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Families, Firms and Fairness: Managing labour market transitions in Europe

Friday, 04 February 2011
10:30 - 12:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street

Families, Firms and Fairness: Managing labour market transitions in Europe

10.30 Start, 12.00 Event ends
A light lunch will be served

In this roundtable, academics and policy specialists discussed research which examined how the labour market is adapting to the new political climate.

The recession and the programme of public sector austerity that many European nations are now following has provided a new context for the transitions people make in their working lives and how they seek to balance caring with working. How will different groups of workers be affected? And is the principle of 'fairness' at work something that applies more easily in good economic times?

The event discussed:
• How individual employers can spur the transition between full and part-time work
• How households make choices about how to balance working and caring responsibilities
• Which groups of workers are likely to be most affected by public sector spending cuts
• How the employment relationship is governed in growing firms


  • Jacqueline O’Reilly, professor of comparative employment relations, University of Brighton Business School
  • Colette Fagan, professor of sociology, Manchester University
  • Claire Wallace, professor of sociology, coordinator of the workcare project
  • Will Hutton, executive vice chair, The Work Foundation, (chair)

To reserve a place please email Nina Gryf at or call 020 7976 3505 to book yourself onto this event.

This event is part of seminar series, please click on the link below for more details.

ESRC ‘Fairness At Work’ Seminar Series



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