CLS 2013 Programme

Critical Labour Studies 9th Symposium

Location: Ruskin College, Ruskin Hall, Oxford

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd of March 2013




9.00 – 10.00 Registration on Door, Coffee/Tea


10.00 – 10.15 Introduction from CLS


10.15 – 11.30 Organised Labour and Migration

What is the union for? A comparison of union responses to undocumented labour in Italy and the UK
Ben Egan (Ruskin College, MA Alumni and NUT Regional Organiser – personal capacity)
Ian Fitzgerald (Northumbria University)

Migration and Progressive Politics: a discussion on populism and racism in labour relations
Wilf Sullivan (TUC)
Kirsten Forkert (UEA)
Heather Connolly (DeMontfort)
Stefania Marino (Manchester)
Miguel Martinez Lucio (Manchester)


11.30 – 12.30 Organising Futures

Unionised sex workers: international experiences, challenges and lessons
Jennifer Webber (Ruskin College, MA ILTUS Alumni)
Ana Lopes (University of East London)

Community organising in the UK: the new organizing model or a return to our past?
Jane Holgate (Leeds University)
John Page, Assistant General Secretary of the TSSA


12.30 – 12.45 Coffee/Tea Break 


12.45 – 1.15 Ruskin College & Radical Oxford: History and legacy

Radical Oxford & Ruskin College
Keiron Walsh (ex-Ruskin College student and political activist)

Ruskin College & the Destruction of Student Archives: Fighting for Ruskin’s Future
John Walker (Chair, UCU Ruskin Branch and history tutor)


1.15 – 2.15 Lunch and CLS AGM

A display of images and objects representing the historical and contemporary work of Ruskin College in labour movements internationally will be on display in the dining area.


2.15 – 3.15 The Evolution of Lean & the Politics of Production

A comparative analysis of evolution of Lean Production in the international automotive industry in Britain and Poland
Paul Stewart
Andy Danford
Adam Mrozowicki
Kenny Murphy

Militancy and moderation as contradictory worker orientations in the “politics of production”
Tony Dobbins (Bangor University, Wales)
Tony Dundon (National University of Ireland)


3.15 – 3.30 Break


3.30 – 4.30 Panel Discussion: The Scope and Limits of Radical Political Unionism

Ralph Darlington (University of Salford)
Heather Connolly (De Montfort University)
Martin Upchurch (Middlesex University)
Alex Gordon (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers)


4.30 – 5.00 Labour Geographies and New Workplaces

‘A science to it’: flexible time and flexible subjectivity in the digital workplace
Frederick H Pitts (PhD Student, Bath University)


5.00 – 6.00 Open Discussion: Worker Education and the Alternative Learning Agendas

Discussion led by Ian Manborde with contributions from Education Uncut


6.30 Evening Meal Buffet (Ruskin)




9.00 – 9.30 Coffee/Tea


9.30 -10.30 International Labour & Trade Union Studies at Ruskin College

In collaboration with CLS 2013 students and staff of Ruskin College’s International Labour & Trade Union Studies (ILTUS) programme area have been offered this forum to generate discussion around current areas of research and trade union activity.


10.30 – 11.30 Pedagogy, Teachers and Working Lives

Politics, Power and Pedagogy in Trade Union Education: the historical context and 1980s experience
Stephen Mustchin
David Beale (University of Manchester)

Working Lives: Teachers and students and their voice as workers
Carol Stephenson (Northumbria University)


11.30 – 11.45 Coffee/Tea Break


11.45 – 12.45 Care and Labour

Organising domiciliary care workers
Sian Moore (University of West of England)
Roger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary of UNISON

Endgame? Right-wing politics and attacks on public sector unions in the US and Canada
Jason Russell (Empire State College, New York)


12.45 – 1.15 The Politics of the International Trade Union Movement: The Global Labour Institute 

Jo Holly (GLI UK) and Joe Sutcliffe to lead discussion


1.15 – 2.15 Lunch and Discussion for Future Developments


2.15 – 3.15 Labour Movements: Boundaries and Solidarities

‘Is another unionism possible?’ An examination of the theory and practice of Solidarity Unionism as practiced in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in the United States and Canada
Dek Keenan (Ruskin College, MA ILTUS Alumni, IWW Activist)

Being an activist in Africa
John Stirling (Northumbria University)


3.15 – 4.00 Workfare and resistance: ‘If you exploit us we will shut you down’

The Work Programme and the rise of multinational welfare-to-work providers
Ian Greer (University of Greenwich)
Helen Flanagan (PCS)
Rosanne Rabinowitz (Boycott Workfare)
Mark Stuart (Leeds University)
Graham Symon (Greenwich University)
John Ward (Leeds University)



Registration is £80 or £40 for students/unwaged. This includes lunches/refreshments.

Delegates are welcome send a cheque written out to “Critical Labour Studies” in advance, to shorten registration time on the day, to:

Ian Manborde
Ruskin College
Ruskin Hall
Dunstan Road
Oxford OX3 9BZ
United Kingdom

Please include a note indicating who you are, if it’s not obvious from the cheque.




Accommodation Links

Limited B&B accommodation is available at Ruskin for £55 per night. Email Sally Courtney to book



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