Date of release: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

WERUSpeakers will discuss the state of public sector pay and workforce issues during a University of Greenwich public symposium on Wednesday 29 November.

"We will look at what has happened to pay and the workforce in the public sector over the years of the government pay policy, with up to date assessments from key participants in the debate," says Sian Moore, Professor of Employment Relations and Human Resource Management at Greenwich,

"In recent months, the question of lifting the one per cent cap on public sector pay has risen to the top of the political agenda. There are claims and counter claims about whether public or private sector workers are paid more, and these claims will be tested."

The event has been organised by the university's Work and Employment Research Unit (WERU), part of the Business School, and all are welcome.

Ken Mulkearn, author of Pay in the Public Services 2017, published by Incomes Data Research), and Joshua Rawlings, Economic Researcher, Office for National Statistics, are keynote speakers. Ken will cover recent pay outcomes and what they indicate for policy, while Joshua's presentation will focus on the differences in public and private sector pay.

Other speakers are David Powell, Senior Salary Officer, The National Education Union (NEU); Peter Gordon, Head of Terms and Conditions of Service, British Medical Association; Gerry O'Dwyer, National Officer, Royal College of Nursing; and Dave Penman, General Secretary, First Division Association.

A panel of experts will discuss the issues raised. These include Nicola Allison, Remuneration Advisor, Office of Manpower Economics; Heather Wakefield, National Negotiations Officer for Local Government, Unison and Visiting Fellow, University of Greenwich; and Professor Ian Kessler, King's College London.

The symposium takes place between 1pm and 6pm in Room 102, Hamilton House, Park Vista, Greenwich SE10 9LZ. It is the first of WERU's seminar series for 2017-18.

Those planning to attend should contact Professor Geoff White on

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