The Joe Isaac Industrial Relations Symposium

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Event Details

30 October 2019 at 6:00 pm – 30 October 2019 at 8:30 pm
Monash University Caulfield campus, Building H, Level 8, The Pavilion, 900 Dandenong Road Caulfield East, VIC
Economics; Management; Marketing; Global Business


New Forms of Worker Representation: Substitute for or Complement to Unions and Collective Bargaining.

Amid a rapidly changing workforce being reshaped by forces such as the gig economy, new forms of collective worker representation are emerging.

Outside of unions and formal collective bargaining structures, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become a significant force in U.S. industrial relations. These NGOs include worker rights groups, worker and immigrant rights centers organisations and affinity groups within non-union companies.

What is the influence and staying power of these various forms of increasing collective representation? And are there lessons for the Australian union movement and Australian companies?

Renowned U.S. labour management expert and Cornell University professor Harry C Katz explores these questions in his upcoming keynote address for the annual Joe Isaac Industrial Relations Symposium, to be held at Monash Business School on Wednesday 30 October 2019.

Professor Katz is the Jack Sheinkman Professor and Director of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at the Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) School, Cornell University.  He is President-elect of the International Labor and Employment Relations Association and Past-president of the U.S. Labor and Employment Relations Association. Professor Katz is also a member of the U.S. United Auto Workers Union Public Review Board.

Alternately hosted by Monash Business School and the University of Melbourne since 2010, the Joe Isaac Industrial Relations Symposium honours the contribution of Professor Emeritus Joe Isaac AO, one of Australia’s most distinguished scholars and practitioners in the broad field of industrial relations and labour economics.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to this free event before 21 October 2019.

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The Joe Isaac Industrial Relations Symposium is held jointly by Monash Business School’s International Consortium for Research on Employment & Work (iCREW), Centre for Global Business and the Melbourne Human Resource Management Unit (MHRMU), Department of Management and Marketing.