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The dignity of labour

Oren Cass

Sue Ferns

Miriam Cates MP

Jon Cruddas MP

Chair: Justin Webb

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Breakout session

Tuesday 24th May, London: 13.50 – 14.45

How can we generate good work in poor places? How can we restore a sense of pride in work? How can companies take a greater role within their place?


  • Oren Cass (joining virtually): Oren Cass is the executive director of American Compass and author of The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America (2018). He is a contributing opinion writer for the Financial Times and his work also appears regularly in publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

  • Sue Ferns: Sue is Senior Deputy General Secretary at Prospect, the union for professionals. Her responsibilities include leading the union’s work across the energy sector, climate change and gender equality. Sue is TUC President for 2021/22. She is also the General Council’s lead on energy, environment and sustainability, chair of the Trade Union Sustainable Development Advisory Committee (TUSDAC).

  • Miriam Cates: Miriam Cates was elected as the MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge in 2019. She is the first Conservative to represent this part of South Yorkshire in Parliament since 1931. As the MP for a constituency that includes a large steelworks, Miriam has spent much of her time in Parliament working on the future of manufacturing and the steel sector in the North of England. She also prioritises improving opportunities and connectivity in the rural communities that she represents.

  • Jon Cruddas: Jon Cruddas has been the Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham (and formerly Dagenham) since 2001. Before entering Parliament, he spent 12 years at the Labour Party, first as a policy officer then as a Senior Assistant to the General Secretary and, following the 1997 election, as Deputy Political Secretary to the Prime Minister Tony Blair with special responsibility for liaison with the trade unions.

  • Chair: Justin Webb: Justin Webb is a British journalist who has worked for the BBC since 1984. Since 2009, he has co-presented the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, and regularly writes for the Radio Times. He is the author of The Gift of a Radio: My Childhood and other Train Wrecks – a personal history of the class system in 1970s Britain.

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