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Public Event: ‘Brexit’ – Trade Union Perspectives

30 January @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Trade Union panel and open floor discussion on the UK withdrawal from the EU. To register, click here. 

(Tea/coffee served from 5.30pm – car parking available in the car park at the back of the QUB main building)

As part of the university’s ongoing contribution to the debates around UK withdrawal from the EU, there will be an event open to the public exploring the views within the trade union movement on how best to defend and advance the interests of their members in the present state of relations between the UK and the EU.

The event will be chaired by Merav Amir, President of the University & College Union at Queen’s.

Katy Hayward (leading Queen’s expert on ‘Brexit’) will start off the discussion by giving a brief ‘user friendly’ technical summary of where negotiations and future prospects are at the time of the event.

That will be followed by opening comments from a panel of leading trade union speakers representing a range of positions within the trade union movement on ‘Brexit’, including the Irish and GB dimensions alongside the focus on Northern Ireland:

  • Owen Reidy – Assistant General Secretary, Irish Congress of Trade Unions
  • Davy Thompson – Regional Coordinating Officer, Unite
  • Alex Gordon – Past President, RMT
  • Paddy Mackel – President, Belfast & District Trades Union Council

Speakers will give their views (10 minutes each) on how to protect and advance trade union interests in the coming year .

The discussion will then be opened up to the floor.


30 January
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Queen’s Policy Engagement


Canada Room and Council Chamber
Queen's University Belfast, University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom
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