Industrial relations in the EU, the USA, Japan, and other global economies


Workshop on industrial relations in the EU, the USA, Japan, and other global economies, 28 - 29 November 2006, Berlin, Germany

Venue: EC Representation Office in Berlin

Day 1, Day 2

Tuesday 28th November 2006

9.30 Welcome and introduction, Jorma Karppinen, European Foundation - Director
Welcoming remarks, Gerhard Sabathil, Head of European Commission Representation in Germany

9.50 Overview of industrial relations trends and developments

  • Chair:: Stavroula Demetriades, Coordinator Industrial Relations, European Foundation
  • Europe: Roberto Pedersini, Fondazione Regionale Pietro Seveso, Italy
  • Japan: Shunichi Uemura, Japan Institute of Labour Policy and Training
  • USA: Sean Sweeney, Cornell School of Industrial and Labour Relations

11.30 Coffee break

12.00 Discussion

13.00 Lunch break

14.00 Discussions and questions on IR trends and developments in other global economies

  • Chair: Isabel da Costa, Centre d'Etudes de l'Emploi, France
  • Brazil: Hélio Zylberstajn, University of São Paulo
  • China: John Benson, Head, School of Management, University of South Australia
  • India: C.P. Thakur, President of Industrial Relations Research Association, India
  • Comments: Olga Rymkevich, Modena University, Italy

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 Panel discussion: How these developments are likely to affect the EU?

  • Chair: Isabella Biletta, European Foundation - Research Manager Industrial Relations
  • Comments: Wolfgang Goos, Deputy Director-General, BAVC, Member of the Governing Board of the European Foundation; Panos Konstantopoulos, Head of Secretariat, Employment and Social Affairs Committee, European Parliament; Marco Cilento, ETUC

Recent trends in Industrial Relations – the work of ILO: Ludek Rychly, International Labour Office
Discussion

17.30 End of the first day

20.00 Working dinner

Wednesday 29th November 2006

Chair: Dominique Bé, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Employment & Social Affairs, European Commission

9.30 Thematic workshop “Temporary Agency Work”

  • Introduction: Christian Welz, European Foundation - Research Manager Industrial Relations
  • EU: Jim Arrowsmith, Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group, University of Warwick
  • USA: Sean Sweeney, Cornell School of Industrial and Labour Relations
  • Japan: Shunichi Uemura, Japan Institute of Labour Policy and Training
  • China: John Benson, Head, School of Management, University of South Australia
  • Brazil: Hélio Zylberstajn, University of São Paulo
  • India: C.P. Thakur, President, Industrial Relations Research Association India

Discussion

11.30 Coffee break

11.45 Comments: Annemarie Muntz, President, Euro-CIETT; Denis Pennel, Managing Director, Euro-CIETT; Fabrice Warneck, Property Services Secretary, UNI-Europa; Panos Konstantopoulos, Head of Secretariat, Employment and Social Affairs Committee, European Parliament

Discussion

13.00 Lunch break

14.00 Thematic workshop “Industrial Relations in SMEs”

  • Introduction: Isabella Biletta, European Foundation - Research Manager Industrial Relations
  • EU: Paul Edwards, IRRU
  • USA: Stuart Basefsky, Cornell School of Industrial and Labour Relations
  • Japan: Shunichi Uemura, Japan Institute of Labour Policy and Training
  • China: John Benson, Head, School of Management, University of South Australia
  • Brazil: Hélio Zylberstajn, University of São Paulo
  • India: C.P. Thakur, President, Industrial Relations Research Association India

Discussion

15.45 Coffee break

16.00 Comments by Jan Dannenbring, ZDH, UEAPME

Discussion

17.45 Conclusions: Stavroula Demetriades, Coordinator Industrial Relations, European Foundation

18.00 End of the meeting

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