Diary dates, not to be missed edition
Apr 7, 2015
Bishop Hill in Academia, Diary dates, Ethics

I recently became aware of a seminar taking place in London at the end of the month. Run by the Central London branch of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association, it looks as if it absolutely should not be missed.

Central London BUIRA Seminar

Climate Change, Work, Labour and Trade Unions, with Professor Fred Steward (Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster) on Labour and the Green Economy and Dr Paul Hampton (Fire Brigades Union) on Trade unions and climate change in the UK: prisoners of neoliberalism or swords of climate justice?

Followed by round table discussion on what trade unions can do with Sarah Pearce (Unison), Graham Petersen (UCU), Igor Diaz and Jairo Quiroz from the Columbian coal miners’ union SINTRACARBON, and Christine Haigh from Global Justice.

Friday 24 April 2015, 10.30am – 13.00pm, followed by buffet lunch

University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS  (opposite Madame Tussauds and nearly opposite Baker Street tube) Room M205 (lunch M206)

For further details and to reserve a place, please contact Linda Clarke.

This regular monthly seminar is about the implications of climate change for work, labour and the trade unions. Fred Steward from the Policy Studies Institute will set a framework for addressing the green economy, labour and governance issues, including the benefits for workers and workplaces of the green policy shift. Paul Hampton from the Fire Brigades Union will examine the response by trade unions in the UK to climate change for over 25 years and the debates, conflicts and contradictions existing between competing union views, including on coal and aviation. He will question how unions frame climate politics, how far they have really engaged with (or accommodated to) the dominant climate politics and to what extent they have articulated their own independent and innovative conception.

The presentations from Fred and Paul will be followed by a panel discussion, including:

This seminar is an opportunity to air and discuss these issues in an open forum and consider their implications for industrial relations. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this event. Do also feel free to distribute yourselves. These meetings can be full though so, if you would like to attend and to help forecast catering provision, please contact: Professor Linda Clarke or 020350 66528.

I don't know about you, but I would be fascinated to hear from the Colombian trade unionists about their campaign to stop their members' place of work from growing. Is this a way to try to keep wages high?

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