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Labour and transnational action in times of crisis: from case studies to theory.

(Centre for Advanced Study, Oslo; 27 and 28 February 2014)

Workshop location:

Rådssalen, Lucy Smiths hus (house); Administrasjonsbygningen (Administration building, top floor); Problemveien 7, Oslo;

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

8 p.m.                                          Pre-program – Drinks in the Schouskjelleren, Trondheimsveien 2, near Anker Hotel.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

9a.m.                                            Coffee and Welcome to workshop by Knut Kjeldstadli.

9.15 a.m. to 10.45 a.m.          Panel 1 – Class Relations (Chair Knut Kjeldstadli)

Marcel van der Linden – The Decline of the World Labor Movement: Some Observations.


Idar Helle – The #14N strike movement: A new European proletariat in the making?


Ingo Schmidt – From Unmaking to Remaking? Neoliberalism and European Working Class Experiences.


Andreas Bieler – Free Trade and Transnational Labour Solidarity: structural and agential challenges for the 21st century.

10.45 am to 11 a.m.               Coffee break

11. a.m. to 12.30 p.m.           Panel 2 – Building Alliances (Chair Roland Erne)

Antonina Gentile – The Hegemonic Making and Breaking of Intra-European Labour Solidarity: How the AFL’s “Free” Trade Unionism and Labour INGOs’ National Sovereignty Clause Skew EU Docker Solidarity Today.

Cristina Brovia – The mobilizations of migrant seasonal workers in Europe: towards transnational and cross-class action?

Bruno Dobrusin – Labour beyond borders and beyond the factory: transnational and trans-sectoral alliances in the past decade in Latin America.

12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.          Lunch


1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m.                   Panel 3 – Communication in Action (Chair Darragh Golden)

Bianca Föhrer – What role can trade union education play in enhancing transnational labour solidarity?

Markos Vogiatzoglou – Workers’ trans-national networks in austerity times: The case of Italy and Greece.

Jenny Junghülsing – Labor transnationalism in the era of transnational migration: what prospects for international labor solidarity?

Geraint Harvey and Peter Turnbull – Union Suppression and Union Obstruction: Industrial Relations at the European Low Fares Airlines.

3 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.                Coffee break


3.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.                Panel 4 – Power Resources (Chair Andreas Bieler)

Eddie Webster – Labor after Globalization: new forms of organization, new sources power.

Marissa Brookes – Power, Labor, and Globalization: How Context-Appropriate Strategies Help Transnational Labor Alliances Succeed.

Jörg Nowak – A state-theoretical approach to the current limitations of transnational solidarity: The mass strikes after 2008 in India, Brazil and South Africa.

Ines Wagner – Solidarity and resistance in a pan-European labour market: posted workers and transnational action in Germany.


7 p.m.  Conference Dinner in the Apartment of K. Kjeldstadli, 1Uranienborgveien, 11F 0351Oslo, Phone : +47 – 22 69 06 67.


Friday, 28 February 2014

9a.m.                                              Coffee

9.15 a.m. to 10.45 a.m.          Panel 5 – Resisting Public Sector Restructuring (Chair Knut Kjeldstadli)

Jane Hardy – Marketisation, migration and the transnational solidarity of health workers in an enlarged Europe.

Sabina Stan – Capitalism, care work and transnational collective action

David Jordhus-Lier – Motivations for up-scaling public sector unionism during times of crisis.

10.45 am to 11 a.m.                Coffee break

11. a.m. to 12.30 p.m.            Panel 6 – Politicizing the Transnational (Chair Idar Helle)

Sabrina Zajak – Pathways of activism: Theorizing transnational labor rights activism within global governance.

Sacha Dierckx – Global capital, national labour? Re-politicizing the transnationalisation of capital.

Tamara Kay – Theorizing Overlap Between National and Transnational Fields: The Case of Labor Union Alliance-Building to Deal with Crisis.

Roland Erne – Explaining transnational union action – Lessons from the European integration process.

12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.          Lunch


1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m.                 Panel 7 – European integration and transnational labour (Chair Sabina Stan)

Anne Dufresne – Euro-Unionism and Wage Policy.

Steffen Lehndorff – Crisis losers vs. crisis profiteers? Challenges to transnational labour solidarity in the Eurozone crisis.

Heiner Dribbusch – Where is the European General Strike? Prospects of transnational union action against austerity.

Darragh Golden – The role of trade union internationalism in explaining the position of Irish and Italian trade unions on European integration.


3 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.                Coffee break

3.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.                 Panel 8 – Scales of Action (Chair Andreas Bieler)

Robert O’Brien – Six Faces of Labour Internationalism.


Jamie K. McCallum – Global Unions, Local Power: The New Spirit of Transnational Labor Organizing.


Charles Umney – Cosmopolitanism and international trade unionism: Managerial and mobilizing forms.


Mark Anner – Labor Control & Local and Transnational Resistance in the Global Apparel Industry.

7 p.m. Conference Party in the Apartment of R. Erne and S. Stan, Ole Vigs Gate 1, 0357 Oslo,  Phone: +47 – 94720 185.


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