Stopping the decline: US ‘turnaround’ expert heads speaker list for HR Nicholls Society conference

One of the world’s leading business “turnaround” specialists, American Greg Rayburn, will headline the HR Nicholls Society’s 34th annual conference, to be held in Brisbane next month.

Mr Rayburn will talk about the hard lessons learned from the Hostess Brands collapse in the United States, in which a heavily unionised workforce overplayed its hand.  Mr Rayburn will discuss the industrial and productivity challenges confronting Australian businesses.

The conference, Stopping the Decline: Our Urgent Jobs Plan, will be held at The Brisbane Club on Saturday May 17.

Other speakers include Allan Drake-Brockman, Managing Partner of DLA Piper (Perth), on the difficulties businesses are experiencing in keeping their heads above water in the face of increasing militancy across the waterfront.

The Hon. Roger Gyles AO QC, Chairman of Transparency International Australia and Royal Commissioner into Productivity in the Building Industry in New South Wales will examine the impact of unlawful union activity on the building industry.  And MiniMovers founder Mike O’Hagan will discuss the challenge of job losses to cheap overseas labour.

Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will address the conference dinner in the evening on state industrial relations powers, the abuse of safety as a tool for workplace disruption, and the challenges facing our construction industry.

The conference comes at a time of great challenges for Australia on the industrial relations policy front, but also a time of great potential for reform and productivity gains.  It is an event not to be missed for anyone with a genuine interest in business productivity and labour market reform.

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