London's workforce worry

23 November 2015

This meeting took place on 24 November 2015. Read the transcript for the first section here and the second section here.

Unemployment in London is at a record low, and employment at a record high. 

But what has been the trade-off for all those jobs? 

Are some workers trapped in low-pay, insecure jobs, with few career prospects?

The London Assembly Economy Committee will tomorrow hear directly from workers in the hospitality sector, who will discuss their contracts, working hours, benefits and pay. How do they find their working hours? What are the main advantages and disadvantages of their jobs? How do they find living and working in London?

In the first part of the meeting, the following guests will be questioned:

  • Fiona Wilson, Head of Research and Economics, Usdaw.
  • Emma Stewart, CEO, Timewise Foundation.
  • Kevin Curran, Vice Chair, Unite Hotel Workers Branch.
  • Hugh O’Shea, Chief Convenor, Unite Hotel Workers Branch. 
  • Members of the Unite Hotel Workers Branch

In the second half of the meeting, the Committee will hear from the Mayor’s economic team about what the Mayor can do to positively influence London’s economy and labour market. Guests on the panel will be:

  • Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor, Policy and Planning, Greater London Authority (GLA).
  • Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Advisor, GLA.
  • Fiona Fletcher-Smith, Executive Director of Development, Enterprise and Environment, GLA.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 24 November from 10:00am in Committee Room 5 at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1). Media and members of the public are invited to attend.  

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors

  1. Full agenda papers.
  2. Fiona Twycross AM, Chair of the Economy Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.
  3. London Assembly Economy Committee.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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