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A symposium on public sector pay and workforce: The end of austerity? Events

29th Nov 2017 1pm - 6pm

Greenwich Campus

Hamilton House, University of Greenwich, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich. SE10 9LZ

This symposium brings together a range of speakers to discuss the current state of public sector pay and workforce issues.  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. We have several speakers with different perspectives to help build the bigger picture. In recent months, the question of lifting the 1% 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. 


Full details of speakers can be found here but a brief outline is below.


  • Professor Sian Moore, University of Greenwich

Keynote speakers: 

  • Ken Mulkearn, editor/author of Pay in the Public Services 2017, published by Incomes Data Research.
  • Joshua Rawlings, Economic Researcher, Office for National Statistics.


  • David Powell, senior salary officer NEU (NUT section, following the merger with ATL).
  • Peter Gordon, Head of terms and conditions of service, British Medical Association. 
  • Gerry O'Dwyer, National Officer Royal College of Nursing. 
  • Dave Penman, General Secretary First Division Association.

A panel of experts will then discuss the issues raised

  • Nicola Allison, Remuneration Advisor, Office of Manpower Economics.
  • Heather Wakefield, National Negotiations Officer for Local Government, Unison and Visiting Fellow, University of Greenwich.
  • Professor Ian Kessler, Kings College London.


Please register through this link to EventBrite. If you do not want to register through EventBrite, simply email


The event will be held at Hamilton House, University of Greenwich, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LZ. Please see information for getting to Hamilton House here.