HR professionals are being urged to register for a new Managing Employee Relations seminar, which will fully equip them to tackle challenges being thrown up by the post-recession industrial relations landscape.

The seminar is being run by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, in various locations across the UK. It will give attendees expert insight into the current industrial relations landscape and provide them with a pragmatic approach to managing effective relationships with Trade Unions. Attendees will also hear from ACAS to understand what challenges it anticipates for the coming year and the legal framework regarding union recognition and industrial action.

The full day programme includes sessions on issues such as the living wage, the growing use of social media, union representation, ACAS’ changing role in the new industrial relations climate and practical guidance for handling industrial action

The course is designed to meet the needs of anyone who works with Trade Unions or has an interest in industrial relations. This includes HR managers and directors, operations managers and directors, MDs and CEOs.

The seminar costs £245 for EEF members and £295 for non-members. To attend, register online at

Jeff Neild, National Head of Employee Relations, from EEF says: “This seminar comes at a critical time for anyone dealing with employee relations. As the UK emerges from recession, the employee relations landscape is changing with unions growing their membership and looking to recover the pay slippage of the recession years. This brings fresh challenges requiring employers to adopt a different perspective.

“Each session is designed to enable professionals to fully understand the current employee relations context and how it is constantly changing. This will enable you to build a strategy to deliver your organisations’ aims and objectives.”