Ruskin College once again hosts the UK's premiere opportunity to explore the intersection between frontline developments in the world of work and scholarly activity.
As with last year the line up features Ruskin staff and students of the international labour and trade union studies (ILTUS) programme past and present.
The programme is below - please come along if you can.
Critical Labour Studies 11th Symposium
Location: Ruskin College, Ruskin Hall, Oxford, OX3 9BZ
28th February - 1st of March 2015
Saturday 28th February
9.00 – 10.00 Registration on Door, Tea & Coffee
10.00 – 10.15 Introduction from CLS and Ruskin
10.15 – 11.00 Strategies of Change and Renewal in Organised LabourWhy Trade Unions Should Still be Interested in Worker's Control
Hilary Wainwright and John Stirling
Managing Misbehaviour and Exit: is this Now the Function of Irish Trade Unions?
11.00 – 11.45 Global Capitalism and LabourDock Workers Resistance and Union Reform within China's Global Supply Chain
Jack Xuebing Cao
Crowdwork - Piecework in in the Global Virtual Sweatshop
Struggling in and Against the State: The Cases of Domestic Workers and Logistics Workers' Unions in Turkey
Demet Şahende Dinler
11.45 – 12.00 Break
12.00 – 12.45 Migration and Labour10 Years On: What Have we Learnt about Organising with Migrant Workers Since the 2004 A8 Accession?
Ben Sellers, Heather Connolly and UNISON representative
Neoliberalism East and West: the Impact of Migration on Health Sector Employment Relations in the UK and Romania
Dragos Adascalitei and Ben Egan
12.45 – 1.45 Lunch
1.45 – 2.15 The European Dilemma and Trade UnionsBeyond Europhilia versus Euroscepticism? UK Unions and the EU in Comparative Perspective
Graham Taylor, Sue Milner and Andy Mathers
2.15 – 3.15 Gender, Labour and SocialismThe Future of Socialist Feminism
Sian Moore and Hazel Conley
Leaning on Gramsci – Prospects for a Gender Politics of Resistance and Challenge to Masculinised Labour Movements in the Long Crisis of Neo-liberalism
Intersectionality: an Abstract Theory or Useful Tool?
3.15 – 3.30 Break for coffee and tea
3.30 – 4.30 Labour and National Identity: Fragmentation or OpportunityThe Quebéc Referendums, the Working Class, Capital, and the State
Creatures from the Crypt: Lessons of the Scottish Referendum, the Crisis of UK Labour party and the Demise of the British State
Paul Stewart and Tommy McKearney
4.30 – 5.00 The Public Sector and ‘Change’Firefighters and the Winter 2013-14 Floods: the FBU Perspective
Paul Hampton, Fire Brigades Union
5.00 – 6.00 CLS Tomorrow & AGMInto the next decade
6.30 Evening Meal Buffet (Ruskin)
Sunday 1st March
9.00 – 9.45 Coffee/tea available
9.45 – 11.15 International Labour & Trade Union Studies at Ruskin CollegeChairs: Pete Dwyer and Tracy Walsh (There may be two sessions running parallel)
In collaboration with CLS 2015 students and staff of Ruskin College's International Labour and Trade Union Studies (ILTUS) programme area have been offered this forum to generate discussion around current areas of research and trade union activity:
The Ascendency of Neoliberal Ideology in the State School System of both the UK and Chicago in the US
Matt Hannam MA ILTUS (Ruskin College)
Trade Union Responses to Sectarianism: A Case Study of Iraq and Northern IrelandPaul Williams
Unionising Young Workers in the era of Trade Union Decline
Chilayi Mayondi MA ILTUS (Ruskin College)
11.15 – 12.30 The Challenge of Internal Politics in Organised LabourTrade Unions and their Control over Workers: The Murder of Mariano Ferreyra and the Argentine Trade Union System
The Challenges of Labour-Environmental Alliances
Does the Labour Market Duality Still Explain Causes and Consequences of Trade Unions' Responses to the Rise of Contingent Labour?
Two Decades of Deregulation of the Italian Labour Market: a Critical Analysis and Consequences for Unions and Politics
12.30 – 1.15 Lunch
1.15 – 2.00 Unions and International Responses to the New World of WorkPhoebe Moore, Martin Upchurch and Pav Akhtar (UNI Global Union)
2.00 – 3.00 DiscussionCoordinator: Cilla Ross
Glorious Defeat or Fight from Within? The Choice Facing Trade Unions in the New Co-operative and Mutual Landscape