Deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson will address United, We Publish, an evening of workshops hosted by Unite and BookMachine.
Watson will discuss his role in exposing the phone-hacking scandal at News International and his book Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain (Allen Lane).
The aim of the evening is to address key industry issues, such as pay and conditions, employment law and training opportunities. The workshops will be led by experts in these areas to raise awareness about the rights of those who work in the industry.
Other speakers include Simon Dubbins, Unite international director and Louia Bull, lead officer for the union’s graphical, paper and media sector.
Laura Summers, co-founder of BookMachine, a "global network" of people involved in publishing, said: “Working with Unite on the workshop is a way for us to help make people aware of their rights in the workplace – as well as providing vital networking opportunities. It will be illuminating for everyone who attends, especially Tom’s insights into the intersection between publishing and digital media.”
Louisa Bull, trade union officer at Unite, the country's largest union with 10,000 members in the media, print and publishing sectors, said: “Besides talking about Murdoch, Tom will be explaining the importance of the digital explosion in relation to the publishing industry and to explain to a crowd of publishing professionals, the need to be fully aware of their employment rights in the ever-changing workplace.”
The event will be held at St. Bride’s Foundation in London on Tuesday 27th October at 6.30pm.