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2019 Conference schedule

The 2019 Conference schedule is now available online

11th June 2019

Still time to register for 69th BUIRA conference Newcastle

It is now only a month until the conference!  A reminder to register for the BUIRA Conference in Newcastle if you are still intending to attend.

More information about the conference and accommodation options is available on the website

It also now possible to register your meal choices for the evening meals:

https://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=4963080

We look forward to welcoming you to Newcastle.

 

7th June 2019

Vacancies on the BUIRA Exec

NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS

The BUIRA Executive Committee will have 2 vacancies as from July 2019.

As discussed and agreed at the AGM in Leeds 2016, the voting system for vacancies on the Executive Committee will be conducted differently.

We now invite all members to forward their interest in becoming a member of the BUIRA Exec Committee to BUIRA admin to Kay Pryer and Susanne Laidler at admin@buira.org.

All members are welcome to apply regardless of career stage i.e. early, senior etc

However, we would strongly encourage women to apply for these positions as they remain to be under-represented on the Committee.

Of course this does not remove open competition and the selection process is still via the membership at the AGM, not the Stewardship or the Executive Committee.

Please include a short biography of no more than 300 words and your reasons for applying for the vacant position.

7th June 2019

Call for papers: Flexible Work Patterns Study Group Meeting Ilera European Congress 2019

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Call for papers: Flexible Work Patterns Study Group Meeting Ilera European Congress 2019

 

ILERA European Congress 2019 Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany 5–7 September 2019

 

The Flexible Work Patterns Study Group will meet Thursday, 5 September 2019, 9:30-11:00am before the official opening of the congress. The group covers all aspects of flexible work issues including part-time work, telework, home working, shift work, flexible hours, compressed working week, zero hours contracts and other temporary and flexible arrangements.The meeting brings together scholars working in this area to network and discuss work in progress, or recently completed, in an informal setting. Papers from doctoral students are very welcome.

 

Abstracts of papers to be presented at the study group are invited on any aspects of flexible working and may be at the macro, organisational or individual level; theoretically based; or on empirical research that is country, region, sector or organisation specific. 

 

Abstracts should be about 500 words and include:

 

Paper title

Name(s) of authors, institutional affiliation and contact details

  Aim

Theoretical/Research framework

Method

Findings

Discussion/Conclusion

 

Please send the abstract as a word file to c.edwards@kingston.ac.uk; clare.kelliher@cranfield.ac.uk; R.Croucher@mdx.ac.uk; by Monday July 1 2019 at the latest. Authors selected to present at the Study Group will be notified as soon as possible.

Note early bird tickets are available until 31 May 2019.

https://ilera2019.giraweb.de/content/registration

Please get in touch if you need further information.

We look forward to receiving your papers,

Best wishes,

Coordinators

Professor Christine Edwards Kingston University Business School Kingston Hill, Kingston Surrey KT2 7LB United Kingdom E-mail: c.edwards@kingston.ac.uk

 

5th June 2019

University of Manchester, Work and Equalities Institute (WEI) Research Seminar

University of Manchester

Work and Equalities Institute (WEI)

Research Seminar

 

Financialization, work and inequalities: the case of Italy

Dr Angelo Salento (Università del Salento, Lecce, Italy)

 

Date: Wednesday 12th June 2019

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

Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School, Room G.013 (view campus map here: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/maps/interactive-map/?id=26)

 

Abstract

 

The contemporary dynamics of inequality are not only a consequence of the ineffectiveness of the redistribution devices: they are primarily connected to the imbalances in the distribution of income “at its source”. The processes of financialization – i.e. the tendency of business to pursue financial accumulation strategies, or anyway to pursue the maximization of return on capital for investors in the short term – enrich financial and managerial elites, promoting a “wealthification” of income, whilst they trigger a reduction of labour costs, and a decline of wages. The analysis presented, specifically referred to the Italian case, considers both the accumulation strategies of large non-financial firms, and the effects of the “short-termist turn” of economic players in the foundational economy, which additionally operates as a regressive taxation, entailing a growing difficulty for working classes to access basic goods and services.

 

 

About the Speaker

 

Angelo Salento is associate professor (senior lecturer) of Economic and Labour Sociology in the Università del Salento (Lecce, Italy), where he teaches Economic and Labour Sociology, Sociology of Organizations, and Sociological Analysis of Development. His background is in labour law and economic sociology. He has done research on the regulation of economy, financialization, local and rural development, the foundational economy. In 2014 he was a visiting researcher in CRESC, University of Manchester. He is currently visiting the Alliance Manchester Business School.

 

 

5th June 2019

Special Offer: Historical Studies in Industrial Relations

Special Offer: Historical Studies in Industrial Relations

HSIR is losing its storage facilities at Keele so we are offering back-issues for sale at the bargain price of £1 per single issue, numbers 1–22 (1996–2006), and £2 per double issue/annual, numbers 23/24–31/32 (1997–2011) and 33–37 (2012–2016), plus postage and packing. This is a one-off sale as afterwards we will have to dispose of most copies. Single issues are approximately 60,000 words in length; double-issues and annuals, 110,000.

HSIR was established to provide an outlet for research on the history of industrial relations. This includes research on contemporary issues, which often lack a historical foundation. A few examples of articles:

William Brown, ‘The High Tide of Consensus: The System of Industrial Relations in Great Britain (1954) Revisited’. 4: 135–49.

Peter Dorey, ‘Weakening the Trade Unions, One Step at a Time: The Thatcher Governments’ Strategy for the Reform of Trade-Union Law, 1979–1984’. 37: 169–200.

John Edmonds, ‘Positioning Labour Closer to the Employers: The Importance of the Labour Party's 1997 Business Manifesto’. 22: 85–107.

Paul Edwards, ‘The Analytical Heritage of Alan Fox’s History and Heritage (1985). 14: 139–58.

Keith Ewing, ‘The State and Industrial Relations: ‘Collective Laissez-Faire’ Revisited’. 5: 1–31.

Nina Fishman, ‘“A Vital Element in British Industrial Relations”: A Reassessment of Order 1305, 1940–1951’. 8: 43–86.

Colin Hay, ‘The Trade Unions and the “Winter of Discontent”’. 36: 181–203.

Bob Hepple, ‘Wedderburn’s The Worker and the Law: An Appreciation’.

34: 215–28.

Sian Moore, ‘Gender and Class Formation: Women’s Mobilization in the Industrialization of the Bradford Worsted Industry, 1780–1845’. 35: 1–31

Jim Phillips, ‘UK Business Power and Opposition to the Bullock Committee’s 1977 Proposals on Worker Directors’. 31/32: 1–30.

John Saville, ‘The Trade Disputes Act of 1906’. 1: 11–45.

Rebecca Zahn, ‘German Codetermination without Nationalization and British Nationalization without Codetermination: Retelling the Story’. 36: 1–27.

Bill Wedderburn, ‘History of British Labour Law’. 17: 127–38.

 

See the HSIR website for more authors and articles.

 

To buy back-issues, contact Paul Smith: paulsmithblist@hotmail.co.uk

5th June 2019

BUIRA 2019: Call for Doctoral Papers and Conference Participation

BUIRA 2019: Call for Doctoral Papers and Conference Participation

The British Universities Industrial Relations Association holds 2019 conference at Newcastle University, Monday 1- Wednesday 3 July 27th July, 2019.

The PhD session is planned to hold on last day of the conference, Wednesday 1st July 2019. The session will have two main features (PhD paper presentations and panel discussions).

Panel DiscussionLife after PhD: Hopes and Impediments’

Panels will offer discussions on opportunities and challenges for new PhDs, exploring the highways and cul-de-sacs in academia.

Panels will include senior academics, Mid-Career, and Early Careers. A representative from the University and College Union UCU is expected to be in the panel. Details of panel will be confirmed in weeks to come.

Paper Presentation

Invitation is hereby extended to PhD colleagues who are researching in the field of Industrial/Employment Relations, to submit abstracts for doctoral papers.

Abstracts could be on any work in progress paper (WIP), or from sections of ongoing PhD work- the idea of this is to offer a platform away from main BUIRA conference paper sessions, where critical, but friendly feedback could be offered by doctoral peers and from established academics.

This call for abstracts opens from Tuesday 8th May to Friday 14th June. Please send abstract of 250 words to: buiraphd@outlook.com

 

Venue: Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Registration: Click Here to Register.

Accommodation:  the official accommodation page. 

22nd May 2019

The BUIRA International & Comparative Employment Relations Study Group will be holding the following seminar in May:

The BUIRA International & Comparative Employment Relations Study Group will be holding the following seminar in May:

Professor Guglielmo Meardi, Warwick Business School

'Brexit, migration and labour market policy: comparative lessons from Canada, Switzerland and Norway'

Time and location: 29th May 2019, 2-4pm in Darwin Building DW0.29/0.30, Keele University

For further information, please contact Carola Weissmeyer at Keele University (c.weissmeyer@keele.ac.uk, 01782 733603)

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Dr Carola Weissmeyer
Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
Course Director MA in Human Resource Management
Keele Business School (KBS)
Keele University
Keele, Staffs ST5 5BG
Tel: 01782 733603
Email: c.weissmeyer@keele.ac.uk
KBS website: www.keele.ac.uk/kbs

22nd May 2019

EFES NEWSLETTER - MAY 2019


EFES NEWSLETTER - MAY 2019

Manifesto for the European elections
In view of the coming election to the European Parliament and the renewal of the European Commission, we publish our Manifesto for the European elections. It is calling for a European Action Plan to promote the development of employee share ownership and participation all over Europe. See the Manifesto. Many candidates and political leaders have already reacted. All reactions are published on the Manifesto website.

New publications


Press review
We have a selection of 34 remarkable articles in 7 countries in April 2019: China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, USA.
China: Is Huawei really employee-owned?
France: France is number one for employee share ownership in Europe. President Macron will promote employee share ownership much more in France. First employee share plan for Pernod-Ricard, new plans for Klépierre, for EDF. Rescue plan through a workers' co-operative for Maurer Tempé.
Germany: Call to promote employee share ownership as a key-point for the competitiveness of German startups.
Italy: New record year for employee share ownership in Europe.
Spain: The Socialist Party wants to promote employee participation in corporate management.
UK: New Employee Ownership Trusts in Wales and in Scotland.
USA: Stock options for all employees of startups serve several purposes. The Truth about Employee Stock Ownership Plans. New firms transitioning to employee ownesrhip.

The full press review is available on:
              http://www.efesonline.org/PRESS REVIEW/2019/April.htm 

 


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22nd May 2019

Central London BUIRA Seminar: Labour law and sustainability

Labour law and sustainability

with Professor Tonia Novitz (University of Cardiff) Labour standards and social sustainability, and Dr Ania Zbyszewska (University of Warwick) Work regulation and environmental sustainability: Moving beyond the discourse of conflicting rights

 

Friday 31 May 2019, 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

 

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

 

This regular monthly seminar is focused on the ever more urgent question of how labour law can address climate change and sustainability issues and we are fortunate to have two expert speakers.

 

Tonia Novitz is a Professor of Labour Law at the University of Bristol and will discuss the emergence of recognition of social sustainability under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She will outline the partial acknowledgement of certain facets of an International Labour Organisation (ILO) decent work agenda in this context in substantive terms within, for example, SDGs 5 and 8. She will also discuss the potential significance for labour standard setting and enforcement of procedural entitlements related to sustainable decision-making under SDG 16, alongside the challenges of global policy coherence envisaged in SDG 17. Her analysis draws on experience as a participant in the European Union (EU) funded Horizon 2020 project Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART): see https://www.smart.uio.no/. A list of her publications is available at: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/law/people/tonia-a-novitz/index.html.

 

Ania Zbyszewska is an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick School of Law. She will talk about her research on the interface of work and environmental regulation, which focuses on legal contestations and conflicts produced by jurisdictional boundaries and legal dis/articulation, but also probes the possibilities inherent in more ecologically-attuned forms of work regulation and governance. She is currently involved in a European Commission-funded project entitled aGREENment, which investigates the role of European, including UK-based, labour unions in negotiating such forms of governance through the means of collective bargaining. 

 

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

 

22nd May 2019

Work and Equalities Institute Second Annual Lecture

 

Work and Equalities Institute

Second Annual Lecture

Young women and men and the future of work and family formation

 

Professor Marian Baird

Professor of Gender and Employment Relations

The University of Sydney Business School

 

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Tuesday 4th June

4-6pm

Followed by a reception

AMBS 3.006a

 

 

 

Abstract

 

 

 

Most literature and public debate on the future of work revolves around the impact of technology, potential for job loss, changes in work design and new concepts of organisation and leadership. There is much less analysis of the gendered implications of work and labour market change. Using survey data from the Australian Working Women’s Future project, with a sample of 2,100 women and 500 men, augmented with focus group data from women in high and low skill, secure and precarious jobs, this presentation will focus on the experiences and expectations of young workers (16-40 year olds) in Australia.

The results highlight the discrepancies between women’s and men’s current experiences at work and some similarities in how they foresee the future of work and family formation. Our survey data show a convergence between men and women who are parents and young women who are not parents stating the importance for their futures of flexibility and work-family leave policies. Our qualitative data suggest having children is considered in similar ways by young women, regardless of skill level and job security, with the opportunity cost of child bearing versus work, and costs associated with child care and housing rating high in their considerations. These results portend a change in gender relations amongst younger working parents and have implications for policy at state and firm levels about work and family formation.

 

 

 

About the speaker

 

 

 

Marian Baird AO became Professor of Gender and Employment Relations in 2009, distinguishing her as the first female professor in industrial relations at the University of Sydney. In 2018 Marian is a Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sydney and a Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney. She is Head of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School. Marian is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (ASSA), a Co-Editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations and past-President of the Industrial Relations Society of New South Wales. She is editor of the policy series of Sydney University Press and she has been visiting scholar at MIT, Michigan State University, University of Nottingham, Leeds University Business School and Queen Mary University of London Business School.

Marian was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) for outstanding services to improving the quality of women’s working lives and for contributions to tertiary education in 2016. In 2018, Marian was named in Apolitical's Top 100 Most Influential People in Gender Equality list. In 2014 she received the Edna Ryan Award for making positive change for women in the workforce, in 2013 she received the AFR/Westpac Women of Influence Award in Public Policy, and in 2015 and 2003 she won the University of Sydney’s Business Schools most engaged researcher awards.

Marian is one of Australia's leading researchers in the fields of women, work and care. She is CI on a number of significant research grants, including the Centre of Excellence on Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) and The Australian Women’s Work Futures project. Marian is a very engaged researcher, working with many government departments, organisations, unions and not-for-profits to improve the position for women in the workforce and society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsay Endell, Work and Equalities Institute Manager

 

Work and Equalities Institute

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22nd May 2019

Work & Equalities Institute Policy Discussion Panel

Work & Equalities Institute

Policy Discussion Panel

Developing Decent Work

Developments and challenges in the case of Greater Manchester

Wednesday 22 May 2019

5.30 – 7pm

Followed by a reception

Alliance Manchester Business School Room 3.060 Pod B

 

 

 

 

The labour market and nature of work are changing at an alarming rate due to factors such as globalisation, the impact of de-regulation and the complexity of new technologies. We are seeing greater dualism and fragmentation in terms of employment, and the reach of the state and public policy is being challenged within such a context. However, public institutions at the local level are increasingly being seen as important platforms for re-regulating employment relations and standards. There is growing interest in the role that city and regional level public institutions can play in re-engineering a return to ‘decent’ labour standards: this is an emerging view being generated within the nation state, the European level and even the ILO.

Yet what does this mean in terms of establishing positive labour standards and reversing the shift to poor or bad employment practices? What are the challenges of utilising the local tiers of the state as a vehicle for decent work in terms of its organisational capacity, political diversities, and changing links to the European Union?

The session will reflect on these questions and discuss the possibilities and risks related to this new direction in establishing labour and employment standards.  There will be specific discussion of a number of emerging initiatives and developments both in Greater Manchester and further afield, including local employment charters, the role of local councils in providing decent work, the use of public procurement for setting minimum standards in supply chains, and the changing nature of social dialogue with city based organisations. 

 

Speakers and discussants  include:

Dr Sheena Johnson (also chairing)

Work and Equalities Institute, Alliance Manchester Business School

 

Ian MacArthur

Head of Strategic Relationships, GM Business Growth Hub

 

Dr Mat Johnson

Work and Equalities Institute, Alliance Manchester Business School

 

Lynn Collins

North West TUC

 

Stephen Overell

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

     

 

 

 

Lindsay Endell, Work and Equalities Institute Manager

 

Work and Equalities Institute

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22nd May 2019

Modern Working Practices and the Future of Work

Modern Working Practices and the Future of Work

  A one-day workshop hosted by the

Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures (CSWEF), School of Business, University of Leicester

Thursday 30th May 10am to 4pm at College Court, University of Leicester

 

The aspiration of decent work for all has been embedded in high profile policy objectives both internationally (UN Sustainable Development Goal 8) and at national level. In the UK recent policy initiatives include the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, established by Prime Minister Theresa May in 2016, and the more recent Commission for Fair Work Wales.  This workshop examines the possibilities for securing decent and fair work against the backdrop of new research on contemporary working practices. How, in the absence of effective collective systems of regulation, can work and employment practices in the future be safeguarded against non-compliant business practices, wage theft, labour abuses and other forms of exploitation?  The day will include a keynote address by Professor Linda Dickens, Chair of Fair Work Commission Wales, and research presentations examining the experience of work in the growing insecure sectors of the UK economy.

 

10.00 -10.30       Coffee and Registration

10.30- 10.40       Introduction. Professor Peter Nolan

10.40-11.40        Keynote: Report of Wales Fair Work Commission. Professor Linda Dickens
                              (Warwick)

11.40-12.30        The Taylor Review of Modern Practices and Insecure work. Professor Sian
                              Moore (Greenwich) and Professor Kirsty Newsome (Sheffield)

12.30 -1.30         Lunch

1.30- 2.20           State, Labour and Capital Relations in South Wales:  A case Study of Amazon
                              Fulfilment Centre. Professor Phil Taylor (Strathclyde)

2.20- 3.10           Working Insecurely and Unproductively: A case study of Garment Manufacture
                              in Leicester. Dr Nik Hammer and Professor Peter Nolan

3.10 -3.30           Coffee

3.30-4.00            Closing roundtable (chair Professor Anne-marie Greene)

The event will take place at College Court Conference Centre, Knighton Road, Leicester, LE2 3TQ https://collegecourt.co.uk. Lunch and all refreshments will be provided.

This is a free event but please book your place by emailing Helen Leach on ulsb.researchadmin@le.ac.uk

 


 

 

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22nd May 2019

Andrew Brady book UK Unions & Labour Party

Dear all, In 2017, I examined the Strathclyde PhD of Andrew Brady, a Unite official. Now he has a book out based on this, which I think will be of great interest to IR academics.

It looks at Union influence on Labour Party policy for the Social Contract (1974-79), NMW (1998), ERA (1999) & Warwick (2004). He interviewed many of the key figures of the TUs & LP.

Unions and Employment in a Market Economy Strategy, Influence and Power in Contemporary Britain 

https://www.routledge.com/Unions-and-Employment-in-a-Market-Economy-Strategy-Influence-and-Power/Brady/p/book/9781138489875

Best Wishes, Peter

 

Visiting Professor in the History of Industrial Relations, Loughborough University 

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/phir/staff/peter-ackers/

Paperback,Alternatives to State-Socialism in Britain,https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9783319341613

On Professor Hugh Clegg: https://youtu.be/zwt_D0IX94o

22nd May 2019

You're invited to the Unions 21 Annual Conference at ITF House on Monday May 21st.

You're invited to the Unions 21 Annual Conference at ITF House on Monday May 21st.

This year, we'll be exploring how to reinvigorate unions, particularly how collective voice can overcome issues workers face now and in the future economy. Bringing together trade unions, politicians, academia and partner organisations to discuss the future of work, we'll be looking at how unions, employers and policy-makers can extend worker voice.

We'll also be discussing the initial findings from our forthcoming new report 'WorksForUs', the first report from the Commission on Collective Voice in 21st Century.

REGISTER here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unions-21-annual-conference-the-future-of-collective-voice-tickets-57002282361

Working Programme:

9:30 - 11:00: The Future of Collective Voice

11:15 -12:30: Future of Digital in Trade Unions

12:30 - 1:30: Lunch

13:30 - 14:45: Innovation in Unions - with sessions on health, public and private sectors

15:00 - 16:00: Future of Work: How do unions and policy-makers respond?

2nd May 2019

BUIRA Conference Hosts 2020

BUIRA Conference Hosts 2020

 

We are advertising for hosts to organise the BUIRA Annual Conference 2020.  This particular year is extremely important for BUIRA’s history as it will be the 70th Anniversary of BUIRA. 

Any willing parties, please contact us at BUIRA admin  -  Kay Pryer and Susanne Laidler at admin@buira.org

We look forward to your response.

BUIRA Stewardship

2nd May 2019

NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS

NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS

The BUIRA Executive Committee will have 2 vacancies as from July 2019.

As discussed and agreed at the AGM in Leeds 2016, the voting system for vacancies on the Executive Committee will be conducted differently.

We now invite all members to forward their interest in becoming a member of the BUIRA Exec Committee to BUIRA admin to Kay Pryer and Susanne Laidler at admin@buira.org.

All members are welcome to apply regardless of career stage i.e. early, senior etc

However, we would strongly encourage women to apply for these positions as they remain to be under-represented on the Committee.

Of course this does not remove open competition and the selection process is still via the membership at the AGM, not the Stewardship or the Executive Committee.

Please include a short biography of no more than 300 words and your reasons for applying for the vacant position.

BUIRA

2nd May 2019

Call for Nominations for Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS)

Call for Nominations for Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS)

BUIRA is a member organization of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), the body that exists in the UK to promote the social sciences.

 

As part of its membership, BUIRA is able to make nominations for the conferment of Fellowships of the Academy.

 

The BUIRA Executive would therefore like to invite BUIRA members to nominate individuals who might be put forward for this honour.  Not only would this recognise the contribution of the individuals concerned, it would raise the profile of employment relations in the broader social science arena.

 

More on AcSS can be found at: https://www.acss.org.uk/

 

And details of the nomination process are at:

 

https://www.acss.org.uk/membership/making-nomination-fellow/

 

You will see from this that the 'paramount requirement' of a successful nomination is 'evidence of eminence and impact of the nominee’s contribution to social science'.  Formally, this requires a statement of justification and a brief CV.

 

Could any nominations be sent to BUIRA (admin@buira.org) by Friday 24 May.  This will allow the Executive to meet AcSS's next deadline of 7 June.

 

If you have any queries about the process, please contact the BUIRA Treasurer, Stephen Procter (stephen.procter@newcastle.ac.uk)

 

2nd May 2019

BUIRA Conference 2019 - Accommodation and Registration Open

Please remember to register for the conference https://www.buira.net/conference/12/register

Information on accommodation can be found here https://ngcb.hotelplanner.com/Event/14df/

Further information on the city is availabled here https://www.newcastlegateshead.com/

 

 

2nd May 2019

The BUIRA International & Comparative Employment Relations Study Group

The BUIRA International & Comparative Employment Relations Study Group will be holding the following seminar in May:

Professor Guglielmo Meardi, Warwick Business School

'Brexit, migration and labour market policy: comparative lessons from Canada, Switzerland and Norway'

Time and location: 29th May 2019, 2-4pm in Darwin Building DW0.29/0.30, Keele University

For further information, please contact Carola Weissmeyer at Keele University (c.weissmeyer@keele.ac.uk, 01782 733603)

1st May 2019

University of Manchester's Work & Equalities Institute - Research Seminar: " Psychic Income: Working for Nothing in the Creative Industries "

University of Manchester

Work and Equalities Institute (WEI)

Research Seminar

 

Psychic Income: Working for Nothing in the Creative Industries

Professor Irena Grugulis (Leeds University Business School)

 

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2019

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

Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School, Room 3.009

 

Abstract

Psychic income, the intrinsic satisfaction that people get from work, is traditionally used as an explanation for low pay and seen only in its negative form, as compensation. There is little understanding of what constitutes psychic reward, nor of how and or whom it benefits. This article challenges that. Psychic rewards are positive attributes in their own right. They are also variable, just as financial rewards are, so people can be exploited psychically as well as financially. Drawing on detailed qualitative research into film and TV production it argues that psychic rewards in the form of creative and interesting work was important and often featured in contractual discussions, but that it was the established professionals who were most capable of negotiating for creativity. Here the idea of individual bargaining power is combined with that of psychic reward to distinguish between bargains at different stages in professionals’ working lives. Novices experienced exploitation, those developing skills found work intensified, and established professionals negotiated for earnings and creativity. All professionals were prepared to accept low (or no) pay in exchange for a ‘good credit’, but most of the positive aspects of psychic reward were reserved for the established professionals.

 

About the Speaker

Irena Grugulis is Professor of Work and Skills at Leeds University Business School.  Her research focuses on skills, particularly the way people learn in and at work and the ways in which work may either limit or encourage that learning.  Her work has been funded by the ESRC, EPSRC and EU and has been published in Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Work, Employment and Society and Human Resource Management Journal. She has also published two sole-authored textbooks, A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Human Resource Management (Sage, 2017) and Skills, Training and Human Resource Development (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).  Irena is an ESRC/AIM Services Fellow, an Associate Fellow of SKOPE and an Academic Fellow of the CIPD. She served on the Academic Advisory Panel of the UKCES and contributed to a number of governmental skills enquiries including the Leitch Review and the National Skills Task Force as well as advising the Singaporean Government.  She has been both Editor and Joint Editor in Chief of Work, Employment and Society and currently chairs the journal’s Editorial Board.

 

17th April 2019

Debating the Future of Work: Challenges and Future Prospects

Hilton Hotel Sheffield, 28-29 May 2019

This two-day conference is being organised by the Centre for Decent Work (CDW) at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The recent report by the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work Commission, which represents the culmination of the ILO’s centenary initiative on the future of work, describes ways in which the world of work might be improved. The conference will bring together leading academics and ILO officials to discuss issues raised by the report and other matters that are of central importance to the future of work and the future research agenda. The themes to be addressed will include:

  • Labour market transitions, skills and lifelong learning;

  • New forms of employment and the future of social protection;

  • Diversity and inclusion;

  • Ageing, caring and wellbeing;

  • Work organisation, technology and job quality;

  • Governance, labour administration and social dialogue

  • Work and the environment;

  • The future research agenda.

 The conference will feature invited contributions from researchers based at universities in various countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, the USA and UK, providing opportunities for international sharing of knowledge and experience and also network building. Confirmed speakers include Marian Baird (Sydney), Burt Barnow (George Washington), Nelarine Cornelius (Queen Mary), Pauline Dibben (Sheffield), Janet Fast (Alberta), Anne-Marie Greene (Leicester), Damian Grimshaw (ILO), Christopher King (Texas at Austin), Janine Leschke (Copenhagen), Seamus McGuinness (ESRI), Kirsty Newsome (Sheffield), Peter Nolan (Leicester),  Jonathan Payne (De Montfort), Dean Stroud (Cardiff), Jill Rubery (Manchester), David Uzzell (Surrey), Maria-Luz Vega (ILO), Colin Williams (Sheffield), Alex Wood (Oxford), Ryuichi Yamakawa (Tokyo), Susan Yeandle (Sheffield).

 

Information about how to register can be found at:

http://management.sheffield.ac.uk/events/59751972759/

 

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New Record Year for Employee Share Ownership in Europe

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The new "Annual Economic Survey of Employee Share Ownership in European Countries" is just released
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New Record Year for Employee Share Ownership in Europe

New record year for employee share ownership in Europe, with nearly 400 billion Euro held by employees in their company or 3.11%.

More and more European companies are organizing employee share plans. In 2018, 87.3% of all large European companies had employee share plans of all kinds, while 52.3% had "broad-based" plans for all employees. Their number increased by 3 to 4% on average each year since 2006, a solid growth. The rise is back for the number of employee shareholders, with 7.5 million people in large European companies; if we add one million employee shareholders in SMEs, the total figure reaches 8.5 million.

However, the decline in the democratization rate of employee share ownership has still to be stopped.

Following the crisis, some European countries (including the UK) had chosen for stronger incentive policies, promoting employee share ownership and long term savings as an investment for the future. Instead of that, some other countries (including France) had chosen to reduce public spending and to support household consumption, while incentives for long term savings and for employee share ownership were sacrificed.

This had a strong impact on the democratization rate of employee share ownership in Europe (the proportion of employee shareholders amongst all employees), leading to a divorce between continental Europe and the UK. A sharp drop below 20% was observed on the continent. On the contrary, the democratization rate had risen to more than 25% in the UK.

After the negative phase from 2009 to 2013, policy decisions are positive again in most European countries. This led to a rebound of the democratization rate to 38% in France  following the "Macron Law", illustrating the high elasticity of employee share ownership to fiscal incentives.

However negative factors are still prevailing in some countries. Germany gives the picture of the dramatic impact of such policies on the democratization rate of employee share ownership, with less than 13%.

On the other hand, the UK and France are the only European countries showing a recent but significant positive dynamics of the majority-employee-owned sector. The number of such companies increased from 36 in the UK in 2014 to 80 in 2018, mainly due to the impact of the new Employee Ownership Trust scheme implemented in 2014. In France, it is mainly due to the multiplication of combined Management and Employee Buy-Outs.

Press Review
We have a selection of 22 remarkable articles in 8 countries in March 2019: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom, USA.
Belgium: EASI is employee-owned and for the fifth time in a row "Best Place to Work".
Canada: Canadian government will cap the use of the preferential tax treatment on stock options.
France: How the new "Pacte Law" will impact employee share ownership and savings schemes. Employee share ownership for start-ups. First employee share plan for Iliad. New workers co-operative linked to rescue plans.
Germany: 300.000 employee shareholders for Siemens through free share awards.
Italy: First employee share plan for Generali.
Poland: New employee share plan for XTPL.
UK: British Airways unions call for the re-introduction of an employee share ownership scheme. New firms sold to Employee Ownership Trusts. John Lewis cuts staff bonuses to lowest level in 65 years.
USA: New companies sold to ESOPs. Colorado launches initiative to boost employee ownership of businesses, "looking to make Colorado the Delaware of employee ownership".

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17th April 2019

Next Manchester Industrial Relations Society meeting

Dear all

The next meeting of the Society, which is the Shirley Lerner Memorial Lecture will be Professor Damian Grimshaw, Director of the Research Department at the ILO who will be giving a presentation on The ILO and social justice at work: Reinvigorating its century-old mandate at 6pm on 16th May 2019.

Please find attached the flyer and a map of the venue.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Best wishes,

 

Stephen Mustchin

Secretary

Manchester Industrial Relations Society

17th April 2019

Visions of the workplace:

Visions of the workplace:

missing from the record

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

 

Saturday 11 May 2019, 11am – 16.450pm

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, 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 the visual and remembering, asking and answering questions about images of work and activism in film, photography and the theatre. Changing technology means that opportunities to record working lives are now available immediately and with the potential of greater democracy. In recent decades, some photographers and workers in film and theatre have pushed at the boundaries recording and disseminating, engaging directly with working people. In this year’s Oral Labour History Day, we are inviting people known for visualising the workplace and struggle to reflect on how their experience links to oral history. There will also be an accompanying exhibition, Cuban Notebook, by Larry Herman, photographer, on display.

 

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

 

Programme

10.30-11.00

Registration/Coffee & Tea

Speaker

Chair

11.00-11.15

Welcome and introduction

Linda Clarke and Michael Gold

 

11.15-12.00

How seeing and hearing people adds to our multi layered understanding of history

Sarah Boston

Linda Clarke

12.00-13.00

Roundtable: brief contributions on participants’ current interest in oral labour history

Participants

Michael Gold

13.00-13.45

Lunch

13.45 – 15.00

Images of Work – photography

·         Showing and discussing the film ‘Clydeside 1974-1976’

·         The changing nature of photo-ops and Vox Pops

Larry Herman

 

Jeff Howarth

 

Nick Jones

15.00-15.15

Coffee/Tea break

15.15-16.30

 

 

Applying oral history: the role of theatre

Pam Schweitzer

 

Joanna Bornat

 

Susan Croft

16.30-16.45

Closing observations

Joanna Bornat

 


 

About the speakers:

 

Sarah Boston, award winning documentary film maker, author of the book Women Workers and Trade Unions and trade union member (ACTT/BECTU) since 1967, writes: “Over the decades I have interviewed people on film about their lives. The interviews have included women who had been chain makers in the 1910 strike (BBC 1976): the daughters in Dorothea Lange’s iconic photograph the migrant mother (C4 1989) and four women- Hortensia Allende; Joan Jara; Joyce Horman and Angela Jeira Bachelet - whose husbands were murdered by the Pinochet regime (2005 Fuse Films). Actually seeing and hearing people adds to our multi layered understanding of history. To illustrate. I will use short clips from the above documentaries.

 

Dr Susan Croft is Director of Unfinished Histories, a major initiative to record the history of Alternative Theatre in Britain through oral histories and to preserve archives of the alternative theatre movement from the 1960s to the 1980s (see www.unfinishedhistories.com). In 2013-14 she led the HLF-funded project Unfinished Histories Company Links, which culminated in the exhibition and publication Re-Staging Revolutions: Alternative Theatre in Lambeth and Camden 1968-88, as well as curating 15 accompanying events. From 1997-2005 Susan was Senior Curator (Contemporary Performance) at the V&A Theatre Museum, working on the National Video Archive of Performance and curating four major exhibitions. She also established a range of initiatives recording the history of Black and Asian theatre in Britain.

 

Nick Jones: After a career reporting industrial conflict, former BBC correspondent Nicholas Jones reflects on the changing nature of photo-ops and Vox Pops. More than ever workers in conflict understand that a picture tells the story. But are their voices being heard? Jones fears lazy journalism and editorial cuts are limiting the chances of working people to argue their case through the news media.

 

Pam Schweitzer has spent the last thirty years developing reminiscence arts work, especially original reminiscence theatre productions, professional and amateur. She founded the Age Exchange Theatre Trust and the Reminiscence Centre and was its Artistic Director from 1983 to 2005. She directs the European Reminiscence Network (1993 to the present), specialising in international reminiscence festivals and conferences, and co-ordinates Europe-wide projects on reminiscence in dementia care, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Dementia Care Awards 2014. At the University of Greenwich, which awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in 2017, she is developing the Reminiscence Theatre Archive and Website as well as working with students on Reminiscence Theatre and Theatre-in-Education projects. Pam will talk about moving from recorded story into theatre, especially verbatim theatre based closely on interviewees' words. With the example of 'What did you do in the war, Mum?', a show, a book, an exhibition and a website, she will show how the writer, director and cast gather together the interview material and look for a structure to reflect and contain it, transforming it into a professional production seen by thousands on national and international tours. She will describe how students of drama today make original plays of their own from the same interview material recorded 40 years previous.

 

 

Larry Herman, photographer, originally from New York City, immigrated to Britain in 1968 during the Vietnam War. He is an activist in the National Union of Journalists and represents the NUJ on the Cuban Solidarity Campaign National Executive. He is on the organising committee of Britain@Work and is secretary of his tenants’ association in Whitechapel. Herman is currently documenting the struggle to organise an independent trade union in the clothing manufacturing industry in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital. Streetlevel Photoworks, Glasgow, produced the film Clydeside 1974-1976 about Larry’s work,

About the Exhibition: First shown in a 2017 Mayday exhibition in Havana, Cuban Notebook is part of a larger portfolio in the permanent archive of the Confederacion de Trabajadores de Cubanos (CTC - Confederation of Cuban Workers). The photographs, made over a period of four years with the assistance of the CTC, document the working lives of Cubans. As Larry Herman, the photographer, explains: ‘Work defines who we are’.

 

 

17th April 2019

The Winter of Discontent: Myth, memory and history’

Dear all

On 19 June Manchester Industrial Relations Society in conjunction with the Work and Equalities Institute at the University of Manchester will be holding a seminar focused on the 1978/9 ‘Winter of Discontent’ strike wave. Stephen Mustchin will introduce the seminar and then Tara Martin Lopez will give a talk based on her book ‘The Winter of Discontent: Myth, memory and history’ (see https://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/books/isbn/9781781380291/ )

 

Synopsis:

 

Britain’s “Winter of Discontent, 1978-1979” is shrouded in a potent and politically charged myth, one aspect of which revolves supposed “trade union bully boys” bringing down a sympathetic Labour Government and ushering in the era of Thatcherism with their excesses. This discussion, based on research published in Tara Martin Lopez’s The Winter of Discontent: Myth, Memory, and History, will approach this myth in a threefold way. First, the talk will define the term “myth” and provide background to the essential elements of the myth of the Winter of Discontent. Second, the discussion will then look at how oral histories from the workers themselves, especially women and Black workers, provide a potent source of “counter-memory” that challenges this myth. Three, it will then conclude by exploring the power of marginalized groups’ remembering and participation in key historical events and the implications of this for the historiography of Britain in the late 20th century.

 

 

The seminar will be at 4pm-6pm on 19 June in room 3.006a in Alliance Manchester Business School – if you are coming please arrive 10 minutes early and ask for directions at reception.

 

I hope to see some of you there

 

Best wishes

Stephen Mustchin

13th April 2019

Register now for BUIRA 2019 confererence in Newcastle

Members are advised that registration is now open for the 2019 conference here and that accommodation can also now be booked through the following link here.

 

4th April 2019

Debating the Future of Work Hilton Hotel Sheffield, 28-29 May 2019

Debating the Future of Work

 

This two-day conference is being organised by the Centre for Decent Work (CDW) at the University of Sheffield in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The recent report by the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work, which represents the culmination of the ILO’s centenary initiative on the future of work, describes ways in which the world of work might be improved. The conference will bring together leading academics and ILO officials to discuss issues raised by the report and other matters that are of central importance to the future of work and the future research agenda. The themes to be addressed will include:

  • Education, skills and lifelong learning;

  • New forms of employment and the future of social protection;

  • Diversity and inclusion;

  • Ageing, caring and wellbeing;

  • Work organisation, technology and job quality;

  • Governance, labour administration and social dialogue

  • Work and the environment;

  • The future research agenda.

 

The conference will feature invited contributions from researchers based at universities in various countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, the USA and UK, providing opportunities for international sharing of knowledge and experience and also network building.

Further information, including how to register, will be available soon.

2nd April 2019

BUIRA Member Conferred as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

BUIRA Member Conferred as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

 

The BUIRA Executive would like to offer their congratulations to Professor Mark Stuart, who this week was amongst the 73 leading social scientists conferred as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS).  Professor Stuart is a member and former President of BUIRA, and, as the Fellowship recognises, he has made major contributions to research in employment relations and in social science more widely.

 

The full announcement made by the AcSS can be found here.

 

As a constituent learned society of the AcSS, BUIRA is able to make nominations for Fellowships.  The deadline for the next round of nominations is June 2019.  A call to all BUIRA members to propose nominees will be made in April, but anyone wishing to discuss a nomination informally before then should contact the BUIRA Treasurer, Stephen Procter (stephen.procter@newcastle.ac.uk).

 

1st April 2019

Call For Papers: Inequality and Organizations: Paper Development Masterclass for Early Career Academics and Doctoral Students

Call For Papers: Inequality and Organizations: Paper Development Masterclass for Early Career Academics and Doctoral Students

September 20th, 2019, The York Management School, University of York, UK

Inequality and social justice are long standing concerns in academic research and public policy, affecting individual and collective wellbeing, diminishing growth and productivity and undermining trust in key societal institutions. Organizations, their structures, practices and strategies act both as potential barriers and solutions to this.

This master class, supported by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies in association with The York Management School’s Justice, Ethics and Inequality theme, invites papers of 7,000-10,000 words by 21st June 2019 looking at the relationship between inequality and organizations, their structures, practices and strategies.  Themes include but are not limited to: poverty, social mobility, diversity management, precarity, international inequality, corporate social responsibility, employee participation, and industrial democracy.

Participants will present their research to leading scholars in the field and receive detailed critique of their work as well as attending a faculty-led plenary session to provide guidance on researching and publishing work on inequality in world class management journals.  Panelists have editorial experience at leading journals including Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Sociological Quarterly and Work, Employment and Society, as well as extensive publication, editorial board and peer reviewing experience.

Travel bursaries of up to £175 will be given to successful applicants, intended to include second class travel and hotel costs if necessary. There will also be an optional dinner in York on the 19th September.  York is a pleasant cathedral city in the north of England and well worth visiting, while the university campus is in a pleasant out of town location conducive to academic thought and discussion.

Please send any enquires as to suitability to Dr Kevin Tennent (kevin.tennent@york.ac.uk), Dr Joyce Jiang (joyce.jiang@york.ac.uk) or Professor Daniel Muzio (Daniel.muzio@york.ac.uk).

Decisions as to acceptance will be communicated by 31st July 2019.

Masters/Panelists:

Dr Louise Ashley (Royal Holloway)

Professor Penny Dick (University of Sheffield)

Professor Kevin Leicht (University of Illinois)

Professor Jacqueline O’ Reilly (University of Sussex)

Professor Ro Suddaby (University of Victoria and University of Liverpool)

 

Please send submissions and inquiries to: SAMSMasterClass2019@gmail.com

1st April 2019

Vacancy at UCD

For more information see:

http://www.ucd.ie/adastrafellows/

29th March 2019

BSA Early Career Regional Forum:

BSA Early Career Regional Forum: 

Theorising worker-employer relations in the new world of work  

4th April 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm

Provisional Programme

 

 

This event, sponsored by the British Sociological Association and the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC), University of Leeds: theorising worker-employer relations in the new world of work brings Early Career Researchers(ECRs) with leading academics to consider contemporary theoretical and empirical understandings of the worker-employer relationship. To see the provisional programme and register for this event, please click  here BSA Leeds ECR Forum 4th April 2019 Event Page  A small number of bursaries are available to support attendance. For further information, please contact the event organisers, Dr. Jo Cutter (j.cutter@leeds.ac.uk)  or Dr. Simon Joyce (s.joyce1@leeds.ac.uk).

 

 

29th March 2019

The Palgrave Handbook of Workers’ Participation at Plant Level Editors: Berger, Stefan, Pries, Ludger, Wannöffel, Manfred (Eds.)

  • An historical and comparative examination of plant-level workers' representations and models of social partnership 
  • Considers both European and non-European case studies, adding important insight on global trends
  • Suggests future directions for sustainable and long-term innovation and growth in the knowledge era.

 

Comprising the study, documentation, and comparison of plant-level workers’ participation around the world, this volume meets the challenge of offering a global perspective on workers’ participation, representation, and models of social partnership. Value chains, economic life, inter-cultural exchange and knowledge, as well as the mobility of persons and ideas increasingly cross the borders of nation-states. In the knowledge age, the active participation of workers in organizations is crucially important for sustainable and long-term growth and innovation. This handbook offers lessons from historical, global accounts of workers’ participation at plant level, even as it looks forward to predict forthcoming trends in participation.

https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137481917

 

29th March 2019

In Place of Strife (1969): Trade Union legal rights & responsibilities revisited

 

The Trade Union and Employment Forum would like to invite you to an upcoming all-day conference:

 

In Place of Strife (1969): Trade Union legal rights & responsibilities revisited

Saturday 27 April 2019, 11am-4pm

Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

Fifty years ago, the conflict between the Harold Wilson Labour Government and the trade unions over Secretary of State for Employment Barbara Castle’s White Paper In Place of Strife was one of the pivotal moments of post-war British Industrial Relations. It pitched voluntarist ideas of ‘free collective bargaining’ against ideas of economic planning and public policy concerns about strikes, inflation and restrictive practices. The white paper followed the 1968 Donovan Report and preceded Heath’s Conservative 1971 Industrial Relations Act.

In response to Peter Dorey’s new book on ‘In Place of Strife’, this day has two parts. In the morning there is a historical reassessment of the political episode. In the afternoon, we consider the implications for current Labour Party policy on trade unions, as the Manifesto promises to ‘roll out sectoral bargaining’. The seminar is held at the Modern Records Centre, the largest UK trade union and industrial relations collection, which will also be introduced to us.

Speakers include:

Professor Peter Dorey, Professor of British Politics at Cardiff University and author of Comrades in Conflict: Labour, the Trade Unions and In Place of Strife (2019)

Dr David Lyddon, founding editor of the journal Historical Studies in Industrial Relations

Lisa Martineau, journalist and author of Politics & Power: Barbara Castle, a biography (2011)

Joe Dromey, Deputy Director of the Learning and Work Institute and author (at IPPR) of Power to the People: how stronger unions can deliver economic justice (IPPR 2018)

Professor Peter Ackers, co-editor (with Dr Alastair Reid) of Alternatives to State-Socialism: Other Worlds of Labour in the Twentieth Century (Palgrave 2016)

 

Refreshments are provided and the cost is £12 – to register and pay please sign up on Eventbrite

Kind regards

History & Policy

 

14th March 2019

Norwich Business School University of East Anglia Lecturer in Human Resource Management (ATS856)

Faculty of Social Sciences

Norwich Business School  University of East Anglia

 

Lecturer in Human Resource Management (ATS856)

 

Lecturer: £42,036 to £48,677 per annum

 

Norwich Business School is home to a vibrant, diverse, and engaged academic community, ranked amongst the top 10 UK business schools by the quality of its research output (REF 2014), and intent on providing teaching excellence across its wide range of business and management degree programmes in supporting UEA’s award of TEF Gold status. 

 

The School is seeking to recruit an outstanding Lecturer in the field of Human Resource Management (HRM) to join the Employment Systems and Institutions (ESI) group. The group has expertise in HRM, work psychology and labour economics with teaching and research activities that focus on explaining the individual, community and societal impacts of work and employment practice. A full list of areas of interest can be found in the further particulars.

 

The post is available following ‘Academic Teaching & Scholarship’ (ATS) terms and conditions. ATS staff are expected to provide a leadership contribution to teaching and administration while maintaining subject scholarship but without the requirement to conduct research.  

 

A good first degree or an equivalent qualification is essential; and PhD (or nearing completion), or equivalent experience – this could mean substantial experience at a high level in the sector, and/or equivalent professional qualification. Applicants must satisfy all the essential criteria detailed in the person specification.  

 

The post is available from 20 May 2019 on a full-time indefinite basis.

https://myview.uea.ac.uk/webrecruitment/pages/vacancy.jsf?search=10

 

 

Closing date: 3 April 2019.

 

Any questions or queries please contact Dr Susan Sayce    email s.sayce@uea.ac.uk

 

 

Dr Susan Sayce

Norwich Business School

Thomas Paine Study Centre Room 2.14

University of East Anglia

Norwich Research Park

Norwich NR4 7TJ


Tel: 01603 591286

Email:
s.sayce@uea.ac.uk

 

On the Editorial board for Interdisciplinary perspectives on equality and diversity : An international journal,  an open access journal

 

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UK Top 15 (The Times/Sunday Times 2017 and Complete University Guide 2018)

World Top 200 (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017)

Top 5 for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2005-2017. Overall student satisfaction, English mainstream universities)

 

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Congratulations from the Irish Parliament

The Irish Parliament likes this newsletter, he let us know by letter.
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The monthly press review is a fabulous source of information. It sheds light on proven facts and helps sort out fake news, delivering a story full of novelties and twists.
The progress and benefits of employee share ownership are becoming more and more evident.

Letter from the Irish Parliament

Press review
We have a selection of 21 remarkable articles in 5 countries in February 2019: France, Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, USA.
France: Employee share ownership is spreading in Intermediate Size Businesses. The coming "Pacte Law" will fail to provide employee shareholders with financial advisory solutions. New employee share plan for Total, for Schneider Electric. Employee buy-outs for Securimut, for Handi-Wagala.
Ireland: Fears grow over Brexit threat to Irish staff share schemes.
South Africa: The ANC's election manifesto endorses employee share ownership.
UK: British Airways unions call for the re-introduction of an employee share ownership scheme. New Employee Ownership Trusts for Wales' leading TV production company.
USA: ESOPs increase optionality for business owners. Publix supermarket is the largest employee-owned company in the world. Allowing employees to own company shares is a powerful retention tool. 

The full press review is available on:
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EFES - EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF EMPLOYEE SHARE OWNERSHIP
FEAS - FEDERATION EUROPEENNE DE L'ACTIONNARIAT SALARIE
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14th March 2019

Call for Papers: "Politicizing and Depoliticizing Work in the Contemporary Firm and Beyond" Deadline for submission: April 20, 2019.

Call for Papers: "Politicizing and Depoliticizing Work in the Contemporary Firm and Beyond"
Deadline for submission: April 20, 2019.

Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association 2019
The Future of Work, September 10-12, 2019
The employment relation that emerged after World War II has undergone significant transformations in the present context of deep socioeconomical changes (transnationalization of capital, economic crisis, digitalization, etc.). Phenomena such as job precariousness, difficult working conditions and the increasing number of working poor become more relevant. In addition to this, the spatio-temporal boundaries between professional and private life are increasingly blurred. These challenges are sometimes tackled via individual arrangements, e.g. about the working time, in such cases a "depoliticizing" of work can be observed. However, counter-processes of "politicization" are also taking place in case of reactions - such as resistances or mobilizations - aimed to negotiated more broadly and collectively the issues linked with the employment relation. Those reactions can involve new actors and their scope depends on the country and/or the economic sector. This workshop questions the extent of such politicizing and depoliticizing processes in order to grasp their size, the issues and the involved actors. The workshop will be structured around three axes.

Axis 1: Are trade-unions and employers' organizations still the main sources of politicization in the world of work?

For a long time, collective bargaining between trade-unions and employers' organizations framed the politicizing process of the world of work. Several legitimate actors were involved in this process: trade-unions and employee representative committees, business corporations and employers' organizations as well as the state in the frame of tripartite bodies. Nonetheless, the devolution of collective bargaining at firm-level and the emergence of new and less unionized economic sectors seem to undermine the traditional employment relation. What dynamics are going on in terms of politicising and depoliticising work and employment relations at firm and sector level? Do the trade-unions and the employers' organizations still play a major role in those processes? Is the state playing a new part in the employment relation?

Axis 2: What kind of politicization of work take place in a globalized economy?

The employment relation takes place increasingly at the international level in the frame of a new international division of labour. The multinational and transnational companies active in Global Value Chains (GVC) seem to have increased impact on the creation of jobs and the definition of working conditions. This implies a disconnection between such companies and the established actors of the employment relation which are based mainly at local and national level. In which way does the internationalization of the labour process transform the traditional forms of collective bargaining? How can a politicizing of work take place when the production is internationalized?

Axis 3: Which mobilizations can lead to a repolitization of work?

When individual arrangements do not longer allow a balanced employment relation (i.e. possibility to combine individual needs and the requirements of the production), tensions can emerge in the frame of the labour process. These tensions can lead the actors to mobilize themselves collectively or individually for changing the balance of power between actors inside the firms, but also beyond them. Which mobilizations lead to a repolitization of work? Are the firms still the main places of those struggles? Are new actors and spaces emerging?

This call is related to the workshop "Politicizing and Depoliticizing Work in the Contemporary Firm and Beyond" that is organized by Jean-Michel Bonvin, Nicola Cianferoni and Aris Martinelli (University of Geneva). Accepted languages for proposals are English and French. A publication may be considered according to the communications. Applicants must send their abstracts with their name, affiliation, and contact information in the message. The maximum length is 2000 characters (including spaces) and the deadline for submission is April 20, 2019. Please send your proposal to: nicola.cianferoni[at]unige.ch.
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14th March 2019

Call for Papers : Theorising worker-employer relations in the new world of work: BSA Early Career Researcher (ECR) Forum

Call for Papers : Theorising worker-employer relations in the new world of work: BSA Early Career Researcher (ECR) Forum

4th April 2019, Leeds University Business School

Call For Papers & Registration /bsa-early-career-forum-regional-event-theorising-worker-employer-relations-in-the-new-world-of-work/

Please not you do not have to be presenting to attend but please do register.

This event provides an opportunity for ECRs to share their work with leading academics and other researchers investigating collective interest representation and documenting novel and unexpected forms of collective action that shape worker-employer relations.  The event will also explore the scope for collaboration to develop research agendas that could advance theoretical and empirical understanding in this area, to consider what, if anything, has emerged to replace formal bargaining institutions between workers and management and how this could be theorised.  Confirmed keynote speakers:

·         Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio, University of Manchester

·         Professor Sian Moore, University of Greenwich

·         Professor Mark Stuart, University of Leeds

 

If you have any questions about the ECR Forum event please contact either Dr Jo Cutter (j.cutter@leeds.ac.uk ) or Dr Simon Joyce (S.Joyce1@leeds.ac.uk )

Deadline for abstracts extended to 22nd  March 2019 (please us the BSA link above) with notifications by 25th March

Deadline for registrations Thursday 28th March 2019

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14th March 2019

Labour and Industry: A journal of the social and economic relations of work Special Issue: Call for Papers

Labour and Industry: A journal of the social and economic relations of work

Special Issue: Call for Papers

Geographical labour mobility in the construction sector: Contexts, Patterns, Processes, and Consequences

 
Guest Editors

Lachlan Barber, Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University

Michael Haan, Department of Sociology, Western University, Ontario

Barbara Neis, Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Nicole Power, Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Overview of Special Issue

The construction industry is one of the largest industries globally. It is extremely diverse, encompassing craft, professional and industrial services related to the building, demolition, renovation and maintenance of civil, industrial, residential and commercial built environments. Various forms of employment-related geographical mobility (E-RGM) or labour (im)mobilities are intrinsic to construction work. Despite the opportunities the construction industry presents for understanding the relationship between E-RGM and work, the patterns and dynamics of E-RGM, and their intersections with labour markets, work scheduling, family, community and the larger political economy are underexplored. This is the case despite the size of the construction sector and its association with large public investments in state-commissioned projects and thus, related policy interest. The proposed special issue seeks to address this gap.

 

We seek papers that shed light on the complex interrelationships between construction (in its different forms), diverse patterns of E-RGM and their intersections with work, family labour markets and community. Topics could include, but are not limited to understanding:

  • how the construction industry and collective bargaining enable and regulate mobile work and mobile workers in different contexts;
  • the relationship between mobility and health and safety, including wellbeing and work-life balance;
  • the relationship between mobility and the application and enforcement of labour standards in construction;
  • changes over time in industry mobility regimes and their consequences for labour force composition and labour relations;
  • the implications of work mobility for families and communities in the construction industry.

 

We also welcome enquiries relating to other topics that look at the intersectionality of mobility, labour, industry and built environments.

 

Key Dates:

Expression of interest, including titles and abstracts, to the co-editors by: 15th April, 2019

Submit your paper via the journal website by 1st September, 2019

Papers finalised and sent to the publisher 1st March, 2019

Publication of the special issue expected in May, 2020

 

Notes for Prospective Authors

Please contact Michael Haan, Guest Editor, if you any questions about the special issue at mhaan2@uwo.ca. For any queries regarding the submission process please contact the journal’s Systems Manager, Jane Halteh at jane.halteh@gmail.com.

Papers submitted to Labour and Industry are managed using an online submission and review system with Editorial Manager http://www.edmgr.com/rlab/default.aspx. Please check the website for formatting requirements for submissions.

Authors should first register with Editorial Manager and when submitting their papers they should ensure all the author and co-author details are entered correctly. Any authors or co-authors who have previously submitted a paper to Labour and Industry, or reviewed a paper, should already be registered in the system, but they should check their details.

 

Labour and Industry is the journal of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ). It is published by Taylor and Francis and accredited by the Chartered ABS Academic Journal Guide (‘2’) and ABDC rankings (‘B’).

 

 

Labour and Industry: A journal of the social and economic relations of work

Special Issue: Call for Papers

Geographical labour mobility in the construction sector: Contexts, Patterns, Processes, and Consequences

 
Guest Editors

Lachlan Barber, Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University

Michael Haan, Department of Sociology, Western University, Ontario

Barbara Neis, Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Nicole Power, Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Overview of Special Issue

The construction industry is one of the largest industries globally. It is extremely diverse, encompassing craft, professional and industrial services related to the building, demolition, renovation and maintenance of civil, industrial, residential and commercial built environments. Various forms of employment-related geographical mobility (E-RGM) or labour (im)mobilities are intrinsic to construction work. Despite the opportunities the construction industry presents for understanding the relationship between E-RGM and work, the patterns and dynamics of E-RGM, and their intersections with labour markets, work scheduling, family, community and the larger political economy are underexplored. This is the case despite the size of the construction sector and its association with large public investments in state-commissioned projects and thus, related policy interest. The proposed special issue seeks to address this gap.

 

We seek papers that shed light on the complex interrelationships between construction (in its different forms), diverse patterns of E-RGM and their intersections with work, family labour markets and community. Topics could include, but are not limited to understanding:

  • how the construction industry and collective bargaining enable and regulate mobile work and mobile workers in different contexts;
  • the relationship between mobility and health and safety, including wellbeing and work-life balance;
  • the relationship between mobility and the application and enforcement of labour standards in construction;
  • changes over time in industry mobility regimes and their consequences for labour force composition and labour relations;
  • the implications of work mobility for families and communities in the construction industry.

 

We also welcome enquiries relating to other topics that look at the intersectionality of mobility, labour, industry and built environments.

 

Key Dates:

Expression of interest, including titles and abstracts, to the co-editors by: 15th April, 2019

Submit your paper via the journal website by 1st September, 2019

Papers finalised and sent to the publisher 1st March, 2019

Publication of the special issue expected in May, 2020

 

Notes for Prospective Authors

Please contact Michael Haan, Guest Editor, if you any questions about the special issue at mhaan2@uwo.ca. For any queries regarding the submission process please contact the journal’s Systems Manager, Jane Halteh at jane.halteh@gmail.com.

Papers submitted to Labour and Industry are managed using an online submission and review system with Editorial Manager http://www.edmgr.com/rlab/default.aspx. Please check the website for formatting requirements for submissions.

Authors should first register with Editorial Manager and when submitting their papers they should ensure all the author and co-author details are entered correctly. Any authors or co-authors who have previously submitted a paper to Labour and Industry, or reviewed a paper, should already be registered in the system, but they should check their details.

 

Labour and Industry is the journal of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ). It is published by Taylor and Francis and accredited by the Chartered ABS Academic Journal Guide (‘2’) and ABDC rankings (‘B’).

 

 

14th March 2019

IREC 2019

he 2019 IREC conference will be held on 2-3 September at the University of Bielefeld, with the theme ‘Transnational Labour Markets and Industrial Relations’.
The date is immediately before the ILERA European conference in Düsseldorf, which is a 2-hour train ride from Bielefeld.
Details at:
http://uni-bielefeld.de/soz/industrial-relations-in-europe-irec-2019/

8th March 2019

Public Sector Pay and Employment

Public Sector Pay and Employment

The Centre for Research in Employment and Work (CREW) is holding a symposium on Public Sector Pay and Employment on Wed 20th March 2019 from 1-6 pm at Hamilton House, The University of Greenwich.

This seminar comes at a critical time for the public sector.

SEMINAR:

After nearly a decade of pay restraint in the UK public sector, pay settlements are now being reached at higher levels than the previous 1% limit. The Government has tried to restrict the first post-cap increases, but faced with recruitment and retention difficulties, especially in the NHS, in schools and elsewhere, there are upward pressures that cannot be ignored. This symposium will examine aspects of Government Policy, employee relations and pay and reward strategies in the context of a post-1% world. It will examine pay rises, progression pay, staff shortages and skill requirements across large parts of the public sector.

This symposium brings together a strong range of speakers with expertise on how pay decisions are made and the pressures experienced by negotiators, and key issues related to reward and to the current and future skill requirements in the public sector.

Speakers:
Ken Mulkearn, Director, Incomes Data Research – ‘Pay developments in the public and private sectors 2018/19’.
Nicola Allison, Remuneration adviser to the Office of Manpower Economics – ‘Pay developments in the Pay Review Body world and evidence-based research’.
David Powell, Lead Officer, Pay Policy and Negotiations for the National Education Union – ‘Pay and progression for teachers in schools and academies’.
Paul Wallace, Director of Employment Relations and Reward for the NHS Employers – ‘The current three-year pay agreement and the skill and people requirements of the NHS’.
Simon Pannell, Principal Adviser (Employment and Negotiations) Local Government Association – ‘Pay and skill requirements in local government’.
Professor Ian Kessler, Kings College, London – ‘Reward and skill requirements into the 2020s’.

Chaired by Alastair Hatchett Visiting Fellow, CREW, University of Greenwich. Alastair was previously Head of Pay Services at Incomes Data Services.

 

Here is the link for more details: https://werugreenwich.wordpress.com/2019/01/22/symposium-on-public-sector-pay-and-employment/

 

 

 

Dr. Ruth Ballardie

Senior Lecturer

Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour

University of Greenwich

 

Telephone: +44(020) 8331 9896 | E-mail: R.T.Ballardie@greenwich.ac.uk

 

Office hours for student consultation: Tuesdays 12:30 – 14:30 (during term time)

Location: QA106

 

 

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8th March 2019

Seminar on Public Sector Pay and Employment

Public Sector Pay and Employment

The Centre for Research in Employment and Work (CREW) is holding a symposium on Public Sector Pay and Employment on Wed 20th March 2019 from 1-6 pm at Hamilton House, The University of Greenwich.

This seminar comes at a critical time for the public sector.

SEMINAR:

After nearly a decade of pay restraint in the UK public sector, pay settlements are now being reached at higher levels than the previous 1% limit. The Government has tried to restrict the first post-cap increases, but faced with recruitment and retention difficulties, especially in the NHS, in schools and elsewhere, there are upward pressures that cannot be ignored. This symposium will examine aspects of Government Policy, employee relations and pay and reward strategies in the context of a post-1% world. It will examine pay rises, progression pay, staff shortages and skill requirements across large parts of the public sector.

This symposium brings together a strong range of speakers with expertise on how pay decisions are made and the pressures experienced by negotiators, and key issues related to reward and to the current and future skill requirements in the public sector.

Speakers:
Ken Mulkearn, Director, Incomes Data Research – ‘Pay developments in the public and private sectors 2018/19’.
Nicola Allison, Remuneration adviser to the Office of Manpower Economics – ‘Pay developments in the Pay Review Body world and evidence-based research’.
David Powell, Lead Officer, Pay Policy and Negotiations for the National Education Union – ‘Pay and progression for teachers in schools and academies’.
Paul Wallace, Director of Employment Relations and Reward for the NHS Employers – ‘The current three-year pay agreement and the skill and people requirements of the NHS’.
Simon Pannell, Principal Adviser (Employment and Negotiations) Local Government Association – ‘Pay and skill requirements in local government’.
Professor Ian Kessler, Kings College, London – ‘Reward and skill requirements into the 2020s’.

Chaired by Alastair Hatchett Visiting Fellow, CREW, University of Greenwich. Alastair was previously Head of Pay Services at Incomes Data Services.

21st February 2019

Title Call for Papers : theorising worker-employer relations in the new world of work

Theorising worker-employer relations in the new world of work: BSA Early Career Researcher (ECR) Forum

4th April 2019, Leeds University Business School

Call For Papers & Registration /bsa-early-career-forum-regional-event-theorising-worker-employer-relations-in-the-new-world-of-work/

This event provides an opportunity for ECRs to share their work with leading academics and other researchers investigating collective interest representation and documenting novel and unexpected forms of collective action that shape worker-employer relations.  The event will also explore the scope for collaboration to develop research agendas that could advance theoretical and empirical understanding in this area, to consider what, if anything, has emerged to replace formal bargaining institutions between workers and management and how this could be theorised.  Confirmed keynote speakers:

·         Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio, University of Manchester

·         Professor Sian Moore, University of Greenwich

·         Professor Mark Stuart, University of Leeds

 

If you have any questions about the ECR Forum event please contact either Dr Jo Cutter (j.cutter@leeds.ac.uk ) or Dr Simon Joyce (S.Joyce1@leeds.ac.uk )

Deadline for abstracts 7th March 2019 (please us the BSA link above)

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Best wishes

Jo

 

Dr Jo Cutter AFHEA

Lecturer in Work and Employment Relations

Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change

Leeds University Business School

+44 113 343 0202

https://business.leeds.ac.uk/jo-cutter/

Recent article: 

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1468-2427.12607

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21st February 2019

BUIRA History of Industrial Relations Study Group

Women and Trade Unions

Tuesday 26 March 2019, 3.00pm for 3.20-5.00pm (Tea/ coffee from 3.00)

Room XXX, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS (opposite Madame Tussauds and nearly opposite Baker Street tube)

 

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

 

Programme:

 

3.00-3.20pm: Tea/ coffee/ refreshments

3.20-3.30: Welcome: Michael Gold and Linda Clarke (Chairs)

 

3.30-4.00: Nicole Busby and Rebecca Zahn

A Feminist Challenge to the Trade Union Movement

This presentation examines the characteristics of non-standard employment arrangements and work in the gig economy against a historical understanding of the ‘feminisation of work’. It argues that unions prioritise functions they adopt within the labour market and the labour law system, a process based on a gendered understanding of employment that has long limited their ability to respond adequately to women workers. It concludes by considering lessons that could be learned by ‘traditional’ trade unions to broaden their appeal to those working under non-standard arrangements within and beyond the gig economy.

 

4.00-4.30: Helen McCarthy

Working Mothers and Workplace Activism in Modern Britain

Since the earliest days of industrialisation in Britain, women's relationship with the trade union movement has been an uneasy one. It was commonly assumed that women lacked a strong commitment to paid work and were difficult to organise due to their frequently interrupted employment histories and domestic ties. From the 1880s, a new generation of female trade unionists challenged these assumptions, but wage-earning wives and mothers remained a 'problem' group in the eyes of union leaders and labour intellectuals well into the later twentieth century. This presentation explores the character of workplace activism amongst this group, who made up an increasing proportion of the female workforce from the 1940s, asking how well trade unions adapted to this changing workforce and how far they were willing to advocate for the particular needs of working mothers, most notably around childcare, maternity rights and part-time employment.

 

4.30-5.00pm: General discussion

5.00pm: Close (followed by drinks until 5.30pm)
 

The speakers:

Nicole Busby is Professor of Labour Law at the University of Strathclyde, teaching and researching in the areas of Labour and Employment Law, Discrimination Law and European Social Law and Policy. She is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Scotland Committee.

Helen McCarthy is Lecturer in Modern British History at St John's College, University of Cambridge. She is the author of two books: The British People and the League of Nations: Democracy, Citizenship and Internationalism, 1918-1945 (Manchester University Press, 2011), and Women of the World: The Rise of the Female Diplomat (Bloomsbury, 2014) and she is currently completing a third, entitled Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood in Modern Britain (Bloomsbury, 2021). Helen is Managing Editor of the journal Twentieth Century British History, and tweets @HistorianHelen

Rebecca Zahn is Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde. She researches in the field of labour law (national, European and comparative), with a particular focus on collective labour law. She is the author of New Labour Laws in Old Member States (CUP, 2017) and is currently working on a number of historical labour law projects.

21st February 2019

Employee voice from different perspectives

Employee voice from different perspectives

Professor Jimmy Donaghey Professor John Blenkinsopp Professor Kate Kenny Dr Rea Prouska Dr Stewart Johnstone Dr Sarah Brooks
 

This workshop will introduce participants to a range of diverse perspectives from which voice and silence in organisations can be understood whilst acting as the inaugural event for the voice and silence community (VSC). An understanding of what encourages employees to voice is a fundamental concern for the HR professional and operational manager, yet preoccupations remain over how organisations can create conditions conducive to voice. Voice and silence scholars have traditionally focused on the role of the individual and the manager as main influences over voice and silence, yet contextual factors, as well as different types of voice have been shown to be highly influential. In the morning, the workshop will explore a number of contextual influences such as economic austerity, the presence of trade unions, the formality of voice mechanisms, and managerial processes. In the afternoon we will focus on one particular and topical form of voice, whistleblowing. To finalise the day, a workshop activity will discuss next steps for the voice and silence community, including subsequent events and collaborative opportunities.

Wednesday 6th March 9.30am - 4.30pm

This workshop will be of interest to scholars in the field of voice and silence as well as practitioners interested in how to harness the power of employees’ voices

Benefits of Attendance

• Increased awareness of diverse influences over voice and silence 
• Networking opportunity 
• Discussion around collaborations and subsequent events

Sheffield University Management School
Middleton Lecture Theatre

Conduit Road
Sheffield
S10 1FL

BAM Organisational Psychology SIG

Professor Jimmy Donaghey
Professor John Blenkinsopp
Professor Kate Kenny
Dr Rea Prouska
Dr Stewart Johnstone
Dr Sarah Brooks

For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Brooks: s.brooks@sheffield.ac.uk

For general enquires, please contact Linh Dang at the BAM Office at eventsofficer@bam.ac.uk, or on 02073837770

Students £15
BAM members £20
Non-BAM members £35

Registration Deadline: 5th March 2019

7th February 2019

PhD Scholarship: Digitalisation and the Future of Work: Platforms, Networks, and Workers

PhD Scholarship: Digitalisation and the Future of Work: Platforms, Networks, and Workers

 

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019. The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance. You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups.

The Project

The gig economy and platform-based working is increasingly being debated as an illustration of the impact of technology on the future world of work. This project will investigate platform-based working as a form of work organisation and investigate working practices and experiences. The focus will be on the under-researched area of intermediary firms, who have emerged to provide a bridge between workers and clients, filtering work requests to the platform. These emerging networks create long supply chains, many of which contain the features of fragmented and globally dispersed production. The research will adopt a case study approach to enable an in-depth exploration of the key issues. Research will involve the network itself as well as the experiences of workers in order to study the interaction and complex links between the two. Detailed research will enable an appreciation of the complex social units in terms of organising and operational principles, governance issues, power and social relations, and working conditions.

The candidate will be supervised from within the Work and Equalities Institute (WEI), alongside the Institute’s broader research interests concerning the future of work.

31st January 2019

Title: Event: 150 Years of the Trades Union Congress: The Future of Work and the Future of Unions

Title: Event: 150 Years of the Trades Union Congress: The Future of Work and the Future of Unions

 

On Monday 11th February, we are holding an event to launch of a special issue of Employee Relations co-edited by Dr. Andy Hodder (University of Birmingham) and Paul Nowak (Deputy General Secretary, TUC). The special issue of the journal reflects on 150 years of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and examines the challenges facing trade union movements today.

 

A roundtable of key academic figures in the field of industrial relations will consider: the relationship between the decline in collective bargaining and the rise in wage inequality; the UK’s productivity problem and the extent to which this may be resolved through the introduction of the new technologies of artificial intelligence; various new forms of institutional experimentation to regulate the employment relationship and strengthen employment protections; the TUC’s efforts to embed organising in the trade union movement.

 

The event will include a drinks reception and a question and answer session.

 

Location

Alan Walters Building: 223 Harvard Theatre, Harvard Lecture Theatre

Date

Monday 11th February 2019 (18:00-20:00)

 

For more information and to register, see here: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/business/events/2019/01/the-future-of-work-and-the-future-of-unions.aspx

31st January 2019

Public Sector Pay and Employment

 

 

The Centre for Research in Employment and Work (CREW) is holding a symposium on Public Sector Pay and Employment on Wed 20th March 2019 from 1-6 pm at Hamilton House, The University of Greenwich.

This seminar comes at a critical time for the public sector. The details are below. Could you advertise this to your members?

 

SEMINAR:

After nearly a decade of pay restraint in the UK public sector, pay settlements are now being reached at higher levels than the previous 1% limit. The Government has tried to restrict the first post-cap increases, but faced with recruitment and retention difficulties, especially in the NHS, in schools and elsewhere, there are upward pressures that cannot be ignored. This symposium will examine aspects of Government Policy, employee relations and pay and reward strategies in the context of a post-1% world. It will examine pay rises, progression pay, staff shortages and skill requirements across large parts of the public sector.

 

This symposium brings together a strong range of speakers with expertise on how pay decisions are made and the pressures experienced by negotiators, and key issues related to reward and to the current and future skill requirements in the public sector.

 

31st January 2019

Industrial Relations Research Unit / OHRM Warwick Business School University of Warwick Seminar Series

Industrial Relations Research Unit / OHRM
Warwick Business School University of Warwick
Seminar Series
Seminars are held from 2.00 to 3.30pm with refreshments to follow
TERM 2 2018/19:
Wednesday 6th February Matthew Amengual – University of Oxford
‘Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains:
Do Buyers Respond to Factory Audits?’
Room: 2.214, Warwick Business School
Wednesday 13th March Chunyun Li – London School of Economics and Political Science
‘From Insurgency to Movement:
An Embryonic Counterhegemonic Labor Movement in South China’
Room: 2.214, Warwick Business School
TERM 3 2018/19:
Wednesday 1st May Heather Connolly – University of Leicester
‘Representing Precarious Workers in Europe’
Room: TBC, Warwick Business School
Wednesday 22nd May Maria Gavris – University of Warwick
‘Changes in National Systems of Labour Administration’
Room: TBC, Warwick Business School
Wednesday 5th June Ana Lopes – Newcastle University
‘Women’s Participation in Trade Unions’
Room: TBC, Warwick Business School

31st January 2019

**Abstract submission deadline extended to 28th January 2019**

**Abstract submission deadline extended to 28th January 2019**
 
BUIRA Conference 2019
 
Uncertain Futures/Fractured Worlds:
The future of employment regulation and rights after Brexit.
 
Newcastle University Business School, 1-3 July 2019
 
Call for papers
As the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union occurs only months prior to our conference next year, a major question we need to discuss will be around the uncertain future of employment legislation and regulation post Brexit. 
A substantial amount of UK employment legislation is grounded in EU law.  Does this mean that the withdrawal from the EU will mean UK employment rights currently guaranteed by EU law would no longer be so guaranteed?  Theresa May had confirmed that workers’ existing legal rights will be guaranteed during her period in office – but her position has looked untenable for some time now, even more so recently.  A post-Brexit government could seek to amend or remove any of these.  Of course, what would be amended or removed is a much more open question, since it is affected by the political ideology of a future Government. We are fully aware of previous Conservative administrations’ long-standing opposition to many EU social rights.
 
What then, could be the effect on individuals who rely directly on EU law (i.e. the right to equal pay, agency workers, working time rights)?
 
Empirical (both quantitative and qualitative), analytical, conceptual and methodological papers are all welcome. We would particularly appreciate submissions from early career researchers and doctoral students. Papers concerning topics under the following headings will be particularly welcome:
 
•       Migrant workers from the EU and their position
•       Challenges for Trade Unions
•       Implications for Equality and Diversity
•       The EU and the (future of the) Social Dimension
 
Submission details
 
Abstracts of papers should be submitted via https://www.buira.org/admin/submissions/create
 
Deadline for submission of abstracts: Monday, 28th January 2019.
Abstracts are refereed anonymously by BUIRA Executive Committee members.

 

16th January 2019

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