Workshop on


The Challenges for Industrial Relations, Trade Unions, and Migrants

Middle East Technical University
Northern Cyprus Campus
1-2 May 2008

1 May, Thursday

08:45-09:00 .:. Opening & welcome

Session 1 .:. 09:00-10:45

Convenor Fikret Senses (METU)

The Representation of Human Rights in the EU: Between Universalism and Particularism
Kursad Ertugrul (METU NCC)

Greek Trade Unionism: Is it Europeanized?
Dimitris Tsarouhas (METU)

Collective Bargaining and the Power of Markets: Some Conclusions from Case Studies in France and Germany
Jens Thoemmes (CERTOP-CNRS, University of Toulouse)

10:45-11:00 Coffee break

Session 2 .:. 11:00-12:45

The Productivity and Public Sector Privatisation in Europe
Yılmaz Kılıçaslan (Anadolu University) and Ali Cevat Tasiran (WLRI)

The Servants of the Middle Class: A Sociological Study on the Working Poor in Turkey
Nadir Sugur (Anadolu University) and Serap Sugur (Anadolu University)

The Experience of the London Living Wage and its Effect on Notions of Democracy and Citizenship among Marginalised Workers
Howard Potter (WLRI)

12:45-14:00 Lunch

Session 3 .:. 14:00-15:45

Convenor Steve Jefferys (WLRI)

Possibilities and Restrictions on the Right of Work: Women in Turkey
Gülay Toksöz (Ankara University)

The Erosion of the Welfare State in Britain, the Feminisation of Poverty and the Role of Trade Unions
Marry Davis (WLRI)

Employment and Skills in Turkish Manufacturing Sector
Erdogan Bakir (University of Utah)

15:45-16:00 Coffee break

Session 4 .:. 16:00-18:15

Local Capital-Labour Relations in Turkey in the Aftermath of the 2001 Financial Crisis
Galip Yalman (METU) and Pınar Bedirhanoğlu (METU)

On the Spatiality of the Post-1980 Hegemonic (Dis)order in Turkey
Tarik Sengül (METU)

(Un)democracy outside Europe: Disaffection with Trade Unions in China
Theo Nichols (Cardiff University)

A Critical View of Flexcurity
John Grahl (Middlesex University)

2 May, Friday

Session 5 .:. 09:00-10:45

Convenor Ali Cevat Tasiran (WLRI)

Intellectual Exhaustion and Mental Labour: Some Observations on the Restructuring of Higher Education in the UK
Julian Saurin (METU NCC and Sussex University)

Workplace Learning and Democratic Citizenship: The Changing Relationship between Union Learning and Union Organisation in the UK
Sian Moore (WLRI)

The Politics of Public Service and the Restructuring of State Labour Process: The Case of Education and Health Services in Turkey
Gamze Yücesan Özdemir (Gazi University)

10:45-11:00 Coffee break

Session 6 .:. 11:00-12:45

Distributional Effects of the Structure of Production and Foreign Trade in Turkey
Ebru Voyvoda (METU)

Economic and Political Pressures behind MNC FDI in the Labour Markets of Central and Eastern Europe
Steve Jefferys (WLRI)

The Democratization Debate in Turkey and the Labor Movement
Hakan Arslan (METU)

12:45-14:00 Lunch

Session 7 .:. 14:00-16:00

Convenor Galip Yalman (METU)

The Changing Nature of Military Industrial Complex and the Implications for Labour and the Economy in Europe
J Paul Dunne (Bristol Business School)

Reflections on the Credit Crunch
John Grahl (Middlesex University)

Discussion & Assessment

Organized by

Economic Research Center

Working Lives Research Institute