The Global Labour University will hold an International Workshop at the University of Kassel, Germany from 5-6 April 2006. Over 100 people will attend the workshop from all parts of the world. Participants include academics, trade unionists, students and researchers.
Unions around the world operate in a complex and rapidly changing environment. In response to the industrial revolution of the 19th century organised labour fought for (labour) legislation and welfare provisions to make the ruthless dynamic of a free market compatible with a democratic and inclusive society. Especially in the industrialised countries, this struggle has been a remarkable success within many nation-states during the second half of the twentieth century. At the beginning of the 21st century, the new wave of globalisation is eroding the regulatory capacity of the nation-state and the capacity of trade unions to defend social achievement at this level. Diminishing labour rights and welfare provisions, informalisation of employment relations and growing inequality in most countries are calling for internationally coordinated responses to global problems.
The conference will discuss two key questions: