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Seminar 3 - Friday 16th March 2012, University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Young Workers and Trade Unions

In the UK and beyond, young people face a particularly difficult time as a consequence of the economic difficulties arising from the financial crisis of 2008. Young people are far more likely than other groups to be struggling to find work and, when they do, the work is more likely to be precarious and insecure. The effects of precarious employment are particularly invidious on young workers as problematic early experiences of transitions into work are more likely to be associated with a general reduction in life chances. This series of four seminars examines the particular challenges facing young workers and society more widely as a consequence of these difficulties. The seminars will be multi-disciplinary, bringing together academics, practitioners and policy makers.

This seminar will focus on trade union reactions to the rise in precarious employment. Several levels of union response to precarious forms of work, ranging across recruitment strategies, internal union structures, provision of services, representation in bargaining and grievance procedures, informal regulation at the workplace, regulation through collective agreements, and interaction with government policy (including regulation not only through labour law in the narrow sense but also through training and education, employment programs, and social security).

Please register for this event in advance by emailing:

A schedule of the papers is available to download here

Presentations from the Manchester seminar are available to download here


University of Manchester – Harold Hankins Building Rooms 10.04 and 10.05

Reference 30 on the Campus Map


Dr Lefteris Kretsos:

Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio:

Dr Melanie Simms: