Unite Workshop

Unite and BookMachine present


United, We Publish

Your place in the workplace




6.30 – 9.30pm | 27th October 2015
St.Bride’s Foundation, London

Early-bird: £8 | Standard tickets: £15
for Unite, NUJ & BookMachine Members

About the event

Unite_Landing_02-1Working in publishing, or alongside the industry, can be pretty rewarding. But when you’re working hard and need to address key issues such as your pay and conditions, employment law and training opportunities, you can really benefit from taking time out and speaking to an expert.

Join Unite and BookMachine for a fun evening of workshops aimed at covering topics to help you to determine your place in the workplace. The event will kick-off with keynote speaker Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party. After this, you can choose from a range of workshops, discussing your place in the workplace.

Food and drink will be provided, and you will have the opportunity to meet with fellow publishing professionals.

Topics include: Training and education opportunities, Information and consultation, Pay and conditions, Employment law, Flexible working, Parental leave.

(We picked St Bride’s Foundation as a venue, with its world-renowned printing library, as the ideal place to celebrate our industry’s heritage, while looking to its future.)

The workshop leaders

Keynote session: Tom Watson

Tom WatsonThe event will kick-off with keynote speaker Tom Watson, the newly-elected deputy leader of the Labour Party. Tom will be talking about his role in exposing the phone-hacking scandal at News International and his experience as the author of Dial M for Murdoch. Tom was Minister for Digital Engagement in Gordon Brown’s cabinet and is a member of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

Speaker: Simon Dubbins

Simon Dubbins is Director of International and Research for UNITE the Union in the UK. Simon began working with the Graphical Paper and Media Union in 1997 and then became head of International for AMICUS when the graphical workers merged with the metal and engineering union in 2004. He was then appointed Director of International & Research for UNITE when Amicus and the Transport and General Workers Union merged to create the new organisation in 2007. Simon was based in Brussels to work at European level for the union between 1997 and 2002 before returning to the UK. He now coordinates the European and International work of UNITE across all its sectors.

Speaker: Danny Freeman

Danny Freeman is the Education & Development organiser for the London & Eastern Region of Unite. Danny is passionate about education and life-long learning both formally and informally. “All of my life I have continued on my learning journey which I know stops and starts at different times of our lives. Twenty years ago I completed the ‘knowledge’ of London to becoming a qualified London Blue badge guide. The union encouraged and gave me the opportunities to firstly take a qualification to enable me to become a tutor working on the Unite educational programme, and later to complete a degree in Labour and trade union studies at the London Met University”.  Danny now promotes lifelong learning across all sectors of Unite.

Speaker: Louisa Bull

Louisa Bull is the lead officer for the Graphical Paper & Media Sector of Unite the Union, based within the London & Eastern Region. Louisa was elected as an industrial officer in 1997 and has worked within the publishing sector since that time.  Louisa also represents the GPM & IT membership at the European Graphical Sector, within the global Union Federation UNI. Prior to 1997 Louisa worked in the newsroom of the Daily Telegraph and has a long history with the print & publishing world.

Speaker: Sarah Cook

Sarah Cook has been a Unite officer for 22 years. She has extensive experience of dealing with employment issues including advising and representing individuals and workplace trade union groups, training and developing local workplace representatives, leading campaigns on employment issues and on wider issues in the region.

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Only £5 for NUJ members


St.Bride’s Foundation
Bride Lane, Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 8EQ
United Kingdom