There is much that feeds into the educational and pedagogical strategy of the international labour and trade union studies programme at Ruskin College.
Some of this is a reflection of our day-to-day work with trade unions when meeting their own educational needs and from this devising a sense of what activists and officers 'need' from us in the form of the BA and MA ILTUS. Similarly, as we read to prepare for teaching (and creating allied resources) there is much rich material to draw from (the activist experience of our students is a constant source of material also and co-production of teaching/resources with students is a Freirean fundamental) and engage with.
Of course we also draw on our own activism, and critical reflection of this is essential to continual change, improvement etc.
I must though give special thanks to those who comprise and contribute to the Critical Labour Studies (CLS) network. The stalwarts of the network (Jane Holgate, Miguel Martinez Lucio, Simon Joyce, John Stirling) do a essential job in keeping the network alive and functioning despite their own workload challenges.
|MA ILTUS Full-Time students (Matt, Chilayi, Nokwazi and Paul, |
with Fenella Porter (vital MA staff member) and I, after the MA
students presented papers on their dissertation research at the 2015
|John Woods (BA ILTUS) contributes|
to the 2014 CLS symposium
I wanted to publish John's piece here to provide an insight on the work of the network, but also to show that in the tradition of workers'/adult education, it acts as a key bridge between the scholarly and the 'coalface'. I wanted also to do this to send a note of thanks to all of those who comprise the network and for their help with the work of the ILTUS students and staff at Ruskin.
What is critical labour studies?
Strikes in China’s docks; organising migrant workers in the UK and domestic workers in Turkey; fire fighters and floods; the future of socialist feminism along with the quantified self were all up for debate at this year’s Critical Labour Studies conference at Ruskin College. CLS was founded over a decade ago to bring together radical academics working in the field of employment relations with trade union officers and activists to build joint working and provide a forum for new ideas and open debate. Today the conference is also joined by new researchers as well as students on Ruskin College’s trade union studies degree programmes alongside international trade union visitors and researchers.
|Katia Widlak (MA ILTUS) contributes|
to the 2014 symposium
|Pete Dwyer, Academic Co-ordinate of|
Humanities at Ruskin, presents a paper
at the 2014 symposium