European Union, Brexit – the future of workers’ rights

Documentation with the available speeches

European Conference, 11th November 2017, London, Diskus Centre at Unite, 128 Theobald’s Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8T

Confererence handout with the available CV and abstracts
Some pictures taken during the conference (download)

09h30 – 10h00

  • John Hendy Q.C., Institute for Employment Rights IER
  • Rose Keeping, Regional Industrial Officer, Unite the Union
  • Prof. Bill Bowring, ELDH President

10h00 – 11h45
1.       The Future of Trade Union Rights, social rights (collective labour law, for a social Europe instead of a “social pillar”):

  • Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary of ETUC, Brussels: For a Pillar of enforceable and universal social right, slides
  • John Hendy QC, barrister, London (IER): The dilemma for trade union rights in Britain: caught between the EU and Free Trade Agreements, speech
  • Lorenzo Fassina, Rome (Head of the legal office of CGIL): CGIL’s strategy for defending and increasing individual and collective rights in Italy
  • Marthe Corpet, CGT, Confederation Policy Advisor – International Department, Paris: Trade union rights in France under attack – CGT strategy, speech

12h00 – 13h30
2.       How to create more security for workers  (concepts on national and European level for individual labour law for domestic and migrant workers)

    • Klaus Lörcher, Germany, former ETUC legal advisor, former Legal Secretary of the Civil Service Tribunal of the European Union: The role of the European Social Charter for the protection of (migrant) workers’ rights, in particular after Brexit, slides
    • Ms. Dr Sanja Cukut Krilic, Research Fellow, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia: Insecurities and vulnerabilities of migrant and posted workers: the need for information provision, slides, speech
    • Sergey Saurin, Centre for Social and Labour Rights (CSLR), lawyer, Moscow: The impact of European labour standards on Russian labour law and enforcement practice

13h30 – 14h15

14h15 – 16h00
3.       How to defend the rights of refugees and migrants. The impact of Brexit and EU policy.

  • Frances Webber, Institute of Race Relations: Brexit, refugees and the hostile environment, speech
  • Lionel Crusoé, lawyer, Paris: The effect of Brexit on refugees and forced migrants
  • Karl Kopp, Director of European Affairs, PRO ASYL, Frankfurt/Main: Perspectives for the defence of Human Rights for Refugees in Europe. The impact of Brexit, draft outline
  • Alison Harvey, barrister, London: The trafficked and the new undocumented post Brexit, slides, speech

16h00 – 16h15
Coffee break

16h15 – 18h00
4.       European Democracy and human rights – between (Br)Exit and the rule of exception (How to develop European Democracy, how to fight non-democratic developments in EU states;):

  • Prof. Andreas Fisahn, Bielefeld: : The lack of democracy and the future of the union, speech
  • Prof. Steve Peers, Essex
  • Dr. Marco Inglese, Faculty of Law, University of Fribourg, Switzerland: The European Citizens’ Initiative: an effective tool to boost democratic participation? speech
  • Julian Bild, Solicitor: Anti-trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (speaking in a personal capacity): The EU: A help or hindrance? speech