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Industry founding father: “Why we must do more to tackle low pay”

Joe Goldblatt tells Accelerate Conference better levels of pay will foster talent and help instigate change

Pictured: Kevin Jackson addresses the newly-named International Live Events Association (ILEA) Accelerate Conference

Joe Goldblatt, one of the event industry’s founding fathers, has called on the sector to do more to put an end to low pay for frontline workers.

Speaking at the opening session of today’s Accelerate Conference, held by the International Live Events Association (ILEA), Goldblatt urged for better pay for hospitality and event staff to help instigate change.

“We must address low pay, and have a clear and better career path opportunities, that reward skill and talent, with living and competitive wages,” said Goldblatt, who helped launch the International Special Events Society (ISES) which recently re-branded as ILEA.

He added: “We must seek to promote events that improve prosperity for all.”

The theme of the conference at London’s Emirates Stadium was disruption, with sessions aimed at challenging conventional thinking.

ILEA UK chapter president Kevin Jackson told delegates in his opening speech: “The UK is probably the most sophisticated event market in the world. People look to us for leadership. We are creative leaders and we are definitely technology leaders. We are leading this industry where it needs to go.”

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