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Journal of Industrial Relations - Call for special issue proposals

The Journal of Industrial Relations (JIR) is inviting proposals for special issues for the years 2020 and 2021. The guidelines for special issue proposals, editorial guidelines and the JIR's aims and scope can be found at  http://journals.sagepub.com/pb-assets/cmscontent/JIR/JIR_Call%20for%20SI%20proposals__2020-2021.pdf
Please submit your special issue proposal to the JIR Editors atbusiness.jir@sydney.edu.au by June 2018. 

20th April 2018

Event: BUIRA History of Industrial Relations Study Group

Deindustrialisation and Industrial Relations in Scotland: 1960s until Today

Thursday 7 June 2018: 15.30-17.30 (Tea/ coffee from 15.00)

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 (m.gold@rhul.ac.uk) or Linda Clarke (clarkel@wmin.ac.uk).

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)
 

The speakers:

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.

18th April 2018

Event: Making use of Oral History

Britain at Work (B@W) 1945-95 in association with British Universities’ Industrial Relations (BUIRA) IR History Group and Oral History Society (OHS)

 

Saturday 2 June 2018, 11am – 4.45pm

University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS

(opposite Madame Tussauds and nearly opposite Baker Street tube)

Room C279 (lunch C287)

 

For further details or to reserve a place, please email Michael Gold (m.gold@rhul.ac.uk) or Linda Clarke (clarkel@wmin.ac.uk)

 

This year’s Britain at Work Oral Labour History Day will focus on what we do with the recordings we make, both audio and video. How do we share what we learn from interviews and how do we make sure that oral histories we collect are preserved for future use in safe environments and archives? The day will begin with an opening address by Robert Perks, Lead Curator, Oral History and the Director of National Life Stories at the British Library. Rob is also secretary of the Oral History Society and an editor of the journal Oral History. He will talk about developments and opportunities for the dissemination and sustainability of oral history collections.

 

Rob will be followed by a roundtable reports from participants currently involved in oral history in work settings. After lunch, there will be presentations from presenters whose oral history projects have resulted in books, films, pop-up museum and a comic. The day will end with a presentation from Martin Astell (tbc), Sound and Video Archivist at Essex Record Office, who will talk about being an archivist working in a local authority museum/archive and the challenges besetting local archives and archivists at the moment.

 

B@W is an initiative to capture the memories of people at work between 1945 and 1995, some of which are to found at the TUC Library Collections held at London Metropolitan University (www.unionhistory.info/britainatwork)..

 

Draft Programme

10.30-11.00 Registration

11.00-11.15 Welcome and introduction: Michael Gold and Linda Clarke

 

11.15-12.00 Keynote: How can I future-proof my oral history project? Guidance on best archival and legal practice for preservation and public access and reuse’. Rob Perks, Lead Curator, Oral History & Director of National Life Stories at the British Library. Chair: Joanna Bornat

 

12.00-13.00 Roundtable: brief contributions from participants on their current interest in oral labour history. Chair: Michael Gold

13.00-14.00 Lunch: 

 

14.00-15.25

Presentations. Chair: John Gabriel tbc

  • Alex Gordon/ Chris Reeves (RMT History Project)
  • Sally Groves (author of Trico: a victory to remember)
  • Sundari Anitha / Ruth Pearson (Striking Women educational website + book)
  • Padmini Broomfield (Ford Transition Pop-up Museum, Southampton)

15.25-15.45 Break

 

15.45-16.15 Local collections: Martin Astell, Essex Record Office tbc. Chair:

16.15-16.45 Discussion + closing observations. Chair: tbc

18th April 2018

Event: Central London BUIRA Seminar: Labour Migration

Labour Migration

Professor Bridget Anderson (University of Bristol) on Labour market flexibility and citizenship rights

Dr Rachel Marangozov (Institute of Employment Studies) on Brexit and beyond: A perfect storm for our nursing workforce?

 

Friday 27 April 2018, 10.30am – 12.30pm, followed by buffet lunch

University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS

(opposite Madame Tussauds and nearly opposite Baker Street tube)
Room
C279 (lunch C287)

 

For further details and to reserve a place, contact Linda Clarke (clarkel@wmin.ac.uk)

 

This regular monthly seminar is focused on labour migration, a particularly topical theme given on-going Brexit negotiations and we are fortunate to have two expert speakers:

 

Bridget Anderson, Professor of Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol, explores the tension between labour market flexibilities and citizenship rights. She will discuss the functions of immigration in key labour market sectors and the ways in which immigration controls increasingly impact on citizens as well as migrants. From 2013-2017 Bridget was Research Director of COMPAS (Centre of Migration, Policy and Society) at the University of Oxford. She has always worked closely with migrants’ organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at local, national and international level. Her publications include: Us and Them? The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls (Oxford University Press, 2013); Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy, co-edited with Martin Ruhs (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Social, Political and Historical Contours of Deportation with Matthew Gibney and Emanuela Paoletti (Springer, 2013); and Migration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics with Isabel Shutes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

 

Rachel Marangozov, Research Associate at the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) and Director of MigrationWork CIC, will present findings from 2 IES studies:1) for the Migration Advisory Committee, on whether nursing should be kept on the Shortage Occupation List; and 2) on the risks of Brexit to the nursing workforce. She will question the sustainability of continued reliance on a foreign workforce of nurses. Rachel specializes in the labour market disadvantage of ethnic minority groups and migrant workers. She previously worked at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) on a range of equality and diversity issues and is a Director of MigrationWork CIC, which helps communities, policymakers, and practitioners respond to migration. Her work there has involved projects for the European Commission in both the United Kingdom and in several European Member States on a range of integration issues.

 

This seminar is an opportunity to air and discuss these issues in an open forum and consider their implications for industrial relations. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this event. These meetings can be full though so, if you would like to attend and to help forecast catering provision, please Contact: Professor Linda Clarke,  clarkel@wmin.ac.uk or 020350 66528

17th April 2018

TUC 150th Anniversary Conference: Speakers Announced

TUC 150th Anniversary Conference: Retrospect and Prospects

in conjunction with the Manchester Industrial Society

Mechanics Institute, Princess Street, Manchester

Friday 1 June 10am-6.30pm

 

Timetable

9am – 10am: Registration

10am: Opening remarks

 

10.15 – 11.30: Panel Session1chaired by Lynne Morris, UNISON/TUC North West Chair

The role of the TUC in significant disputes

• Professor Ralph Darlington Professor of Employment Relations, University of Salford,

and secretary of Manchester Industrial Relations Society

• Professor John Kelly, Professor of Industrial Relations, Birkbeck, University of London

• trade union speaker tbc

 

11.30 – 12.45: Panel session 2 Chaired by Lynn Collins, TUC North West

TUC Relations with Labour in Government and opposition

• Sarah Veale, former Head of Equality and Employment Rights, TUC

• Keith Ewing – Professor of Public Law, King’s College London

• John McDonnell MP

 

12.45 – 1.45: Lunch

 

1.45 – 3.00: Panel Session 3 chaired by Paula Wood, PCS/TUC North West

TUC Framing Laws and Changing Laws

• John Hendy QC

• Stephen Cavalier, Chief Executive, Thompsons solicitors

• Hannah Reed, Senior Employment Rights Officer TUC

 

3.00 – 4.15: Panel session 4 chaired by Peter Middleman NEU/TUC North West

The Organising Academy and beyond

• Melanie Simms, Professor of Work and Employment, University of Glasgow

• Sally Hunt – TUC President and UCU General Secretary

• Paul Nowak – TUC Deputy General Secretary

 

4.15 – 6.30pm: Closing Remarks followed by a Beer and sandwiches reception,

hosted by Thompsons Solicitors

 

Registration for the conference costs £10 which includes copies of presentations, lunch and

closing reception. A number of student places will be made available at a reduced rate of £5.

You can register via the Eventbrite link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tuc150-retrospects-and-prospects-tickets-42781768421

16th April 2018

Event: Human Resource Management and the Shifting Global Landscape

British Academy of Management Human Resource Management Special Interest Group

 

One-Day Conference: Human Resource Management and the Shifting Global Landscape

 

Deadline for abstract submissions 20/04/18.

 

The purpose of this year’s conference is to bring together academics, policymakers and practitioners to examine the changing world of work. Given current developments - such as Brexit, travel bans, and mass human displacement - organisations are increasingly looking for ways not only to navigate through current challenges, but also to be able to compete sustainably and thrive through unforeseen future events. The conference aims to offer an opportunity for dialogue among academics, practitioners and policy makers, and to consider future challenges and potential responses in relation to Human Resource Management (HRM). 

In an era, where the competition for talent is fierce (Schuler, Jackson, & Tarique, 2011) and unforeseen circumstances constantly shift the political and economical landscape (Wood and Budhwar, 2016), studies demonstrate that organisations need more elaborate HRM approaches for sustainable performance (Andreeva, et al., 2017; Glaister, Liu, Sahadev, & Gomes, 2014). Further to this, recent high-profile job harassment cases have questioned the role of HR as an ethical steward (Caldwell et al., 2011) and have reignited debates regarding whether HR practitioners focus on the human or the resource side of the management of human resources (Delbridge & Keenoy, 2010). It is perhaps high time that we move beyond the examination of a decontextualized HRM towards a more holistic appreciation of the world of work. In line with this, there have been important calls for more integration between HRM and other relevant streams of management research such as talent management and international business (e.g. Allen, Lee, Reiche, 2015), as well as the broader social sciences.

This event will take place on the 15th June 2018 in Birmingham.

We invite contributions from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives that address any of the areas or the workshop theme more generally:
 

  • Generational differences, inclusion and diversity in a global economy
  • Global employment relations and mobility
  • Working conditions during crises (economic, political, societal) across the world
  • Talent Sourcing and Management in multinationals, SMEs and the public sector
  • The gig economy and its implications for HR in a global context
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics in HR
  • HR and employment practices across different countries and cultures

 

Keynote Speakers:

 

·         Professor Catherine Cassell (University of Birmingham, UK) 

·         Professor David Collings (Dublin City University, Ireland)

 

 

Please submit an extended abstract of up to 2000 words via email to Dr Margarita Nyfoudi via e-mail m.nyfoudi@bham.ac.uk Deadline for submissions: 20th April 2018 at 12.00 UK time.

In the submission e-mail, please attach the abstract in a word or pdf file and include the following information in the message: Title, Author(s) Name(s), E-mail

 

University of Birmingham kindly sponsors the facilities for the event

If you have any queries or would like to discuss a potential submission, please contact 

Dr Margarita Nyfoudi: m.nyfoudi@bham.ac.uk

16th April 2018

Framing Work: Competing Analytical Perspectives on Employment Relations

Framing Work: Competing Analytical Perspectives on Employment Relations

Manchester Industrial Relations Society

Shirley Lerner Memorial Lecture

Speaker: Professor Ed Heery 

Professor of Employment Relations

Cardiff Business School, University of Caridff

http://www.mirs.org.uk/index.html

 

Thursday 3 May 6pm
Lecture Theatre G33, Ground Floor
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
All Saints, Oxford Road (near Oxford Road railway station), Manchester M15 6BH
Map:  http://www.mmu.ac.uk/travel/allsaints/

 

Contemporary writing on the employment relationship falls into three broad traditions: a unitary tradition that assumes there is a natural coincidence in the interests of employer and worker; a pluralist tradition that believes regulation is required to enable workers to advance their own, separate and distinct interests against those of the employer; and a critical tradition that perceives a fundamental cleavage in the interests of workers and employers and celebrates worker resistance to employer domination.

 

This presentation will identify the defining features of these competing traditions, or frames of reference as they are often known, and will show how their separate conceptions of the relative interests of workers and employers leads to distinctive research agenda, modes of explanation, prescriptions for practice, and particular ways of engaging with the public sphere. The presentation will also consider the relationship between the frames and will identify the typical forms of contention and debate in which they engage.

 

For further details see:

Professor Ralph Darlington: r.r.darlington@salford.ac.uk

0161-295-5456

Twitter: @ManchesterIRS

13th April 2018

ERU Conference at Cardiff: Global Value Chains and their Employment Relations Consequences 10/11 May 2018

 

Global Value Chains and their Employment Relations Consequences

ERU Conference: 10-11 May 2018,

Location: Cardiff Business School, Cardiff, UK

Organisers:

Jonathan Morris (Cardiff University) Jimmy Donaghey (Warwick University) Jean Jenkins (Cardiff University) Richard Locke (Brown University) Rachel Ashworth (Cardiff University)

 

Conference Aims and Scope:

This year’s Employment Research Unit Conference will take place on 10-11 May 2018 at Cardiff Business School on the theme of Global Value Chains and their Employment Relations Consequences. Keynote speakers will include Richard Locke, Mark Anner, Jennifer Bair, Andrew Crane and Klara Skrivankova and a special issue of the BJIR will accompany the conference. The conference team welcomes paper submissions that focus on the link between supply chain decisions and employment conditions. The attached call for papers provides further details.

Please note, there are funds to support the attendance of PhD students and early career researchers for this event. If anyone wishes to take advantage of such funding, they should please contact Jean Jenkins at jenkinsj1@cardiff.ac.uk in the first instance.

Conference Schedule:

10th May 2018, 2-5pm, Symposium on Exploitative Work, Cardiff Business School

10th May 2018, 7-10pm, Conference dinner, Cardiff Bay

11th May 2018, 9-5pm, Conference paper sessions, Cardiff Business School.

Call for papers

The conference and proposed special issue of BJIR concerns the issue of the emergence, growth and evolution of global commodity chains and related employment relations issues. The relationship between supply chain relationships and the workplace is topical and referred to explicitly by the ILO agenda on international work and by the OECDs concerns with skills (OECD, 2017). While topical, much of the research in the area focuses on power relations between firms in chains and employment relations concerns being a secondary issue. However, this is changing and for example an emerging number of recent publications in the BJIR examine the employment relations consequences of supply chains. As such, this initiative proposes to bring this emerging research together into a coherent and unified volume.

Globalisation of production has brought significant economic growth and employment opportunities; for example, it has been estimated that 80% of world trade passes through GVCs (UNCTAD, 2013) and some 453 million jobs have been created in OECD and emerging economies (ILO, 2015). Further, it was once assumed that economic upgrading of value chains would lead to social upgrading. However, the potential asymmetric power relationships in supply chains have implications for both the employment relationship and social relations at work. This is particularly so in situations where there has been a ‘race to the bottom’ to secure contracts through low wages where, for example, industry entry and exit costs are low and developing economies are fearful of footloose large firms ‘cutting and running’ or where small firms in the lower tiers of the chain face being left behind. Participation in such chains may therefore result, in the worst case scenario, in country-wide economic benefits in developing countries but a degradation of working conditions and ‘social downgrading’, particularly for those working in low tier suppliers and irregular, informal, female and immigrant workers. Indeed, while there has been an extensive literature on GVC, there is increasing concern with the use of, for example, child labour, vulnerable workers and working conditions.

There have been attempts to use a variety of regulatory methods to improve work standards, tied to the ILO’s Decent Work Framework, but such attempts to regulate labour standards in chains (particularly apparel and footwear ones supplying to major western retailers and brands), may force undue pressures on firms in the supply chain trying to reconcile the conflicting demands of cheap labour and suppliers asking for higher standards. To date, much of this research has been framed in terms of the Corporate Social Responsibility agenda, however the industrial relations lens brings a particularly important and underexplored focus. The competition for surplus value between local, national and international capital has led to many examples of extreme demands on workforces already subject to multiple layers of socio-economic disadvantage. In such contexts, both public, statutory and private, voluntary regulation have proved woefully inadequate, particularly over issues of enforcement and non-compliance.

However, there is evidence that supply chains are evolving (to include, for example, high skill level services in locations such as India) and consolidating (for example, in the automotive industry) but also that the continuing geographical spread of activity may be under some threat as a consequence of automation, with consequences for the potential for national upgrading strategies (OECD, 2017).

The special issue seeks to consolidate recent research in the area and advance theoretical and applied knowledge on how decisions in the supply chain impact upon employment relations at work. As such we wish to draw papers from a number of disciplines including human resource management and the sociology of work, as well as industrial relations. In this special issue we wish to elicit submissions that are rich in empirical content and connect to theory in such a way as to build a detailed picture of the ways that broader social phenomena play out at the workplace level, in the specific context of international value chains and production networks. We would, therefore, welcome submissions from a range of areas including the effects of global supply chains on social relations at work. Research has focused on the role of MNCs in implementing employment practices across borders and the development of global supply chains. Much of this has been driven by the emergence of global value chains, which in turn are predicated upon trade liberalisation and intense (often labour) cost competition. We would like to see papers which draw upon:

(1) Control, struggle and the labour process in GVCs, for example, labour control and resistance in production at GVCs which has led to increased work intensity and control through pay systems, employer control over workers and threats to independent unionism.

(2) Class, rights and identity in industrial relations in GVCs, focussing on the ‘intersectionality’ of class, gender, race and ethnicity, and the exploitation of migrant labour.

(3) The presence of forced labour and modern-day slavery in value chains.

The special issue would also welcome papers on the governance of global value chains and the role of private, public and social regulation, including NGOs and international trade unions. We would like to see papers which draw upon:

(1) Institution building in GVCs which highlight both the potential and the complexities of institution building.

(2) Social accountability and sustainable work in GVCs, encompassing not only issues of job quality and the decent work agenda but also issues of private versus public regulation.

(3) Human relations and workplace realities in GVCs, focussing on the debate over human rights versus employment rights.

(4) The extent to which apparatuses such as Codes of Conduct and International Framework Agreements have enabled the democratisation of workplaces.

(5) Emerging connections between civil society and the trade union movement.

References:

ILO (2015) World Employment and Social Outlook 2015. Geneva: ILO.

OECD (2017) OECD Skills Outlook, 2017: Skills and Global Value Chains. Paris: OECD.

UNCTAD (2013) World Investment Report: Global Value Chains. Geneva: United Nations Publications.

 

Conference submission information:

Authors wishing to present a paper at the ERU Conference should send a 1000 word abstract to the organisers by 13 April, 2018. The abstract should outline the paper’s rationale and, if empirical, its main methods and results. After the conference authors will be invited to revise the papers within three months for submission to the journal. All papers for publication will be subject to the strict BJIR refereeing procedure Guidelines for BJIR authors can be found at

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-8543

In the event of queries, please contact: Jean Jenkins at jenkinsj1@cardiff.ac.uk in the first instance.

6th April 2018

PhD Position Available: WBS/ProBE Studentship

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) starting in September 2018. 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). 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 student will be asked to do 6 hours of work per week as a research assistant to support ProBE’s ACW research and enhance REF 2020 submission. There may also be opportunities for exchange visits to Canada.

 

Eligible candidates will hold at least an upper second class honours degree and a Master’s degree. Candidates whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency, normally defined as 6.5 in IELTS (with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements).

 

The Studentship consists of a full fee waiver at the Home Fee Rate of £5000 and a stipend of £16,000 per annum over three years of PhD study. The Studentship is open to Home and Overseas applicants, but overseas applicants must be aware that they will need to cover the difference between the Home and Overseas fee (Currently £8000 per year).

 

The closing date for applications is Monday, 14th May 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:clarkel@wmin.ac.uk

29th March 2018

PhD studentship: ESRC-Skills Development Scotland - Explaining employer engagement with apprenticeships

Description

The project is funded by the ESRC and Skills Development Scotland (SDS). The aims of the project are to explore the factors that influence employers' decisions about whether or not to develop apprenticeships, engage with apprenticeship policy, and how employers seek to shape the policy context around apprenticeship provision.

To achieve this, the research will use a mixed methods approach (secondary analysis of surveys and case studies of employers) to explore varying levels of employer engagement with apprenticeships in Scotland. In the first year, the doctoral researcher will explore existing quantitative data sets to identify patterns of engagement with apprenticeship provision. This analysis will inform the selection of at least six employer case studies in key sectors. The second year will therefore be spent working to secure access with participating employers, to understand the pressures within their sectors and industries, and interviewing key stakeholders (employers, managers, policy makers etc). The third year will be spent analyzing the data and writing up the doctoral thesis.

The successful applicant will work closely with individual employers as well as SDS and other stakeholders to deliver theoretically-rigorous and policy-relevant research. The project will result in reports to stakeholders as well as a written doctoral thesis.

Given the extensive work with employers, it is important that candidates have an understanding of how employing organisations make decisions. An interest in labour market policy is also an advantage. Candidates should be keen to develop strong qualitative research skills, and be open to opportunities to undertake training to develop quantitative data analysis skills. Candidates are likely to have a social science background, with some evidence of an enthusiasm to understand business decisions.

The PhD Project will be Lead-Supervised by Professor Melanie Simms in the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow.

Further details:

https://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/socialsciences/studentfundingopportunities/postgraduateresearch/#d.en.570622

Eligibility

Home/EU applicants are eligible to apply.  

ESRC eligibility information
http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/postgraduates/prospective-students/eligibility/index.aspx

26th March 2018

London BUIRA seminar Labour Migration 27 April 2018

Central London BUIRA Seminar:

Labour Migration

Professor Bridget Anderson (University of Bristol) on Labour market flexibility and citizenship rights

Dr Rachel Marangozov (Institute of Employment Studies) on Brexit and beyond: A prefect storm for our nursing workforce?

 

Friday 27 April 2018, 10.30am – 12.30pm, followed by buffet lunch

University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS

(opposite Madame Tussauds and nearly opposite Baker Street tube)
Room 
C279 (lunch C287)

 

For further details and to reserve a place, contact Linda Clarke (clarkel@wmin.ac.uk)

 

This regular monthly seminar is focused onlabour migration, a particularly topical theme given on-going Brexit negotiations and we are fortunate to have two expert speakers:

 

Bridget Anderson, Professor of Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol, explores the tension between labour market flexibilities and citizenship rights. She will discuss the functions of immigration in key labour market sectors and the ways in which immigration controls increasingly impact on citizens as well as migrants. From 2013-2017 Bridget was Research Director of COMPAS (Centre of Migration, Policy and Society) at the University of Oxford. She has always worked closely with migrants’ organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at local, national and international level. Her publications include: Us and Them? The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls(Oxford University Press, 2013); Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy, co-edited with Martin Ruhs (Oxford University Press, 2012);The Social, Political and Historical Contours of Deportation with Matthew Gibney and Emanuela Paoletti (Springer, 2013); andMigration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics with Isabel Shutes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

 

Rachel Marangozov, Research Associate at the Institute for Employment Studies (IES)and Director of MigrationWork CIC, willpresent findings from 2 IES studies:1) for the Migration Advisory Committee, on whether nursing should be kept on the Shortage Occupation List; and 2) on the risks of Brexit to the nursing workforce. She will questionthe sustainability of continued reliance on a foreign workforce of nurses. Rachel specializes in the labour market disadvantage of ethnic minority groups and migrant workers. She previously worked at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) on a range of equality and diversity issues and is a Director of MigrationWork CIC, which helps communities, policymakers, and practitioners respond to migration. Her work there has involved projects for the European Commission in both the United Kingdom and in several European Member States on a range of integration issues.

 

This seminar is an opportunity to air and discuss these issues in an open forum and consider their implications for industrial relations. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this event. These meetings can be full though so, if you would like to attend and to help forecast catering provision, please Contact: Professor Linda Clarke, clarkel@wmin.ac.uk or 020350 66528

26th March 2018

ILERA 8th Regional Congress, Mauritius, 7-9 May 2018 - URGENT

Following the huge efforts of South African Labour and Employment Relations Association, we are happy to announce that the 8th ILERA Regional Congress will be held in

the Intercontinental Resort Mauritius, Balaclava Fort, Balaclava, Mauritius from 7 to 9 May 2018 under the general theme:

 

CHALLENGES FACING THE FUTURE OF WORK: AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES AND EXPERIENCES

 

Attached please find the Call for Papers as well as a Congress information brochure.

 

More information can be found on: www.ilera-africa2018.co.za

23rd March 2018

The Fourth Biennial Fairness at Work Conference 'Justice at Work: Challenges and Possibilities' (Work and Equalities Institute, University of Manchester) - Submission Deadline Extended 

Work and Equalities Institute

The University of Manchester 
The Fourth Biennial Fairness at Work Conference 
'Justice at Work: Challenges and Possibilities’

10 & 11 September 2018 
Call for Papers

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 20 April 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.

 

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.

 

Papers are invited on these developments in the areas of fair treatment at work, diversity and equality, stress and well-being, dignity at work, employment regulation, worker participation, trade unionism, technology and work, and key elements of employment relations such as pay, pensions and working time.

 

Venue: The University of Manchester

 

Cost: £200 Waged (£50 unwaged) - includes all food and drink plus the conference dinner

 

Submission: Please Send 500 word abstracts or 1000 word for sessions by 20 April 2018 tofairwrcconferences@mbs.ac.uk

 

About the Work & Equalities Institute

The Work & Equalities Institute brings together the European Work and Employment Research Centre and Fairness at Work Research Centre with expertise across human resource management, industrial relations, labour economics, organisational psychology, and employment law. The team has a track record, built over more than twenty five years, of informing the evidence-base and policy agenda of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation, as well as national organisations such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and others. WEI’s research is being used in knowledge exchange, dialogue and debate with key stakeholders and policy makers, and makes informed contributions to policy formation and practice. For more information, visit: https://www.mbs.ac.uk/research/centres-and-institutes/work-and-equalities-institute/

23rd March 2018

PhD Positions @ UCD Quinn School of Business

UCD have opened their call for PhD applications - for further information please follow the below link:

https://www.erc-europeanunions.eu/open-positions/

15th March 2018

EFES Newsletter - New facts about employee share ownership in March 2018

Please access the EFES Newsletter via the following link:

http://www.efesonline.org/EFES NEWS/2018/EFES NEWSLETTER - 3-2018 EN.htm

 

13th March 2018

PhD position in Working Life Science at Karlstad University / Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences / Business School

Description

This is a fixed-term position for four years at full time. Unless there are special circumstances, this is a full-time position, and the lowest rate of study is 50%. The position includes departmental duties up to 20% of full time, spread over the entire period of appointment. The period of appointment is extended in accordance with departmental duties executed.

 

Eligibility and selection

General as well as specific entry requirements have to be met for admittance to the PhD programme. General entry requirements are fulfilled by a person who has earned a master’s degree and at least 240 ECTS credits of which at least 60 ECTS cr. are studies at master’s level, or who in some other way in Sweden or abroad has acquired largely equivalent knowledge.

Specific entry requirements to the PhD programme in Working Life Science are fulfilled by a person who has earned a master’s degree (60 ECTS cr.) and who wrote a bachelor or master thesis (for a 60 or 120-credit Master’s degree) focusing on working life issues.

Good oral and written skills in Swedish and English are valued.

Independent essays and degree projects will be particularly significant when applications are assessed.

The departmental duties of doctoral students are executed as part of the discipline’s bachelor-level teaching, particularly in the Human Resource Management and Working Life programme. Teaching duties may also include commissioned courses offered by the discipline. The teaching is mainly in Swedish.

 

Admission 

The successful applicant is admitted to the PhD programme after individual assessment of their ability to complete the programme successfully. The starting date is as soon as possible, as per agreement. The position in based in Karlstad. 2018-03-02

 

Application

Applications are submitted electronically and should include:

• CV

• Undergraduate and master-level essays and degree projects for consideration

• Other academic texts demonstrating the applicant’s capability to complete the PhD programme successfully, if applicable

• A plan for the doctoral thesis project (max. 6 pages)

• A brief account (1 000 words) of the applicant’s interest in the position and their main areas of interest for the PhD project.

REK2018/53

 

Contact:

Ann Bergman, professor, ann.bergman@kau.se054-700 15 24

Robert MacKenzie, professor, robert@mackenzie@kau 054-700 1500

Martin Löfgren, head of school 054- 700 1975

Thomas Bragefors, SACO union representative 054-700 1714

Denita Gustavsson, OFR 054-700 1434

Last application date 2018-04-03

12th March 2018

Workers in the Modern Economy- Aspects of Flexibility – Call for Papers

Workers in the Modern Economy- Aspects of Flexibility

Group for Employment Law and Policy

8th International Conference, Kingston University, May 11th 2018

One Day Conference

Flexible work has become a key factor in modern labour markets in a globalised economy. But this flexibility comes at a heavy price for many modern workers. Greater flexibility in the choice of job and working time may mean lower job security, higher income volatility and less access to social protection. And for business, lower labour costs and wider access to global labour can diminish human capital.

Digital technology now brings a new challenge to the very organisation of work itself, transforming workers into business partners in multiple online networks.

What are the challenges and opportunities to employment in this new economy? How can labour respond to changes in how capital is developing? The high profile cases mounted against Uber, e-Courier and the like regarding the legal basis of ‘gig’ style working indicate a fight back. Innovations in business organisation demand new ways of thinking about work itself.

This conference aims to explore the multiple issues that arise from the new flexibilities and insecurities in a modern economy. Papers are invited on all aspects of labour and social security in the new world of work.

Abstracts of approx. 200 words should be sent to Professor Michael Wynn by 28 March, 2018.

Email: m.wynn@kingston.ac.uk

Deadline for abstracts: 28 March 2018. Contributions invited from all disciplines. 

8th March 2018

Research Studentship on Climate Change, Labour and Work at Westminster Business School, University of Westminster

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) starting in September 2018. 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 theCanadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), led by Professor Carla Lipsig Mummé and entitled Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces, an international perspective (ACW). 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 student will be asked to do 6 hours of work per week as a research assistant to support ProBE’s ACW research and enhance REF 2020 submission. There may also be opportunities for exchange visits to Canada.

 

Eligible candidates will hold at least an upper second class honours degree and a Master’s degree. Candidates whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency, normally defined as 6.5 in IELTS (with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements).

 

The Studentship consists of a full fee waiver at the Home Fee Rate of £5000 and a stipend of £16,000 per annum over three years of PhD study. The Studentship is open to Home and Overseas applicants, but overseas applicants must be aware that they will need to cover the difference between the Home and Overseas fee (Currently £8000 per year).

 

The closing date for applications is Monday, 14th May 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: clarkel@wmin.ac.uk

6th March 2018

BUIRA statement of support for the UCU strike

BUIRA statement of support for the UCU strike

As we see this week begin with a continuation of industrial action, we send out a statement of continuing support to all of our members and colleagues involved in this historic  dispute.  We also want to extend thanks to all of our students who have stood with our colleagues in solidarity.  Everyone has demonstrated an unprecedented commitment to the action and the continuing efforts to defend the status quo on our pensions has been incredible.

We are at a very critical moment in this dispute as the UCU and UUK meet with ACAS to hold a facilitated discussion about the situation. We hope this leads to a clear proposal for a durable solution to the pension problem by the USS and the Pensions Regulator. 

 

Jo McBride on behalf of the BUIRA stewardship

5th March 2018

Manchester Industrial Relations Society Meeting - The Impact of Brexit on Equality Law

Manchester Industrial Relations Society Meeting

The Impact of Brexit on Equality Law

 

Speaker: Professor Sandra Fredman 

Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the United States

Pembroke College, University of Oxford

http://www.mirs.org.uk/index.html

 

Thursday 12 April 6pm
Lecture Theatre G33, Ground Floor
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
All Saints, Oxford Road (near Oxford Road railway station), Manchester M15 6BH
Map:  http://www.mmu.ac.uk/travel/allsaints/

 

Equality rights in the UK have been intimately connected to the EU, not only for their impetus but also for their continued content and strength. Unlike other jurisdictions, the right to equality in the UK is not protected by a constitutional bill of rights that would limit the extent to which equality could be eroded or removed by Parliamentary legislation. Prior to Brexit, EU law has performed a similar function to a constitutional guarantee. However, after Brexit, and the consequent removal of binding force EU law, there will be no obstacle to Parliament repealing or undermining the fundamental right to equality, currently largely contained in the Equality Act 2010 (EA).

 

Even more concerning are proposed powers to be given to the executive to amend primary legislation without full Parliamentary scrutiny (so-called Henry VIII clauses), which could include the power to amend aspects of equality law without full Parliamentary safeguards. Moreover, the Withdrawal Bill specifically states that the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights will no longer be part of domestic law after exit day. Professor Sandra Fredman will consider both the impact of Brexit on equality law, and the ways in which equality law post Brexit can be protected and promoted.

4th March 2018

University of Manchester's Work & Equalities Institute Research Seminar: "National approaches to innovation: Robotics and the implications for work"

University of Manchester

Work & Equalities Institute (WEI)

Research Seminar

 

National approaches to innovation: Robotics and the implications for work

Professor Caroline Lloyd(Cardiff University)


Wednesday 21th March 2018

15:30 - 17:00 Hrs (coffee and tea at 15:15)

Alliance Manchester Business School East, Room B4


Abstract

 

The view that robots and artificial intelligence (RAI) are transforming work in unprecedented ways is attracting increasing attention, embodied in terms such as the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Second Machine Age (Brynjolfsson and McAfee, 2014, Ford 2015). This seminar aims to contribute to debates about the extent of national differences in the diffusion of RAI and the way it is implemented and used within the workplace. It adopts an approach that considers the social and institutional complexity of ‘national systems’ of innovation (eg. Freeman 1982, Lundvall 1999) and the role of institutions, the state and the social partners in shaping the diffusion of technologies. Taking Norway and the UK as examples of contrasting models of capitalism, the seminar uses key informant interviews to exam two main questions. First, are there national differences in the way that public policy and institutional arrangements are developing to support and shape innovation in RAI and its diffusion? Second, are there different expectations in relation to the pace of change, and the likely consequences for employment and skills? These questions feed into debates about what can be done to shape the way technology is used and how potential benefits are distributed.

 

 

About the speaker

 

Caroline Lloyd is Professor at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Her research focuses on the relationship between product markets, labour markets, work organisation and skills. She has written widely on issues related to the political economy of skill and low wage work. She co-edited Low-Wage Work in the United Kingdom and recently published a comparative study of work organisation in the service sector; Skills in the Age of Overqualification: Comparing Service Sector Work in Europe (with J. Payne). She is currently working on a British Academy-funded project on the impact of robotics on work and skills in the UK and Norway.

 

3rd March 2018

Vacancies at the University of Sheffield

Sheffield University Management School has seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Employment Relations, a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in HRM/OB, a Chair in Organisational Studies and a Doctoral Associate in Organisational Studies. Further information is available at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs 

2nd March 2018

PhD position in Working Life Science

PhD position in Working Life Science

Karlstad University / Fakulteten för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap / Handelshögskolan

Karlstad University takes pride in combining active external cooperation with academic excellence.

Karlstad University has around 16 000 students and a staff of over 1 200 members. Democratic principles, equality and diversity are cornerstones of the University. We value the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and competencies among students and staff.

Description

Working Life Science is a cross-disciplinary subject that includes many different approaches to work and working life. Working Life Science studies, for example, working conditions, work organisations, and leadership, and considers the labor market issues from national and international perspectives. Issues of power and influence, industrial relations, segregation patterns at workplaces and on the Labor market, work environment, work-life balance, work and identity, migration, restructuring, casualization, and work and technology are some of the areas studied. The discipline Working Life Science comprises around fifteen staff members, including three professors, an associate professor, four senior lecturers and around ten doctoral students.

This is a fixed-term position for four years at full time. Unless there are special circumstances, this is a full-time position, and the lowest rate of study is 50%. The position includes departmental duties up to 20% of full time, spread over the entire period of appointment. The period of appointment is extended in accordance with departmental duties executed.

Eligibility and selection

General as well as specific entry requirements have to be met for admittance to the PhD programme.

General entry requirements are fulfilled by a person who has earned a master’s degree and at least 240 ECTS credits of which at least 60 ECTS cr. are studies at master’s level, or who in some other way in Sweden or abroad has acquired largely equivalent knowledge.

Specific entry requirements to the PhD programme in Working Life Science are fulfilled by a person who has earned a master’s degree (60 ECTS cr.) and who wrote a bachelor or master thesis (for a 60 or 120-credit Master’s degree) focusing on working life issues.

Good oral and written skills in Swedish and English are valued.

Independent essays and degree projects will be particularly significant when applications are assessed.

The departmental duties of doctoral students are executed as part of the discipline’s bachelor-level teaching, particularly in the Human Resource Management and Working Life programme. Teaching duties may also include commissioned courses offered by the discipline. The teaching is mainly in

Swedish.

Admission

The successful applicant is admitted to the PhD programme after individual assessment of their ability to complete the programme successfully. The starting date is as soon as possible, as per agreement. The position in based in Karlstad.

Application

Applications are submitted electronically and should include:

  • CV
  • Undergraduate and master-level essays and degree projects for consideration
  • Other academic texts demonstrating the applicant’s capability to complete the PhD programme successfully, if applicable
  • A plan for the doctoral thesis project (max. 6 pages)
  • A brief account (1 000 words) of the applicant’s interest in the position and their main areas of interest for the PhD project.

REK2018/53

Contact:

Ann Bergman, professor, ann.bergman@kau.se 054-700 15 24
Robert MacKenzie, professor, robert@mackenzie@kau 054-700 1500
Martin Löfgren, prefekt 054- 700 1975

Thomas Bragefors, SACO 054-700 1714

Denita Gustavsson, OFR 054-700 1434

Last application date 2018-04-03

2nd March 2018

Tackling the gender pay gap

The Work & Employment Research Unit and the Diversity Interest Group have organised a joint seminar on tackling the gender pay gap.

Date: Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Time: 15:00-18:00

Location: Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Park Vista, Greenwich, SE10 9LZ.

Registration: Please email Business School Events with your name, job title and organisation to attend.

For more informationour webpage

This seminar will look at how employers are responding to the new governmental reporting requirements and at new research from the IES on success in tackling the issue. We are delighted to have three speakers presenting:

·         Dr Duncan Brown

·         Jisha Hales 

·         Lara Plaxton

 

Dr Duncan Brown heads the HR work at the Institute for Employment Studies. Duncan’s work covers pay and HR research. He has more than 30 years’ experience in pay and HR management, working for major consultancies such as Towers Perrin and Aon Hewitt, as well as 5 years as director of research and policy at CIPD

 

Jisha Hales is the policy lead for gender pay gap reporting in the public sector and the public sector equality duty. She is a member of the Equality Framework Team in the Government Equalities Office. The Government Equalities Office leads work on policy relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality. 

 

Lara Plaxton has over 14 years’ experience working within HR and heads up the HR function in the UK at FDM Group, a global IT Services provider. FDM was the 6th employer to register its gender pay gap data and has been a driving force in encouraging others to adopt the new legislation early.

1st March 2018

Event: TUC 150th Anniversary Conference

TUC 150th Anniversary Conference: Retrospect and Prospects

in conjunction with the Manchester Industrial Society

Mechanics Institute, Princess Street, Manchester

Friday 1 June 10am-6.30pm

 

Timetable

9am – 10am: Registration

10am: Opening remarks

 

10.15 – 11.30: Panel Session1chaired by Lynne Morris, UNISON/TUC North West Chair

The role of the TUC in significant disputes

• Professor Ralph Darlington Professor of Employment Relations, University of Salford,

and secretary of Manchester Industrial Relations Society

• Professor John Kelly, Professor of Industrial Relations, Birkbeck, University of London

• trade union speaker tbc

 

11.30 – 12.45: Panel session 2 Chaired by Lynn Collins, TUC North West

TUC Relations with Labour in Government and opposition

• Sarah Veale, former Head of Equality and Employment Rights, TUC

• Keith Ewing – Professor of Public Law, King’s College London

• John McDonnell MP

 

12.45 – 1.45: Lunch

 

1.45 – 3.00: Panel Session 3 chaired by Paula Wood, PCS/TUC North West

TUC Framing Laws and Changing Laws

• John Hendy QC

• Stephen Cavalier, Chief Executive, Thompsons solicitors

• Hannah Reed, Senior Employment Rights Officer TUC

 

3.00 – 4.15: Panel session 4 chaired by Peter Middleman NEU/TUC North West

The Organising Academy and beyond

• Melanie Simms, Professor of Work and Employment, University of Glasgow

• Sally Hunt – TUC President and UCU General Secretary

• Paul Nowak – TUC Deputy General Secretary

 

4.15 – 6.30pm: Closing Remarks followed by a Beer and sandwiches reception,

hosted by Thompsons Solicitors

 

Registration for the conference costs £10 which includes copies of presentations, lunch and

closing reception. A number of student places will be made available at a reduced rate of £5.

You can register via the Eventbrite link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tuc150-retrospects-and-prospects-tickets-42781768421

1st March 2018

Alert: Early-bird registration for the ILERA 2018 world congress ends soon

Dear Colleagues,

This is to alert you that the early-bird registration for the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) 2018 world congress ends soon – see the notice below.  

The hosts selected the last week of July for this world congress so that the dates should not create a conflict for most academics, and that this is vacation time for many. This ILERA world congress has rec’d a record number of submissions. The president of ILERA, Dong-One Kim and his team have worked to make this a very interesting world congress, both substantively and socially. Also, they have tried to keep costs down, in particular, the costs for students.

 BUIRA is a founder member of ILERA. A range of BUIRA members will be presenting papers there and have already registered. Although the deadline for submissions of full papers has passed, there may still be possibilities to present a paper in one of the many study groups, if you wish. These groups are less formal than the core world congress; they are semi-autonomous and organise their own programs; for more info. see:  http://www.ilera2018.org/program/study_group.html

This is also a great opportunity to visit South Korea and perhaps other parts of Asia and/or Australia or New Zealand too….

26th February 2018

Call for evidence: trade unions in the modern labour market

Commission on Economic Justice report on trade unions and the modern labour market

The IPPR Commission on Economic Justice is seeking evidence for a project on trade unions in the modern labour market. This project will produce a policy report to stimulate wider debate on the topic and will contribute to the Commission’s final report.

The Commission is seeking to understand the causes of the significant decline in union membership and collective bargaining since 1979, and the impact this decline has had on the UK economy and labour market. We will seek out best practice in the movement, and highlight where trade unions have innovated to adapt to a changing labour market. The project will set out what role trade unions could play in the labour market in the future, and outline changes that may be necessary to support this.

The closing date for submissions is 30 March 2018. Please send your comments, by this date (or sooner), to Joe Dromey, Senior Research Fellow at evidence@ippr.org, with the subject line ‘Trade unions’. If you will have material that is only available to send after the closing date we would still be pleased to receive it, though may not be able to use it in our initial research.

23rd February 2018

Critical realism in practice: Applications in management and organisation studies

Critical realism in practice: Applications in management and organisation studies

11th May 2018, 9.30am-4.30pm, Partners Room

Newcastle University Business School

 

Keynote speakers

Dr Scott Hurrell (University of Glasgow)

Prof Monder Ram (University of Birmingham)

Prof Steve Vincent (Newcastle University)

 

Call for papers

Critical realism (CR) is an increasingly prominent meta-theory in management and organisational studies, but practical illustrations of how CR can be applied in research practice are still relatively infrequent. Our one-day symposium seeks to bring together postgraduate and early-career researchers with interests in the sociology of work, employment relations, careers, professions, organisations and cognate research areas, and learn about the variety of ways and contexts in which CR can be applied in empirical research.

 

This event seeks to provide an open, imaginative and supportive forum to present and discuss ideas, receive advice from the leading CR experts, and meet other scholars with similar research interests. Therefore, we are pleased to invite submissions of abstracts (up to 250 words) from postgraduate and early-career researchers applying (or considering opportunities to apply) CR to study issues relevant to management and organization studies. ‘Work in progress’ submissions are welcome. Potential areas to present on include (but are not limited to):

 

  • skills and skill formation systems;
  • labour markets;
  • employment relationship;
  • identity;
  • workforce diversity;
  • careers;
  • entrepreneurship.

 

Abstract submission deadline: April 15th 2018

Please submit your abstracts to: Toma Pustelnikovaite (tp27@st-andrews.ac.uk)

 

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please specify dietary requirements or accessibility needs at the time of booking. Attendance without presenting at the symposium is also welcome.

 

Delegate rates: BSA Member Registration £5, Non-Member Registration £15.

 

For conference and academic enquiries please contact Andrew Kozhevnikov (a.kozhevnikov@newcastle.ac.uk)

22nd February 2018

Fourth Bi-Annual Fairness at Work Conference - 10-11 Sept 2018, Work & Equalities Institute, University of Manchester [DEADLINE EXTENDED]

The University of Manchester

Work & Equalities Institute (WEI)

 

Fourth Bi-Annual Fairness at Work Conference

'Justice at Work: Challenges and Possibilities’

 

Date: 10th & 11th September 2018

Venue: The University of Manchester

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

Deadline for abstracts: 31st of March 

 

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.

 

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. 

    

Papers are invited on these developments in the areas of fair treatment at work, diversity and equality, stress and well-being, dignity at work, employment regulation, worker participation, trade unionism, technology and work, and key elements of employment relations such as pay, pensions and working time.

 

Cost: £200 Waged (£50 unwaged): includes all food and drink plus the conference dinner

Abstract submission: Please email 500-word abstracts or 1000-word for sessionsby 31st  March 2018 tofairwrcconferences@mbs.ac.uk 

 

About the Work & Equalities Institute: The Work & Equalities Institute brings together the European Work and Employment Research Centre and Fairness at Work Research Centre with expertise across human resource management, industrial relations, labour economics, organisational psychology, and employment law. The team has a track record, built over more than twenty five years, of informing the evidence-base and policy agenda of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation, as well as national organisations such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and others. WEI’s research is being used in knowledge exchange, dialogue and debate with key stakeholders and policy makers, and makes informed contributions to policy formation and practice.https://www.mbs.ac.uk/research/centres-and-institutes/work-and-equalities-institute/

20th February 2018

Call for Papers - special issue on ‘ Beyond the Department: HRM as a Shared Function’, Baltic Journal of Management

The call for papers can be accessed here:

 http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=7688 . 

16th February 2018

ILERA Announcement - Online course on Shaping the Future of Work

Shaping the Future of Work

Explore ways to improve job opportunities and develop a personal plan for lifelong career success

 

This Spring Thomas Kochan, previous ILERA President will offer his free eight-week online course, 15.662x: 
Shaping the Future of Work, for the third time since 2015.

The goal of this course is to explore and develop plans of action for improving the job and career opportunities for today and tomorrow’s workforce. It also help students understand and better address the deep divisions and inequalities in societies that threaten the future of our economies and democracies. The course will allow for individuals from all across the globe to create a better future by building a stronger network of businesses, employees, labor organizations, and their communities.

 

“We use the metaphor of “Building a New Social Contract” to organize the task we face and the options we might consider, while shaping the future trajectory of employment. Together we will learn how business, education, labor, government, and the workforce can work together to produce more good jobs and careers, thriving businesses and economies and in doing so help to close the deep divisions and address the frustrations that are all too apparent in our society.”

 

“I would like to invite you, your students, and your colleagues to take part in the class. In order to get a better sense of the course layout, you can watch the introduction piece here. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to us. We would love to have you on board and share the information with your potentially interested students. “

 

Thomas Kochan and 15.662x Course Team

Starts on 20 March 2018 - Enrol here

16th February 2018

Green Jobs and Sustainability

Seminar jointly organised by the ‘Alternative Organisations and Transformative Practices’ and the ‘Sustainable Development’ clusters

 

Date and time: 22nd of March 2018, 13.15-15.00

Location: C205, College BuildingMiddlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT

 

Tickets: Entry is free and open to all. Please register here to reserve your place: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-jobs-and-sustainability-tickets-42751809814

 

 

***Refreshments will be served***

 

 

Saving and providing low-carbon energy are great challenges of our times, as the by-products of combustion of oil, gas, coal and other materials contribute to climate change, air-pollution, natural disasters, and diseases. Low-carbon housing and energy generation are essential for the survival of life on this planet. Both require NEW technology and NEW ways of working.

 

After some dire post-financial and economic crisis years, policy makers and academics are excited about the opportunities for creating employment and stimulating European economies provided by the rising awareness of the negative impact of environmental pollution and climate change. Climate change and how societies engage in technological and social innovation are questions of social, ecological and economic sustainability. In this seminar, we ask

 

How can the turn to energy saving and low-carbon energy generation contribute to more and better employment across European economies?

 

We invite academics and PhD students from various disciplines to join us for a lively exchange of ideas. 

 

Speakers

 

Prof Linda Clarke (Professor of European Industrial Relations in the Westminster Business School) and Dr. Melahat Sahin-Dikmen (Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE), Westminster Business School) on

 

'Challenges for vocational education and training for low energy construction in Europe: divergent contexts, approaches and practices'

 

Dr Robert Gross (Reader in Energy Policy and Technology and Director of the Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT) at Imperial College London) on

 

'Low carbon jobs, what is the evidence? The UKERC systematic review'

 

Dr Lisa Schulte (Lecturer in HRM and Organisational Behaviour, Middlesex University) (Initiator of this seminar) on

 

'Job Quality in the Danish, English and German Offshore Wind Turbine Industry'

 

Chair: Dr Anne Daguerre (Associate Professor in Work Employment and Welfare, Middlesex University)

 

Sponsor: Research Facilitation Funding Grant – Middlesex University Business School

16th February 2018

Call for Papers: HR Division International Conference (HRIC), Dublin 2019

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 3rd HR Division International Conference (HRIC) 2019 to be hosted by Dublin City University, 9-11th of January, 2019.

Reflecting the AOM’s increasingly diverse membership base, the HRIC conferences are designed to further integrate the global community and disseminate HR knowledge to management researchers and practitioners wherever they live and work. Building on the successes of the first HRIC in Beijing, China (2014), and the second HRIC in Sydney, Australia (2016), the third HRIC, seeks to advance of understanding of HRM in the global context under the theme of Navigating the Shifting Landscapes of HRM’. This theme allows for conversation and debate on key changes and challenges confronting HRM as framed by factors such as resurgent nationalism and the (im)mobility of talent, the future of work and employment, and the implications of the HR/technology interface.

As a result of its status as an MNC and talent hub, Dublin offers the perfect vantage point to evaluate the shifting landscape of HRM. Dublin City University (DCU) is conveniently located in North Dublin  between the airport and the city centre. DCU is Ireland’s fastest growing university, while the business school is one of only two schools in Ireland to hold AACSB accreditation.

Further details can be found in the attached call for papers and via http://hric2019.org/

Deadline for submissions is 18th of May, 2018

We look forward to your submissions and to welcoming you to Dublin in January, 2019!

Best wishes,

Brian Harney & David Collings

Conference Chairs HRIC 2019

e: hric2019@dcu.ie

16th February 2018

University of Manchester's Work & Equalities Institute Research Seminar: "Strategies for flexibility in a disconnected world"

University of Manchester

Work & Equalities Institute (WEI)

Research Seminar

 

 

Strategies for flexibility in a disconnected world

Wednesday 21th February 2018

15:30 - 17:00 Hrs (coffee and tea at 15:15)

Alliance Manchester Business School East, Room B5

 

Speaker:        Professor Stephen Procter, Newcastle University Business School

 

Discussants:  Dr Andrew Smith, Bradford University

                      Professor Jill Rubery, Work & Equalities Institute, University of Manchester

 

Abstract

 

This paper makes connections between three things: financialisation, flexibility and strategic HRM. It is argued first of all that financialisation should be understood as an intensification of long-standing pressures on organizations. Picking up on themes of flexibility first developed twenty years ago in the model of the ‘new flexible firm’, the impact of financialisation on the structural flexibility of large UK organizations is examined. Consideration of financialisation also provides a link to the disconnected capitalism thesis, with its implications for strategic HRM. While recognising the strength of the thesis, it is argued that there are also other ways of explaining HRM’s failure to deliver on its promises. The third side of our triangle links flexibility with strategic HRM, and draws on research that looks at whether flexibility and fit should be seen as complements or as substitutes for each other. This is looked at in relation to financialisation, in an attempt to provide a framework in which current developments can be located in their wider and more long-term context.

 

                                                                                                                                             

About the Speaker

 

Professor Stephen Procter is Alcan Chair of Management at Newcastle University Business School. His research has focused on the contemporary restructuring of work, exploring teams and teamworking as central elements of this restructuring. His focus on teamworking developed out of earlier work on workplace flexibility, which dominated debates on restructuring in the early 1990s. In response to these debates, his work put forward the model of the new flexible firm as a means of understanding contemporary developments, which linked workforce flexibility with broader operational and organizational concerns. His more recent research has extended these ideas to provide an understanding of ‘lean’ teamworking, presenting an alternative to the interpretation based simply on work intensification.

 

About the Discussants

 

Dr Andrew Smith is Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations at Bradford University School of Management.  Prior to entering academia as a mature student he worked in the civil service and was a trade union representative for the CPSA and PCS unions.  His research interests are in the experiences of work, employment change and the complexities and challenges of work-life ‘balance’. He has published in the journals ‘Work, Employment and Society’, ‘New Technology, Work and Employment’ and the ‘Industrial Relations Journal’.  Andrew is currently working with Dr Jo McBride (Newcastle University) on a new project critically examining the working lives of low-paid workers in multiple legitimate employment.

 

Professor Jill Rubery has worked at Manchester since 1989, first at the Manchester School of Management at UMIST and since 2004 in Alliance Manchester Business School. She previously worked at the Department of Applied Economics at Cambridge University. Professor Rubery is the Director of the Work and Equalities Institute at Alliance Manchester Business School. She was previously Deputy Director of Alliance Manchester Business School (2007-2013) and head of the People, Management and Organisation Division (2004-2009). In 2006 she was elected a fellow of the British Academy and an emeritus fellow of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.

16th February 2018

Event - Labour Abuse

Labour Abuse

Dr Roberto Pedersini (University of Milan) Coping with fraudulent work in the European Union

Nick Clark (Middlesex University) One law for the rich… Case studies from the Unpaid Britain project

 

Friday 23 February 2018, 10.30am – 12.30pm, followed by buffet lunch 

University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS

(opposite Madame Tussauds and nearly opposite Baker Street tube)
Room 
CG44

 

For further details and to reserve a place, contact Linda Clarke (clarkel@wmin.ac.uk)

 

This regular monthly seminar is focused on the 

 

Roberto Pedersini presents the main findings of a study carried out on behalf of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) on the different types and diffusion of fraudulent work in the European Union and the responses that public authorities and social partners have developed to address the challenges posed. Three forms of contracting work are most affected by fraudulent uses - self-employment, fixed-term work and the posting of workers, whilst the social partners mainly operate to increase commitment to compliance. Nick Clark will report on the Unpaid Britain project, examining the phenomenon of unpaid wages, in particular in the London labour market. While secondary data analysis and primary research on Employment Tribunal judgements have revealed much, a series of case studies have provided fascinating insights into this most fundamental breach of the work contract.

 

Roberto Pedersini is Associate Professor of Economic sociology at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. His current research interests concern labour market regulation and policies and industrial and employment relations at both national and international level. He has collaborated in research projects with the International Labour Office, the European Commission and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions and was the Chief Editor of the 2014 edition of the biennial European Commission’s Industrial Relations in Europe report. His recent publications include: Exploring the fraudulent contracting of work in the European Union (2016, with Massimo Pallini); What Kind of Europeanization? How EMU is Changing National Industrial Relations in Europe (2015, with Lorenzo Bordogna); Coping with the crisis in Italy: Employment relations and social dialogue amid recession (2014, with Marino Regini).

 

Nick Clark, Research Fellow at Middlesex University Business School has a background in practice, having worked in trade union research and policy environments for 26 years before joining the Working Lives Research Institute in 2009, moving on to Middlesex University in 2015. His academic research has built on practical knowledge of wage bargaining, labour markets, migrant workers and employment rights, using mixed methods of documentary and legal case research, primary and secondary data analysis, and interview. 

 

This seminar is an opportunity to air and discuss these issues in an open forum and consider their implications for industrial relations. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this event. These meetings can be full though so, if you would like to attend and to help forecast catering provision, please Contact: Professor Linda Clarke,  clarkel@wmin.ac.uk or 020350 66528

9th February 2018

Role(s) available - BUIRA PhD Network Facilitators

Expressions of interest are currently open for doctoral students to become BUIRA PhD Network facilitators. The role predominantly involves organising an annual PhD symposium, held in 2017 at Cardiff University, and a session/day for PhD students at the annual BUIRA conference, to be held this year in June at Middlesex University, along with sending out the occasional newsletter to Network members.
The beauty of the role is that you are free to shape the Network in any way you like, helping to provide facilitators with a great opportunity into not only understanding how to run a research network, but also in how to develop it to fit your own and member's interests (valuable skills to demonstrate that you possess for academic careers post-PhD). You will also gain important insights into how BUIRA is run as a wider organisation, with facilitators having a seat on the BUIRA Executive Board. Furthermore you will gain experience in an area equally as important for future academic careers: the ability to plan, design, and run successful conferences and events, perhaps the most fulling part of the Network facilitator role
 
Do please get in touch with Calum Carson at ipi5cic@leeds.ac.uk if you would be interested in coming on board as a facilitator, or if two or more of you would like to put yourselves forward as a team.

9th February 2018

Fully Funded Research Studentships Available

Middlesex University Business School is offering 4 fully funded research studentships for 2018Among areas of study that are offered, the following may be of interest for BUIRA members

 

  • Behavioural economics
  • Gender and diversity in business and the workplace
  • Global employment relations
  • International business and organisations
  • Social enterprise, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development

 

Application deadline: Friday 16 March 2018, 12.00pm

Interviews: Friday 20 April 2018

Studentship start date: Monday 24 September 2018

 

More details and application:

http://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/research/research-studentships

9th February 2018

9th February 2018

Brexit and the Future of Employment Rights’ – Joint MIRS/ILS meeting

Brexit and the Future of Employment Rights

Joint meeting of the Manchester Industrial Relations Society (MIRS)

and Industrial Law Society (ILS)

Speakers: Professor Catherin Barnard (Professor of EU Law and Employment Law, Trinity College, University of Cambridge)

Professor Keith Ewing (Professor of Law, King’s College, London)

http://www.mirs.org.uk/index.html

Thursday 1 March 6pm
Lecture Theatre G33, Ground Floor
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
All Saints, Oxford Road (near Oxford Road railway station), Manchester M15 6BH
Map:  http://www.mmu.ac.uk/travel/allsaints/

 

The Brexit vote and its aftermath – Cameron’s fall, May’s catastrophic snap election, the internal divisions between ‘remainers’, ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ Brexiters, and the prospect of crashing out of the European Union without a deal on 29 March 2019 – have thrust Britain into a period of serious political instability. In the process, the shadow of the vote to leave the EU has thrown the future of employment law into uncertainty, with the potential for the erosion of workers’ rights, the overturning of cases won on EU-derived principles, and the pressure to join a race to the bottom on labour law when negotiating new international trade deals. And what about remedies and the enforcement of those rights with access to the European Court of Justice denied? Professors Catherine Barnard and Keith Ewing will provide a lively discussion of these and other Brexit related challenges, and will advance proposals for better employment law.

 

For further details of the Manchester Industrial Relations Society see:

MIRS Secretary: Professor Ralph Darlington r.r.darlington@salford.ac.uk

MIRS website: www.mirs.org.uk and Twitter: @ManchesterIRS

9th February 2018

Event - Machines & Measure

Hosted by University of Leicester School of Business, Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy (CPPE) & Conference of Socialist Economists (CSE) South Group

Friday 16th February

11.30 Registration

12.00– 17.30 Talks, discussions

Location: Leicester Creative Business Depot A five minute walk from the train station, this is a great location in Leicester’s cultural quarter.

Eventbrite: REGISTER

Please only register if you intend to come.

Please email me for any other information at pvm.doc@gmail.com and/or from 02/01/18 pm358@le.ac.uk

How are machines being used in contemporary capitalism to perpetuate control and to intensify power relations at work? Theorizing how this occurs through discussions about the physical machine, the calculation machine and the social machine, this workshop re-visits questions of the incorporation and absorption of workers as appendages within the machine as Marx identified as well as new methods to numerate without, necessarily, remuneration. Speakers ask to what extent control is underway via intensified methods to capture labour power, including affective and emotional labour; and will identify how calculation and numeration serve to abstract labour through prediction, prescription, monitoring and tracking; on the streets, in homes, offices and factories. The ‘black box’ argument currently fashionable in debates, where digitalized management methods are a(e)ffectively obscured, is challenged, by identifying precisely how algorithmic decisionmaking, automation and machine learning processes operate to control workers and by theorizing the implications of measure inside human/machine experiences of relations of production.

Kendra Briken (University of Strathclyde) ‘Welcome within the machine. Human-machine relations on the shop floor’

Frank Engster (Helle Panke, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung) ‘Measure Machine Money’

Alessandro Gandini (King’s College, London) ‘Labour Process Theory and the Gig Economy’

Simon Joyce (Leeds University) ‘Digitalized Management Methods. Black Box or Hidden Abode?’

Adrian Mengay (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) ‘Digitalization of work and heteronomy’

Phoebe Moore (University of Leicester) ‘Quantification of A(e)ffective Labour for Change Management’

 

PAPER ABSTRACTS 

Welcome within the machine. Human-machine relations on the shop floor.

Kendra Briken (University of Strathclyde)

This paper will discuss new technologies that lead to qualitatively new human-machine relations (data gloves, co-bots, data glasses, handheld scanner) used on the shop floor in manufacturing (in a broad sense, encompassing also work in fulfilment centres). Based on the (few) existing empirical studies as well as on company and consultancy reports, the aim is to re-visit the incorporation and absorption of the human worker as a mere appendage within the machine as described by Marx. With machines the more and more said to be involved in problem solving by communicating with each other, the question is: What role for the human? Opposed to the debates about the robots taking over jobs, the paper argues that we will instead see a (longer) transition phase where workers might end up in becoming a new appendage in the workplace. Not being off work but also no longer controlling the machines. The paper wants to overcome the well-known debates about de- and upskilling by using the works of i.e. Donna Haraway to focus on the connexion between the body and the machines.

Measure Machine Money.

Frank Engster (Helle Panke, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung)

In capitalisms, machines become specific capitalist machines simply because, as e.g. Heidegger, Simondon or Deleuze and Guattari have shown, we must understand the machine from their context: from their non-technical essence, from their connection with other machines, and from the essence of the machinic. This context, first of all and in the last instance, is the relation with the capitalist economy. This determination by capitalist economy can be shown for three different machines: the physical machine, the calculation machine and the social machine: money. What all three have in common and almost defines them as machines is that all three quantify. The classical physical machine quantifies the relation of nature, the calculation machine quantifies information and meaning, and the money machine quantifies social relations.

Labour Process Theory and the Gig Economy.

Alessandro Gandini (King’s College, London)

This article aims to develop a labour process theory approach to address the forms of labour increasingly often referred to as a ‘gig economy’. Supported by empirical illustrations from existing research, the article discusses the notions of ‘point of production’, emotional labour and control in the ‘gig economy’, to argue that labour process theory offers a unique set of tools to observe the way in which labour-power comes to be transformed in a commodity in a context where the encounter between supply and demand of work is mediated by a digital platform. This is characterised by a subjection of social relations to processes of valorisation centred on data and metrics – particularly feedback, ranking and rating systems – that serve purposes of managerialisation and organisation of work in a context where managers and workers are not physically co-present.

Black Box or Hidden Abode: Control and Resistance in Digitalized Management.

Phoebe Moore, University of Leicester and Simon Joyce, Leeds University

Digitalized management methods (DMM) are becoming widespread with the use of big data and algorithmic distribution of work, the use of people analytics, bogus self-employment and an ‘always on’ culture of work and boundary permeability, in the streets and in homes as well as factories and offices. Resistance to these methods has been relatively fast to emerge, however, both at the individual informal level, or with ‘everyday forms of resistance’ a la de Certeau, and in the formal collective responses which are now being seen in trade union responses internationally. In that light, the paper first outlines the control and resistance model seen in labour process research. Secondly, we outline the environments where digitalization is occurring and the DMM seen therein. Peppered with empirical evidence obtained by the current authors, we note the significance of the methods being applied and how, precisely, they work to abstract labour via quantification. We claim that the ‘blackbox’ response is a mythology that obscures power relations underpinning the control aspects of DMM, where many techniques seen in DMM reflect age-old approaches. Thirdly, we outline where resistance is emerging. We conclude that while there has been significant uptake in DMM in several sectors in ways that make it look like we are dealing a nearly universal ‘uberized’ work paradigm that has begun to infiltrate labour markets across the world, resistance emerging and their integral negotiations indicate that this trend is not a fait accompli. Rather, it is to be seen to what extent digitalized methods will become hegemonic.

Digitalization of work and heteronomy

Adrian Mengay (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)

This paper involves, firstly, theoretical remarks, and then a discussion of the German Reference Architectural Model Industrie 4.0 (RAMI 4.0). The digitalization of work is changing the workplace, the medium, relations and content of work. This it is affecting the autonomy of employees. The objective is first to discuss how, why und under which conditions digitalization of work affects autonomy and secondly to understand how it can be used  as a management tool for the extension of heteronomy and the restructuring of work. The digitization of information and processes creates digital data which enables the application of algorithm based forms of processing, measurement, evaluation and benchmarking. I will examine how the digitalization of work favours a structuring and standardization of work and will discuss some practical experiences.

Quantification of A(e)ffective Labour for Change Management.

Phoebe Moore (University of Leicester)

Sensory and tracking technologies are being introduced into workplaces in ways Taylor and the Gilbreths could only have imagined. As corporate wellness initiatives proliferate, work design experiments seek to merge wellness with productivity measure and modulate and quantify the affective and emotional labour of resilience that are necessary for surviving the turbulent early days of Industry 4.0, where workers are expected to take symbolic direction from machines. The Quantified Workplace project (QW) where algorithmic devices were used to quantify labour during a period of corporate merger in Rotterdam over the course of one year, demonstrate how affect is measured during a move toward agile systems and thus the seemingly inevitable conditions of transformation and disruption-because machines accelerate and transform, workers must do so likewise. Projects like QW are evidence of capital’s accelerated attempts to capture more areas of work and to facilitate the conversion of labour power into a source of value, using new technologies. Participants’ responses to participation in the project reveal tensions in the labour process when affect is measured in processes of corporate change.

9th February 2018

Special Issue: Human resources and workplace innovations: practices, perspectives and paradigms

This Special Issue is a tribute and dedication to the late Professor Tom Redman

Personnel Review: Volume 46 Issue 7.Special Issue: Human resources and workplace innovations: practices, perspectives and paradigms -- Guest editorial, Greg J. Bamber, Timothy Bartram and Pauline Stanton:http://www.emeraldinsight.com/toc/pr/46/7

HRM and workplace innovations: formulating research questionsGreg J. BamberTimothy BartramPauline Stanton (pp. 1216 - 1227)

HRM and innovative work behaviour: a systematic literature reviewAnna Bos-NehlesMaarten RenkemaMaike Janssen (pp. 1228 - 1253)

Disentangling workplace innovation: a systematic literature reviewIryna Prus,Raoul C.D. NacamulliAlessandra Lazazzara (pp. 1254 - 1279)

Employee share ownership and organisational performance: a tentative opening of the black boxKeith WhitfieldAndrew PendletonSukanya SenguptaKaty Huxley (pp. 1280 - 1296)

Why sharing is synergy: The role of decentralized control mechanisms and centralized HR capabilities in creating HR shared service valueMarco MaatmanJeroen Meijerink (pp. 1297 - 1317)

High-performance work system and employee creativity: The roles of perceived organisational support and devolved managementGuiyao Tang,Bingjie YuFang Lee CookeYang Chen(pp. 1318 - 1334)

Strategic flexibility, innovative HR practices, and firm performance: A moderated mediation modelLin Xiu,Xin LiangZhao ChenWei Xu (pp. 1335 - 1357)

Contextual ambidexterity and innovation in healthcare in India: the role of HRMAshish MalikBrendan Boyle,Rebecca Mitchell (pp. 1358 - 1380)

Innovation programs at the workplace for workers with an intellectual disability: Two case studies in large Australian organisationsHannah MeachamJillian CavanaghAmie Shaw,Timothy Bartram (pp. 1381 - 1396)

Are new organisations at the cutting edge of employment relations innovation?David PeetzOlav MuurlinkKeith TownsendAdrian WilkinsonMadeleine Brabant (pp. 1397 - 1413)

Independent professionals and the potential for HRM innovationTui McKeownRobyn Cochrane (pp. 1414 - 1433)

Opening the black box: The mediating roles of organisational systems and ambidexterity in the HRM-performance link in public sector organisationsGeoff PlimmerJane BrysonStephen T.T. Teo(pp. 1434 - 1451)

 

9th February 2018

Launch of the Work and Equalities Institute

The University of Manchester has created a new Work and Equalities Institute following the merger of the European Work and Employment Research centre and the Fairness at Work Research Centre.

See more about The Work and Equalities Institute here.

You are invited to the launch of The Work and Equalities Institute
on Wednesday 14 March 2018 at The University of Manchester.

The theme of the launch is
Debating the future of work and equalities in the fourth industrial revolution
in the birthplace of the first industrial revolution

You will find further details of the event here.

2nd February 2018

Work and Equalities Seminar series

Work and Equalities Institute, The University of Manchester

 

Research Seminars 2017-2018, Semester 2

 

 

Strategies for Flexibility in a Disconnected World

Professor Stephen Procter, Newcastle University Business School

Discussants:             Dr Andrew Smith, University of Bradford

                                 Professor Jill Rubery, University of Manchester

Wednesday 21st February 2018

15:30 – 17:00 Hrs (coffee/tea at 15:15)

Alliance Manchester Business School East, Room B5

 

 

National approaches to innovation: Robotics and the implications for work

Professor Caroline Lloyd, Cardiff University

Wednesday 21st March 2018

15:30 – 17:00 Hrs (coffee/tea at 15:15)

Alliance Manchester Business School East, Room B4

 

 

Revisiting the ‘Japanization of British Industry’: The Contemporary State of Shop-Steward Organisation in the UK Car Industry

Dr Niall Cullinane, Queen’s University Belfast

Wednesday 18th April 2018

15:30 – 17:00 Hrs (coffee/tea at 15:15)

Alliance Manchester Business School East, Room B4

2nd February 2018

BUIRA Accounts

The BUIRA accounts are now available for members to view at

https://www.buira.org/accounts

2nd February 2018

Call For Papers - BUIRA Conference 2018: The return of politics to employment relations (27 to 29 June 2018)

The call for papers is now open until 16th February 2018.

Please use template provided below and submit your abstract through the BUIRA website: http://www.buira.org/submit

 

 

BUIRA conference abstract template

Title:

Brief outline (100 words):

Methodology (150 words):

Key findings (250 words):

References:

Please upload a Word file using Arial font, 12pt and double-lined spaced - do not include your name or anything that identifies you. 

 BUIRA Conference 2018

The return of politics to employment relations

Middlesex University, London Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 June 2018

 

Howell (2005) observes that the emergence of the “third system of industrial relations” in the UK – from 1979 - is one that, among the institutional issues, removed employment relations as a high profile political issue in public life.  While the Winter of Discontent made industrial relations the primary political national issue in the 1979 general election, by the time the Employment Relations Bill was being debated in 1998-9 it attracted low key media or even parliamentary attention.  If the neoliberal age has been one which has institutionally sidelined the notion of collective worker representation, it has also been one that has attempted to ideologically individualise the employment relationship into a market transactional one.

In 2017, the situation seems to have changed.  The underlying ideological predisposition that the employment relationship is a consensual voluntary market transaction is a lot less certain among a significant proportion of working people who instead see unfairness and futility.  In the UK, while unemployment is relatively low, ‘underemployment’ and the perceptions of insecurity, precarity, ‘bad jobs’ and inequality are high.  Similar tensions are reported across the developed world.  These changes could be partly the longer-term consequence of the global financial crisis of 2007/8, of global and national austerity or of the way in which globalisation has affected jobs in adjusting the global north to the global south. The politics surrounding the (un)fairness of the system governing work and employment are now acute and are beginning to challenge the assumptions underpinning key institutions governing the system as a whole. 

It is difficult to pin an exact location for this ‘disruption’ but its manifestations are evident.  While workplace collective bargaining remains dormant outside the shrunken domains of public sector and established large employers, the levels of discontent among the ‘unorganised’ are growing. This includes legal and small scale collective challenges to practices associated with the ‘gig economy’ (a prominent theme discussed at BUIRA 2017); and the return of industrial relations policy as a contested ideological agenda at national level politics (with Labour now championing trade union rights and the Conservative government seeming to need to address perceptions of unfairness with a more paternalist reform agenda on issues such as corporate governance and pay inequality.  The Conservatives’ apparent change of direction is of particular interest as it seems to mark an important symbolic break with the cornerstone principle of laissez-faire market individualism that has underpinned government policy since Thatcher in 1979.

Such re-politicisation of work and employment has not just been a UK phenomenon.  The Trump phenomenon in the US, with its rhetoric of protectionism and anti-immigration, has also arguably been based on a populist challenge to the prevailing neoliberal orthodoxy of open markets. .  In France the direction seems to be equal and opposite: the reforming Macron government seems intent on market-based reforms to labour laws more in line with the neoliberal agenda falling out of favour elsewhere.

Although we welcome papers that concern any area of industrial relations, theoretical contributions in relation to the changes we’re observing in the relationship between politics and employment are particularly welcome, as well as papers concerning topics under the following headings:

  • State regulation and unions
  • Individual employment rights and juridification
  • Migration and freedom of movement
  • Work and inequality
  • Corporate governance and worker voice
  • Regulating the gig economy

29th January 2018

Call for the next BUIRA stewardship 2019-2022

Since it was first established, BUIRA has been overseen by a team of stewards and an Executive Board. Currently the stewardship structure includes officers with responsibility for communications, membership, conference/events and financing. The tenure of each stewardship team is 3 years and the team is expected to host the BUIRA annual conference in the last year of tenure.

We are now open to proposals for a takeover of the stewardship after the 2019 annual conference held at Newcastle.  The tenure will be from 2019 – 2022 during which time will include the celebration the 70th anniversary of the establishment of BUIRA.  

Ideally, the stewardship team will be co-located within the same institution, but as discussed at the AGM, proposals for teams made of individuals at different institutions will also be considered.

Proposals should include names of stewards for the following roles:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Membership officer
  • Communications officer
  • Conference and Events officer

 

Informal enquiries may be made to jo.mcbride@newcastle.ac.uk and ana.lopes@ncl.ac.uk

25th January 2018

CFP - Fourth Biennial Fairness at Work Conference: Justice at Work: 'Challenges and Possibilities'

Work & Equalities Institute

The University of Manchester 
  

Call for Papers

The Fourth Biennial Fairness at Work Conference  

'Justice at Work: Challenges and Possibilities’


10th & 11th September 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.

 

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. 

    

Papers are invited on these developments in the areas of fair treatment at work, diversity and equality, stress and well being, dignity at work, employment regulation, worker participation, trade unionism, technology and work, and key elements of employment relations such as pay, pensions and working time.

 

Venue: The University of Manchester

Cost: £200 Waged (£50 unwaged) - includes all food and drink plus the conference dinner

Submission: Please Send 500 word abstracts or 1000 word for sessions by March 1st 2018 tofairwrcconferences@mbs.ac.uk

 

About the Work and Equalities Institute

The Work & Equalities Institute brings together the European Work and Employment Research Centre and Fairness at Work Research Centre with expertise across human resource management, industrial relations, labour economics, organisational psychology, and employment law. The team has a track record, built over more than twenty five years, of informing the evidence-base and policy agenda of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation, as well as national organisations such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and others. WEI’s research is being used in knowledge exchange, dialogue and debate with key stakeholders and policy makers, and makes informed contributions to policy formation and practice. For more information, please visit: https://www.mbs.ac.uk/research/centres-and-institutes/work-and-equalities-institute/

19th January 2018

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer Vacancies at Manchester Business School

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Employment Law (permanent):

https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=14555

 

Lecturer in HRM/Employment Studies (fixed-term 2 years):

https://www.jobs.manchester.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=14556

12th January 2018

International Journal of Human Resource Management

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Special Issue on the Regulation of Work and Employment

Volume 28, 2017, Issue 21.

Regulation of work and employment: Advancing theory and research in international and comparative human resource management

Regulation of work and employment: advances, tensions and future directions in research in international and comparative HRM

Jenny K. Rodriguez, Stewart Johnstone & Stephen Procter  

The state and the regulation of work and employment: theoretical contributions, forgotten lessons and new forms of engagement

Miguel Martínez Lucio & Robert MacKenzie

Flexitime and employee turnover: the polycontextuality of regulation as cross-national institutional contingency

Christiana Ierodiakonou & Eleni Stavrou

‘Black Boxes’ and ‘fracture points’: the regulation of gender equality in the UK and French construction industries

Robert Ackrill, Valerie Caven & Jamila Alaktif 

(De) regulation of working time, employer capture, and ‘forced availability’: a comparison between the UK and Cyprus food retail sector

Anastasios Hadjisolomou, Kirsty Newsome & Ian Cunningham

Posting and agency work in British construction and hospitality: the role of regulation in differentiating the experiences of migrants

Gabriella Alberti & Sonila Danaj 

 

Erratum

12th January 2018

Obituary: Sidney Kessler (1928-2017)

 

Sidney Kessler, who has died age 89, was a leading academic, with a significant record of public service in the field of industrial relations.

Modest by background as well by temperament, Sidney was born in Whitechapel, London on 2 October 1928, the son of immigrants who had come to this country from Poland.  Brought-up in the Jewish East End, he was exposed to a highly political left-wing culture. He was regaled by tales from two uncles who had gone back from England to fight for the Bolsheviks in the Russian Revolution and his parents were active in the Workers’ Circle, an organisation set-up to provide welfare support to the local community. 

Securing a first-class honours degree at the London School of Economics, he took up his first permanent job in 1956, as Head of the Research Department at the National Union of Mineworkers. With much of British industry still powered by coal, and comprising over 700,000 members, the NUM, led by Will Paynter and Ernest Jones, was a key economic player. Remarkably, however, the Research Department at the time consisted of Sidney and one secretary. Sidney made lifelong friends in the union movement and retained a strong connection to it, returning in the early 1990s to help the TUC deal with inter-union disputes under the Bridlington Agreement.    

In 1964, Sidney became lecturer in industrial relations at City University, London. In 1978 he was made Professor at City, retiring in 1994 as Emeritus Professor.  When appointed, City had only recently become a university and with a handful of other academics he helped establish it as a leading business school. Indeed, somewhat unusually the MBA established had industrial relations as a popular module. While not a prolific writer, in 1992, he co-authored a book with Fred Bayliss entitled ‘Contemporary British Industrial Relations.’ Mapping the impact of Thatcher governments on industrial relations, the book became a standard student textbook, while retaining credibility as a research monograph.   

Sidney’s parallel involvement in public policy developments was equally noteworthy. He participated in a string of public bodies set- up to support British industrial relations in the 1960s and 70s, a period of considerable industrial strife. Much of this work was undertaken in the wake of the Donovan Commission (1968) recommendations and he worked closely with other members of the ‘Oxford School of Industrial Relations’: Hugh Clegg, Allan Flanders and Bill McCarthy.  Sidney played a leading role in: the National Board for Price and Incomes (as part-time adviser, 1965-70) designed to manage pay policy; the Commission on Industrial Relations (on secondment as a full-time director,1971-74) established to facilitate union and employer efforts to reform collective bargaining; and the Standing Commission Pay Comparability (as part-time advisor 1979-80) created in the aftermath of the ‘Winter of Discontent’, to resolve various public sector pay disputes.

Sidney also became an arbitrator whilst at City, work which lead to the award of an OBE in 1990. He was on the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service’s panel of arbitrators for twenty years. He was also Deputy Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee over this period, being involved in the early adoption of ‘pendulum arbitration’.

12th January 2018

PhD studentship: Brexit and the Impact on Equality Law and Workers' Rights

PhD studentship: Brexit and the Impact on Equality Law and Workers' Rights (University of Portsmouth, School of Law)
 
Please note this is a proposal that is part of a bursary competition.
 
Project Description
On the 13th July 2017, the UK Government published the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. Aside from the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 (and with it the proposed ousting of the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ)), the Bill’s purpose was to ‘convert the acquis’ of EU law and in doing so preserve any EU-derived equality and employment rights. This is a novel and untested mechanism. As such, there is scope, indeed a need, for detailed, original and imaginative research into its efficacy. Some areas in need of research are (but not limited to):

Discrimination, Rights, and Statutory Interpretation
Is it possible for the subsequent judicial interpretation by UK courts of these rights to align with that given by the ECJ, given the different traditions of the respective judicial bodies and/or that the ultimate ‘teleological’ goal of the ECJ is the ‘ever closer union between the peoples of Europe’? There is a likelihood that the converted rights will diminish over time, leaving UK citizens markedly worse off.

Impact on Trade Deals
Another aspect of this is that diminished rights could undermine any Brexit trade deals requiring a ‘level playing field’ of workers’ rights for the purposes of fair trade.

Enforcement of EU Equality and Workers Rights
These rights come to UK citizens through a number of sources, notably Treaty provisions, Directives, and ECJ decisions. But there is a long history of Member States failing to implement properly these rights. In response, the ECJ has developed a number of methods enabling individual citizens to enforce these rights, bypassing their (inadequate) domestic law. If, as expected, the Bill ousts the jurisdiction of the ECJ, how can this route to rights be protected?

An Enhanced Role for the European Convention on Human Rights
As well as the ever-developing equality and employment rights, EU institutions are adopting human rights. As this progresses within the EU, there will appear ‘gaps’ between the rights of EU and UK citizens. One possibility of filling these gaps is harnessing the potential of the European Convention on Human Rights (via the Human Rights Act 1998), or even its lesser-known companion, the European Social Charter.


How to apply:
We welcome applications from highly motivated prospective students who are committed to develop outstanding research outcomes. You can apply online at http://www.port.ac.uk/applyonline. Please quote project code LAWC3900218 in your application form.

Applications should include:
-a full CV including personal details, qualifications, educational history and, where applicable, any employment or other experience relevant to the application
-contact details for two referees able to comment on your academic performance
-a research proposal of 1,000 words outlining the main features of a research design you would propose to meet the stated objectives, identifying the challenges this project might present and discussing how the work will build on or challenge existing research in the above field.
-proof of English language proficiency (for EU and international students)

All the above must be submitted by the 11th of February 2018.
Funding Notes

UK/EU students - The fully-funded, full-time three-year studentship provides a stipend that is in line with that offered by Research Councils UK of £14,553 per annum.

International students - International students applying for this project are eligible to be considered for the Portsmouth Global PhD scholarships. 
 
Further information also at:

5th January 2018

Central London BUIRA Seminar: The Changing Labour Contract

Dr Alexandra Oeser (Université Paris Nanterre) From local to international: wiping out the employer?

Dr Simon Joyce (University of Leeds) on the Future of Work and the Gig Economy

Discussant: Dr Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick (Birkbeck College London)

 

Friday 26 January 2018, 10.30am – 12.30pm, followed by buffet lunch

University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS

(opposite Madame Tussauds and nearly opposite Baker Street tube)
Room 
C181 (lunch C287)

 

For further details and to reserve a place, contact Linda Clarke (clarkel@wmin.ac.uk)

 

This regular monthly seminar is focused onthe changing labour contract and employee-employer relations in Europe and we are fortunate to have two expert speakers as well as Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick to lead the discussion.

 

Alexandra Oeser, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Université Paris Nanterre,will tackle the question of the consequences of the financialization of global firms for local fights for employment and for syndicalist strategies. She focusses on the example of the Molex company, which bought a local factory in southern France in 2004 only to relocate it to China in 2008-2009. The fight against the closure of the factory in rural France obeyed different norms from those of the closure itself, decided in Chicago. She will also talk about forms of masculinity used on both levels in the fight, and their consequences for work structures and political mobilization. Alexandra works on questions of political socialization, whether in education (schools), in the workplace or during political mobilizations. Gender and class and their interaction are central to this work and have more recently been explored through analysis of forms of masculinity. Her publications include: "Quand ils ont fermé l'usine. Lutter contre les délocalisations dans une économie globalisée" (When they closed the factory. Fighting against delocalizations in a globalised economy), Agone, 2017; and ‘Politics, Work and the Family: Gendered forms of mobilization of working class women in Southern France’. Modern and Contemporary France, n°22, 2012

 

Simon Joyce will speak about the mediation of paid work via online platforms. Companies such as Uber, Upwork, Taskrabbit, and Amazon Mechanical Turk have pioneered this method of organising a workforce, which is widely expected to grow in importance in coming years. This talk will present research investigating the nature and extent of platform work in Europe, and examine its implications for working lives and for the regulation of employment relations. It will also discuss conceptual and theoretical challenges that these developments pose for for industrial relations scholars and researchers. Simonhas researched platform work in his present position of Research Fellow at Leeds University Business Schoothere as well as at the University of Hertfordshire, where he completed his PhD entitled “Revisiting shop stewards and workplace bargaining: opportunities, resources and dynamics in two case studies”. He is co-author of the recently published research for the European Parliament on The Social Protection of Workers in the Platform Economyhttp://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2017/614184/IPOL_STU(2017)614184_EN.pdf 

 

Rebecca Grumbell-McCormick, has kindly agreed to act as discussant. Rebecca co-authored (with Richard Hyman), ‘Resisting labour market insecurity: Old and new actors, rivals or allies?’ Journal of Industrial Relations, 2017, as well as Trade Unions in Western Europe (2013).

 

This seminar is an opportunity to air and discuss these issues in an open forum and consider their implications for industrial relations. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this event. These meetings can be full though so, if you would like to attend and to help forecast catering provision, please Contact: Professor Linda Clarke, clarkel@wmin.ac.uk or 020350 66528

5th January 2018

WERU/DIG Seminar on Tackling Equality and Diversity

UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH WORK AND EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH UNIT AND DIVERSITY INTEREST GROUP JOINT SEMINAR
 
ADDRESSING EQUALITY AND INCLUSION IN THE WORKPLACE

WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY 2018. 15.00 – 18.00 
 
VENUE: ROOM HH102, HAMILTON HOUSE, PARK VISTA, GREENWICH, SE10 9LZ 
 
This seminar focuses on tackling race equality and inclusion in society. Our speakers include Roger Kline (Middlesex University), Dr Kenisha Linton (University of Greenwich) and Michael Seeraj (Charlton Athletic Community Trust). 
 
Roger Kline FRSA (Middlesex University Business School) will speak about his role in developing the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard. Roger authored “Discrimination by Appointment” (2013) and “The Snowy White Peaks of the NHS” (2014) on workforce race equality in the NHS and subsequently helped develop the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard. He was Joint Director of its Implementation Team from its inception until August 2017. Roger is a Research Fellow at Middlesex University and he is currently researching bullying in the NHS and the inappropriate use of disciplinary action. He is co-author with Michael Preston Shoot of Professional Accountability in Social Care and Health: Challenging Unacceptable Practice and its Management (Sage 2012) and is author of The Duty of Care (2013). Roger was a member of the Social Work Reform Board (2010–2013), and of the Higher Education Equality Challenge Unit Board (2006-2008).

 

Dr Kenisha Linton (University of Greenwich) will explore diversity perspectives in the complex and dynamic work context of the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). Using qualitative data from 85 Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) and White employees from different ranks, age ranges, lengths of service, and mix of genders and sexual orientations, Kenisha will provide empirical evidence on the mediating factors influencing the organisation’s diversity paradigm and the implementation of its diversity strategy. Dr Kenisha Linton is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Greenwich. Kenisha obtained her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her doctoral thesis examined the topic of workforce diversity and inclusion in the London Metropolitan Police Service. Kenisha also conducts research on the experiences of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff and students in UK higher education institutions. Kenisha was also a member of Kingston University's self-assessment team for the Race Equality Charter Mark that was piloted by the Equality Challenge Unit in 2015 with thirty HE institutions across England and Wales. Kingston University successfully obtained the bronze award. Kenisha is engaged in various collaborative research projects on equality, diversity and inclusion, intersectionality, leadership, and cross-cultural management.
 
Dr Michael Seeraj (Charlton Athletic Community Trust) will speak about the work of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust. The community programme at Charlton Athletic Football Club was established in 1992 and became Charlton Athletic Community Trust in 2003. The community initiative began when the football club returned to The Valley in 1992. It started with just one member of staff, a bag of footballs and a telephone and has now grown into an organisation that employs 100 permanent staff, has a pool of over 100 casual coaches and engages with thousands of people on a weekly basis. CACT uses the power of football and sport to engage, empower and provide positive opportunities and activities for young people as highlighted in the mission statement. From engagement and early intervention schemes, young people are signposted into positive activities and provided with exit routes into recreational and structured activities run by the Trust and partner agencies. There is emphasis on creating pathways into employment and turning young people into positive role models. These include personal improvement programmes centred on education, health, social inclusion, citizenship and community working across different strands. Dr Michael Seeraj is Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at CACT.

 

This is an open free seminar and all are invited but please can you inform us if you are planning to attend from outside the University of Greenwich by contacting: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/weru-seminar-equality-and-inclusion-in-the-workplace-tickets-41426847817 
 
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Telephone: +44 20 8331 9083 E-mail: i3centre@gre.ac.uk

 

5th January 2018

Manchester Industrial Relations Society (MIRS) Student Debate

You can now access a full report on the recent MIRS Student Debate, as well as the PowerPoint slides from each of the individual teams involved, and a series of speaker/audience photos, via the Society’s website:

www.mirs.org.uk

5th January 2018

Manchester Industrial Relations Society (MIRS) Class and Social Mobility: How to Get a Fairer Society

Speaker: Faiza Shaheen, Director, Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS),

economist, writer, activist and commentator on the most salient social and economic debates of our times, contributor to BBCNewsnight and Channel 4 News

http://www.mirs.org.uk/index.html

Thursday 1 February 6pm
Lecture Theatre G33, Ground Floor
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
All Saints, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH
Map:  http://www.mmu.ac.uk/travel/allsaints/

 

Social class is back in media discourse, sometimes in terms of the ‘gross’ financial privileges of the wealthy elite, more often with reference to the perceived Brexit ‘populist backlash’ of the white working class. But how well do we really understand the fundamental underlying reality of social class in 21st century Britain? Faiza Shaheen explores its multifaceted implications for our society (including in areas such as employment, housing, education, healthcare, income, and political power) and then advances her vision for how we can make Britain less class-ridden and more socially mobile for the benefit of all to create a better, fairer society.   

 

Manchester Industrial Relations Society website: www.mirs.org.uk

Twitter: @ManchesterIRS

5th January 2018

PhD Scholarships at Sheffield Hallam University Business School

We are seeking PhD scholarship applications for 3 year funded full-time study with proposed theoretical and managerial implications in the following thematic research areas:


People, Work and Organisation (PWO), including: 

• Human resource management performance, coaching / mentoring
• Culture and language
• Employer relations or employment law
• Low pay and the living wage
• International HRM and cross-management in multinational enterprises,

 

Within the above thematic research areas, we especially welcome proposals with an emphasis on the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value in line with the principles of responsible management under the United Nations Global Compact-backed initiative, PRME.

Any enquiries should be emailed to Professor Peter Prowse, Head of PhD Programmes, orDr Christine Gilligan, PhD Admissions Tutor.

Seehttps://www.shu.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/phd-scholarship-opportunities/people-work-and-organisationon how to apply and the selection Process.

19th December 2017

Call for Special Issue Proposals: Human Resource Management Journal

Proposals should be submitted to HRMJ.journal@wiley.com by Monday 5th March 2018. Further information can be found here.

Human Resource Management Journal is a scholarly journal that seeks to promote the understanding of HRM to academics and practising managers. HRMJ aims to promote the theory and practice of HRM, to provide an international forum for discussion and debate, and to stress the critical importance of people management to a wide range of economic, political and social concerns. Over the last decade, HRMJ has broadened its editorial scope to become more globally oriented and has strengthened the international character of its Editorial Team and Board.

Further details on HRMJ can be found below and on the website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1748-8583.

12th December 2017

Social Europe after Brexit

The University of Greenwich, London, is holding a seminar on ‘Social Europe after Brexit’, hosted by Philippe Pochet, the General Director of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and visiting lecturer at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and the College of Europe.

 

Date: 7th of December 2017

Location: Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Park Vista, Greenwich, SE10 9LZ.

Time: 16:00-17:30

 

Go to the website to Book Now.

 

The social dimension of the European Union has been long on the agenda in many different ways. Most people would agree that it has never been the highest on the agenda, but during the last decades there have been major developments with regard to works councils and the European Company Statute. Europe is now in a lot of turbulence, like the refugee crisis but, above all, the Brexit that is dominating all agendas for the moment, nationally as well as at European level. This seminar addresses the question how the development of Social Europe could be affected by Brexit – even if we are uncertain about the form of Brexit and the strategy that has to become clear the next couple of weeks. Some would suggest further progress on this would be damaged with the pulling out of the UK from the EU. Others seem to suggest there is more common understanding among the other EU member states to develop a stronger EU with possibly more support for the social aspects of European integration. Especially the role of social partners will be addressed.

4th December 2017

Academy of Social Sciences | eBulletin November 2017

The eBulletin is available to view online via the following link:
https://www.acss.org.uk/academy-ebulletin-november-2017/

For all news about the Academy and its Campaign visit www.acss.org.uk and campaignforsocialscience.org.uk

 

4th December 2017

The Gig Economy and Employment Relations

Speaker: Alex Wood (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford).

http://www.mirs.org.uk/index.html

Thursday 30 November 6pm
Lecture Theatre G33, Ground Floor
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
All Saints, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH
Map:  http://www.mmu.ac.uk/travel/allsaints/

 

Recent media coverage of the so-called ‘gig economy’ (with companies such as Uber and Deliveroo) has exposed the shocking extent to which employers exploit vulnerable workers by adopting techniques such as wrongly classifying their employment status, employing them on zero hours contracts, and attaching them to online platforms that enable clients to access labour power potentially from anywhere in the world.

 

This presentation will explore what the growth of the gig economy means for employment relations by drawing on 180 worker interviews across eight countries, observation of a dozen worker events in the United States and the Philippines, and a survey of 683 Sub-Saharan and Southeast Asian workers. The findings will focus on the shared injustices, identity, solidarity, collective organisation and repertoires of action displayed by remote gig workers. The presentation will place these findings in historical context, highlighting the practical implications for worker organisation in the 21st century and the conceptual consequences for employment relations as a field of study.      

 

Manchester Industrial Relations Society website: www.mirs.org.uk

Twitter: @ManchesterIRS

29th November 2017

Call For Papers - BUIRA Conference 2018: The return of politics to employment relations (27 to 29 June 2018)

The call for papers is open until 30th January 2018.

Please use template provided below and submit your abstract through the BUIRA website: http://www.buira.org/submit

If you would like to propose a stream or special session, please send a proposal to admin@buira.org by 20th December 2017.

BUIRA conference abstract template

Title:

Brief outline (100 words):

Methodology (150 words):

Key findings (250 words):

References:

 

 BUIRA Conference 2018

The return of politics to employment relations

Middlesex University, London Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 June 2018

 

Howell (2005) observes that the emergence of the “third system of industrial relations” in the UK – from 1979 - is one that, among the institutional issues, removed employment relations as a high profile political issue in public life.  While the Winter of Discontent made industrial relations the primary political national issue in the 1979 general election, by the time the Employment Relations Bill was being debated in 1998-9 it attracted low key media or even parliamentary attention.  If the neoliberal age has been one which has institutionally sidelined the notion of collective worker representation, it has also been one that has attempted to ideologically individualise the employment relationship into a market transactional one.

In 2017, the situation seems to have changed.  The underlying ideological predisposition that the employment relationship is a consensual voluntary market transaction is a lot less certain among a significant proportion of working people who instead see unfairness and futility.  In the UK, while unemployment is relatively low, ‘underemployment’ and the perceptions of insecurity, precarity, ‘bad jobs’ and inequality are high.  Similar tensions are reported across the developed world.  These changes could be partly the longer-term consequence of the global financial crisis of 2007/8, of global and national austerity or of the way in which globalisation has affected jobs in adjusting the global north to the global south. The politics surrounding the (un)fairness of the system governing work and employment are now acute and are beginning to challenge the assumptions underpinning key institutions governing the system as a whole. 

It is difficult to pin an exact location for this ‘disruption’ but its manifestations are evident.  While workplace collective bargaining remains dormant outside the shrunken domains of public sector and established large employers, the levels of discontent among the ‘unorganised’ are growing. This includes legal and small scale collective challenges to practices associated with the ‘gig economy’ (a prominent theme discussed at BUIRA 2017); and the return of industrial relations policy as a contested ideological agenda at national level politics (with Labour now championing trade union rights and the Conservative government seeming to need to address perceptions of unfairness with a more paternalist reform agenda on issues such as corporate governance and pay inequality.  The Conservatives’ apparent change of direction is of particular interest as it seems to mark an important symbolic break with the cornerstone principle of laissez-faire market individualism that has underpinned government policy since Thatcher in 1979.

Such re-politicisation of work and employment has not just been a UK phenomenon.  The Trump phenomenon in the US, with its rhetoric of protectionism and anti-immigration, has also arguably been based on a populist challenge to the prevailing neoliberal orthodoxy of open markets. .  In France the direction seems to be equal and opposite: the reforming Macron government seems intent on market-based reforms to labour laws more in line with the neoliberal agenda falling out of favour elsewhere.

Although we welcome papers that concern any area of industrial relations, theoretical contributions in relation to the changes we’re observing in the relationship between politics and employment are particularly welcome, as well as papers concerning topics under the following headings:

  • State regulation and unions
  • Individual employment rights and juridification
  • Migration and freedom of movement
  • Work and inequality
  • Corporate governance and worker voice
  • Regulating the gig economy

 

 

27th November 2017

Sir Peter Carr 1930-2017 Obituary

Former member of BUIRA, Peter Carr, who has died aged 87, had a remarkable and varied career, including in industrial relations and as a leader of health service improvement. His focus was always on promoting productivity through constructive bargaining as a partnership between employers and workers, represented by unions.

 

Peter grew up in Mexborough, Yorkshire, the son of George Carr, a printer on the South Yorkshire Times, and his wife, Marjorie (nee Tailby), who engaged in entrepreneurial endeavours such as making sandwiches for working men’s clubs. Peter’s first job after leaving school, aged 13, was as a building-site joiner. His leadership skills were already apparent and he was soon working as site manager. This was interrupted by national service with the Royal Air Force mountain rescue team between 1951 and 1953.

 

Sponsored by the woodworkers’ union, he then studied politics and economics at Ruskin College, Oxford. He went on to lecture in Yorkshire and Essex colleges on management, labour history and economics, his students mostly shop stewards and managers. In the 1960s he led pioneering exchange courses between UK, Swedish and French trade unions.

 

Peter took increasingly senior roles in governmental agencies: the Prices and Incomes Board; the Commission on Industrial Relations (CIR); the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas); and the Department of Employment. At the CIR and Acas, he helped to investigate, prevent and settle industrial disputes. Although as a young man he was active in the Labour party and the Fabians, Conservative as well as Labour governments repeatedly re-appointed him to key leadership roles.

 

He led international missions and was labour attaché for the UK government in Washington DC for five years from 1978. He organised study exchanges between US and UK union leaders and employers.

 

When Peter returned to the UK, he applied industrial relations skills as regional director of North East City Action, encouraging economic development. In 1990, he became chair of the Northern (English) Regional Health Authority and in this role, and subsequent ones, he led a transformation of health services. ‘His’ region became the best performing region in the UK National Health Service (NHS). He was knighted in 2007.

 

He went on to chair the English NHS Trust Development Authority, when it was established in 2011. He served diligently in various roles until he was in his mid-80s.

 

His recreations included cinema, photography, cabinetmaking, cycling, cooking and US history. He founded the Northern Screen Commission, which found settings in the north for many films, including from the Harry Potter series. His memoir, It Occurred to Me (2016), humorously charted major moments of political history in which he participated. As a Europhile, he was appalled about Brexit.

 

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine (nee Ward), whom he married in 1958, son, Steve, daughter, Alyce, and four grandchildren. (Condolence Cards to: Lady Geraldine Carr, 4 Corchester Towers, Northumberland NE45 5NP, England. Donations would be welcome to www.parkinsons.org.uk ref. ‘Sir Peter Carr No. 1000420’.)

 

Both the NHS and the US Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) recently honoured his many achievements. (Peter’s son Steve said that the lifetime achievement award that LERA awarded to Peter meant more to him than his Knighthood!) Three UK universities conferred hon. doctorates on him. He served in many voluntary roles, including with all of the universities in north east England. For example, he was formerly a member of the Court, Newcastle University and of the Advisory Board, Newcastle University Business School.

 

To celebrate Peter’s life, there will be a memorial event in the Kings Hall at Newcastle University, at 3.30pm on 18 December 2017.  For details contact Melanie Reed, Events Manager, Newcastle University: melanie.reed@newcastle.ac.uk

Those wishing to contribute to the memorial event, please contact Steve:  stevecarr4@me.com

 

This obituary draws on a published obituary that also includes a photo of Sir Peter Carr: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/15/sir-peter-carr-obituary

 

Greg J. Bamber
Professor/Co-Director, Australian Consortium for Research in Employment & Work

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Visiting Professor, Newcastle University, UK

 

www.linkedin.com/in/gregjbamber

22nd November 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: Fourth Bi-Annual Fairness at Work Conference: 'Justice at Work: Challenges and Possibilities’, University of Manchester's Work & Equalities Institute (WEI).

The University of Manchester

Work & Equalities Institute (WEI)

 

Fourth Bi-Annual Fairness at Work Conference

'Justice at Work: Challenges and Possibilities’

 

Date: 10th & 11th September 2018

Venue: The University of Manchester

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

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.

 

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. 

    

Papers are invited on these developments in the areas of fair treatment at work, diversity and equality, stress and well-being, dignity at work, employment regulation, worker participation, trade unionism, technology and work, and key elements of employment relations such as pay, pensions and working time.

 

Cost: £200 Waged (£50 unwaged): includes all food and drink plus the conference dinner

Abstract submission: Please email 500-word abstracts or 1000-word for sessions by 1st  March 2018 tofairwrcconferences@mbs.ac.uk 

 

About the Work & Equalities Institute: The Work & Equalities Institute brings together the European Work and Employment Research Centre and Fairness at Work Research Centre with expertise across human resource management, industrial relations, labour economics, organisational psychology, and employment law. The team has a track record, built over more than twenty five years, of informing the evidence-base and policy agenda of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation, as well as national organisations such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and others. WEI’s research is being used in knowledge exchange, dialogue and debate with key stakeholders and policy makers, and makes informed contributions to policy formation and practice.https://www.mbs.ac.uk/research/centres-and-institutes/work-and-equalities-institute/

21st November 2017

VACANCY - POST OF REGIONAL ORGANISER FOR THE NORTH EAST AREA (BASED IN MANCHESTER), EQUITY

If anyone is interested in the below job, please contact Ian for further information and relevant job advert and attachments.

Ian Manborde

Equalities

Diversity Organiser, Equity

T: 020 7670 0273

M: 07595 201 640

Email: imanborde@EQUITY.ORG.UK

JOB CONTEXT FOR THE POST OF REGIONAL ORGANISER FOR THE NORTH EAST AREA (BASED IN MANCHESTER), EQUITY

 Equity

 

Equity is the UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners. As a leading industry organisation, Equity is known and respected nationally and internationally for the work we do with, and on behalf of, our members working across all areas of the entertainment industry.

 

We are a campaigning and organising union and proud of our strong record of taking the things that matter to our members to parliament and other centres of influence. Members are at the heart of all the union’s activities and by getting involved they drive forward the work of the union.

 

Equity works to support its 42,000+ members by negotiating their terms and conditions including fee structures with all kinds of employers and employer’s groups.

 

Background

 

The union has a team of staff in offices across the UK who have a wealth of experience and expertise when it comes to advice and representation. They are able to deal with the issues raised by members working in all areas of the industry whether it be a major feature film, a theatre in education show, radio voice overs, a circus act or any other live or recorded work.

 

The post of Regional Organiser for the North East Area works within a small team of highly skilled organisers dedicated to representing, protecting and promoting the interests of our members and plays a key role in organising, representing and supporting Equity members working in both live entertainment and recorded media in Yorkshire and the North East of England. As the current contract expires at the end of 2017, we are seeking to appoint from 2018 onwards.

 

We have Regional Organisers for the North East, North West, Midlands and South East Areas of the UK and National Organisers for Scotland & Northern Ireland, and Wales and the South West of England.  They are responsible for the monitoring and enforcing of collective agreements, leading negotiations with employers for revision of agreements and establishing new agreements. They manage a regional casework load and represent members in dispute with employers. Their day-to-day work includes responding to queries from members and giving advice on interpretation of agreements and enquiries arising from individual engagements. 

Equity, Guild House, Upper St Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9EG

www.equity.org.uk   

 

Find Equity on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Equity/29887547393 & Twitter at twitter.com/EquityUK

 

20th November 2017

Reminder - CIPD Applied Research Conference 2017

There's still time to register for the CIPD Applied Research Conference, taking place this year in Glasgow, on 30 November and 1 December, 2017. 

The Applied Research Conference (ARC) is an annual meeting place for researchers and practitioners working in people management, employment policy and related fields. It is an interdisciplinary conference that covers a wide range of aspects of people management, employment, learning and development and organisational development.

Register now »

The conference starts on the evening of Thursday 30 November with practical workshops. The main programme on Friday 1 December centers on 35 research papers grouped into 15 thematic streams.


Don't miss out on hearing informative keynote presentations from:

  • Professor Kim Hoque and Dr Lisa Cameron MP on disability at work
  • Professor Eva Demerouti on work engagement and job crafting

Take a look at the full programme and booking information here.

ARC holds a unique place in strengthening links between academic research and HR practice. Join us to hear about cutting edge research, discuss how it can be applied in policy and practice, and network with like-minded researchers and practitioners.

We look forward to welcoming you to the event. Please feel free to forward this email on to any collaegues who you think may be interested in attending.

8th November 2017

Central London BUIRA Seminar: European Social Dialogue

Philippe Pochet (General Director, European Trade Union Institute) on What is the Role of Employers and what are the Hopes for the Future?

Werner Buelen (European Federation of Building and Woodworkers) on The Difficulties and Reality of the European Social Dialogue for Trade Unions

Discussant: Professor Richard Hyman (LSE)

 

Friday 24 November 201710.30am – 12.30pm, followed by buffet lunch

University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS

(opposite Madame Tussauds and nearly opposite Baker Street tube)
Room 
C385 (lunch C287)

 

For further details and to reserve a place, contact Linda Clarke (clarkel@wmin.ac.uk)

 

This regular monthly seminar is focused on European Social Dialogue (ESD), which celebrated its 30thanniversary in 2015, and we are extremely lucky that Philippe Pochet, has agreed to speak on this. Philippe is General Director of the ETUI and visiting lecturer at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) and the College of Europe, having previously been Director of the Observatoire social européen (OSE). The ESD remains one of the pillars of social Europe and an important element of European integration, though since the beginning of the millennium it has lost much of its momentum. His aim is to speak about the strategy of the different EU actors, in particular the employers’ organisations and European multinationals in the ESD, and to consider the ESD’s possible revival following the crises of European integration and threats to the internal market. Werner Buelen, Political Secretary Construction, from the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers will then follow with a critical account of the reality and results of the ESD.Richard Hyman, author with Rebecca Gumbrell McCormick of Trade Unions in Western Europe, has agreed to act as discussant.

 

The subject is highly topical in the light of the Brexit debate and the seminar provides an opportunity to air and discuss these issues in an open forum and consider their implications for industrial relations. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this event. These meetings can be full though so, if you would like to attend and to help forecast catering provision, please Contact: Professor Linda Clarke,  clarkel@wmin.ac.uk or020350 66528

7th November 2017

VACANCY – Senior Lecturer in International Human Resource Management

Newcastle University Business School – Senior Lecturer in International Human Resource Management

The vacancy closes on 29th November and is listed also on jobs.ac.uk: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BFJ051/senior-lecturer-in-international-human-resource-management-b94857a/

Applications are via the HR job vacancies website: https://vacancies.ncl.ac.uk/LoginV2.aspx

6th November 2017

A Symposium On Public Sector Pay And Workforce Issues: The End Of Austerity?

 

The University Of Greenwich Work And Employment Research Unit And Public Services International Research Unit Present

 

A Symposium On Public Sector Pay And Workforce Issues: The End Of Austerity?

 

Wednesday 29 november 2017. 13.00 – 18.00

 

Venue: Room HH102, Hamilton House, Park Vista, Greenwich, SE10 9LZ

 

This symposium brings together a range of speakers to discuss the current state of public sector pay and workforce issues.  We will look at what has happened to pay and the workforce in the public sector over the years of the Government pay policy, with up-to-date assessments from key participants in the debate. We have several speakers with different perspectives to help build the bigger picture. In recent months, the question of lifting the 1% cap on public sector pay has risen to the top of the political agenda. There are claims and counter claims about whether public or private sector workers are paid more and these claims will be tested.

 

Chair: Professor Sian Moore, University of Greenwich

 

Keynote speakers:

 

Ken Mulkearn, (Editor/author of Pay in the Public Services 2017, published by Incomes Data Research). Ken will cover recent pay outcomes and what they indicate for policy, where policy might be headed and the influences on this (labour markets, Government stance, unions, LP policy). He will also cover the key issues for policy-makers – comparability, pay progression, pay setting machinery, supply and inflation/catch-up.

 

Joshua Rawlings, (Economic Researcher, Office for National Statistics). Joshua’s presentation will cover information around the factors affecting earnings using ASHE. The presentation focuses in particular on the differences in public and private sector pay. It presents two statistical models which explore the relationship between mean hourly earnings excluding overtime and a range of independent variables, the estimates of which are based on the 2016 ASHE data and includes a control for the size of the organisation.

 

Other Speakers

 

David Powell, (Senior salary officer NEU (NUT section, following the merger with ATL)) will cover pay developments in schools, Academies and the STRB. The talk will set out the impact of public sector pay policy since 2010 on teachers in schools and academies.  The following issues will be covered: pay restraint; the breakup of the national teacher pay structure; the imposition of performance-related pay; and the consequences of these policy developments for teacher recruitment and retention.

 

Peter Gordon, (Head of terms and conditions of service, British Medical Association) will cover the junior doctors’ dispute and the role of the DDPRB. He will outline the BMA’s interactions with the DDRB (doctors’ pay review body), talk about the junior doctor contract dispute before finishing with a short section on negotiating during austerity.

 

Gerry O’Dwyer, (National Officer Royal College of Nursing). Pay developments for NHS staff. Gerry will highlight the issues in respect of the 2017/18 NHS pay round and the ‘claim’ made by unions to the Chancellor in advance of the submission of evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body. This will cover in particular the position of nurses and health care assistants and will highlight the issues that have caused them most concern during the period of austerity. He will also discuss the RCN’s successful  ‘Scrap the Cap campaign’, as well as the challenges that the RCN can face in considering industrial action.

 

Dave Penman, (General Secretary, First Division Association): Dave will consider the impact of pay policy on senior civil servants and the issues of recruitment and retention of skilled employees in the senior civil service.

 

A panel of experts will then discuss the issues raised

 

Nicola Allison, Remuneration Advisor, Office of Manpower Economics

Heather Wakefield, National Negotiations Officer for Local Government, Unison and Visiting Fellow, University of Greenwich

Professor Ian Kessler, Kings College London.

 

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:

 

 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-symposium-on-public-sector-pay-and-workforce-the-end-of-austerity-tickets-39015529499?aff=es2 

 

How To Find Us

 

Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich, London SE10 9LZ

Telephone: +44 20 8331 9083 E-mail:i3centre@gre.ac.uk

3rd November 2017

Call for the next BUIRA stewardship 2019-2022

Since it was first established, BUIRA has been overseen by a team of stewards and an Executive Board. Currently the stewardship structure includes officers with responsibility for communications, membership, conference/events and financing. The tenure of each stewardship team is 3 years and the team is expected to host the BUIRA annual conference in the last year of tenure.

We are now open to proposals for a takeover of the stewardship after the 2019 annual conference held at Newcastle.  The tenure will be from 2019 – 2022 during which time will include the celebration the 70th anniversary of the establishment of BUIRA.  

Ideally, the stewards team will be co-located within the same institution, but proposals for teams made of individuals at different institutions will also be considered.

Proposals should include names of stewards for the following roles:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Membership officer
  • Communications officer
  • Conference and Events officer

Informal enquiries may be made to jo.mcbride@newcastle.ac.uk and ana.lopes@ncl.ac.uk

2nd November 2017

Call For Papers - BUIRA Conference 2018

Call for Papers

BUIRA Conference 2018

The return of politics to employment relations

Middlesex University, London Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 June 2018

 

Howell (2005) observes that the emergence of the “third system of industrial relations” in the UK – from 1979 - is one that, among the institutional issues, removed employment relations as a high profile political issue in public life.  While the Winter of Discontent made industrial relations the primary political national issue in the 1979 general election, by the time the Employment Relations Bill was being debated in 1998-9 it attracted low key media or even parliamentary attention.  If the neoliberal age has been one which has institutionally sidelined the notion of collective worker representation, it has also been one that has attempted to ideologically individualise the employment relationship into a market transactional one.

In 2017, the situation seems to have changed.  The underlying ideological predisposition that the employment relationship is a consensual voluntary market transaction is a lot less certain among a significant proportion of working people who instead see unfairness and futility.  In the UK, while unemployment is relatively low, ‘underemployment’ and the perceptions of insecurity, precarity, ‘bad jobs’ and inequality are high.  Similar tensions are reported across the developed world.  These changes could be partly the longer-term consequence of the global financial crisis of 2007/8, of global and national austerity or of the way in which globalisation has affected jobs in adjusting the global north to the global south. The politics surrounding the (un)fairness of the system governing work and employment are now acute and are beginning to challenge the assumptions underpinning key institutions governing the system as a whole. 

It is difficult to pin an exact location for this ‘disruption’ but its manifestations are evident.  While workplace collective bargaining remains dormant outside the shrunken domains of public sector and established large employers, the levels of discontent among the ‘unorganised’ are growing. This includes legal and small scale collective challenges to practices associated with the ‘gig economy’ (a prominent theme discussed at BUIRA 2017); and the return of industrial relations policy as a contested ideological agenda at national level politics (with Labour now championing trade union rights and the Conservative government seeming to need to address perceptions of unfairness with a more paternalist reform agenda on issues such as corporate governance and pay inequality.  The Conservatives’ apparent change of direction is of particular interest as it seems to mark an important symbolic break with the cornerstone principle of laissez-faire market individualism that has underpinned government policy since Thatcher in 1979.

Such re-politicisation of work and employment has not just been a UK phenomenon.  The Trump phenomenon in the US, with its rhetoric of protectionism and anti-immigration, has also arguably been based on a populist challenge to the prevailing neoliberal orthodoxy of open markets. .  In France the direction seems to be equal and opposite: the reforming Macron government seems intent on market-based reforms to labour laws more in line with the neoliberal agenda falling out of favour elsewhere.

Although we welcome papers that concern any area of industrial relations, theoretical contributions in relation to the changes we’re observing in the relationship between politics and employment are particularly welcome, as well as papers concerning topics under the following headings:

  • State regulation and unions
  • Individual employment rights and juridification
  • Migration and freedom of movement
  • Work and inequality
  • Corporate governance and worker voice
  • Regulating the gig economy

 

The call for papers is open until 30th January 2018.

Please use template provided below and submit abstract through the BUIRA website: https://www.buira.org/

If you would like to propose a stream or special session, please send a proposal to admin@buira.org by 20th December 2017.

 

BUIRA conference abstract template

Title:

Brief outline (100 words):

Methodology (150 words):

Key findings (250 words):

References:

2nd November 2017

Academy of Social Sciences | eBulletin October/November 2017

ACADEMY E-BULLETIN OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

 

For all news about the Academy and its Campaign visit www.acss.org.uk and campaignforsocialscience.org.uk

 ACADEMY NEWS

 

NEW FELLOWS

Earlier this month the Academy has conferred the award of Fellow on 69 leading social scientists. The new Fellows are drawn from academics, practitioners and policymakers across the social sciences. They have been recognised after an extensive peer review process for the excellence and impact of their work through the use of social science for public benefit. This includes substantial contributions and leadership in various fields, including higher education, social, economic and environmental policy, government, law, charitable foundations and think tanks.

Announcing the conferment, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy said, “Each new distinguished Fellow has been recognised for their outstanding and impactful contributions in their respective fields, and will prove invaluable additions to the range of expertise within the Academy. This speaks not only to the power and scope of the social sciences to address the big issues of our time, but also to the growing depth and breadth of representation within the Academy as the voice of the social science community as a whole.” More (including full list)

 

REF SUB-PANEL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS

HEFCE has begun the work of recruiting people to serve as members of the Sub-Panels for the next REF exercise. The information is here and here.

Nomination is via subject associations. We are ready, as with the recruitment of chairs, to confirm Fellowship for individuals, giving the date of conferment and confirming that they remain in good standing with the Academy (which means that the individual has not resigned or lapsed their Fellowship and their subscription is up to date). Once you know you are being nominated, please write to Jordene Sewell to request this, noting which learned society is nominating you and for which Sub-Panel.

 

NEW ESRC HEAD

The Academy of Social Sciences congratulates Professor Jennifer Rubin of King’s College London on her appointment as Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council.  The ESRC needs to be a strong voice for using a wide range of types of rigorous social science research and evidence in the new problem-driven funds of UKRI – for example in addressing industrial strategy and global challenges. It also needs to support a strong social science base of many different types of social science, including basic, descriptive and causal research across all disciplines. We are sure that under Professor Rubin’s leadership the ESRC will continue to recognise the importance of maintaining and extending the excellence of the strong social science base in the UK. We look forward to working with Professor Rubin both to promote the best use of social science evidence and to ensure support for existing strengths in UK social sciences, as well as their further development.

 

NOMINATIONS

The closing date for receipt of Fellowship nominations for the winter round is Friday 24th November. Guidelines and Forms are available from the Academy website.

 NEW WEBSITE

We are delighted to launch our new-look website, with improved functionality and stability. Do please take a look.

 

ACADEMY EVENTS

 

PRESIDENT’S LUNCH 2017 – Edinburgh, 14th December – NOW BOOKING

This year the lunch returns to the Royal Society of Edinburgh and will be held on Thursday 14th December 2017. We are delighted that John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister, will speak at the event. This is the annual highlight of the Academy’s calendar; an opportunity for Fellows, member learned societies and their guests to enjoy high level networking in elegant and congenial surroundings. Newly conferred Fellows may also be presented with their certificate by the President at the event. Learned Societies may take whole or part tables (tables will seat 8 people). Tickets are available here.

 

CfSS 5th ANNUAL SAGE PUBLISHING LECTURE 2017 – ‘EDUCATIONAL INEQUALITY IN A POPULIST ERA’ – 21st November

The Rt Hon Lord (David) Willetts FAcSS, former Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Universities and Science), is confirmed as respondent for the lecture to be given on ‘Educational Inequality in a Populist Era’ by Professor Louise Richardson FAcSS, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. The event will take place at 61 Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET, on the evening of Tuesday 21st November 2017. Fellows and Learned Societies should have received an email invitation with a link for booking places, which are free.

 

INTERNATIONAL AND MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY (London 4th December)

Part of the seminar series organised by the Academy’s International Advisory Group. Seminar 4: ‘Historical and International Perspectives on Health’ will take place at 33 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AG on 4th December 2017. More

CAMPAIGN FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE NEWS

 

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP FORUM (SLF) EXAMINES ROLE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE IN INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

The first meeting of the Campaign for Social Science’s newly convened Strategic Leadership Forum on 10 October considered how the social sciences could most effectively contribute to the emerging priorities of the government’s industrial strategy. Bringing together leaders from across academia, the public sector and industry, the SLF addressed two major themes: the role of the social sciences in solving the ‘productivity puzzle’, and how to make more effective use of social science expertise by forging new links across business and social enterprise.  The meeting included an excellent talk from Andy Haldane FAcSS, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, on the productivity challenges facing the UK. Participants agreed various means by which members of the Forum can help showcase the ways in which they are deeply engaged with the challenges of regional development and industrial strategy, and the global challenges set by UKRI.

The SLF is one of the benefits available to Silver and Gold level members of the CfSS Supporter Scheme. It brings together social science leaders to discuss key topics, foster learning and strengthen strategic relationships across the sector. It offers social science leaders a unique opportunity to engage with current and forthcoming policy issues and hear from colleagues in the sector, external decision makers, influencers and thought leaders. Its goal is to examine what the Campaign for Social Science can do to promote the prospects of social science, including research funding, and to work more closely with HEIs and Learned Societies to do so.

More information about joining the scheme is available by emailing the Campaign team.

 

“PATHWAYS TO IMPACT IN THE WELSH GOVERNMENT AND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF WALES” TOOLKIT

The Campaign for Social Science launched a new online tool-kit Pathways to impact: a practical guide for researchers, in collaboration with Cardiff University. The online tool-kit is designed to help new researchers improve their political impact by providing guidance to link social science evidence more closely to the policy making process, with a focus on the Welsh Government and National Assembly for Wales.

A series of straightforward recommendations outlines how to make sure research stands out and is most effectively put into action by civil servants, parliamentarians, and Ministers. There are four broad themes: understanding the political context and landscape; engagement and maximising impact; credibility and independence; overcoming obstacles. More

 

Policy Monitor for October– our monthly compendium of official consultations relevant to our community, is also available in an online searchable form on the Campaign website

 POLICY WORK

From our Head of Policy: Sharon Witherspoon MBE FAcSS

During October we have continued our engagement with the ESRC and UKRI over the longitudinal studies review, data access and industrial strategy.  We remain concerned that the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund needs to consider not only the social science elements of the current challenges identified so far under the industrial strategy, but also the ‘horizontal’ elements that might lead to strategic consideration of productivity and regional differences, including experiments that might explore how to improve productivity.

We held fruitful meetings with our Learned Society members at the end of September and again at the British Academy in early October about the work that they are already doing to engage with practitioners and professionals outside academic that might inform our engagement with the ESRC and UKRI.  We are preparing a template and plan to circulate that shortly. It is vital that we are able to demonstrate the existing work the social sciences are already undertaking to engage outside the academic community.

Meanwhile, we are continuing our work on pathways from school to university to employment, showing the various destinations of employment of social science graduates, and highlighting the importance of number and data skills.  We expect to have a draft report by the end of the year, with the aim of launching in February. Sage Publishing is partnering in this work.

We also note the publication today of the Final Report of the Industrial Strategy Commission, headed by Dame Kate Barker FAcSS.

CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL SCIENCE – the journal of the Academy of Social Sciences

 

Current Calls for Papers for themed issues:

OPPORTUNITIES

  • UKRI are now looking for Council members. More

 

FELLOWS NEWS AND BOOKS

LEARNED SOCIETY NEWS AND EVENTS

 

  • British Academy of Management (BAM)

o   CEO sought – deadline extended to 2 November. More

o   Event: Doctoral writing workshop (Joint LLD and OTCD SIG event). London 27 November

o   Event: Mid-career faculty – moving to the next level. Nottingham 30 November

o   International Journal of Management Reviews (IJMR) Special Issue – ‘Paradoxes’ - Call for Papers (deadline 1 November)

o   Association for Project Management (APM)

o   New publication: Road to Chartered series, No 6: ‘Professional Responsibilities and Obligations: the case of millennials’.

o   Research publication: The Importance of Conventions: a critical evaluation of current practice in social cost-benefit analysis

o   Project Assurance SIG Conference. ‘Project Assurance: what could it do for you?’ London, 23 November.

o   Festival of Social Science Event: ‘Putting social science into project management’. London, 9 November.

  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)

o   2017 BERA SAGE Public Engagement and Impact Award Winner announced

o   2018 BERA Doctoral Thesis and Masters Dissertation Awards – Now Open. (Deadline 12 January 2018)

  • Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

o   Event: Fulfilling the potential of your doctorate. London, 24 November

o   Event: Beds, bricks and HE (II) – trends and issues in student residential accommodation. London 24 November

o   Event: Preventing plagiarism. London 24 January 2018

o   Measuring Employability Gain. London 21 November 2017.

o   SRHE International Research Conference 2017 – ‘Higher Education rising to the challenge: Balancing expectations of students, society and stakeholders’ Newport, Wales, 6-8 December 2017.

o   SRHE Newer Researchers’ Conference, Newport Wales, 5 December 2017

  • Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS)

o   Professional Development Workshop, 20 April 2018, USA

o   Journal of Management Studies Conference 2018. Babson College USA, 18-20 April 2018 – call for papers now open.

  • British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)

o   Annual Conference 2018 with doctoral masterclasses. London, 10-11 April 2018.

  • British Sociological Association (BSA)

o   BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2018 – Call for Nominations (1st December 2017)

o   Postgraduate Forum Regional Day Event proposals 2018.

o   Work, Employment and Society - Call for Papers – Solidarities in and through Work in an Age of Extremes (1 December 2017)

  • British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)

o   Biennial Conference: ‘Comparative Education and Development Alternatives: Critiques, Innovations and Transitions’. York, 12-14 September 2018. 

o   Seed corn and Research Capacity Building Funding Opportunities (Deadline 1 May 2018)

o   BAICE Thematic Forum Grants (Deadline 1 May 2018)

  • British Society of Criminology (BSC)

o   Innovation Fund Grants now available.

  • Political Studies Association (PSA)

o   Total Exposure. The PSA is inviting academics to pitch TV or radio programmes based on their research to top broadcasters (deadline 31 October)

o   Free one-day EU workshop for teachers London, 25 November.

  • Society for Studies in Organizing Healthcare (SHOC)

o   Biennial Conference: Co-ordinating healthcare across boundaries and borders. Montreal, May 2018. More

  • British Society of Gerontology (BSG)

o   47th Annual British Society of Gerontology Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, 4–6 July 2018

  • Association for Social Anthropology (ASA)

o   Conference: Shifting States. Australia 15-18 December 2017

  • Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS)

o   Biennial conference: Psychosocial Reflections on a Half Century of Cultural Revolution. Bournemouth 5-7 April 2018.

  • Regional Studies Association (RSA)

o   PhD Student and early career conference 2017: ‘Charting a career path – sharing the learning and lessons. Newcastle 2-3 November.

  • Association for Tourism in HE (ATHE)

o   Annual Conference - New Approaches to Tourism Learning in Higher Education. 7-8 December 2017. Eastbourne, 7-8 December 2017.

  • Social Research Association (SRA)

o   Annual Conference 2017: ‘Social Research in a Sceptical Age’. London 6 December 2017.

o   o    Annual Conference 2018. Keele, 6-8 April 2018.

SOCIAL SCIENCE SPACE

Some recent postings on socialsciencespace.com

 

Social Science bites podcast:

Tom Chatfield on Critical Thinking and Bias

Philosopher Tom Chatfield’s media presence – which is substantial – is often directly linked to his writings on technology. But his new book is on critical thinking, and while that involves humanity’s oldest computer, the brain, Chatfield explains in this Social Science Bites podcast that new digital realities interact with old human biases. As Chatfield tells interviewer Dave Edmonds, while he defines bias as “an inaccurate account of the way things actually are,” this like confirmation, affect and recency bias aren’t automatically toxic to critical thinking.

2nd November 2017

Special issue of the living Wage in the journal Employee Relations

The special issue of Employee Relations `Low pay and the living wage – an international perspective` is available in volume 39, No.6, 2017 is now in print. It examines the development of living wage issues and policies. The contributors examine the differences in UK national minimum wage (NMW) and the `real` living wage, how the `real` living wage is calculated in the UK, new institution influencing the living wage debate, UK trade union perspectives from the Trades Union Congress (TUC), small to medium sized enterprises adopting the `living wage, comparing union and communities campaigning and also local government living wage campaigns.

The second section deals with international agendas on the living wage with contributors from Denmark, USA, South East Asia and New Zealand.

This special issue will be open access and free Employee Relations Special issue on Low Pay and the Living Wage Vol. 39, No. 6 (2017) and it is all open access on http://www.emeraldinsight.com/toc/er/39/6

The Editorial is on http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/ER-08-2017-0185

Contributors include William Brown http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/ER-04-2017-0072

Paul Sellers (TUC) on http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/ER-04-2017-0095

Ed Heery and Colleague on Living wage campaigns http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/ER-04-2017-0083

Donald Hirsch on calculating living wage on http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/ER-03-2017-0048

Prowse and colleagues on Living Wage campaigning on http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/ER-03-2017-0053

Matt Johnson on implementing the Living wage on local government on http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/ER-02-2017-0039

Werner and Lim on implementation of LW in retail on http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/ER-07-2017-0150

International perspectives include USA on http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/ER-07-2017-0153

New Zealand on http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/ER-03-2017-0071

Denmark on http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/ER-03-2017-0049

South East Asian ethical trade on http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/ER-02-2017-0046

1st November 2017

Challenges in Equality and Diversity in 2017

The University of Greenwich is proud to announce the launch of its university-wide Diversity Interest Group. Our key-note speakers are: 

Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon OBE
Professor Kim Hoque

The launch event will take place on Thursday 2nd November in QA063 at 6pm-8pm.

Join us for an evening of key-note speeches, Q&A, poster displays, canapes and wine!

To register, please email BusinessEvents@gre.ac.uk

30th October 2017

Lecturership in HRM, Birkbeck College, University of London

Lecturership in HRM, Birkbeck College, University of London

This post, for which the closing date is 15 November 2017, is advertised as being in HRM, so many readers of this bulletin may not consider it at first glance, but in the particulars it is also stated the main field for applicants should be either HRM or ER/IR. My colleague John Kelly and I would very much encourage potential applicants whose main field is employment/industrial relations to apply, to join our little team of ER/IR specialists in the Department of Management at Birkbeck. This is an open-ended position at the level of lecturer with an initial three-year probation. Those interested should contact: Professor John Kelly, Professor in Management (j.kelly@bbk.ac.uk) or Dr Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick, Senior Lecturer in Management (r.gumbrell-mccormick@bbk.ac.uk).

A link to the posting can be found at:
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BEY041/lectureship-in-human-resource-management/.

or

http://jobs.bbk.ac.uk/fe/tpl_birkbeckcollege01.asp?s=4A515F4E5A565B1A&jobid=65206,3212825623&key=117050816&c=22793402343425&pagestamp=secxweisdtxwxoezri

23rd October 2017

Extraordinary Times in Politics and Society

Manchester Industrial Relations Society

Extraordinary Times in Politics and Society

Speaker: Andy Beckett, Guardianjournalist, author of When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies (2009) and Promised You a Miracle: Why 1980–82 Made Modern Britain (2015).

http://www.mirs.org.uk/index.html

Thursday 16 November 6pm
Lecture Theatre G33, Ground Floor
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
All Saints, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH
Map:  http://www.mmu.ac.uk/travel/allsaints/

 

Britain is living through a period of upheaval in in its party politics, economy, and everyday life, at a pace and on a scale not experienced since the infamous long crisis from the mid-70s to the early 80s. Andy Beckett, an acclaimed historian of those years, and a Guardian political journalist with a roving brief since 1997, will talk about the loss of faith in the Conservative party and the free-market ideas that have sustained it for 40 years; why this is happening now, and whether the Conservatives can reverse it; and about the opportunities this time of flux may be opening up for the Labour party and the wider British left.

 

For further details of the Manchester Industrial Relations Society please  contact:

 

Professor Ralph Darlington, Salford Business School, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT

Phone: 0161-295-5456; email: r.r.darlington@salford.ac.uk

Manchester Industrial Relations Society website:www.mirs.org.uk

Twitter: @ManchesterIRS

20th October 2017

Jobs in HR/ER at Warwick

The Organisation and HRM group at the University of Warwick are currently recruiting in the area of HRM/Employment Relations. Links to the adverts are as follows:

Assistant Professor in Human Resource Management (80254-107)
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BEZ739/assistant-professor-in-human-resource-management-80254-107/

 

Associate Professor in Human Resource Management (80254-107)
http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BEZ679/associate-professor-in-human-resource-management-80254-107/

 Potential applicants can contact Head of the OHRM Group, Kim Hoque (kim.hoque@wbs.ac.uk) for a confidential discussion. 

19th October 2017

Available Position in Labour Relations - Memorial University of Newfoundland

MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY OF NEWFOUNDLAND

St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

FACULTY OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

(AACSB International Accredited)

Labour Relations

Competition Number: VPA-BUSI-2016-001

Applications are invited for a tenure-track faculty position in Labour Relations at the rank of assistant professor with a proposed commencement date of July 1, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is subject to budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of scholarly output in Labour/Industrial Relations, and be able to teach in undergraduate and graduate (MBA, Master of Employment Relations) programs, and support the faculty’s M.Sc. and PhD specializations. The ability to also teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Resource Management (HRM) or a track record of HRM research would be an asset.

Applicants should have a PhD in Labour/Industrial Relations or a related field, and a demonstrated commitment to teaching and research in a university environment. Applicants must have demonstrated research productivity commensurate with the rank of assistant professor. If a successful candidate has not completed an earned doctorate, he/she shall be appointed to a regular term, non-renewable three-year appointment at the rank of assistant professor. If the candidate completes all the requirements for the doctorate during the first 24 months of the term appointment, he/she shall begin a tenure-track appointment following completion of the requirements of the degree.

The Faculty of Business Administration is a leader in management education and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Approximately 1,300 students are registered in the undergraduate programs of the Faculty, with another 200 students completing graduate programs, including a PhD and M.Sc. in Management. For additional information about our Faculty, please visit our web site at www.business.mun.ca.

Memorial University is Newfoundland and Labrador’s only university, and plays an integral role in the educational and cultural life of the province. Offering diverse undergraduate and graduate programs to over 18,000 students, Memorial provides a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning. St. John’s is a safe, friendly city with great historic charm, a vibrant cultural life, and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities. For further information about Memorial, please visit www.mun.ca.

The deadline to receive applications is January 31, 2018. Applications should include a curriculum vita, a cover letter, names and addresses of three references, statement of teaching interests, and statement of research interests, and three selected recent research publications (and/or working papers if the candidate does not have three publications). Please send applications electronically to:

Dr. Isabelle Dostaler, Dean

Faculty of Business Administration

Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, A1B 3X5

E-mail: deanfba@mun.ca

REFERENCE: VPA-BUSI-2016-001

For further information telephone (709) 864-8851 or fax (709) 864-2467 or e-mail deanfba@mun.ca.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, Aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.

18th October 2017

Events: Central London BUIRA in Conjunction with the University of Westminster

BRITISH UNIVERSITIES INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS ASSOCIATION

Central London BUIRA in conjunction with

THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

 

The Central London branch of BUIRA meets in the Westminster Business School of the University of Westminster at 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS (nearest tube Baker Street). There are many with an interest in industrial relations in the London area, including from universities, trade unions and employer associations. The meetings take the form of seminars, with key speakers, and attract a lively mix of people, both BUIRA and non-BUIRA members, from a range of different disciplines and organisations, some very expert in the particular topic discussed. We usually meet on the last Friday of the month at 10.30, with coffee available from 10.15 and a sandwich lunch provided from 12.30. This gives ample opportunity to discuss the presentation from an invited speaker and matters of common interest, as well as just to catch up with friends. The programme aims to give us fresh insights into key current issues, to present new approaches to the subject of industrial relations, and to discuss important research in the area - whether in Britain or farther afield, particularly on mainland Europe. The programme for 2017-18 is about the changing nature of social partnership and the labour contract at national, transnational and global level.

 

24th November 2017European Social Dialogue, with Philippe Pochet (General Director, European Trade Union Institute) on What is the Role of Employers and what are the Hopes for the Future? and tbcDiscussant: Richard Hyman (LSE)

Room C385 (lunch C287)

 

26th January 2018The changing labour contract, with Dr Simon Joyce (University of Leeds) on the Future of Work and the Gig Economy and Dr Alexandra Oeser (Université Paris Nanterre) From local to international: wiping out the employer?

Discussant: Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick (Birkbeck College)

Room CG44

 

23rd February 2018, Labour Abuse, with Professor Roberto Pedersini (University of Milan) on Coping with fraudulent Work in the European Union, and Nick Clark (Middlesex University) on One law for the rich… Case studies from the Unpaid Britain project

Room: CG44

 

27th April 2018 Labour Migration with Professor Bridget Anderson (University of Bristol) on and Dr Rachel Marangozov (Institute of Employment Studies) on Migration of NursesRoom C279 (lunch C287)

 

25th May 2018, tbc

Room: C279 (lunch C287)

 

So do put these dates in your diary now. These meetings can be full. To ensure a place and to help forecast catering provision, please Contact: Prof. Linda Clarke, Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS. Tel. 020350 66528; email: clarkel@wmin.ac.uk(please also let me know if you subsequently need to cancel)

17th October 2017

BUIRA is on Twitter and on Facebook!

For the all  latest news, follow BUIRA on Twitter @BUIRAonline and on facebook https://www.facebook.com/BUIRAonline/

 

19th September 2016


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