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Professor Sian Moore

Professor Sian Moore

Professor Sian Moore

Professor Sian Moore

Professor in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management; Director, Work and Employment Research Unit

Department of Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour

Business School

Sian joined the University of Greenwich as Professor in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management and Director of the Work and Employment Research Unit (WERU) in September 2015. She was previously Professor of Work and Employment Relations and Co-Director of the Centre for Employment Studies Research (CESR) at the University of the West of England. She was a Principle Research Fellow at the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC), University of Leeds, and prior to that a Reader at the Working Lives Research Institute (WLRI) at London Metropolitan University. Sian worked on the Leverhulme Future of Unions Programme at the London School of Economics and before that spent five years at the Labour Research Department. Previously she worked in local government and was a trade union activist in NALGO.

She studied for her PhD at Essex University; her thesis was on gender and class consciousness in industrialisation – a study of the Bradford Worsted industry 1780-1845 and she retains an interest in labour and women's history.

Sian has published two books, 'New Trade Union activists – class consciousness or social identity?' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and 'Statutory regulation and employment relations' with Sonia McKay and Sarah Veale (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), documenting the operation of the statutory trade union recognition procedure over ten years. Her work on statutory trade union recognition has resulted in commissioned reports for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and for Acas (the Arbitration and Conciliation Service). She has published a number of research reports for Unionlearn. More recently she was commissioned by the Low Pay Commission to undertake research on the pay and hours of homecare workers.

Deputy Chair, Work, Employment and Society Journal

Sian's research interests focus upon the relationship between gender and class at work; and upon worker representation and activism. She has published on Union Learning and Equality Reps. She has also written on intersectionality and older women workers. She is currently documenting the 2009-11 British Airways Dispute with Professor Phil Taylor from Strathclyde University, looking at the role of the labour process in the dispute. A book based upon the testimonies of the strikers should be published in 2016. She has, with Dr Cilla Ross, explored the use of Biographical Narrative Interpretative Methods, in industrial relations research. 

Her recent research is on the impact of local authority commissioning on the pay and hours of domiciliary care workers. This included research for the Low Pay Commission with colleagues from the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) at the University of Leeds. She has been working with Lydia Hayes from the University of Cardiff on the electronic supervision of homecare and its role in reproducing unpaid working time. This research informed the Kingsmill Report on Working Conditions in the UK Care Sector in 2014.

Funded research projects

Sian is currently part of a team including Kirsty Newsome from Sheffield University and Cilla Ross from the Co-operative college, looking at the impact of the deregulation of parcel delivery on the employment and labour process of workers. This is funded by a small grant from the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust. The expansion of e-commerce has increased demand for home delivery and has facilitated the growth in parcel delivery companies, subcontracted by retailers. The desire for the 'instant gratification' of consumer demands has involved the transformation of logistics, distribution and delivery. This research explores and compares how two parcel delivery organisations respond to supply chain pressures and the impact on work, employment and working-time. It identifies how value in the supply chain is realized through the contractual status of workers (for example in zero-hour contracts or self-employment) as well as in the management of labour time, particularly where there is no workplace and work is undertaken from home and/or the vehicle. The research will explore both the intensification and extensification of work. It will uncover the reconfiguration of paid and unpaid working time and the way that this may be electronically regulated. 

Sian's recent research has explored the impact of electronic monitoring on homecare. This was funded by a small grant from the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust. The project explored the minute-by-minute electronic monitoring (EM) of homecare work in the UK terms of the reconfiguration of paid and unpaid working time and the redefinition of homecare workers' labour in both quantitative and qualitative terms. This redefinition primarily involves the removal of 'unproductive' working time – travel time, any time between home visits, time for training and supervision - leading to intermittent (Supiot, 2001) or episodic working time. The research is based upon case studies of the homecare commissioning process. It is focused upon the perceived function of the technology from the perspective of the supplier and commissioners and the experience of monitoring from the perspective of the care provider and careworker. The paper locates EM in the wider political economy of care and the commissioning process. The latter facilitates zero hours working and episodic working time based on contact time; it also provides the contractual basis for EM. However, whereas zero hours blurs the boundaries between paid and unpaid work because it is unclear whether travel time and the 'down' time between visits represent time at work and if it is paid or unpaid; EM creates a strict demarcation between paid and unpaid work. In particular, minute by minute commissioning places responsibility, but no incentive, on providers to pay any costs not spent in the service user's home. 

Research grants
2014 The End of the Supply Chain: The End of the Supply Chain: Work, Employment and the Reconfiguration of Working Time in Parcel Delivery 
Value £10,000 (Co-Investigator with Dr Kirsty Newsome, University of Sheffield)

Funder British Academy/Leverhulme

2013 The surveillance of social care - the impact of electronic monitoring on domiciliary care workers and domiciliary care work
Value £10,000 (PI)

Funder British Academy/Leverhulme

2013 Equality Bargaining in the Rail Sector
Value £10,000 (Co-Investigator with Dr Hazel Conley, Queen Mary's University of London)

Funder British Academy/Leverhulme

2012 The impact of the National Minimum Wage on the earnings, hours and work of domiciliary workers
Value £27,799

Funder The Low Pay Commission

2011 Precarious work in Europe
Value £200,000

Funder EU DG Employment

2011 Workplace Learners in their own words
Value £25,000

Funder unionlearn

2011 Multiple Discrimination
Value £10,000

Funder Acas

2010-2012 UNISON Outsourced Workers' Project
Value £10,000

Funder BIS, Union Modernisation Fund

2010-2011 The impact of the Central Spending Review on PCS and UNISON members 
Value   £10,000 

Funder   PCS/UNISON  

2009-2011 Leverhulme Research Fellowship – collective organisation and statutory recognition
Value £44,000

Funder The Leverhulme Trust

2009 Integrating union learning and organising strategies 
Value £25,000

Funder Unionlearn

2008-2010 UNISON Equality Reps Project, 
Value £10,000

Funder BIS Union Modernisation Fund

2008-2010 UNISON Migrant Workers Participation Project 
Value £32,000

Funder BIS Union Modernisation Fund

2003-2004 An evaluation of the UK's union learning fund and its impact upon UK unions and employers 
Value £60,000

Funder European Commission, DG Employment and Social Affairs

2004 A qualitative study of ACAS involvement in trade union recognition processes and outcomes
Value £40,000

Funder Acas

2002-2004 The coverage and content of new voluntary trade union recognition agreements 1998-2003
Value £70,000
Funder Department of Trade and Industry
Books

Moore, S., McKay, S. and Veale, S. (2013) Statutory regulation and employment relations - The impact of statutory trade union recognition Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan (with Sonia McKay).

Moore, S. (2011) New trade union activists - class consciousness or social identity?  Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan. 

Journals

Moore, S. and Tailby, S. (2015) 'The Changing Face of Employment Relations: Equality and Diversity', Employee Relations, 37:6, p. 705-71.

Taylor, P. and Moore, S. (2015) 'Cabin Crew Collectivism: Labour Process and the Roots of Mobilisation in the British Airways Dispute 2009-11', Work, Employment and Society ,Vol. 29, No. 1, p. 79-98.

Ross, C. and Moore, S. (2014) 'Utilising Biographical Narrative Interpretive Methods: rich perspectives on union learning journeys and learner motivations' Journal of Education and Work, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639080.2014.978273.

Moore, S. and Tailby, S. (2014) 'Collective Bargaining; Building solidarities through the fight against inequalities and discrimination' Cuadernos de Relaciones Laborales, 32, 2, 361-384.

Moore, S. (2014) 'Gender, the Labour Process and Women's Mobilization in the Industrialization of the Bradford Worsted Industry, 1780-1845'  Historical Studies in Industrial Relations 35, 1-31.

Moore, S., and McKay, S. (2013) 'Is it only a flash of recognition?' Labour Research Magazine, 102, 5. 

Moore, S. and Wright, T. (2012) 'Shifting models of equality? Union Equality Reps in the public services' Industrial Relations Journal, 43: 5: 433-447.

Moore, S., Wright, T. and Conley, H.  (2011) 'Addressing Discrimination in the Workplace on Multiple Grounds: The Experience of Trade Union Equality Representatives': Research and Reports, Industrial Law Journal, 40, 4 460-465.

Clarke, L., Donnelly, E., Hyman, R., Kelly, J., Mckay, S. and Moore, S. (2011) 'What's the point of industrial relations', The International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, 27(2):239-254.

Moore, S. (2009) 'No matter what I did I would still end up in the same position': Age as a factor defining older women's experience of labour market participation', Work, Employment, Society 23:4 655-671. 

Moore, S. and McKay, S. (2009) 'The Impact of Economic and Political Change upon Workplace Trade Union Representation in the UK' in Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations, Volume 70 97-112.  

Ross, C. and Moore, S. (2008) 'The evolving role of union learning representatives', Journal of In-Service Education, Volume 34, No.4, December 2008 423-440.  

Moore, S. and McKay, S. (2007) 'Review of Workplace Representatives' Facilities and Facility Time, Industrial Law Journal Research and Reports, Volume 36, No. 2. 

Moore, S. (2007) 'Age as a factor defining older women's experience of labour market participation in the UK' Industrial Law Journal Research and Reports, Volume 36, No. 3.   

Moore, S., Jefferys, S. and Cours-Salies, P. (2007) 'Why do Europe's unions find it difficult to organise in small firms?' Transfer, Volume 13(1) Spring 2007.  

Moore, S. and Read, I. (2006) 'Employee representation, voice and unionisation in small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK', Human Resource Management Journal, Volume 16(4) November 2006.  

Moore, S. (2006) 'The relationship between legislation and industrial practice – a study of the outcome of trade union recognition' Employee Relations, Volume 28: Issue 4 2006.  

Wood, S., Moore, S. and Willman, P. (2002) 'Third time lucky for statutory union recognition in the UK',      Industrial Relations Journal, (Special edition), 33(3): 215-33.   

Moore, S., Davies, P. and Wood, S. (2000) Recognition of Trade Unions - Consultation over the Access Code and Method of Bargaining' Industrial Law Journal, 29: 406.   

Editorship

Editor of special edition of Transfer (Journal of the European Trade Union Institute), Volume 13(1) Spring 2007 on employee voice in small and medium sized firms     

Chapters

Moore, S. and McKay, S. (2015) 'Collective Labour Law Explored', in New Frontiers in Empirical Labour Law Research, Ludlow, A. and Blackham, A. (Eds.) Oxford: Hart Publishing. 

Moore, S. (2011) 'Gender and class consciousness in industrialisation – the Bradford Worsted Industry 1820-1845', in Class and Gender in British Labour History, Davis, M. (Ed.) Merlin Press   

Moore, S. (2011) 'An ear in the workplace – the developing role of Equality Reps', in Discrimination Handbook, Wright, T. and Conley, H. (Eds.) Gower.   

Moore, S. and Ross, C. (2009) 'The evolving role of union learning representatives' in Alexandrou, A. (Ed) Union Learning Representatives: Challenges and Opportunities, London: Routledge.  

Moore, S. and Luton, G. (2008) 'Market driven restructuring: the case of the UK' in Gazier, B. and Bruggeman. F. (Eds) Work and Employment in Europe: Managing Change in an Era of Globalisation, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar., Cheltenham: Edward Elgar . 

Moore, S., Thomson, G. and Luton, G. (2008) 'The role of European trade unions in organisational restructuring processes – obstacles or facilitators?' in Gazier, B. and Bruggeman. F. (Eds) Work and Employment in Europe: Managing Change in an Era of Globalisation, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 

Moore, S., McKay, S. and Wood, H. (2005) 'The nature of collective bargaining achieved through the statutory procedure' in Gall, G (ed) Union Recognition – Organising and Bargaining Outcomes London: Routledge. 

Moore, S. (2004) 'Union mobilization and employer counter-mobilization in the statutory recognition process' in Kelly, J. and Willman, P. (eds.) Union organization and Activity, London: Routledge.

Wood, S., and Moore, S. (2004) 'Crafting a statutory union recognition procedure that works for the UK' in Verma, A and Kochan, T. (eds.) Unions in the 21st Century, Palgrave: Basingstoke. 

Wood, S., Moore, S. and Ewing, K. (2003) 'The impact of the trade union recognition procedure under the Employment Relations Act, 2000-2', in Gospel, H. and Wood, S. (eds.) Representing Workers; Union recognition and membership in Britain London: Routledge.  

Reports

Bessa, I., Forde, C., Moore, S. and Stuart, M. (2013) 'The impact of the National Minimum Wage on the earnings, hours and work of domiciliary workers', Report for Low Pay Commission .

Wigfield, A., Moore, S., Buse, C. and Fry, G. (2012) 'Workforce Development for Assisted Living Technology: understanding roles, delivery and workforce needs', Report for Skills for Care.

Moore, S., Wright, T. and Conley H. (2012) 'Addressing discrimination in the workplace on multiple grounds – the experience of trade union Equality Reps', Acas Research Reports 2/12.

Moore, S., Ross, C., Kumarrapan, L. and Wood, H. (2011) 'Learning Journeys – trade union learners in their own words', TUC unionlearn.

Moore, S. (2011) 'The employment of nurses in the Criminal Justice System in a changed and changing context' – report for Royal College of Nursing.

Moore, S. and Wright, T. (2010) 'Equality Reps in PCS', PCS, London.  

Moore, S. and Watson, M. (2009) 'Unison Migrant Workers Participation Project - Evaluation Report' UNISON, London.

Moore, S. (2009) 'Establishing Equality Reps in UNISON: An Interim Evaluation' UNISON, London.  

Moore, S. (2009) 'Integrating union learning and organising strategies' unionlearn Research paper 8.  

Moore, S., Jefferys, S. and Tasiran, A. (2008) 'The impact of employee representation upon workplace industrial relations outcomes' , BERR, Employment Relations Research Series, 87.  

Clarke, L., Donnelly, E., Hyman, R., Kelly, J., McKay, S. and Moore, S. (2008) 'What's the point of industrial relations?' BUIRA pamphlet.

Moore, S. and Wood, H. (2007) 'Union learning, union recruitment and organising' unionlearn Research paper 1.

Moore, S. and McKay, S. (2005) 'The Role of Acas in Trade Union Recognition Claims under Employment Relations Act, 1999', Acas Research Paper, Ref 03/05, London.  

Moore, S., Mckay, S., and Bewley, H. (2005) 'The Content of New Voluntary Trade Union Recognition Agreements 1998-2002: Volume Two – Findings from the survey of employers', DTI Employment Relations Research Series No.43.  London: DTI.  

Moore, S. (2005) 'An Evaluation of the UK Union Learning Fund - its impact on unions and employers', WLRI London. 

Moore, S., McKay, S., and Bewley, H. (2004) 'The Content of New Voluntary Trade Union Recognition Agreements 1998-2002: Volume One – an analysis of new agreements and case studies', DTI Employment Relations Research Series No.26.  London: DTI.  

Wood, S., and Moore, S. (2003) 'Reviewing the Statutory Union Recognition (ERA 1999)', Centre for Economic Performance Discussion Paper 583. London: CEP.  

Ewing, K., Moore, S., and Wood, S. (2003) 'Unfair Labour Practices: Trade Union Recognition and Employer Resistance', London, Institute of Employment Rights.   

Book reviews  

2010 The Democratic Aspects of Trade Union Recognition: Industrial Law Journal 39, 1. 

2008 Trade Unions in a Neoliberal World: British Trade Unions under New Labour. In: THES, 21 May 2009. 

2009 Shafted: The Media, the Miners' Strike and the Aftermath. In: THES 28th May 2009

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Invited presentations

2015 'The Trade Union Bill – law and reality'
Work and Employment Research Unit Seminar, University of Greenwich, December 8th.

2015 'Hours and pay – the National Living Wage and Zero Hours Contracts', University of Strathclyde, November 26th.

2015 Keynote address - 'The future of the labour market, workforce, employment relations and collective bargaining' General Federation of Trade Unions Progressive Summit - November 20th.

2015 'Why women are more likely to be trade unionists' South West TUC Women's Committee, September 30th.

2015  Keynote Address - Inter-Faith Week 2015 Conference, Charlton Athletic Race & Equality (CARE) and Community Trust (CACT), Greenwich Islamic Centre, The Army (Woolwich Barracks); and, Project Mosaic. November 20th

2014 'The Changing Face of Employment Relations: Equality and Diversity' Manchester Industrial Relations Society 50th Anniversary Conference, November 21st.

2014 'Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider' by Satnam Virdee, Roundtable Discussion, Historical Materialism Conference, SOAS, November 8th.

2014 'Survey of non-members', Unite seminar for Royal Bank of Scotland Unite Reps, Eastbourne, October 24.

2014 'Everyone Building a Better Railway: Diversity and Inclusion' Network Rail Conference, Coventry, October 8.

2014 'Roundtable discussion on Satnam Virdee's Racism, Class  the Racialized Outsider, BUIRA Conference, University of Westminster, 25th June.

2014 'Zero-hours and the electronic monitoring of homecare work; the de-commodification of working time?' Seminar University of Strathclyde, 7 May.

2014 'Why the Tories love the National Minimum Wage – hours, unpaid labour  and the union bargaining agenda' Unite Industrial Relations School, March 27th 2014.

2014   'Why the Tories love the National Minimum Wage – hours, unpaid labour  and the union bargaining agenda', South West TUC, 21 March.

2014 'Why the Tories love the Minimum Wage – hours, unpaid labour  and the union bargaining agenda', UNISON Get Active workshop, 23 January.

2013 'The fragmentation of representation – 'contract-based recognition', Seminar Keele University, 13 November.

2013 'Young women in unions – completing the revolution', Unions21 Workshop at the Match Women's Festival, July 6. 

2013 'Low pay in care work – the importance of hours' UNISON Homecare Seminar May 30 2013

2013 'Low pay in care work – the importance of hours' South West TUC Annual Conference

2012 'The National Minimum Wage, earnings and hours in the domiciliary care sector', report to the Low Pay Commission, October.

2012  'Sectionality or Inter-sectionality?  Gender, race and class at work' invited seminar on Researching Class, Ethnicity, Gender, Place and Work workplace, Adam Smith Research Foundation, Glasgow University, June`.

2012  'Neo-liberalism and political subjectivity in trade union activity' presentation to MA students at Ruskin College, December.

2012  'The BA dispute 2009-11' presentation to Keele University Alumni, June.

Conference papers 

2015 'The End of the Supply Chain: Work, Employment and Working-Time in Parcel Delivery', International Labour Process Conference, Athens, April 13-16 (with Kirsty Newsome and Cilla Ross).

2015 'The inter-relationship between on-line identity and social action in the British Airways Dispute 2009-11', International Labour Process Conference, Athens, April 13-16 (with Philip Taylor).

2014 'Homecare in hard times Zero-hours and the

electronic monitoring of homecare work; the de-commodification of working time?' In and Against the State: Resisting Austerity, Queen Mary University London, 4th-5th September 2014

2014 'Homecare in hard times; Zero-hours and the electronic monitoring of homecare work; the de-commodification of working time? Gender, Work and Organisation Conference, Keele, 24th June 2014 (with Lydia Hayes).

2014 'Contracting for employability in home care: Zero-hours, electronic monitoring and the de-commodification of working time'. International Labour Process Conference, London April 7th 2014 (with Lydia Hayes).

2014 'Organising in the Air and on the Ground – Cabin Crew Resistance to BA's Reconfiguration of Work and Employment', 9th Global Labour University Conference, Berlin, May 15-17 (with Philip Taylor).

2014 'Contracting for employability in home care: Zero-hours, electronic monitoring and the de-commodification of working time', International Labour Process Conference, London, April 7 (with Lydia Hayes).

2014 'Collective labour law explored', New Frontiers in Empirical Labour Law Research seminar, Cambridge University, April 14-15 (with Sonia McKay).

2013 'Gender and class consciousness in industrialisation: the Bradford worsted industry 1820-1845', Historical Materialism Conference, November 7-10.

2013 'Gender and the Making of the English Working Class' Conference to mark the 50th Anniversary of E.P. Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class, The People's History Museum, Manchester. 

2013 'Cabin Crew Confidential: an analysis of real time postings in the BA dispute 2009-11',  BUIRA Annual Conference, Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, June 27-29 (with Philip Taylor).

2013 'Ten years of statutory recognition procedure – the incursion of the law into UK industrial relations' BUIRA Annual Conference, Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, June  27-29 (with Sonia McKay).

2013 'The fragmentation of representation – 'contract-based recognition' International Labour Process Conference, Rutgers University, USA, 18-20 March (with Sonia McKay). 

2013 'Cabin Crew Collectivism –Labour Process and Mobilisation in the British Airways Dispute (2009-11)' International Labour Process Conference, Rutgers University, USA, 18-20 March (with Phil Taylor). 

2013 'Organising Domiciliary Care workers' Critical Labour Studies Symposium, Ruskin College, Oxford, 2-3 March 2013 (with Roger McKenzie). 

2012 'The role of trade union Equality Reps in addressing multiple discrimination in public sector workplaces', Gender, Work and Organisation Conference, Keele University, June (with Hazel Conley and Tessa Wright). 

2010 'Shifting languages of equality – the role of trade union Equality Reps, Work, Employment and Society Conference, September 2010 (with Tessa Wright) 

2010 'The true spirit of self-organisation – Migrant worker activists in UNISON', paper for Industrial Relations in Europe Conference, Copenhagen, June 2010.

2009 'Migrant worker activism – UNISON's migrant worker participation project', Industrial Relations in Europe Conference, University of Greenwich. 

2008 'The Impact of Economic and Political Change upon Workplace Trade Union Representation in the UK', Workers rights protection in a new world of work conference at Marco Biagi Foundation at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. 

2007 'The role of European trade unions in restructuring', the European Academy of Management (EURAM) conference, Paris.

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