The era of globalization and new information technologies has brought about significant changes in workplace configuration, workforce composition and expectations, and in the management of human resources as firms seek competitive advantage in an increasingly competitive environment. These changes pose considerable challenges to the traditional notions of employee representation, the core tenets of which were inspired in Canada under the Wagner Act exactly 75 years ago. The nature of these challenges will be fully explored and debated at an international conference to be held from 16
th to 18th June 2010 at Université Laval (Quebec, Canada).

The conference is a special collaboration between the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (
CRIMT) and the Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA). Part of CRIMT's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's (SSHRC) Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI) project Building Institutions and Capabilities for Work and Employment in a Global Era: The Social Dynamics of Labour Regulation, the conference will focus on a number of key issues relating to employee representation in the new world of work, including: the relevance in today’s workplace of the founding principles of different representative systems; how different types of employee representation regimes deal with issues facing the contemporary worker; the emerging models and actors for employee rights and representation; the kinds of public policy, actors, strategies, capabilities and research that are necessary to rethink employee representation in the contemporary workplace.

Valérie Beaulieu (CRIMT) Francine Jacques (CRIMT)
Christian Brunelle (Université Laval) Gregor Murray (Université de Montréal)
Karine Drolet (CRIMT) Claude Rioux (CRIMT)
Jean-Noël Grenier (Université Laval) Nicolas Roby (CRIMT)
Annette Hayden (CRIMT) Pierre Verge (Université Laval)
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