The latest news from BUIRA
Sadly David Winchester - BUIRA member who taught at the LSE (1970-78) and then Warwick (1978-2001) - died on October 23. His funeral will be on Friday November 16 and in the afternoon (from 1 p.m.) friends, family and colleagues are getting together to celebrate his life. This will be at The Orangery, Goldney Hall, University of Bristol, Lower Clifton Hill, Bristol BS8 1BH.
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2nd November 2018
Applications are invited for a fixed-term temporary Lecturer in Human Resource Management/Employment Studies.
Vacancy HUM-12990/Lecturer in Human Resource Management/Employment Studies[Lecturer in Human Resource Management/Employment Studies],
The closing date is 15/11/2018.
Call for papers and special issue expressions of interest
Labour and Industry: A journal of the social and economic relations of work is published by Taylor and Francis and is the official journal of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ). The journal was recently ranked ‘2’ by the UK Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and retained its ‘B’ in the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) list.
The journal is increasingly international and multi-disciplinary in focus. We welcome high-quality submissions that develop understanding of employment relations, human resource management and the sociology of work. We are also keen to receive proposals for special issues. For further information please consult our website (https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rlab20/current) or contact our editorial team: Professor Jim Arrowsmith (email@example.com); Dr Noelle Donnelly (Noelle.Donnelly@vuw.ac.nz); or Professor Jane Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
BUIRA History of Industrial Relations Study Group
The German Revolution 1918: Industrial Relations and Social Change
Wednesday 7 November 2018: 15.30-17.30 (tea/coffee from 15.00)
Room C379, University of Westminster Business School, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS (opposite Madame Tussauds and nearly opposite Baker Street tube)
For further details or to reserve a place, please e-mail
Michael Gold (email@example.com) or Linda Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org). Programme:
3.00-3.20pm: Tea/ coffee/ refreshments
3.20pm: Welcome and introductions: Michael Gold and Linda Clarke (Chairs)
3.30-4.00pm: Ralf Hoffrogge
Shop Stewards and Revolution: From Workers´ Councils to Works Councils (1916-1920)
In German industrial relations, works councils, established in 1920 and re-introduced into West German labour law in 1952, guarantee representation of employees independently of trade-union membership or recognition. This long standing institution of German corporatism evolved out of the council movement during the Revolution 1918/1919. Usually, the councils are identified with icons such as Rosa Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, but their specific origins lay in the mass strikes organized by rebellious shop stewards since 1916. This presentation outlines the history of the so-called Revolutionary Shop Stewards, a network organizing anti-war mass strikes between 1916 and 1918 and a backbone of the council movement during the German Revolution of 1918-1919. Over this period, the Revolutionary Shop Stewards managed to become a synthesis of an avant-garde group and grassroots organization, pushing the masses forward but never failing to maintain a mode of democratic representation. However, the presentation also traces its dissolution, which started in 1919.
4.00-4.30pm: James Muldoon
Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Kautsky on the Prospects for a Socialist Democracy
The emergence of workers' and soldiers' councils across Germany during 1918 brought an end to the reign of the Kaiser and opened the possibility of radical social and political transformation. With conservative and reactionary groups temporarily obstructed and overwhelmed, the Executive Council of the Workers’ and Soldiers’ Councils declared itself the highest political authority of the Socialist Republic of Germany and ordered that the councils’ power ‘must be secured and expanded so that the achievements of the revolution will benefit the entire working class’. Various political theorists and actors within the council movement developed different, sometimes competing, conceptions of how Germany could be transformed into a socialist or workers' democracy. This paper analyses two visions for the future of German politics and contrasts the different strategies, institutions and goals of revolutionary struggle in the political writings of Karl Kautsky and Rosa Luxemburg in order to shed new light on what is at stake for contemporary politics.
4.30-5.00pm: General discussion
5.00pm: Close (followed by drinks until 5.30pm)
James Muldoon is a lecturer in political science at the University of Exeter. He is editor of Council Democracy: Towards a Democratic Socialist Politics; Trumping the Mainstream: the Conquest of Mainstream Democratic Politics by the Populist Right; and the forthcoming The German Revolution and Political Theory. He is also the author of Hegel’s Philosophy of Drives.
Ralf Hoffrogge is postdoctoral researcher at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany) and has published widely on German labour history. His special interest is in biographies, German-Jewish relations within the Labour movement and German Communism during the Weimar Republic. He is currently working on a historical comparison of the German metalworkers’ union Industriegewerkschaft Metall and the British Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU).
Vale Dr Sandra Cockfield, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
It is with great sadness that we share the news that our Australian industrial relations colleague, Dr Sandra Cockfield, passed away peacefully on 21 October 2018. She had attended more than one BUIRA conference. If you knew her and will be in Melbourne on 9 Nov. 2018, you might consider attending a Celebration of the Life of Sandra. If you wish to do so, please RSVP at:
www.eventbrite.com.au/e/celebration-of-the-life-of-dr-sandra-cockfield-registration-51863861205 RSVP only if you wish to attend. Thanks.
Sandra was an exceptional woman – witty, generous and caring, she leaves us much too young following a battle with cancer. She had an extensive knowledge of politics, and was passionate about justice and fairness in her personal and academic life. She leaves behind her a life full of achievements and legacies and will be greatly missed by family, friends, colleagues and students. Sandra’s higher education was at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. She was subsequently a valuable and well-read Senior Lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne. Sandra was a dedicated teacher who specialised in the areas of industrial relations and negotiations. Sandra was highly regarded, especially across the Australian industrial relations community. She was an approachable teacher and friend who saw the positive in people and was inclusive of others. Her research on industrial relations had a particular focus on union organisation and strategy, and her thinking was influential in Australia and internationally. Her contributions to the field of research and student learning relating to these topics is substantial and significant. Sandra had a passion for understanding and contributing to sustainability and had also researched and published on sustainable small-scale farming in India. Sandra was committed to providing service to governments and other organisations. The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) awarded Sandra Life Membership, a rare honour, which recognised her great service to workplace relations at Monash University and beyond. This included being on the NTEU Enterprise Bargaining Team at Monash for twelve years. Sandra built a valuable professional reputation and was a co-organiser of activities, for example, with two of her Australian professional societies, the Industrial Relations Society, and the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. She also contributed as Co-Director, Australian Consortium for Research in Employment and Work, Monash University.
Her contribution to all these organisations will be greatly missed and will remain her legacy long into the future. Sandra was a dear friend to many. Times shared with Sandra talking politics and current affairs were very special. All those who knew her are deeply saddened by her passing, but take comfort and will find joy in the memories of great times shared together. Sandra was an avid traveller. We are very sad to lose her and extend our sincerest condolences to her family.
Instead of sending flowers, a fund will be established to facilitate a lasting tribute to Sandra. For more details, please ask the undersigned. Thanks again.
Greg Bamber, Professor, Monash University, in consultation Sandra’s family and close friends: email@example.com
1st November 2018
Call for Papers Gender, Race, and Diversity in Organisations (GRDO) Strategic Interest Group European Academy of Management, June 26-28, 2019, Lisbon, Portugal Submission Deadline: January 15, 2019 GRDO SIG Chairwoman: Beverly Metcalf GRDO SIG Program Chair: Hamid Kazeroony, firstname.lastname@example.org For detail submission requirements please see SIG 05: Gender, Race, and Diversity in Organisations (GRDO)
T05_02 - Disability equality, fact or fiction? Future directions for workplace integration.
Globally equality legislation has promoted the rights of persons with disabilities (PWD), however, these rights remain elusive in practice. PWD are the largest underutilised labour market group and face distinct disadvantage entering and inside the labour market. Where organisations promote equality and diversity through management practices, there remains a policy to practice implementation gap and weak legislative enforcement of rights. This stream will address the ableist environment which poses challenges to disability inclusion. It will consider key debates on legislative impact, workplace integration for PWD, policy implementation gaps and specific challenges and enablers in the workplace.
Laura William, University of Greenwich, L.C.William@Greenwich.ac.uk
29th October 2018
Is whistleblowing the new normal?
Wednesday 12th December 2018
TIME: 15.00 – 18.00
VENUE: Room HH102, Hamilton House, Park Vista, Greenwich SE10 9LZ
In the context of whistleblowing, policy-makers have recently started to shift the focus from the person of the whistleblower towards the recipients of whistleblowing, i.e. those whom whistleblowers call upon to stop wrongdoing. Increasingly, organisations are implementing speak-up policies through procedures, training, and in-house or outsourced hotlines. Is this a new form of managerialism? Is it, as some voice scholars wrote recently (Barry & Wilkinson, 2016 BJIR), "pro-social or pro-management"? On the other hand, research shows that external whistleblowing is most often a result of badly managed internal whistleblowing. Hence, the way organisations institutionalise whistleblowing warrants our attention. This seminar discusses the institutionalisation of whistleblowing, around four pieces of recent research.
Dr Erik Mygind du Plessis, Copenhagen Business School.
"Speaking truth through power: Conceptualizing internal hotlines using Foucault's dispositive."
Prof David Lewis, Middlesex University.
"What information about whistleblowing do the FTSE top 100 firms post on their website?"
Dr Mahaut Fanchini, University of Paris-Dauphine.
“The co-construction of whistleblowing: How expectations of the recipient frame ‘acceptable’ whistleblowing narratives."
Arron Phillips, University of Greenwich.
"Do trade union members blow the whistle differently? Exploring data from a UK whistleblower advice line."
Chaired by Dr Wim Vandekerckhove, University of Greenwich
Erik Du Plessis is assistant Professor at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. His research explores ways in which whistleblowing is institutionalised. Previous studies include whistleblowing in the context of Danish trade unions.
David Lewis is Professor of Employment Law at Middlesex University. He is the convenor of the International Whistleblowing Research Network. He is head of the Whistleblowing Research Unit at Middlesex University, and has published widely on the topic of whistleblowing since the mid-1990s.
Mahaut Francini is Assistant Professor in Organisation Studies at the University of Paris-Dauphine. Her research focuses on understanding practices and discourses related to the reception of whistleblowing episodes.
Arron Phillips is a WERU/CREW PhD student at the University of Greenwich. His current research focuses on the role of trade unions in the whistleblowing process.
Wim Vandekerckhove is Reader in Business Ethics at the University of Greenwich, and WERU/CREW member. He has provided expertise on whistleblowing to various stakeholders, including Council of Europe, Transparency International, ACCA, British Standards Institute, Financial Conduct Authority, Department of Health, and Public Concern at Work. He is currently the convenor of the ISO working group (TC309/WG3) developing an international standard on internal whistleblowing systems.
This is a free seminar, open to the public and all are invited, but please can you inform us if you are planning to attend from outside the University of Greenwich by registering your interest at: Business School Events with your name, job title and organisation to attend. Or email Dr Ruth Ballardie on R.T.Ballardie@greenwich.ac.uk
25th October 2018
DIVERSITY IN THE WORK-LIFE INTERFACE
For this special issue, the editors are interested in papers presenting research that takes intersecting strands of diversity in exploring the work-life experiences of minority, marginalized, and/or under-researched groups of workers. These may include transgender individuals, other members of the LGBT community, ethnic or religious minority employees, workers with disabilities, low income workers, and men. Other under-researched groups include workers in non-Western contexts, and those with nontraditional family formations. We encourage new insights, new possibilities, and new reflections, inspired by interdisciplinary approaches. Both empirical and theoretical approaches focused on diverse cultural and international settings are welcome.
Guest editors: T. Alexandra Beauregard, Birkbeck, University of London – email@example.com Maria Adamson, Middlesex University Business School – firstname.lastname@example.org Aylin Kunter, Middlesex University Business School – email@example.com Lilian Miles, Middlesex University Business School – firstname.lastname@example.org Ian Roper, Middlesex University Business School – email@example.com
Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2019
Please do not submit until January 1, 2019
For more info please go to EDI journal http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=7863
22nd October 2018
BUIRA has recently become a member organization of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), the body that exists in the UK to promote the social sciences. As part of its membership, BUIRA is now able to make nominations for the conferment of Fellowships of the Academy. The BUIRA Executive would therefore like to invite BUIRA members to nominate individuals who might be put forward for this honour. Not only would this recognise the contribution of the individuals concerned, it would raise the profile of employment relations in the broader social science arena. More on AcSS can be found at: https://www.acss.org.uk/ And details of the nomination process are at: https://www.acss.org.uk/membership/making-nomination-fellow/ You will see from this that the 'paramount requirement' of a successful nomination is 'evidence of eminence and impact of the nominee’s contribution to social science'. Formally, this requires a statement of justification and a brief CV. Could any nominations be sent to BUIRA (firstname.lastname@example.org) by NOVEMBER 16 2018. This will allow the Executive to meet AcSS's next deadline of 30 November. If you have any queries about the process, please contact the BUIRA Treasurer, Stephen Procter (email@example.com)
Feminist Library Appeal
Colleagues may be aware of the London Feminist Library’s recent struggles – there is some news and an appeal below. The Library is a vital resource for anyone interested in the history and present of women’s experience of work, employment and economic life.
The Feminist Library has finally found a new home - but we now need your support more than ever. We urgently need to raise at least £30,000 to be able to fund our move to the new space, and we need to leave our current premises in Spring 2019.
After our long struggle against eviction (read more about our struggle to save the Library here.), the move is actually quite unexpectedly exciting! We’ll have a new, (much needed!) bigger space, based within a community centre in Peckham, and named after a woman abolitionist and feminist - Sojourner Truth! The bigger space will allow us to expand our collections and run even more and bigger exciting community events.
Yet we have no choice but to leave our current premises with little notice and next to no funds, and need to fundraise for the new space urgently - we need to raise at least £30,000 in order for us to be able to move.
Please help us protect this vital community resource! Help save the Feminist Library! Donate to our crowdfunding campaign and read more about it here:
16th October 2018
Fair Work Commission Wales
The Welsh Government has set up an independent Fair Work Commission to make recommendations to promote and encourage fair work in Wales.
A five week call for evidence opens on 12 October. The research of many BUIRA members will be of relevance to the work of the Commission and they are encouraged to submit evidence via the Fair Work Commission website http://beta.gov.wales/fair-work-commission
The Commission comprises a small independent panel of experts appointed by the First Minister in July 2018. It is chaired by Professor Linda Dickens. The other Commissioners are: Sharanne Basham-Pyke, Professor Edmund Heery and Sarah Veale. Professor Alan Felstead is independent expert adviser to the Commission.
The Terms of Reference of the Commission are:
“On the basis of evidence and analysis the Commission is to make recommendations to promote and encourage fair work in Wales.
The Commission will develop indicators and measures of fair work and Identify data sources to help monitor progress. It will consider whether measures to promote fair work currently available to the Welsh government could be taken further and identify what new or additional steps might be taken, including new legislation, and make recommendations.”
The Commission is to report by March 2019.
The call for evidence is aimed at organisations and individuals across the public, private and third sectors. The Fair Work Commission wishes to tap into a wide range of experience, views and research relevant to its terms of reference. It is not a consultation on developed proposals but rather an early stage request for input to help the Commission formulate its proposals and shape the recommendations it will make to ministers.
The Commission is holding a number of engagement meetings and is planning to convene an academic workshop in mid January 2019.
Professor Linda Dickens
Chair, Wales Fair Work Commission
There is an advert out on the Public Appointments website for new CAC Deputy Chairs. Linda Dickens and Lynette Harris both recently retired from the CAC
15th October 2018
Laura William, University of Greenwich, L.C.William@Greenwich.ac.uk
3rd October 2018
HE UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH WORK AND EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH UNIT THE FUTURE OF EMPLOYMENT REGULATION: A MANIFESTO FOR LABOUR LAW? WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER 2018. 15.00 – 18.00 VENUE: ROOM HH102, HAMILTON HOUSE, PARK VISTA, GREENWICH, SE10 9LZ This seminar will look at the future of collective bargaining and trade union recognition. Over the past 30 years the extent of collective bargaining in the UK has been significantly reduced and, despite union recognition law being passed by the previous Labour Government, union membership has also declined. Since 2010 the impact of the economic recession and Government austerity policies have not improved this situation. In 2016 a group of legal experts put forward a proposal to increase collective bargaining in the private sector by extending sectoral or industry bargaining, underpinned by strong trade union rights. This was published by the Institute of Employment Rights as ‘A Manifesto for Labour Law’. Professor Keith Ewing of Kings College London and Professor Sonia McKay, Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich, were both co-authors of the report and they will both speak at the seminar. Our other speakers will be Sarah Veale, previously Head of Equality and Employment Rights at the TUC, and Alastair Hatchett, previously head of pay research at IDS (both are Visiting Fellows at the Work and Employment Research Unit). Professor Keith Ewing is Professor of Public Law at Kings College London. Professor Ewing joined The Dickson Poon School of Law in 1989. Prior to this he was Visiting Professor at the University of Western Australia (1992); at the University of Alberta (1987-88) and at Osgoode Hall Law School (1982). He has also held positions at the University of Edinburgh, 1978-83 and at the University of Cambridge, 1983-1989. Professor Sonia McKay Sonia McKay is a visiting Professor of European Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Greenwich as well as the University of the West of England. She was previously at the Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University where she headed a number of research projects, mainly focusing on discrimination, migration and collective organisation at both national and EU level. She holds a law degree from Queens University, Belfast and a Ph.D in employment law from Wolfson College, Cambridge. Dr Sarah Veale was Head of Equality and Employment Rights at the TUC between 2003 and 2015, when she retired. Since then Sarah has been a Commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission, a member of the Regulatory Policy Committee, an Executive Committee member of the Institute for Employment Rights and Vice Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum. Previously Sarah was a member of the ACAS Council and the Health and Safety Executive Board. Alastair Hatchett has been a visiting fellow at the University of Greenwich since 2013, having retired from his post of head of pay and research at Incomes Data Services in 2012. He has an extensive knowledge of pay systems and pay bargaining after 30 years of research at IDS. He has led a wide range of pay research projects for the Low Pay Commission, the Pay Review Bodies, many different trade unions, the TUC and the CIPD and was a regular speaker at seminars and conferences. His current research is focussed on public sector pay, the future of collective bargaining and the changing structure of the labour market. This is a free seminar open to the public and all are invited but please can you inform us if you are planning to attend from outside the University of Greenwich by registering your interest at: Business School Events with your name, job title and organisation to attend. Or email Dr Ruth Ballardie on R.T.Ballardie@greenwich.ac.uk
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1st October 2018
Interdisciplinary research seminars on WORK, first semester 2019, to mark the 100th
anniversary of the ILO (1919-2019), organised by the Contact Group FNRS– Work and social
Can the Future of Work become its past?
Call for papers
Texts should not be longer than 5 pages (2500 words). They can be
written in English or French, working languages of the study days.
The aim of these texts should be to encourage the debate, on the basis
of specific data and observations or of a broader synthesis, and not the present descriptive
Return abstracts submissions (200-250 words): 15 October 2018
Maître de recherche du FNRS à l'ULB
Directrice du GRAID
Institut de Sociologie
44, av. Jeanne
Location: Caulfield campus, Melbourne
Employment Type: Continuing appointment
Remuneration: AUD $181,066 pa Level E (plus 17% employer superannuation)
Monash is full of thinkers and doers who are looking for their next challenge. So, if you’ve forged a rewarding career so far, this role provides the perfect platform to join us. You’ll have access to quality research facilities, infrastructure and teaching spaces to do exciting work, along with opportunities to collaborate internationally. You’ll be part of a university that’s made up of inspirational, challenging thinkers and doers – and continue doing work that makes a lasting impact.
The Monash Business School is one of the largest business education providers in Australia. The Monash Business School is based in Melbourne, which is ranked (by the Economist Intelligence Unit) as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Melbourne is well known for its coffee, restaurants, night-life and is the sporting capital of Australia. Melbourne is proud of its excellent healthcare, education, diverse culture and booming infrastructure; making it a welcoming and exciting place to work and to call home.
The Department of Management is comprised of influential, world-renown academics, mentoring the talent of future managers and leaders. Our commitment to excellence is proven through our world-class research outputs and contemporary and engaging teaching practices. The Department delivers quality and impactful research that influences industry and communities. We have a vibrant research culture, coupled with a research seminar and visitor program.
The Department is seeking to appoint a Professor who will continue to advance the department’s contribution to teaching and research. While we welcome applications from all disciplines, applications from human resources or organisational behaviour scholars are strongly encouraged. If you would like to be a part of our world-class department and help grow our vibrant and engaging culture, then we welcome your application.
This position is a continuing, full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.
Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to How to apply for a senior academic position:
Professor Véronique Ambrosini, Head of Department of Management, email@example.com
[ For an informal discussion, you would be welcome to talk with Professor Greg Bamber, firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Wednesday 17 October 2018
TUC: 150th Anniversary
Walter Citrine and the Changing International Environment, 1920-1945
Wednesday 17 October 2018
4.00pm for 4.20-6.30pm (Tea/ coffee from 4.00)
Room tbc, University of Westminster Business School, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS (opposite Madame Tussauds and nearly opposite Baker Street tube)
For further details or to reserve a place, please email Michael Gold (email@example.com) or Linda Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org).
4.00-4.20pm: Tea/ coffee/ refreshments
4.20-4.30: Welcome: Michael Gold and Linda Clarke (Chairs)
4.30-5.00: Jim Moher
The TUC leadership and the Left after the General Strike - Citrine/Bevin - Cripps/Beavan
Walter (Lord) Citrine (1887-1983), General Secretary of the TUC in its heyday – from the General Strike to 1946 – has, largely, but undeservedly, been written out of the history of the Labour movement. He is remembered only for his ABC of Chairmanship, while his stewardship of the TUC, central role as President of the International Federation of Trade Unions (1928-1945) and huge influence on Labour Party policy in the 1930s and 1940s, has been downplayed or ignored. Citrine’s side has rarely been examined but can now be seen to have been far more substantial and significant as a contribution to the Labour movement.
5.00-5.30: Jonathan Davis
Searching for Truth in Russia: Walter Citrine’s Soviet Visits in the Interwar Years
The TUC General Secretary Walter Citrine went to the Soviet Union in 1925 and 1935. Touring the country to see how socialism was developing in a country that was seen by many as the vanguard of the international socialist movement, he found reasons to be both optimistic and pessimistic about the development of a left-wing alternative to capitalism. Yet Citrine’s visits have not had the attention they deserve. This talk will therefore consider what Citrine saw when he searched ‘for truth’ in Russia, and it will assess how it contributed to Labour’s socialist identity in the interwar years.
5.30-6.00: General discussion
6.00: Close (followed by drinks until 6.30)
Dr Jim Moher is a former union national official (T&GWU and CWU) and Labour councillor, turned historian. He has published a chapter on Walter Citrine: A Union Pioneer of Industrial Cooperation in Alternatives to State-Socialism in Britain (editors P. Ackers & A. Reid, Palgrave, 2017), as well as other pieces on Citrine. He is working on the first biography of the TUC leader and is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary British History, King’s College, London.
Dr Jonathan Davis is Senior Lecturer in History and Co-director of the Labour History Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University. He has published widely on Labour and the Soviet Union and is co-editor of Labour and the Wider World (I. B. Tauris, 2008), Britain’s Second Labour Government, 1929-31: a reappraisal (MUP, 2011), and Labour and the Left in the 1980s (MUP, 2018). He is currently writing a global history of the 1980s for Routledge.
The impact of the Trade Union Act 2016 on strikes and industrial action: Doing what it says on the tin? Come along to the next MIRS meeting with speaker Professor Gregor Gall: Visiting Professor of Industrial Relations, Leeds University Business SchoolThursday 11 October 2018, 6pm http://www.mirs.org.uk
Making Good Work: Policy, Practice and Research
Workshop Tuesday 30th October 2018
Science Gallery, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9GU
Improving the quality of jobs is a widely shared goal among the three communities of: policy makers; practitioners in companies and trade unions; and researchers. There is also widespread consensus that policy, practice and research could be improved if dialogue between these three specialist communities were better.
This workshop seeks to address this situation and improve engagement between the three communities, with specific reference to research, policy and practice around improving the quality of work.
In the morning session two presentations will explore the processes involved in
successful collaboration. In the afternoon, workshops jointly facilitated by academics,
policymakers and practitioners will discuss the practicalities of collaborative working.
Academics will be able to engage directly with policymakers and practitioners, as they, in their turn, will be able to engage directly with academics. We hope that this will help to establish an environment where professionals can meet and where all can learn from existing collaborations which produce high quality research that is collaborative and that has impact. This will also be an opportunity to exchange ideas which will lead to future collaborations to tackle bad jobs and improve job quality.
The fee to attend is £80, with lunch and refreshments provided.
PhD students and Early Career Researchers will be charged £30 and there may be
additional support available for them.
Please book online at:
Registration and coffee
Welcome – Professor Stephen Bach, Dean of King’s Business
10.15 – 12.15
Professor Patricia Findlay (Strathclyde University), Grahame Smith
(General Secretary, Scottish TUC) and Linda Murray (Head
Strategy Services Scottish Enterprise).
Professor Monder Ram (Aston University) and Fuad Mahamed
(CEO Ashley Integrates).
12.15 – 13.15
13.15 – 14.15
Break out groups Session One
14.15 – 14.45
14.45 – 15.45
Break out groups Session Two
15.45 – 16.15
Debrief, Closing remarks
Workshop Organisers: Professor Irena Grugulis (Leeds), Professor Katie Bailey (Kings)and Professor Kevin Daniels (UEA)
Workshop Steering Group: Professor Paul Edwards (Birmingham), Dr Diane Burns
(Sheffield), Professor John Childs (Birmingham), Professor Anne-Marie Greene
(Leicester), Professor Ray Loveridge (Oxford), Professor Monder Ram (Aston), Kiran
Trehan (Birmingham), Professor Chris Warhurst (Warwick), Dr M Williams (Surrey)
24th September 2018
A History & Policy Trade Union and Employment Forum conference
Saturday 6th October 2018, 10am -5pm
Lecture Theatre 3, Bush House (North East Wing),
King’s College London, 30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG
In 1868, while suffering under major legal restrictions, the British
trade unions teamed up to found a central body to lobby for their
wider social and industrial aims and rights. Today, when unions are
again subject to severe legal disadvantage, it is timely to recall the
first Trades Union Congress (TUC) and unions’ achievements, and
to look forward on union prospects for the future.
Speakers and chairs including:
and senior political correspondent
Places are free but limited so booking is essential. Please
to advise of any disability or
the Eventbrite listing is up
The 2019 BUIRA conference will be held in Newcastle, 1-3 July 2019. Please mark the date in your diary. The call for papers will follow soon.
James Moher: The Combination Laws and the Struggle for Supremacy in the Early Engineering Trades: The London Society of Journeymen Millwrights
Adrian Williamson: Lyons v. Wilkins and the Right to Peacefully Persuade
Andrew Perchard and Keith Gildart: ‘Run with the fox and hunt with the hounds’: Managerial Trade-Unionism and the British Association of Colliery Management, 1947–1994
Ewan Gibbs and Jim Phillips: Who Owns a Factory?: Caterpillar Tractors in Uddingston, 1956 to 1987
Roger Undy: The Making of UNITE the Union: The Dynamics of Amalgamation
Rebecca Zahn: The ‘European Social Model’ and the UK: From Europeanization to Anglicization
Bob Fryer and Steve Williams: Remembering and Honouring NUPE: A Response to Dave Lyddon’s Review Essay on Leadership and Democracy
David S. Rowbottom: A Contribution to the History of the National Union of Public Employees: A View from Cumbria, 1969–1979
Paul O’Leary: Joe England, Merthyr: The Crucible of Modern Wales
Sheila Blackburn: Peter Ackers and Alastair Reid (eds), Alternatives to State-Socialism in Britain: Other Worlds of Labour in the Twentieth Century
Colin Crouch: Werner Bonefeld, The Strong State and the Free Economy
Back-issues to no. 31/32 (2011) at a discount are available to subscribers.
10th September 2018
Effort, Participation and Insecurity at Work in Britain:
First Findings from the Skills and Employment Survey 2017
Date: 1.00pm – 3.45pm, Wednesday 3 October 2018 Venue: Canada Water Culture Space, 21 Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7AR.
The Skills and Employment Survey 2017 is the seventh in a series of surveys stretching back to the mid-1980s. A second set of results from the survey will be launched on Wednesday 3 October 2018 at Canada Water Culture Space, London (three further reports are available from www.cardiff.ac.uk/ses2017).
At this event the authors – Alan Felstead, Duncan Gallie, Francis Green and Golo Henseke – will present headline findings of the survey and outline policy implications relating to three themes:
· Work Intensity
The event will be chaired by Lesley Giles of the Work Foundation and Cara Maguire member of the Good Work team at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will offer some reflections on the results presented.
If you require any further information, please contact Katharine Buckle at the SES2017 Conference Desk on Tel: 020 7612 6566.
Dear Tony Dundon,
Congratulations on the publication of your book The Routledge Companion to Employment Relations.
Using the following unique link, you can share the book in its entirety.
Those you share the links with will be able to read the full book online and there are no restrictions on how many people you can send the link to, so please take this unique opportunity to share widely and get people talking about your work.
The links will expire 60 days from today, and whilst everyone will be able to explore the full book online, printing, copying, or downloading will not be available.
Research Studentship on Climate Change, Labour and Work at Westminster Business School, University of Westminster
Three years, full time
£16,000 annual stipend plus fee waiver
A full-time University of Westminster PhD Studentship is available in the Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE - https://www.westminster.ac.uk/probe) starting in January 2019. This PhD studentship is part of ProBE’s programme of research on Climate Change and Work, conducted in partnership with the York University, Toronto, funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), led by Professor Carla Lipsig Mummé and entitled Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces, an international perspective (ACW - http://www.adaptingcanadianwork.ca/). The programme explores the role of work and global warming and the role of organised workers as a force for adaptation. ProBE is responsible for the international dimension, with projects on green transition strategies and worker agency in Europe and the US, as well as in the built environment. The applicant is expected to have broad knowledge of the field and some experience of quantitative and qualitative research.
The closing date for applications is Thursday, 1st November, 2018
For further information on how to apply, please visit: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/courses/research-degrees/research-areas/business/how-to-apply
When applying please ensure that you quote ‘WBS/ProBE Studentship’
Prospective candidates wishing to discuss an application informally should contact Professor Linda Clarke: email@example.com
20th August 2018
Half day debate and discussion:
Celebrating and critiquing John Kelly’s Rethinking Industrial Relations
Wednesday 5 December 2018
Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC), University of Leeds
Eventbrite booking details
It was just twenty years ago that John Kelly’s Rethinking Industrial Relations (1998) was published. It is one of those rare books to be found on many of the bookshelves of people working in the field of industrial relations. To reflect on the book’s significance, we brought together a number of researchers and scholars to create a special issue of the journal, Economic and Industrial Democracy, to both celebrate as well as constructively critique the contribution Rethinking Industrial Relations has made to subsequent studies of union organising and mobilisation.
At its heart, Rethinking Industrial Relations is a forceful and robust critique of the employment relationship and employment relations under capitalism. The book adopts a radical and Marxist perspective––not from the school of academic Marxism––but from activist and political interventionist perspectives, which explains why its interest has spread beyond the academy.
We want to push forward the debate and discussion we started in the special edition – not by repeating what was said there by its contributors but rather by asking scholars and practitioners to comment on the papers and to provide questions for discussants (and the audience) to think about future application – both in the academic and in unions and social movements.
You are invited to take part in this event and join us for what looks like an enjoyable and thought-provoking day in Leeds in early December. If you would like a ticket for this event then please keep an eye out for a following email.
Gregor Gall and Jane Holgate
Wednesday 5 December 2018: Leeds
Mark Stuart, CERIC director welcome
Why Rethinking Industrial Relations is worth celebrating and critiquing Speaker: Gregor Gall
12.30-1.45 Unions and social movements – can they ever be brothers and sisters in arms? Speaker: Heather Connolly. Discussant: Miguel Martinez Lucio Chair: Gabriella Alberti
What kind of ‘union organising’ is needed for union renewal? Speaker: Ian Manborde. Discussant: Melanie Simms Chair: Ian Greenwood
How do workers articulate their grievances in a period of strike quiescence? Speaker: Jean Jenkins. Discussant: Eleanor Kirk Chair: Charles Umney
Reflections on rethinking Rethinking Industrial Relations Ralph Darlington and John Kelly discussion facilitated by Jane Holgate
Gabriella Alberti, Associate Professor, Leeds University Business School
Heather Connolly, Associate Professor, University of Leicester
Ralph Darlington, Emeritus Professor, University of Salford
Gregor Gall, Visiting Professor, Leeds University Business School
Ian Greenwood, Associate Professor, Leeds University Business School
Jane Holgate, Professor, Leeds University Business School
Jean Jenkins, Reader, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
John Kelly, Professor, Birkbeck, University of London
Eleanor Kirk, Research associate, University of Glasgow
Ian Manborde, Equality and Diversity Organiser, the Equity union
Miguel Martinez Lucio, Professor, Manchester Business School, Manchester University
Melanie Simms, Professor, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
Mark Stuart, Professor and CERIC director, Leeds University Business School
Charles Umney, Associate Professor, Leeds University Business School
17th August 2018
Publication of a paperback edition of Trade Unions in Western EuropeHard Times, Hard Choices by Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick and Richard Hyman, with an extensive Afterword which updates the analysis. £24.99. Details athttps://global.oup.com/academic/product/trade-unions-in-western-europe-9780198816782?lang=3n&cc=in
Congratulations to Professor Peter Ackers and Professor Ralph Darlington who have both been awarded Honorary Membership of BUIRA in recognition of their contribution to industrial relations and BUIRA.
23rd July 2018
Congratulations to Eve Ewington and Laura William who have both been elected to the BUIRA Executive.
Thanks to all who attended the 2018 BUIRA Conference and to the organising team at Middlesex for hosting an excellent event. Pictures and reports from the conference are available on our Facebook and Twitter accounts @buiraonline and will be added to the website shortly.
The 2019 conference will be held in Newcastle and we hope to see you all there.
Job vacancy: Senior/ Principal Teaching Fellow, Warwick Business School
Permanent, full time.
Salary: £39,992 - £47,722 per annum (Senior Teaching Fellow); £49,149 - £56,950 per annum (Principal Teaching Fellow)
Warwick Business School (WBS) is a research-led, triple-accredited university-based business school with globally renowned research credentials and a portfolio of world-class courses. We are continuing our search for talented individuals to join our faculty. Applications are invited for the post of Senior or Principal Teaching fellow in Human Resource Management.
The successful candidate will have a track record of developing and applying innovative teaching methods. Evidence of excellent teaching performance at undergraduate and masters levels would be expected. Candidates will be expected to have experience of undertaking curriculum design and review, and of developing and delivering a range of programmes of study. The successful candidate will be required to contribute broadly to the group’s teaching, potentially covering modules in areas such as Human Resource Management, Employment Relations and International HRM. Applicants that have experience in delivering applied, skills-based HR teaching will be particularly welcome.
The ability to contribute to the development of teaching and learning strategies and to provide leadership to others working within programmes as a mentor and colleague are also key features of this position. The successful candidate’s teaching approach is expected to be informed by research within their discipline, as well as their own practice.
A good honours degree and a PhD or equivalent in an area related to Employment Relations or Human Resource Management are also required.
We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme.
The following links provide further details on how to apply:
Principal Teaching Fellow
Senior Teaching Fellow
For informal queries, please contact the Organisation and Human Resource Management Head of Group: Professor Kim Hoque, firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: 8/08/2018
Interview Dates: 18/09/2018 and 19/09/2018
22nd July 2018
It was agreed at the 2018 AGM that a team from Birmingham University will become BUIRA stewards from July 2019. This follows the end of the term of the current stewardship team at Newcastle University.
The recently published Routledge Companion to Employment Relations may be of interest to our members:
30th June 2018
Professor Laurent Lapierre Telfer School of Management University of Ottowa, Canada
Wednesday 18th July2018
10:30 – 12:00 (coffee and tea at 10:15)
1.004 Dover St, University of Manchester.
Mental health is a growing global concern. For example, 41% of Canadians are at high risk for mental health issues, and recent estimates suggest that 1 in 5 working-age Canadians are adversely affected by a mental health challenge each year. In the UK, the recent results of the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey show that 1 in 6 people over the age of 16 had a common mental health problem in the week prior to being interviewed, and that nearly half of adults think that they have had a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their life. Mental health problems represent a significant cost to companies stemming from reduced productivity, absences, and turnover (e.g., £35 billion in 2017 in the UK according to the Centre for Mental Health). Despite a notable increase in public attention given to mental health, relatively little is known on how employers, and managers specifically, can best support their employees’ mental health. When struggling with one’s mental health, a highly promising first step toward receiving support at work is to disclose the struggle to one’s manager, who would often be best positioned to provide some type of accommodation. However, many individuals prefer to conceal their challenge, often out of fear of being disadvantaged or treated poorly because of the stigmatization of mental health problems. In this presentation, Prof Lapierre will provide an overview of the limited scholarship addressing employees’ disclosure of a mental health problem. He will also list a series of research questions that he believes should be addressed in order to offer organizations the means of ensuring that their managers create a work climate where their employees feel comfortable revealing their mental health problems, and where such revelation actually leads to positive outcomes.
About the Speaker
Dr Lapierre is the Ian Telfer Professor of Workplace Behaviour and Health. His research focuses mainly on two topics: Occupational health psychology and leadership. His work on the first topic has focused on the intersection of individuals’ work and family lives. He has strived to identify how organizational policies, individuals at work (supervisors and coworkers), employees themselves, and their families can each help them experience less work-family conflict, more work-family enrichment, and overall better health. In his work on leadership, Dr Lapierre has been giving particular attention to relational dynamics between managers (supervisors) and each of their employees (subordinates). More recently, he has focused on the influence that individuals’ acts of followership can have on others’ leadership.
28th June 2018
Please apply by following the below web link:
20th June 2018
Greetings from ILERA World Congress 2018!
ILERA World Congress 2018 will be held in Seoul, Korea from July 23 to 27, 2018.
The ILERA Council will meet on July 25 (Wed.) from 12:30 to 14:00 on the occasion of the Congress in Seoul, Korea. This important meeting aims to discuss the future of ILERA with the Council members.
For more efficient preparation, please let us know who will be attending the meeting by filling out the below form and send it to us via email (email@example.com) by June 22, 2018.
*Please reply us even if your country's council member is not able to attend the meeting.
For more details on the Congress, please refer to the official website; http://www.ilera2018.org
We are looking forward to your prompt response.
Secretariat of ILERA World Congress 2018
9th FL., Samick Lavied'or Bldg., 234 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, 06221 Korea Tel : +82-2-567-3810, 566-3877 / Fax : +82-2-6254-8049
Website : www.ilera2018.org
18th June 2018
Productivity, Skills Trends and Fairness at Work in Britain:
First Findings from the Skills and Employment Survey 2017
Date: 1.00pm – 3.30pm, Thursday 19 July 2018Venue: Church House, Dean’s Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ
The Skills and Employment Survey 2017 is the seventh in a series of surveys stretching back to the mid-1980s. The results will be launched on 19 July 2018 at Church House, Westminster, London.
· Productivity: Almost a decade after the financial crisis productivity growth has failed to recover to its pre-recession level. This survey gives the workers’ perspective on what drives productivity and what could be done to spark its revival.
· Skills Trends: Substantial public and private investment in education and training make it essential that effective use is made of the skills produced. This survey examines the evolution of job skills, the changing nature of the post-graduate labour market and the gendered pattern of job skills over the last two decades.
· Fairness at Work: Employees’ views about how fairly their organisations treat them and their colleagues is key determinant of job-related well-being. This survey shows how fairness at work is distributed and examines some of the factors affecting these beliefs.
The event will also mark the launch of the Job Quality Quiz (www.howgoodismyjob.com).
If you require any further information, please contact Alice Johnson-Jelf at the SES2017 Conference Desk on Tel: 01275 266000.
Three more themes – effort, participation and insecurity – will be covered at a second launch to be held on 3 October 2018 at Canada Water Culture Space, 21 Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7AR.
12th June 2018
11th June 2018
The conference timetable is now availablehttps://www.buira.org/assets/images/conferences/2016/Conference-schedule%20(002).pdf
Please also select your meal choices for the Conference Gala Dinnerhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/buira-conference-gala-dinner-tickets-46762782742
8th June 2018
Building on the three previous Fairness at Work Conferences at the University of Manchester (in 2012, 2014, and 2016), the 2018 conference aims to bring together academics and practitioners to discuss strategic issues on the subject of justice and fairness at work.
The last two years have seen a major shift in the political environment and an emergence of a politics of national insularity. Yet at the same time major strides have been made in raising awareness and support for living wage campaigns and improving workplace justice. The conference aims to discuss developments in our understandings of the impact of technological changes (e.g. the gig economy), the changing experiences of work amongst groups of vulnerable workers (e.g. younger workers), the impact of an increasingly hostile context on notions of justice and fairness at the workplace (e.g. a greater challenge to minority rights) and the responses and roles of trade unions and other civil society organisations in dealing with such challenges.
Plenary speakers include: Professor Ralph Darlington, University of Salford Dr Jo Grady, University of Sheffield Professor Debra Howcroft, Work and Equalities Institute Professor Andrew Pendleton, University of Durham Professor Melanie Simms, University of Glasgow Professor Vicki Waas, University of Cardiff Dr Alex Wood, Oxford University
The conference is being held in Manchester at the same time as the 150th Annual Conference of the UK’s Trade Unions Congress and will organise sessions linked to the TUC conference themes, with invited speakers and activities focused on the future of trade unions and worker regulation and rights. The TUC was founded in Manchester in 1868 and the WEI Fairness at Work conference will include social and cultural activities linked to the labour history and struggles for equality of the city.
Delegates will also be able to attend the Fairness at Work/Work & Equalities Institute fringe event, "Work and Equalities: Futures and Challenges", on Tueday 11th September as part of the TUC's 150th anniversary conference also held in Manchester during that week.
Venue: The University of Manchester - Cost: £200 Waged, £100 Day rate (£50 unwaged): includes all food and drink plus the conference dinner
Register to attend the conference
Further details available here: http://mbs.ac.uk/weifairworkconference
7th June 2018
University of Greenwich, Faculty of Business PSIRU/WERU conference
FUTURE PUBLIC SERVICES
To be held on Wednesday 27th June 2018 in Lecture theatre QA 280, Queen Anne Building, Business Faculty, University of Greenwich, Park Row, London SE10 9LS.
The proposals in the Labour Party’s 2017 manifesto for public ownership of water, energy and rail proved extremely popular in the general election. Since then there has been a resurgence of debate in the UK around the question of public ownership for the first time in a quarter of a century, involving politicians, investors, academics, unions, and the public, with substantial media coverage.
The University of Greenwich is organising a conference on 27th June 2018 to contribute to and enhance this debate. The morning session will focus on the case for public ownership in the UK, and on the transition to public ownership, of railway, water, and energy services, and PFI schemes in the NHS, local and central government. This will be followed by contributions on the political economy of public services and public economics, including international speakers.
The afternoon session will examine how public services can be more democratic focusing on the role of public service workers, and how quality of public services can be improved when workers contribute to the design and delivery of the services. Presentations from academics and international trade unionists will discuss this relationship between workers and public services in relation to health and education, local government, public transport, and waste management.
9.00-13.00: Why public ownership?
Labour party speaker: public ownership plans
Dr. Helen Mercer (University of Greenwich): Nationalising SPVs and PFI
Prof. David Hall (University of Greenwich): Public ownership of water and energy
Prof. Judith Clifton (University of Cantabria): Public enterprise and the future
Dr. Emanuele Lobina (University of Greenwich): Theorising efficiency and the public sector
Dr. June Sekera (University College London and Tufts University): Re-thinking public economics
14.15- 17.00: Democratising public services
Chair: Prof Sian Moore, University of Greenwich
Dr. Jane Lethbridge (PSIRU): Worker-led management of services – towards democratic professionalism in public services
Asbjorn Wahl (Campaign for the Welfare State and NUMGE, Norway): Workers in the welfare state
Public transport: Alana Dave (ITF): Redesigning and restructuring services
Waste management: Vera Weghmann (PSIRU): Redesigning and restructuring services
For registration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please contact: Dr. Jane Lethbridge, Director, PSIRU email@example.com
Contemporary British Trotskyism: a symposium
Thursday 28 June
2pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Queen Mary University of London, Arts 1 building, Room 1.28
A symposium on British Trotskyism jointly organised by the PSA Labour Movements and Communism Specialist groups for John Kelly’s new book Contemporary Trotskyism: Parties, Sects and Social Movements in Britain (Routledge, 2018)
John Kelly (Birkbeck)
Phil Burton-Cartledge (Derby)
Madeleine Davis (Queen Mary)
Kevin Morgan (Manchester)
Mark Wickham-Jones (Bristol)
In a major new study of British Trotskyism, John Kelly looks in detail at the influence, resilience and weaknesses of the British Trotskyist movement, from the 1970s to the present day. This afternoon seminar brings together experts in the history and politics of the labour movement, Communism, New Left and far left to debate the arguments of the book and reflect on the significance of the Trotskyist movement for contemporary British politics.
FREE: all welcome
5th June 2018
The Diversity Interest Group at the University of Greenwich is showcasing its research on Equality and Diversity in a one day conference.
Date: Monday, 11 of June 2018
Location: Queen Anne Building, Room 063, Park Row, London SE10 9LS
Key note speech from Professor Tracey Reynolds: "Mind(ful) of the gap: intersectionality and the challenges of diversity in higher education"
Plus conference presentations from researchers at the University of Greenwich on the themes of:
Including a practitioner focus from Sarah Crowe
Vice President | Senior Consultant- Diversity and Inclusion– EMEA, Northern Trust.
Followed by a roundtable including Professor Sian Moore and Dr Jason Arday.
To register, please email Business Events with your name and job title to attend.
Professor Tracey Reynolds: Tracey's teaching and research interests focus on transnational families and kinship networks; constructions of motherhood and parenting & youth studies, and she has established international recognition within these fields of expertise. She has conducted extensive empirical research in the UK across a range of social issues including black and minority families living in disadvantaged communities, the study of families and in the Caribbean and North America.
Professor Sian Moore: Director of the Work and Employment Research Unit, University of Greenwich. Sian joined the University of Greenwich as Professor in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management and Director of the Work and Employment Research Unit (WERU) in September 2015. She was previously Professor of Work and Employment Relations and Co-Director of the Centre for Employment Studies Research (CESR) at the University of the West of England.
Dr Jason Arday: a Senior Lecturer in Education at Roehampton University, School of Education, a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust and Co-Chair of the Runnymede Academic Forum.He has recently completed an edited collection with Professor Heidi Mirza (Goldsmiths, University of London) entitled Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy (Palgrave).
4th June 2018
Deindustrialisation and Industrial Relations in Scotland: 1960s until Today
Thursday 7 June 2018: 15.30-17.00 (Tea/ coffee from 15.00; drinks at 5pm)
Room C279, University of Westminster Business School, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS (opposite Madame Tussauds and nearly opposite Baker Street tube)
For further details or to reserve a place, please e-mail Michael Gold (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Linda Clarke (email@example.com). Programme:
3.00-3.20pm: Tea/ coffee/ refreshments
3.20pm: Welcome and introductions: Michael Gold and Linda Clarke (Chairs)
3.30-4.00pm: Jim Phillips, Jim Tomlinson and Valerie Wright (presented by Jim Phillips)
Deindustrialisation, Ownership and Industrial Relations, c. 1963-1993: Evidence from Linwood Car Manufacturing and Timex Dundee
Deindustrialisation was a phased and managed process, which structured industrial relations. From the mid-1950s industrial workers and communities in Scotland were persuaded to trade ‘old’ jobs in the staples for ‘new’ jobs in lighter engineering. ‘New’ employers acquired obligations, partly because public money was involved in establishing business premises and associated housing. The cases of Linwood car manufacturing and Timex Dundee show that workers exerted moral economy claims to ownership of these new jobs and factories. Through trade union organisation, embedded in community and familial ties, they challenged managerial sovereignty, particularly at points of transition or crisis.
4.00-4.30pm: Dr Jenny O’Neil and Dr Vaughan Ellis
Unheard Voices of Decline: Scottish Oil Sector
This paper examines how employment in the Scottish oil industry is changing as the industry declines, shedding in excess of 120,000 jobs between 2014 and 2016 as oil prices fell. Yet, the absence of workers’ voice in policy discussions about how best to safeguard the industry and utilise their skills has meant that other stakeholders’ interests have been privileged. Drawing from in depth oral history interviews with off shore oil workers, it is argued that workers are experiencing lower wages, fewer shifts, difficulty accessing re-training and career changes as well as adverse effects on family life and wellbeing.
4.30-5.00pm: General discussion
5.00pm: Close (followed by drinks until 5.30pm)
Jim Phillips is a Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow, where he and his c-authors are working on a Leverhulme-funded project, Employment, Politics and Culture in Scotland since 1955. Jim co-edits Scottish Labour History and Historical Studies in Industrial Relations.
Dr Jenny O’Neil is a Lecturer in Labour Relations and Global HRM at Edinburgh Napier University. Her research interests include skills development within turbulent environments, employee voice and Global HRM.
Dr Vaughan Ellis is a Lecturer in Work and Industrial Relations specialising in the contemporary organisation and experience of work, and how changes in an organisations' external environment impact upon the labour process.
1st June 2018
ProBE – Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment
University of Westminster
WHAT KIND OF GREEN AND JUST TRANSITION?
WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
DATE: Thursday 12 July 2018, 12 noon-18.00pm
VENUE: Room CG28, University of Westminster Marylebone Campus,
35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS (opposite Madame Tussaud and diagonal from Baker Street tube station)
There is much discussion as well as divergent approaches to the question of a just transition to a low carbon economy, revolving
around what is achievable by the market or by ecological modernisation and whether instead a much more radical transformation
is necessary. This workshop addresses this debate and is concerned in particular with the active role of workers and the trade unions
in this transition, including examples from the built environment of successful intervention.
11.30-12.00 REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
12.00-12.05 Welcome: Introduction: ProBE/University of Westminster
SESSION 1: WHAT IS A GREEN AND JUST TRANSITION?
12.05-12.25 Just Transition and Beyond Just Transition: Strategies, Tactics, Labour Leadership Carla Lipsig Mummé York University, Toronto
12.25–12.45 Enabling city networks for green transitions Fred Steward University of Westminster
12.45-13.05 Trade Union Approaches to Just Transition Strategy Sam Mason Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union
13.30-14.15 LUNCH BREAK
SESSION 2: CONSTRUCTING A LOW CARBON BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY PROVISION
14.15-14.35 From constructing carbon-intensive to low carbon energy supply Colin Gleeson ProBE/University of Westminster
14.35-14.55 Conflicting ways from Black to Green Béla Galgóczi European Trade Union Institute
14.55-15.15 Green jobs and sustainability in the European offshore wind turbine manufacturing industry Lisa Schulte Middlesex University
15.35-15.55 COFFEE BREAK
SESSION 3: GREEN TRANSITIONS, TRADE UNION ACTIONS AND LOCALITIES
15.55-16.15 Green Transitions in the built environment in Europe Linda Clarke and Melahat Sahin-Dikmen ProBE/University of Westminster
16.15-16.35 Framing Just Transition Dimitris Stevis Colorado State University
PANEL SESSION: WHERE DO TRADE UNIONS GO FROM HERE?
17.00-18.00 Mercedes Landolfi (Fillea CGIL, Italy); ITUC? tbc, Philip Pearson (GJA);
To reserve a place and for further information, contact, Melahat Sahin-Dikmen M.Sahindikmen@westminster.ac.uk or Linda Clarke: firstname.lastname@example.org
The History & Policy Trade Union and Employment Forum would like to invite you to their upcoming event:
Why Is Equal Pay for women so difficult to achieve?
Come and discuss why, in spite of Equal Pay Laws and House of Commons Resolutions, there is still a gender pay gap in Britain – and hear an analysis of the recently gathered gender pay reports from large companies from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
History and Policy’s Trade Union and Employment Forum is holding a seminar on:
Wednesday 20 June, 6pm at King’s College London,
Room K-1.56, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS
The seminar starts at 6pm and will feature,
Helen Glew, Senior Lecturer in History at Westminster University, who will explain the history of Equal Pay in Britain,
Sue Coe, Employment Head at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, who will analyse the results from the gender pay reports from organisations with over 250 employees.
Helen and Sue’s presentations will be followed by questions and discussion. The event will end no later than 8pm.
Please reserve a free place on Eventbrite
For more details of History & Policy’s activities and events, visit the History & Policy website.
31st May 2018
Great job opportunity for new Research Assistant to come and join iROWE (Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment), University of Central Lancashire.
iROWE covers diverse research topics from domestic violence to co-working to leadership in healthcare to conflict resolution. We run events with internal and external stakeholders, and are very keen on engagement with the community – for instance our forthcoming conference on domestic violence in the workplace with the TUC, and speakers from practitioners, expert groups, policy and academia.
Research Assistant (Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment (IROWE))
University of Central Lancashire – Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise.
Hours: Full time (36.5 hours per week - 1.0 FTE). Job Share and part time applications also considered.
Basis: Fixed term contract for 12 months initially
Grade: E (£21585-24285)
Closing Date: 24/06/2018
Applications and all details please search vacancies: https://www.uclan.ac.uk/work/index.php
If anyone wants to talk to me about the role they are very welcome to do so Dr Gemma Wibberley, email@example.com
30th May 2018
The British Universities Industrial Relation Association holds 2018 conference at Middlesex University, London (Hendon campus), Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th June, 2018.
The PhD session is planned to hold on first day of the conference, Wednesday 27th June. The session will have two main features (PhD Workshop paper presentations and panel discussions). Professor Michael Gold, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Dr Danat Valizade, University of Leeds, have been confirmed to be amongst the panel.
Invitation is hereby extended to doctoral students who are researching in the field of Industrial/Employment Relations, to submit abstracts for workshop paper presentations.
Abstracts could be on any research ideas, from a work in progress paper (WIP), or from a section of ongoing PhD work- the idea of this is to offer a platform away from main BUIRA conference paper sessions, where we could 'test the waters', and have feedback from peers and from a panel of established academics.
This call for abstracts opens from Tuesday 8th May to Friday 8th June. Please send abstract of 250 words to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
29th May 2018
Australian Consortium for Research on Employment and Work (ACREW)
Ethical Regulation Research Group
Leadership Research Group
Monash Business Policy Forum
Social-Purpose and Global Business Research Unit
South-Asia Research Network
If you're after a rewarding career, Monash University can help make it happen. With leading academics and world-class resources, combined with a ranking in the top 100 universities worldwide, we offer all you need to build a brighter future.
We are seeking a strong and committed leader and researcher to fulfil the role of Professor and Director of the Centre for Global Business. The Director will maintain and enhance the Centre's profile as a leading national centre of research and provide strategic leadership to the existing team.
The Director is responsible for representing the Centre and its interests, views and needs across external, professional, business and government platforms. You will be responsible for maintaining a strong program of research, capable of attracting high calibre research staff and substantial external funding, publish research outcomes in the highest impact journals and foster postgraduate research training through the supervision of postgraduate students.
The successful applicant will be a researcher of international repute with a vision for the needs and development of global business studies both nationally and internationally. This vision will be supported by superior communication skills and a demonstrated commitment to the promotion of global business as a research area.
To thrive in this appealing role, you will have a relevant postgraduate qualification, an internationally-recognised career in a relevant discipline, a demonstrated record of academic excellence, and extensive experience and expertise in strategic management and leadership, particularly in a multidisciplinary environment.
Location: Monash Business School, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Remuneration: AUD$181,066 pa (plus 17% employer superannuation)
Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash Jobs".
Professor Gary Magee- Deputy Dean (Research), <Gary.Magee@monash.edu>
or if you wish, for an informal discussion, contact Professor Greg Bamber <email@example.com>
PD - Professor and Director, Centre for Global Business
Monday 9 July 2018, 11:55 pm AEST
24th May 2018
THE UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH WORK AND EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH UNIT SELF-EMPLOYED WORKERS: WHO ARE THEY AND CAN THEY BE ORGANISED? WEDNESDAY 30th MAY 2018. 15.00 – 18.00 VENUE: ROOM HH102, HAMILTON HOUSE, PARK VISTA, GREENWICH, SE10 9LZ Recently there has been a new focus on the role of self-employment in the labour market. In large part this is because of the substantial rise in self-employment since the financial crash of 2007/08 and the rise of 'bogus' self-employment in the new logistics industries (and elsewhere) which has challenged the legal concept of the 'employee' and workers' rights generally. This seminar seeks to shed new light on the different kinds of work undertaken by the self-employed - from window cleaners to accountants, and the wide range of incomes achieved. Our four presentations include recent research on the self-employed by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES); analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) of the national statistics on the self-employed workforce; a speaker from BECTU on the union organisation of self-employed workers in the film and broadcasting industries; and Professor Patricia Leighton on research she has been conducting among self-employed professionals. Our speakers are as follows: Andrea Broughton (Ecorys) and Matthew Williams (IES) will present the findings of recent IES research on segmentation of the solo self-employed workforce. The research highlights the diverse nature of this workforce, identifying nine distinct segments, ranging from highly independent, secure and well-paid individuals to those with a low degree of control over their working life, working in low-paid and insecure jobs. The research is based on a literature review and analysis of three datasets: the Labour Force Survey, the Family Resources Survey and Understanding Society. Andrea Broughton joined Ecorys as an Associate Director in January 2018, prior to which she was Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies. Andrea has a degree in modern languages (French and German) and an MA in international industrial relations and human resource management. She has over 20 years of experience in conducting research into European comparative employment relations, working for clients such as the European Commission, the European Parliament and Eurofound, Dublin. Andrea’s research interests include social dialogue, management of change and restructuring, precarious work and atypical employment. Matthew Williams re-joined IES in May 2013, having started his career at the Institute in the 1990s. An economist by training, Matthew has considerable experience and expertise in labour market analysis, at a local, regional and national level and for employers and public bodies, and he is a strong quantitative researcher and skilled in using SPSS to analyse administrative and survey datasets. He also has experience in the work areas of disability and higher education research. Prior to re-joining IES Matthew worked for 12 years as a self-employed research consultant, often working in conjunction with IES, and worked on a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research projects.
Mark Chandler (ONS) will discuss the national data available on the self-employed workforce, looking at their characteristics, income and wealth. Mark Chandler is a Senior Economic Adviser currently leading four teams of economists in the economics hub at the Office for National Statistics. His experience includes defining, measuring and developing measures of service output and productivity, providing the economics component to the annual local government finance settlements and the business rates retention scheme, monitoring and evaluation of local Growth Deals and Devolution Deals, and developing the WebTAG system of economic appraisal for transport investments. Prior to becoming a civil servant, he was an academic teaching and leading research projects in the Baltic States. His Ph.D. in economics, on a public choice model of local government finance, is from the University of Connecticut. Paul Evans (BECTU) will cover the union organisation of the self-employed in the film and broadcasting industries and show how a collective agreement was negotiated for these workers. Paul is an Assistant National Secretary of BECTU, the sector of the Prospect trade union that covers the entertainment industry. He oversees a rapidly growing 11,000-strong division of the union representing London TV, feature film and commercials production and post-production crew – mostly freelancers. He has a previous background as the founder of a Worker Co-op in the tech sector, a period of work in publishing and as a European Parliament researcher. In his spare time, he is the whistle player in a Pogues tribute band and is the author of a book titled ‘Save Democracy – Abolish Voting’, published by The Democratic Society in November 2017.
Professor Patricia Leighton (IPag Business School, France and University of South Wales UK) argues for a more radical, comprehensive and robust re-assessment of the employment law framework applying to workers generally, but the self-employed in particular. While Patricia’s background is as an employment lawyer, she will draw on a lot of empirical data on the experience of self-employed people and the legal and other responses to them in her presentation. She sees employment rights (and, indeed, other rights, e.g. to compete, work as a professional etc, work across borders etc) as important but by no means the only area for exploration and there is a need to set employment rights alongside social protections and a range of other issues. Patricia Leighton is Professor Emeritus at the University of South Wales UK and was previously Jean Monnet Professor of European Law and a Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. She is currently Professor of European Law at the IPag Business School France and a member of their research group. Her research and publishing interests are employment relationships, atypical contracts and self-employment. She has written several books on employment contracts and their management, flexible and emerging work patterns, and on opportunity and wellbeing at work. She has undertaken many research projects for international and national governments and other organisations, including the ILO, the European Commission and UK government departments, for private sector organisations and professional bodies.
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23rd May 2018
The Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR) is inviting proposals for special issues for the years 2020 and 2021.
The Journal of Industrial Relations is an ISI-ranked, peer-reviewed international journal administered by the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA). The editors invite scholarship from a range of disciplinary perspectives, examining any aspect of employment relations. Contributions exploring the traditional concerns of industrial relations as well as studies addressing the intersection of workplace, family and community are welcome.
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Kettling the Unions?
A Guide to the 2016 Trade Union Act
By Alan Tuckman
Foreword by Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary
Published with the support of the Public and Commercial Services Union
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From Mark Serwotka’s foreword:
‘This very welcome book is intended to provide an analysis of the roots of the Trade Union Act 2016. Those roots lie in Thatcher’s legislation of the 1980s and further back to the undermining of collective bargaining in UK industrial relations that developed in the 1970s, in the context of neoliberalism’s rise to dominance.
The Trade Union Act was a transparent attempt to contain trade unions in the position they held before the turn of the 20th century. It has introduced draconian restrictions on the right to strike, and new restrictions covering balloting and picketing. It has also changed the rules on union political funds from the current ‘opt-out’ system to an ‘opt-in’ system, an anti-democratic attempt to reduce the ability of trade unions to fund not only political parties, but also a wide range of other non-party political activities.
As well as aiming to be a guide to the 2016 Trade Union Act and its effect on the trade union movement, this book sets it in the context of decades of attacks on the rights of workers to organise by Conservative governments.’
Foreword by Mark Serwotka 7
Preface Oil on the Fire? Brexit and Workers’ Rights 9
Chapter 1 - The Trade Union Problem 28
The Emerging Problem 28 | The Rise of Trade Unionism 31 | Regularising Trade Unions? 36 | Taff Vale and the Trade Disputes Act 1906 39 | Voluntarism 44 | The Enemy Within: the challenge to consensus 47 | The Establishment of Trade Unionism and its Growing Challenge 53
Chapter 2 - Containing the Unions 58
The Attack on Voluntarism 58 | Heath, the ‘Quiet Revolution’ and the Industrial Relations Act 60 | Labour and the Social Contract 64 | Trade Unions Under Thatcher and Major 71 | Fairness at Work? The Labour Government 1997-2010 78 | The Coalition, the State of the Unions, and the Carr Review 83
Chapter 3 - The Trade Union Act 2016: A Guide 102
Ballot Thresholds 107 | Electronic Balloting 113 | Information Requirements associated with industrial action ballots 117 | Timing of and Duration of industrial ballots 119 | Expiry of industrial action mandate 121 | Picketing 122 | Use of agency workers during strikes 127
The Nature of Trade Union Political Funds 129 | Reform of Political Funds 131
Chapter 4 - Flexing the Kettle? 153
A ‘Winter of Discontent’? 153 | Implementing the Act 155 | Testing the Trade Union Act 158 | Immediate Impact of the Act 161 | Pension Disputes in the Universities and Royal Mail 164 | Pensions and the Pay Cap 173 | Conflict in the ‘new economy’?: Organising the unorganised 175 | Recognition in the global economy 179 | A revival of trade unionism? 181 | Repealing the Trade Union Act 187
Appendix 1 - Examples of workers who deliver ‘important public services’ under the 40% threshold 196 Appendix 2 - Facilities Time 198 Appendix 3 - Role of Certification Officer 200 Appendix 4 - Institute of Employment Rights, Manifesto for Labour Law 201
About the Author 204
Press review copies: PDF copies of the book can be sent to papers, magazines and journals in advance of publication upon request and consideration.
22nd May 2018
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