Date of release: Monday, October 6, 2014

David Yeandle OBEThe impact of the European Union on workers’ rights and UK social policy during the last 25 years will be explored in the latest Big Picture seminar at the University of Greenwich.

David Yeandle OBE, ‎President of the United Nations Staff Management Committee, will be speaking on Have British workers benefited from EU membership? on Wednesday 8 October, at the Greenwich Campus (5-7pm). It is free to attend.

He will examine how the UK government and British stakeholders currently influence the development of EU employment legislation, and will suggest how this could be improved for the benefit of the country’s flexible labour market.

As the Director for Government Relations of the European Employers Group, David also provides advice on UK and EU employment and pensions issues to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). In his role within the United Nations Staff Management Committee, he is responsible for chairing negotiations on the conditions of employment and human resources policies for UN staff throughout the world.

He was one of three experts asked by the Coalition government in 2010 to undertake an independent review of automatic enrolment into pension schemes at work, and received an OBE for services to engineering and manufacturing employers in 2008.

This event marks the launch of the new series of Big Picture seminar series run by the university’s Business School, in which high-profile speakers share their expertise on a range of topics appealing to students, staff and the general public. Subjects include entrepreneurship, leadership and management, the economy and the media.

Previous speakers have included Sir John Armitt, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority; Dominic Fry, Director of Communications and Investor Relations of Marks & Spencer; and Ian Harwood, a prominent economist.

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Picture:David Yeandle OBE.