-rehire/dismissal and re-engagement of workersFebruary 2022

In conjunction with the Industrial Law Society

Professor Alan Bogg of the University of Bristol

Further details, including the date and full title to be confirmed.

To be confirmedMarch 2022

All details to be confirmed.

Industrial Relations and ‘emancipatory partisan scholarship’May 2022

Shirley Lerner Memorial Lecture

Professor Peter Turnbull, University of Bristol

Further details, including the date and full title to be confirmed.

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