Critical Labour Studies 11th Symposium

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 Labour

Why 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?
Tish Gibbons

Chair: Sian Moore


11.00 – 11.45 Global Capitalism and Labour

Dock Workers Resistance and Union Reform within China’s Global Supply Chain
Jack Xuebing Cao

Crowdwork – Piecework in in the Global Virtual Sweatshop
Martin Risak

Struggling in and Against the State: The Cases of Domestic Workers and Logistics Workers’ Unions in Turkey
Demet Şahende Dinler

Chair: Paul Stewart


11.45 – 12.00 Break


12.00 – 12.45 Migration and Labour

10 Years On: What Have we Learnt about Organising with Migrant Workers Since the 2004 A8 Accession?
Ben Sellers, Heather Connolly and Roger MacKenzie 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

Chair: Miguel Martinez Lucio


12.45 – 1.45 Lunch


1.45 – 2.15 The European Dilemma and Trade Unions

Beyond Europhilia versus Euroscepticism? UK Unions and the EU in Comparative Perspective
Graham Taylor, Sue Milner and Andy Mathers


2.15 – 3.30 Gender, Labour and Socialism

The Future of Socialist Feminism
Sian Moore, Hazel Conley, and Rahila Gupta (Southall Black Sisters)

Leaning on Gramsci – Prospects for a Gender Politics of Resistance and Challenge to Masculinised Labour Movements in the Long Crisis of Neo-liberalism
Sue Ledwith

Intersectionality: an Abstract Theory or Useful Tool?
Tracy Walsh

Chair: Jane Holgate


3.30 – 3.45 Break for coffee and tea


3.45 – 4.45 Labour and National Identity: Fragmentation or Opportunity

The Quebéc Referendums, the Working Class, Capital, and the State
Jason Russell

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

Chair: Hazel Conley


4.45 – 5.15 The Public Sector and ‘Change’

Firefighters and the Winter 2013-14 Floods: the FBU Perspective
Paul Hampton, Fire Brigades Union

Chair: Tracy Walsh


5.15 – 6.15 CLS Tomorrow & AGM

Into the next decade
John Stirling


6.30 Evening Meal Buffet (Ruskin)


Sunday 1st March

9.00 – 9.30 Coffee/tea available


9.30 – 11.00 International Labour & Trade Union Studies at Ruskin College

Chairs: 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:

Workers Organisations and Schools: 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)

Organising Young Worker: A Comparative Study of the UK and Zambia
Chilayi Mayondi MA ILTUS (Ruskin College)

Trade Union Responses to Sectarianism: A Comparative Study of Iraq and Northern Ireland
Paul Williams (Ruskin College)

The Impact of Trade Union Education of Women: A Comparative Study of the UK and South Africa Nokwazi Magwaza (Ruskin College)


11.00 – 11.15 Break


11.15 – 12.00 Unions and International Responses to the New World of Work

Quality Jobs in the 21st Century: Trade Unions and Local Negotiating
Pav Akhtar (UNI Global Union)

The Quantified Self at Work
Phoebe Moore

Chair: Simon Joyce


12.00-12.40 The Challenge of Internal Politics in Organised Labour (a)

Trade Unions and their Control over Workers: The Murder of Mariano Ferreyra and the Argentine Trade Union System
Luciana Zorzoli

The Challenges of Labour-Environmental Alliances
Daniel Jakopovich

Chair: Cilla Ross


12.40-1.30 Lunch


1.30-2.10 The Challenge of Internal Politics in Organised Labour (b)

Does the Labour Market Duality Still Explain Causes and Consequences of Trade Unions’ Responses to the Rise of Contingent Labour?
Danat Valizade

Two Decades of Deregulation of the Italian Labour Market: a Critical Analysis and Consequences for Unions and Politics
Tania Toffanin

Chair: Cilla Ross


2.15 – 3.00 Discussion

Coordinator: Cilla Ross

Glorious Defeat or Fight from Within? The Choice Facing Trade Unions in the New Co-operative and Mutual Landscape



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Registration: £90 (£40 Unwaged/Students). 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:

Peter Dwyer
Ruskin College
Ruskin Hall
Dunstan Road
Please include a note indicating who you are, if it’s not obvious from the cheque.
To make a bank transfer please email to request details.


Accommodation Suggestions

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



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Dr Jane Holgate Professor of Work and Employment Relations Work and Employment Relations Division Leeds University Business School 31 Lyddon Terrace (room 2.05) University of Leeds LS2 9JT Mobile: 07960 798399

This event is supported by Historical Materialism, Capital & Class, and the BUIRA Marxist Study Group. If you wish to set up a voluntary subscription to support CLS and its activities please contact either Jane Holgate or Miguel Martinez Lucio.