About the Debate

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Arguing FOR the motion:

Isabel Oakeshott, Journalist and Author

Carol Davis, Barrister, Littleton Chambers

Arguing AGAINST the motion:

Andrew Burns QC, Barrister, Devereux Chambers

Hannah Reed, Senior Employment Rights Officer, TUC

Chaired by:

Axel Threlfall, Editor at Large, Reuters


Join us for a lively debate on limiting rights to strike, not CEO pay! 

Is it outrageous to limit strike rights but not CEO pay? Why is there a bitter backlash when workers strike for the living wage, while the average FTSE100 CEO earns £5.5million each year? With the Prime Minister’s recent u-turns on employee representation at board level, is the UK at a cross-roads?

We are holding our first Legal Debate of the year on Wednesday 15 March – this time on the controversial themes of industrial action and CEO pay – and we invite you to join us again for an evening of interesting debate.

Following a year of well publicised industrial action from the RMT regarding pay and conditions, and Junior Doctors striking over their NHS contracts and resulting impacts on healthcare, we suggest it would be hypocritical not to also look more closely at CEO pay. The impact of the new Trade Union Act is still unknown, but should workers fear this new legislation? Is curbing strike rights really appropriate after 8 years of austerity?

Should CEOs and senior executives still receive such large pay packets and increases when junior workers are forced to strike over basic pay and working conditions? Is it wrong to impose new limits on workers’ ability to strike in defence of their rights at a time when the Prime Minister herself has criticised the fact that there is an ‘irrational, unhealthy and growing gap between what… companies pay their workers and what they pay their bosses’?

You decide on the night.

Registration is now open and we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible to reserve your seat. Debate veterans know that these are popular evenings and spaces are limited, so please don’t miss out.

Speakers subject to change.