Monday, 17 November 2008

On Tour!!

Part of my engagements will be as a key note speaker in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin where I will meet with union colleagues and address a number of seminars on community sector employment. It's a fabulous chance to see the country and meet board members, trustees and managers of community-based organisations as well as grass roots trade unionists from all over New Zealand.

Here's the section from the 'advert'!

Key Note: Reflections on Sector Employment in Scotland and New Zealand

Building a more sustainable employment environment is a critical challenge for sector organisations both here and in Scotland. In both countries, a range of competing pressures on voluntary organisations have serious implications for workforce sustainability. Yet there are ways forward for both countries that could allow us to retain our skilled, experienced workforce. Glyn Hawker, UNISON Scotland’s Organiser of Bargaining and Equal Pay, and a community development worker by trade, and Conor Twyford, from the New Zealand Workplace Wellbeing Project, will discuss research and work being done in each country on sector workforce issues – such as the impact of contracting on sector workforces in the UK; collaborative work being done in the Scottish community and voluntary sector to progress employment issues – and some new findings from New Zealand on staff wellbeing and motivation in our sector.

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