Fairness at work central to Prospect union conference

Fairness at work central to Prospect union conference

The fight for workplaces built on fairness and equality has never been more necessary as the government steps up its attacks on trade union rights, Prospect general secretary Mike Clancy will tell the union's biennial conference in Glasgow, starting on Tuesday (20th May).

Four hundred professionals, managers and specialists will gather at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre for next week's event, under the theme of "Voices shaping change".

"Prospect is a union that deals in evidence," Clancy will say. "Our political neutrality and ability to influence people across the political spectrum is well established, but we are dealing with a coalition that as both a government and employer makes its decisions first, then goes in search of the evidence." Examples include the government's animosity to workplace regulation; imposed pay freezes; denigration of public servants; attacks on union facility time; and underinvestment in public infrastructure, including energy and flood defences.

Clancy will champion members who protected communities from last winter's floods, and praise the unparalleled expertise of Prospect members across the board – engineers, scientists, telecoms professionals, air traffic controllers and many others – who play such a key role in the UK economy, whether in the public or private sector.

Delegates will debate motions on a wide range of issues, including:

the damage caused by toxic performance management systems in both the private and public sectors, and how to protect those people affectedthe devastating impact of austerity on the UK's museums, galleries and other heritage organisations and the need to lobby all political parties to reverse spending cutsthe campaign to restore union rights at QinetiQ, where Prospect and other unions were derecognised in 2012how to stop the government's dismantling of health and safety regulation and promote the vital role of Health and Safety Executive preventing the spread of zero hours contracts and protecting workers on them.

Conference will host a panel debate on Tuesday on the Scottish independence referendum – see news release at http://bit.ly/scotpanel Break-out sessions will focus on good work, professional women and pensions and there are fringe meetings on "What's the EU ever done for me" and "No world cup without workers' rights".

The conference takes place at Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC), Exhibition Way, Glasgow G3 8YW, from Tuesday 20 May–Thursday 22 May.