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    2013      
           
    31 October 2013 • Master Class

Représentation collective : trajectoires d'acteurs, cheminement de chercheurs

Christian Dufour
CRIMT
Adelheid Hege
Institut de recherches économiques et sociales (IRES) / CRIMT

Christian Dufour and Adelheid Hege are recognized as leading experts in the field of union representation. Their comparative research on everyday collective representation – conducted as part of the scientific program of the Institut de recherches économiques et sociales (IRES) – has resulted in numerous publications on trade unionism and its renewal.

This conference drew on long-term observations of labour relations and labour relations actors in the European context. Their extensive fieldwork has, over time, resulted in the development of a number of hypotheses about the sociological foundations of collective employee representation. These hypotheses continue to be refined and tested, especially in the face of profound changes that have occurred since the 1980s, not only within the actors’ environment, but also to the actors themselves.


This seminar was held at the University of Montreal.

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Dufour Hege Questions
 
           
   
 
         
    17 October 2013 • Research Seminar

A Forgotten Cohort: Citizenship at Work and Persons with Disabilities

Ron McCallum
University of Sydney, Australia / CRIMT

The 2011 World Health Organisation/World Bank report on disability showed that 15% of the world's population, approximately one billion people, are persons with disabilities. Approximately 80% live in developing countries, and in most nations disability is synonymous with poverty.

One of the hallmarks of citizenship is employment or self-employment. Work not only enables us to earn remuneration to support ourselves and our families, but it enables us to contribute to the growth of our nation through the utilisation of our skills.

Yet in countries like Canada and Australia, persons with disabilities are a forgotten cohort. This is because our levels of employment or of self-employment are far lower than is the case with other groups, except perhaps for first nations peoples. In a 2009 OECD background paper, it is noted that the employment rate of persons with disabilities and health problems in the thirteen countries under study was 40% which is slightly over half the general employment participation rate which was close to 75%. Not until the levels of employment and of self-employment are improved for persons with disabilities will most disabled persons attain full and meaningful citizenship.

In this presentation, first, I shall examine article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which exhorts governments to implement programs to facilitate the undertaking of work in the open labour market by persons with disabilities.

Second, as a Vice-Chairperson and the immediate past Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee), I will detail the experiences of this monitoring body on the employment of persons with disabilities.

Finally, a brief exploration of the work undertaken by the ILO on the employment of persons with disabilities will be undertaken. In particular, the ILO Convention 159 on Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Disabled Persons) 1983, and the Code of Practice – Managing Disability in the Workplace, 2001, will be discussed.

This seminar was held at the University of Montreal.

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McCallum seminar
 
           
   
 
           
    9 October 2013 • Multimedia Compendium

On October 25, 26 and 27, 2012, CRIMT and its partners held an international conference on Union Futures, which focused on the innovations, strategies and changes implemented by local, national and transnational unions
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The conference was organized around two main activities: 1) a Forum on Union Innovation, which took place on October 26, 2012 and brought together trade unionists and university researchers and 2) two Study Days, during which more than one hundred and fifty leading international researchers presented the results of their latest research on union strategies and innovations (25 and 27 October, 2012).


Visit the Multimedia Compendium to watch the full audio-video content of the conference (about 250 presentations and a hundred hours of content).
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    10 May 2013 • CRIMT-CRSDD Seminar

Penser l’entreprise comme institution aujourd’hui – L’apport de la
sociologie


Denis Segrestin
Universités à Sciences Po (Paris)
Centre de sociologie des organisations (CSO)

Summary:

L’entreprise peut-elle être observée comme une institution sociale ? Nous l’avons affirmé en d’autres temps, alors que l’on pouvait déceler les signes de la « réhabilitation de l’entreprise » dans la société. Nous le réaffirmons aujourd’hui, en dépit d’une conjoncture adverse dans laquelle la firme est soupçonnée d’avoir sacrifié à la fois sa « forme » et son « âme ». A cette fin, nous remontons aux sources de la théorie de la firme : par-delà le couple hiérarchie / marché, on y retrouve le fil rouge d’une analyse qui postule la nature foncièrement sociale de l’activité économique. Toute une série de questions-clés resurgissent : la singularité des échanges dans l’entreprise en réseau ; l’attachement des firmes à des « régimes » particuliers du capitalisme ; les enjeux politiques sous-jacents au contrôle des firmes. Poursuivant sur cette voie, on réalise qu’il reste bien des « ressorts » à l’entreprise-institution d’aujourd’hui.

This seminar was held at the University of Montreal.

Download the PowerPoint presentation (In French).

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Segrestin questions
 
           
   
 
         
    25 March 2013 • CRIMT Seminar

Given that Capitalist Exploitation in Work and Employment Continues, How Are Workers Responding?


Gregor Gall
Bradford University School of Management, Royaume-Uni

A survey of how workers are responding to continued exploitation and oppression suggests that there is limited innovation in forms and expression of conflict at work in the global north. Consequently, the efficacy of defending and advancing is declining. By contrast, in the global south workers are learning and deploying not only the historical tactics of workers in the global north but also developing some new techniques and tactics. This suggest that the direction of knowledge should be from the south to the north in the transnational workers' movement.

This seminar was held at the University of Montreal.

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Gall questions
 
           
         
    2012      
         
    23 November 2012 • Research Seminar

Legal Pluralism and Globalization


Jean-Guy Belley
McGill University

Summary:

Nous sommes nombreux à partager l'intuition d'une affinité élective entre 'mondialisation' et 'pluralisme juridique' ( P.J. ). Mais il y a plusieurs manières de comprendre et de problématiser cette affinité. À partir de la sociologie, le P.J. se conçoit comme la manifestation d' une crise radicale du droit moderne induite par la mondialisation. À partir de la science juridique, la mondialisation se conçoit, à l'inverse , comme le produit de la mobilisation du droit moderne portée au niveau mondial. À partir du droit public, le P.J. est celui des sources formelles ou informelles de droit objectif promues ou reconnues par les institutions étatiques et interétatiques. À partir du droit privé, le P.J. est celui des modes de création des droits subjectifs par et pour les opérateurs transnationaux; il est impulsé notamment par une extension et une adaptation des techniques du contrat et de la personnalité morale. Techniciens de l'ombre ou intellectuels organiques, les juristes qui se mettent au service des acteurs de la mondialisation sont les nouvelles élites de la pratique et de la théorie du droit. À leurs yeux, le P.J. n'est plus une hétérodoxie sociale, mais la nouvelle orthodoxie de la science du droit.

This seminar was held at the University of Montreal.

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  Belley

Belley questions
 
           
   
 
         
    12 November 2012 • Research Seminar

The German Labour Market After The Financial Crisis: Miracle or just a good policy mix?


Gerhard Bosch
University Duisburg-Essen
Institute for Work, Skills and Training, Germany

In the wake of the financial crisis, the German economy experienced its most severe slump since the Second World War. However, the effects on the labour market were different from those experienced in all other previous economic crises. Employment did not decline as expected and unemployment did not rise. Moreover, youth unemployment did not increase, in contrast to experience in virtually all other European countries. This paper sets out to investigate this German employment ‘miracle’. It will be shown that state-subsidised short-time working arrangements were not alone in preventing a collapse in unemployment but that a key role was also played by several other working time instruments incorporated into collective agreements concluded between trade unions and employers. Nor should the role of the parties to collective bargaining in avoiding an increase in youth unemployment be overlooked either. “Dismissing hours and not workers” a recession can maintain production potential and speficic skills, avoid long-term scar effects of unemployment, reduce excessive demands on labour market policy through a massive increase in unemployment, and strengthens social cohesion.

This seminar was held at the University of Montreal.

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    18 October 2012 • Research Seminar

The Shop Steward in the Danish Industrial Relations Model: A flawless change from centralization to decentralization of the collective bargaining system


Steen E. Navrbjerg
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The shop steward is a corner stone of the Danish Industrial Relations (IR) model.  Shop stewards are the main drivers for cooperation at the company level and the importance of the role of the shop steward has further increased in the context of the decentralization of collective bargaining.

In this conference, Steen Navrbjerg presents the Danish model of industrial relations and show how the Danish system has managed to change from a centralized to decentralized system, without losing shop stewards’ interest and motivation in the process.

This seminar was held at the University of Montreal.

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    9 October 2012 • Research Seminar

Strategic HRM in Multinational Corporations: When Practice Meets Theory


Dana Minbaeva
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

This presentation put emphasis on strategy implementation as the focal construct in strategic HRM. It started with a discussion of HR-related challenges multinational corporations (MNCs) are facing in the dynamic and highly competitive global marketplace. Then, focusing on global talent management, it explained how the fit between the global HR architecture and the strategic business processes can enhance the effectiveness of MNCs’ strategic responses to the identified challenges.  

This seminar was held at the HEC Montréal.

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    15 June 2012 • 2nd Pierre Verge Conference

Le droit du travail est-il encore un droit de protection des salariés?

Jean Pélissier
Emeritus Professor, Université Toulouse I, France

This seminar was held at Université Laval.

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    11 April 2012 • Master ùClass

Thinking about social regulation : theoretical and practical issues

Christian Thuderoz
INSA-Lyon, France


(Still) thinking about social regulation (negotiation), 50 years after Walton and McKersie and Allan Flanders, 30 years after Howard Raiffa and Bill Zartman: is it useful? Yes, because it establishes a rational-negotiated (and more efficient) model of decision-making at a time when traditional hierarchical institutions are in decline, the demands for employees to participate in decisions concerning their lives and work are increasing and it is becoming urgent to rethink work and its institutions in light of new social regulations which bring about new and more intense arrangements. We must, therefore, think about this (negotiated) re-written landscape of how we live together within the business organization. What theoretical tools do we apply? To achieve what kind of changes? How do we equip the actors?

Christian Thuderoz and Reynauld Bourque, both CRIMT co-researchers, are the authors of Sociologie de la négociation (2011), published by Presses Universitaires de Rennes.

This seminar was held at University of Montreal.

Download the PowerPoint presentation (In French).

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    2011  
         
    24 November 2011 • Research Seminar

Jumping Scale, Crossing Space: The JfJ and Organizing Cleaners for Global Strength

Luis LM Aguiar
Sociology, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, British Columbia

Arguably neoliberalism has done the most damage to the already vulnerable workforces in the economy. Building cleaners, as part of this workforce, have suffered from privatization, contracting out, as well as post-industrial labour legislation and the fiscal crisis of the welfare state. The result is a sweatshop citizenship (Aguiar 2006) bordering on ‘advanced marginality’ (Wacquant 2008) threatening to permanently expulse cleaners (and other low wage workers) to the desertion fields of (neo)neoliberalism (Crouch 2011; Boltanski and Chiapello 2004; Bauman 2007; Agamben 2005).

To counter this assault on cleaners, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has globalized its justice for janitors organizing model for the purpose of building global strength to deal with the neoliberalism of global cleaning companies, and in the process, secure protection and achieve gains for cleaners everywhere. Is the justice for janitors (JfJ) model the model for organizing in the 21st century? How is this model transitioning into transnational organizing and places, and by what mechanisms and structures is this being done, is the focus of this seminar. Luis Aguiar will examine (1) the JfJ model, (2) mechanisms and structures of transnational organizing and (3) the meaning of partnerships between the SEIU and partner unions (e.g. FNV Bondgenoten in the Netherlands; LHMU in Australia [and perhaps the SIPTU in Ireland]) set-up to arrest the erosion of cleaners’ rights and stymie the proliferation of the sweatshop citizenship status. Through interviews at the SEIU HQ in Washington, as well as fieldwork in Australian, and Amsterdam, the author seeks to understand the flexibility of the JfJ model and the meaning of partnership in the context of a union with global ambitions. This presentation will end by discussing the idea of “solidarity transformed” (Anner 2011), and the extent to which the SEIU’s globalizing of the JfJ is an example of this concept.

This seminar was held at University of Montreal.

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    14 October 2011 • Regular Seminar

La notion de 'politiques publiques' vue par la sociologie du droit

Jacques Commaille
Professor Emeritus, Institut des Sciences sociales du Politique, ENS-Cachan

Held at the University of Montreal, this seminar explored the relationship between law and public policy. By highlighting the complexity of this relationship and detailing the debates it has given rise to, Jacques Commaille addressed the prospects for linking law and public policy, especially in the current context.

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    14 April 2011 • Research Seminar

Unions and the Transition to Low Carbon Economies

Peter Fairbrother
RMIT University, Australia / CRIMT

Held at HEC Montréal, this seminar reviewed the questions facing unions in relation to a low carbon economy. The focus was on the politics of transition and the drivers that underpin such shifts in union pupose and capacity. It consider the recent history in the Latrobe Valley in the Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia, where four major electricity generators and their open cast mines produce over 80 per cent of the electricity requirements for Victoria.

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    30 March 2011 • Research Seminar

The ILO. ...Whys and Wherefores

Patrick Carrière
Distinguished consultant on labour law and former Senior Legal Officer of the Freedom of Association branch at the International Labour Office in Geneva.

Held at McGill University, this seminar was organized in collaboration with the
Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory and the Law Faculty at McGill University. The Université Laval joined live via videoconferencing.

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    11 March 2011 • Research Seminar

La place de la négociation collective dans six pays européens : de la cohérence des systèmes à la construction des acteurs

Christian Dufour
Associate Researcher, CRIMT
Adelheid Hege
Institut de recherches économiques et sociales (IRES), France / CRIMT


Summary (French only):

Au cours des vingt-cinq dernières années, des transformations profondes ont affecté les organisations syndicales et leur place dans les sociétés au sein lesquelles elles sont nées. Les environnements économiques ont été bouleversés et les anciennes cohérences identitaires se sont étiolées. La négociation collective, activité centrale des syndicalismes quelle que soit la diversité des approches et des agencements à l’œuvre, ne pouvait pas ne pas en être affectée.

À la demande de la CFDT et de la CGT en France, et pour l'Institut de Recherches Économiques et Sociales (IRES), Christian Dufour et Adelheid Hege viennent de compléter une étude sur l’évolution des stratégies de négociation collective mises en œuvre par des organisations syndicales de six pays européens (Allemagne, Espagne, France, Grande-Bretagne, Italie et Suède). Ce séminaiire visait la présentation de résultats d'enquêtes combinant un travail de synthèse des grands changements intervenus en Europe au cours des 25 dernières années, avec une approche de terrain fondée sur des enquêtes auprès d'acteurs collectifs oeuvrant au sein des pays concernés.


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    2010  
           
    8 November 2010 • Research Seminar

Chairing the United Nations Treaty Body on Disability: Problems, Pitfalls and Reform of the Treaty Body System

Ron McCallum
University of Sydney, Australia / CRIMT

Held at the University of Montreal (retransmitted in Université Laval via videoconference) and organized in collaboration with the Office des personnes handicapées du Québec, the seminar focused on the new UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006 ) to which Canada is a signatory since March 2010. Ron McCallum, who chairs the UN committee responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Convention at the international level, discussed the work of the committee, including the challenges encountered in performing their duties.

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    23-24 September 2010 • International Conference

On September 23rd and 24th 2010, an international conference entitled Union Action Without Borders was held in Montreal, Canada. Organized in collaboration with the CISO, the CSQ, the CSN and the FTQ, this activity aimed to take stock of the various solidarity initiatives implemented by trade unions at the local, national and international levels. Over fifty scholars and trade unionists, both from Canada and abroad, have shared their research and testified of their experiences of international solidarity. This conference was part of CRIMT’s series of outrearch activities designed to foster exchanges between scholars and labour market partners
.

Visit the post-conference Website to watch the full video content of the conference (
over 35 presentations).
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    16-18 June 2010 • International Conference

On June 16th, 17th and 18th 2010, an international conference entitled
Employee Representation in the New World of Work: The Dynamics of Rights, Voice, Performance and Power was held in Quebec city. Organized in collaboration with the Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA), this conference focused 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.

Visit the post-conference Website to watch the full audio-video content of the conference (over 285 presentations)
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    16 April 2010 • Outreach Seminar

For over 75 years, Quebec's collective agreement decrees regime has evolved to adapt to different realities. Periodically, there are voices saying that this "anomaly" of the industrial relations system should be abolished. Others, however, highlight the need to keep the regime, and seek to improve it because of its ability to better the conditions of vulnerable workers and increase their say in the determination of their own working conditions.

On April 16, 2010, a seminar entitled Perspectives on the Quebec collective agreement decrees regime (QCADR) was held in Montreal. Organized in collaboration with Quebec’s Joint Committees Association (Association des comités paritaires du Québec, or ACPQ), this seminar aimed to present different perspectives on the QCADR, as well as to stimulate exchanges between scholars and labour market partners about its future.

 
           
    Click on image (on the right) to watch Patrick Martel (University of Montreal / CRIMT) and Jean Charest (University of Montreal / CRIMT) talk about the impact the abolition of the collective agreement decree had on workers in the Quebec garment industry.   Martel_Charest  
           
    Click on image (on the right) to watch Christiane Bigras (Director general, Joint committee, Public bulding maintenance), Mélanie Laroche (University of Montreal / CRIMT) and Jacques Rouillard (University of Montreal) share their historical, contemporary and future perspectives on Quebec's collective agreement decrees regime.   Bigras_Laroche_Rouillard  
           
   
 
         
    14 April 2010 • Research Seminar

Au-delà de la crise économique en Europe: analyse de l'agenda Europe 2020

Philippe Pochet
Director, European Trade Union Institute, Belgium / CRIMT

Philippe Pochet cast a critical eye on the exit strategies social partners deployed in the face of the global financial crisis, and in particular on the debates surrounding the Europe 2020 agenda and the future of the European employment policy. This seminar was organized in collaboration with the European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE) and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).

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ETUI Policy Brief-AN
ETUI Policy Brief-FR

Europe 2020 - Consultation document - European Commission
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    29 March 2010 • International Semimar (Outreach Activity)

More than forty years after having recognized the urgency of a study on the working conditions of domestic workers, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is on track to adopt an international labour standard on decent work for domestic workers before the end of 2011. The ILO’s 2009 report, which seeks to provide an account of the situation and working conditions of domestic workers across the world, can be consulted Online.

Supported financially by Human Resources and Skills Development, and organized in collaboration with the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory, this international seminar aimed to bring together social partners, including domestic workers' associations, and international and interdisciplinary researchers specialized in the field in order to encourage an intensive consultation between the various participants concerned by the issue of decent work for domestic workers. This seminar also presented an opportunity for exchange between researchers and social partners to identify the policy issues involved and to compare different regulatory approaches adopted in various countries. It also seeked to provide an opportunity for social partners to share their reflections on the presentations and their expertise in the area before the two upcoming sessions of the International Labour Conference in Geneva in June 2010 and 2011. Finally, this activity offered a chance for Canada to celebrate the 90 years since the ILO was established in 1919. To that end, a special exhibit commemorating the time during which Montreal was host to the ILO during the Second World War was presented in the Atrium of McGill University's Faculty of Law.

Visit the post-seminar Website to listen to the full audio content of the seminar (over 15 presentations).
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    11 March 2010 • Research Seminar

Organiser la résistance contre un plan social en France. Le travail d’entrepreneurs militants

Rachel Beaujolin-Bellet
Reims Management School, France

Summary (French only):

En France, l’annonce de « plans sociaux » suscite dans bien des cas l’organisation d’actions collectives par les salariés et leurs représentants. Des actions visibles de résistance collective sont menées dans un contexte de survie (Amossé et al., 2008), donnant lieu à des conflits « défensifs » (Groux et Pernot, 2008) qui sont souvent intenses.

In this seminar held at HEC Montréal, Rachel Beaujolin-Bellet addressed how resistance to restructuring is organized and, more specifically, touched on the creative role the ‘entrepreneurs militants’ play in shaping the conflict. This seminar was organized in collaboration with the Strategy as Practice Study Group of HEC Montréal.

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Accompanying Document
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    18 February 2010 • Research Seminar

Le syndicalisme européen : quelles crises ?

Marco Ancelovici
McGill University, Canada
Christian Dufour
Institut de Recherches Économiques et Sociales (IRES), France / CRIMT
Adelheid Hege
Institut de Recherches Économiques et Sociales (IRES), France / CRIMT
Dominique Labbé
Institut d'Études Politiques de Grenoble, France
George Ross

Brandeis University, USA / University of Montreal, Canada

Participants in this seminar held at the University of Montreal have taken an uncompromising look at the state of European trade unions (German and French, especially), the forms of unionism they practice and the opportunities posed by the many challenges they face.

Accompanying Document - C. Dufour et A. Hege
TOUJOURS MOINS ! Déclin du syndicalisme à la française - D. Labbé
 
           
    Click on image (on the right) to watch the presentations of Dominique Labbé (Institut d'Études Politiques de Grenoble) and Adelheid Hege (Institut de Recherches Économiques et Sociales - IRES / CRIMT).   Labbe_Hege  
           
    Click on image (on the right) to watch the presentations of Marco Ancelovici (McGill University), George Ross (Brandeis University / Université of Montreal) and Christian Dufour (Institut de Recherches Économiques et Sociales - IRES / CRIMT).   Ancelovici_Ross_Dufour  
           
         
    2009      
           
    14 December 2009 • Round Table (Outreach Activity)

Crise économique et dialogue social

Michel Arsenault
President, Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec
Assane Diop
Executive Director of the ILO Social Protection Sector, Geneva
Jean Charest
University of Montreal, Canada / CRIMT

Summary (French only):

Mettant en vedette Michel Arsenault (FTQ), Assane Diop (BIT) et Jean Charest (UdeM), cette table ronde visait à faire le point sur la nature et les conséquences de la crise financière sur le monde du travail au Québec et au Canada, sur le rôle du dialogue social en période de crise, sur l'avantage institutionnel lié au modèle québécois de concertation et sur l'avenir du dialogue social à l'ère du 90e anniversaire de l'Organisation internationale du travail (OIT).

Held at the University of Montreal, this round table was organized in collaboration with the School of Industrial Relations at the University of Montreal, the Fédération des travailleurs et des travailleuses du Québec (FTQ) and the Fonds de solidarité FTQ.

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    2 December 2009 • Research Seminar

Labour Law and Economic Crisis - A European Perspective

Sir Bob Hepple
Clare College
Cambridge University, United-Kingdom

Held at McGill University, this seminar focused on labour law and the financial crisis and was organized in partnership with the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory, the Law '77 Project Fund (McGill Law Class of '77) and the Law Faculty at McGill University. The Université Laval joined live via videoconferencing.

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    5 November 2009 • Research Seminar

Constitutionalizing Labour Rights: Paradox, Peril and Promise

Judy Fudge
University of Victoria, Canada / CRIMT

Held at the University of Montreal, this seminar was organized in collaboration with the Facutly of Law at the University of Montreal. While on the European reality, debates that insued allowed for the Canadian case to be placed in context.

In 2007, in Health Services and Support – Facilities Subsector Bargaining Association v. British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada expressly overruled twenty years of jurisprudence that interpreted the freedom of association as excluding collective bargaining. In 2008, in Demir and Baykara v Turkey, the European Court of Human Rights followed suit and overruled its earlier decisions on the matter to hold that the right to freedom of association in the European Convention on Human Rights includes collective bargaining. The recent successes before courts have led some observers to suggest that it may now be a propitious time for a co-ordinated and proactive litigation strategy to vindicate labour's collective rights. In this presentation, I considered what gave rise to these remarkable decisions and what they portend for the role of the courts in labour relations in Canada and beyond.

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    29 October 2009 • Research Seminar

Les relations industrielles en Europe Centro-Orientale: fin ou extension du modèle social européen ?

Guglielmo Meardi
Warwick Business School
University of Warwick, United-Kingdom

Held at HEC Montreal, this seminar outlined the main points of an in-progress book (Where Workers Vote with Their Feet), which elaborates ideas first presented in some earlier articles, based on a decade of fieldwork in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia. It first described the emergence of a new Central Eastern European 'model' of industrial relations, combining relatively high degrees of state regulation with disorganized industrial relations, and then discussed the implications of EU accession, in terms of regulations, 'social dumping', transnational effects and consequences for the EU as a whole. It ended with an argument as to whether a system so far based on marketisation and employee 'exit' logic (migration, absenteeism, organisational disloyalty) can develop new forms of employee 'voice'.

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    6 October 2009 • Research Seminar

Struggles on the Frontier of Control over Professional Identity: Leading Cases from Canada

Larry Haiven
St-Mary's University, Canada / CRIMT

Professions and unions have often been positioned as opposing alternatives or logics of action in labour theory. The professions embrace a spirit of individualism and mystique, privileged by a social status, while unions are collectivist and seek respect and to usurp power from a dominant class. How might we reconcile the professions and their increasing efforts to achieve collective bargaining in the workplace? We propose that collective representation of professions is not an indication of the ultimate decline of professions in bureaucratized workplaces, but rather is the expression of a new arena of power for labour playing itself out at the forefront of work regulation in Canada. A sample of labour disputes of professionalized workers, illustrates that collective bargaining is an occupational closure strategy that alters the boundaries of a profession in an attempt to maintain distinct professional identity. Each case highlights the struggle over the exercise of discretion within the professional domain through which the boundaries regulating professional work are being rewritten.

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    10 March / 19 February / 15 January 2009 • International Seminars

Organized in collaboration with the Centre de recherche en éthique de l'Université de Montréal (CREUM) and the Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Research Chair at Université du Québec à Montréal, the seminar brought together international experts on the social regulation of the global firm. Following an open architecture, this activity mobilised several CRIMT coresearchers and PhD students, as well as many other researchers from Canada and abroad.


10 March 2009

Ethics and the Social Regulation of the Firm

Wayne Norman (Duke University), Stéphane Rousseau (University of Montreal), Diane Girard (HEC Montréal), Harry Arthurs (York University / CRIMT), Marie-Claude Desjardins & Dominic Roux (Université Laval / CRIMT), P. Martin Dumas (Université Laval / CRIMT), Ulrich Mückenberger (Hamburg University), Pierre-Yves Néron (University of Toronto), Michel Coutu (University of Montreal / CRIMT) et Thomas Beschorner (University of Montreal).


19 February 2009

Corporate Social Responsibility and the role of the state: the case of tax competition

Peter Dietsch (University of Montreal), Jean Charest (University of Montreal / CRIMT) et Stéphane Rousseau (University of Montreal)


15 janvier 2009

L'entreprise comme vecteur du progrès social : la fin ou le début d'une époque?

Corinne Gendron (Université de Québec à Montréal), Renée-Claude Drouin (University of Montreal / CRIMT) et Daniel Weinstock(University of Montreal)

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    2008      
           
    7 October 2008 • Research Seminar

Employee Voice in Multinational Companies: Do Country of Origin Effects Matter?

Paul Marginson
University of Warwick, United-Kingdom / CRIMT

At the junction of themes 1 and 5 of CRIMT's research program, this seminar (held at the University of Montreal) addressed the effects of the country of origin on employee voice in multinational companies (MNCs). MNCs from different countries of origin are widely held to have distinct preferences regarding the presence of employee representative structures and the form that employee ‘voice’ over management decisions takes. Such preferences are said to derive from the national models which prevail in the different countries of origin in which MNCs are based. Findings from a large-scale survey of the UK operations of MNCs point to significant recent innovation in representation and voice arrangements by this key group of employers. Country-of-origin influences on patterns of representation and the relative emphasis on direct or indirect channels of employee ‘voice’ are found to be attenuated by other factors, notably sector and method of growth.

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    18 September 2008 • Research Seminar

Vers une nouvelle façon d'aborder les restructurations à l'échelle européenne

Marie-Ange Moreau
European University Institute, Italy / CRIMT

Summary (French only):

Ce séminaire portait sur le projet AgirE, dont Marie-Ange Moreau, cochercheuse au CRIMT, a assuré la coordination scientifique. Répondant à la nécessité de construire des analyses et des instruments qui permettent la mise en place de mécanismes d'anticipation des restructurations, le projet AgirE s'est intéressé au rôle des politiques européennes dans la structuration des conditions d'anticipation, tout en faisant la lumière sur le jeux des acteurs de l'entreprise et du territoire dont les dynamiques conduisent à de nouvelles pratiques centrées sur l'idée d'innovation pour une meilleure anticipation et conduite du changement. Idée force : c'est en intégrant systématiquement les niveaux d'action de l'entreprise, du territoire et des politiques (régional, national et européen) en une approche multidimensionnel, multi-niveaux et multi-acteurs que sur le plan de la recherche, la construction d'une typologie qui tienne compte des interdépendances complexes présentes dans les processus de restructuration devient possible, et que sur le plan de l'action et des politiques, l'adéquation à la complexité des processus de restructuration peut être atteinte.

This seminar was held at HEC Montréal.

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    8 May 2008 • Research Seminar

Quelle est la place des réseaux sociaux dans les activités d'innovation ? Réflexions à partir de deux enquêtes récentes

Michel Grossetti
Université de Toulouse le Mirail, France

Summary (French only):

Quel que soit l'angle sous lequel on l'aborde, l'innovation apparaît comme une activité collective qui implique des collaborations, des échanges et des relations interpersonnelles. La place prépondérante de ces relations peut s'expliquer par le fait que, par bien des aspects, les activités d'innovation se rapprochent des activités artisanales ou du marché du travail : faible standardisation, importance des relations personnelles, effets de proximité spatiale. Les dispositifs de communication qui structurent largement les échanges marchands pour les produits de grande consommation jouent ici un rôle moins central. Pourtant, tout ne passe pas par les relations interpersonnelles dans les activités d'innovation. Interviennent aussi ce que l'on peut appeler des «ressources de médiation», c'est-à-dire des ressources qui permettent aux acteurs de se coordonner sans passer par des relations personnelles.

À l'occasion de ce sémninaire, l'auteur a discuté de ces notions en s'appuyant sur deux études empiriques, l'une portant sur les relations entre laboratoires académiques et entreprises et l'autre sur la création d'entreprises innovantes. Ces études permettent d'évaluer l'importance relative des réseaux et des ressources de médiation dans les processus d'innovation, mais surtout d'analyser la façon dont ils interagissent.


This seminar was held at HEC Montréal.

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    10 April 2008 • Research Seminar

Does China Have a Labour Movement? Prospects for Industrial Relations Reform in China

Bill Taylor
City University of Hong Kong

The official representative organisation of labour, the All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) looks set to regain its position within the core membership of the ILO. This has been hotly debated in the international trade union movement because the ACFTU is not a labour union. This seminar (held at HEC Montréal) touched on the reasons why the ACFTU, despite its progressive elements fails the union test. This was illustrated through examples of union organising strategies, collective agreement procedures and recent legislative successes. As a conclusion, an attempt was made to outline a case that including the ACFTU is a significant step in the road of eroding the meaning of labour movements internationally.

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    9 April 2008 • Round Table

Les enjeux syndicaux européens : local, national, régional ou global ?

Philippe Pochet
Director, European Trade Union Institute, Belgium / CRIMT
George Ross
Brandeis University, USA / University of Montreal, Canada
Christian Lévesque
HEC Montréal, Canada / CRIMT
Gregor Murray
University of Montreal, Canada / CRIMT


Held at HEC Montréal, this round table was organized in collaboration with the Institute for European Studies and the Jean-Monnet Chaire in European Integration.

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    4 April 2008 • Research Seminar

Pluralisme juridique et droit du travail

Jean-Guy Belley
Chaire William C. Macdonald
Faculté de droit, Université McGill, Canada
Guy Rocher
Centre de recherche en droit public
Université de Montréal, Canada

This seminar was held at the University of Montreal.

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    3 April 2008 • Research Seminar

The Nature of International Integration and HR Policies in Multinational Companies

Tony Edwards
King's College London, United-Kingdom

This seminar was held a HEC Montréal.

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    2007      
           
    30 November 2007 • Research Seminar

Workers' Rights as Human Rights:The Perspectives of US Courts,Labor Arbitrators and Human Resources Departments

James A. Gross
Cornell University, USA

Held at HEC Montréal, this talk focused on workers' rights as human rights, particularly in regard to freedom of association (including collective bargaining), workplace safety and health (as addressed by US labor arbitrators),with additional comments about how human resources violates workers' human rights in certain most important ways.

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    14 September 2007 • Master Class

Itinéraire d'un sociologue

Philippe Bernoux
GLYSI-SAFA, Université Lumière Lyon II, France

Summary (French only):

Dans le cadre de ce cours de maître, Philippe Bernoux a retracé trois grandes périodes de sa carrière de chercheur : (1) la sociologie du travail dans les années 1960-70 en France – théories en vogue et pratiques de terrain – les enquêtes sur le syndicalisme – plongée dans les ateliers en observation entièrement participante
 ; (2) de la sociologie du travail à la sociologie des organisations à travers l'analyse stratégique de Michel Crozier : enquêtes sur les changements institutionnels (lois Auroux), les changements négociés (aciéries Usinor) – le concept de pouvoir explicatif des organisations ; (3) changements dans la sociologie des organisations : de l'analyse stratégique à la théorie des conventions (« ce qui fait tenir ») et à la théorie de la traduction (le changement est une traduction).

This seminar was held at HEC Montréal.

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    24-26 May 2007 • International Conference

As part of its project 'Rethinking Institutions for Work and Employment in the Global Era', funded by the Major Collaborative Research Initiatives of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2003-2007 grant), the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) held a major international Conference on public policies for work and employment in the era of globalization. This took place on the 24th, 25th and 26th of May 2007 at HEC Montréal.

Issues at the heart of the Conference included: public policies for work and employment and their socio-economic pertinence, institutions best able to define and apply them, the spaces (national or transnational) in where they should be developed and the role (and renewal of the role) played by social actors in their development and implementation.

Built around six plenary sessions and twenty-four workshops, this conference brought together over 130 international researchers and 320 participants.


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