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Centre for Global Labour Research (CGLR) in association with PCS, the Wales TUC and the Bevan Foundation - "Government Welfare Reform – a Good Deal for Wales?"

Starts: 26 June 2008

Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, Public and Commercial Services Union. 
Photo: Roger Donovan

Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, Public and Commercial Services Union. Photo: Roger Donovan

26 June 2008

Council Chamber, Glamorgan Building,

12.30 - 4.00pm

Centre for Global Labour Research (CGLR)

Event Report, Steve Davies

On 26 June 2008, in association with PCS, the Wales TUC and the Bevan Foundation, the Centre for Global Labour Research (CGLR) hosted an afternoon of debate and discussion on the Government’s welfare reform programme.

The event was attended by over 70 delegates from several universities, the trade unions, the third sector and government employers. It took place in the Council Chamber in the Glamorgan Building.

Mark Baker, RNID. Photo: Roger Donovan

Mark Baker, RNID. Photo: Roger Donovan

The event was split into two sessions with the first chaired by Vaughan Gething of the Wales TUC and the second by Professor Huw Beynon, Director of the School of Social Sciences. The debate was opened by Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents the workers who administer and deliver the Department for Work and Pensions’ welfare programme.

Mr Serwotka was followed by Mark Baker of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) and the Disability Benefits Consortium; Steve Davies, Senior Research Fellow, Cardiff School of Social Sciences; and Victoria Winckler, Director, Bevan Foundation.

Stephen Timms MP, Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform. 
Photo: Roger Donovan

Stephen Timms MP, Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform.
Photo: Roger Donovan

The final speaker was the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform. The minister’s speech provoked a lively question and answer session and contributions from the floor.

The debate ended with a more general discussion on the day’s contributions and was summed up by Professor Beynon.

All the speaker’s presentations can be found below, together with the agenda and the list of registered attendees.

Vaughan Gething, Wales TUC President. Photo: Roger Donovan

Vaughan Gething, Wales TUC President. Photo: Roger Donovan

 

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