Seminars at the Working Lives Research Institute

12 11 2010

After a long abscence – here are some interesting upcoming events in London:

There is a series of seminars at the Working Lives Research Institute scheduled for the 25th-27th November. These Seminars are free, open to all, and there is no need to register.

*First Seminar*: Thursday 25/11/2010 from 1.00 – 2.30 pm *‘Oral History – Theory and Practice’*

Speaker: Professor Joanna Bornat

Joanna Bornat is emeritus professor of oral history at the Open University where her teaching included topics in ageing and social policy as well as oral history. She is also visiting professor at the University of Leeds. Her most recent research interests are both empirical and methodological and include the experiences of overseas-trained South Asian geriatricians in the NHS, the oldest generation and family life, the re-use of archived qualitative data and comparative oral history.

Venue : JS3-95, 31 Jewry Street, London metropolitan University, London EC3N 2EY Map here

Second Seminar: Thursday 25/11/2010 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm *’A different politics is possible: community organising and the living wage’*

Speaker : Deborah Littman

Today trade unions are facing an unprecedented assault on their power to shape the economic and political agenda. In response, we are reaching out beyond the workplace to build links between unions and communities. This is not really a new idea, but a return to something that was an inherent part of the trade union movement at its outset. Using the living wage campaign as an example of successful union/community campaign, this session will explore the principles behind community alliances.

Deborah Littman is a National Officer for UNISON specializing in bargaining research and campaigning on low pay and living wage. Deborah has helped UNISON to build alliances with local community organisations working on living wage campaigns. She is Vice-Chair of the Trustees of London Citizens, a broad-based alliance of community organisations and trade union branches, and sits on the Advisory Committee of the Trust for London Special Initiative on Living Wage. To advance living wage campaigns, Deborah has commissioned, supported and coordinated a range of research projects that focus on the real costs of low pay to UNISON members and the wider community. She has written and spoken on the issues of poverty, low pay, minimum and living wage.

Venue: JS3-95, 31 Jewry Street, London Metropolitan University, London EC3N2EY Map here

Third Seminar: Friday 26/11/2010 from 12.30 – 2:00 pm ‘Abstract Labour in the twenty-first century: Work and Employment in Distribution and Warehousing’

Speaker: Kirsty Newsome

This seminar examines the ‘politics of production’ within grocery warehouse and distribution, in doing so it also highlights the complex connections and linkages between logistics companies and their dominant customers. It is concerned with exploring how employment change with grocery distribution and warehousing necessarily involves mapping these linkages and examining how and in what ways they impact on capital: labour relations. Kirsty Newsome is a senior lecturer in the department of Human Resource Management at the University of Strathclyde. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UCLA, Los Angeles. Her recent research interests (with colleagues Professor Paul Thompson and Johanna Commander) have been concerned with exploring employment and labour process change in the supermarket supply chain.

Venue: JS1-41, 31 Jewry Street, London metropolitan University, London EC3N 2EY

*Fourth Seminar:* Saturday 27/11/2010 from 9:30 am – 11:00 am *‘Understanding the role of the labour movement in Nigeria: NLC – a catalyst for social movement unionism’ *

Speaker: Dr Michael Oyelere

In order to understand the development of labour movements especially the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which emerged in Nigeria as the sole umbrella trade union centre during an authoritarian military rule, we need to examine not only the conventional practices of work and employment conditions, industrial and economic developments but also the unconventional activities that are in practice as a result of authoritarian rule and corruption, which permeate the polity. The activities of the NLC depict those of modern trade unionism and civic society or human right groups. Based on the experience of NLC, this presentation will illuminate trade unions action in Nigeria during military rule that spanned about two decades 1983 – 1999. This was realised through exploring the origins, emergence and developments of social movement unionism under the reformist military regimes. The presentation concludes with examination of the future of NLC as a social movement union especially given the successful transition to civil rule in 1999.

Michael Oyelere is Lecturer in HRM, in the European Business School London. Michael’s current research interests centre on the systematic testing and development of contemporary institutional theory.Also on recent trends in corporate governance and international politics. Michael is a member of British University Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA),

Venue: Goulston Street, London metropolitan University, Room GSG-17 Map here

These Seminars are free, open to all, and there is no need to register. Contact Jawad Botmeh in JS2-77 for further information on 0207320 3042 j.botmeh@londonmet.ac.uk or visit our website

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