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Jun
27
Wed
ETUC/ETUI conference: The World(s) of Work in Transition – Brussel (BE) @ Hotel Thon Europe
Jun 27 – Jun 29 all-day

The world is being transformed in ways that will profoundly challenge human society. Trade unions facing these new realities can play an important part in shaping this future. With this in mind a major conference organised by the ETUC and ETUI will bring together globally-renowned experts to debate some of the most pressing issues confronting workers, unions and governments.

The conference will address several megatrends impacting working life. First, the free movement of capital, services and people is altering the allocation of jobs throughout the European internal market. Second, climate change and the energy transition are making many occupations obsolete, while at the same time creating new ‘green’ jobs in emerging sectors and industries. Third, the demographic transition is changing the structure of the labour force and challenging social security systems. Finally, the digitalisation of the economy is set to disrupt the processes of production, employment and work conditions on an unprecedented scale.

So far, these transitions have been studied and reflected on independently from one another. As a result, conclusions about what the future holds, and the ensuing policy recommendations, vary according to the particular transition in question. What is now needed is for the different projections to be put together and analysed in tandem in order to fully understand the multiple and complex consequences for the world of work. Will all these changes create one new world of work, or many? How can trade unions engage with these developments and what strategies are there to cope with them? What should a new industrial policy look like in the sectors severely affected – such as energy, transport and construction? What skills will be needed and how can trade unions participate to ensure that workers are offered the required training and education?

These are some of the questions the 3rd ETUC/ETUI conference on the future of work will deal with. The overall format – plenaries and smaller panels – has proven very successful and will remain the same. However, added emphasis will be put on enriching the debate and provoking discussion through innovative sessions and greater opportunities for interaction.

If you are interested in attending the conference please send an email to conference@etui.org

Follow the conference via social media at #etuWOW18.

PROGRAMME:

  • Wednesday 27 June 2018
    • 11:00-13:00 Plenary A: Global transitions and world(s) of work
    • 14:00-15:30
      • Panel 1 – Inclusive growth: a new, successful agenda for collective bargaining?
      • Panel 2 – Working conditions in an ageing society
      • Panel 3 – Company mobility fueled by digitalization and Europeanisation: how can we shore up workers’ rights?
      • Panel 4 – Employment forecasts and the digital, green and demographic transitions
      • Panel 5 – The impact of the digital transformation on job quality
    • 16:00-16:30 Keynote speech by Valdis Dombrovskis, responsible for the Euro and Social Dialogue, European Commission
    • 16:30-18:00
      • Plenary B: When the rich and powerful pretend they do not need us.
  • Thursday 28 June 2018
    • 09:00-10:30
      • Plenary C: Labour market composition and demographic change: can migrants and new technologies offset population ageing?
      • Plenary D: Climate change and the transition to a green economy: what does it mean for jobs?
    • 11:00-12:30
      • Panel 6 – The role of worker’s participation in addressing the digitalisation-driven Europeanisation strategies of MNCs
      • Panel 7 – The link between job quality and innovation: virtuous or vicious circles?
      • Panel 8 – Working time reduction as a trade union strategy for a changing world of work
      • Panel 9 – Social protection beyond the basic income
      • Panel 10 – Industrial policy for the green and digital economies
    • 13:30-15:00
      • Plenary E: Digitalisation and the new economy: disrupting production networks while tackling climate change?
      • Plenary F: Globalisation and Europeanisation: European solutions for global problems?
    • 15:30-17:00
      • Panel 11 – Psychosocial risks: shifting the perspective towards positive values
      • Panel 12 – The impact of automation on working conditions, health and safety
      • Panel 13 – Jobs in a clean, future automobile industry
      • Panel 14 – Youth engagement and the future of work
      • Panel 15 – Interactive panel: Using visuals to foresee and learn about change
    • 17:15-17:45 Keynote speech by Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade
    • 17:45-19:00
      • Plenary G: A New Economic Approach: what are the shortcomings of the current economic model, and how to fix them?
  • Friday 29 June 2018
    • 09:00-10:30
      • Panel 16 – How to integrate the transition challenges in the national trade union research agenda?
      • Panel 17 – The rise of China as a technology superpower – what does this mean for European jobs?
      • Panel 18 – The four transitions: what skills do we need, and how do we provide them?
      • Panel 19 – The future of work: perspectives from the ILO
      • Panel 20 – Interactive panel: Discussing scenarios for 2030
    • 11:00-11:30
      • Young trade-unionists’ discussion on managing transitions
      • Visual Harvesting
    • 11:30-13:00
      • Plenary H: Social Dialogue: how can we create a common agenda for Social Europe?

 

Download programme: https://www.etui.org/content/download/34280/329137/file/rptAllactivities_bookletA4.pdf

Aug
23
Thu
Nordic UBI-day – Tampere (Finland)
Aug 23 @ 12:00 – 18:30

The Nordic day of the BIEN 2018 congress will be held in the afternoon of the 23rd of August in advance of the official opening of the congress. Everyone participating in the congress is invited to take part in this Nordic session, which will be held in English.

The main idea of the Nordic UBI Day session consists of the following thematic outlines:

A representative from each of the five Nordic countries will give a picture of the national situation in relation to the implementation of a basic income. Which are the concrete proposals that are on the political agenda? How large is the potential support for different ideas? How well does a BI fit the relatively universal Nordic welfare systems? What can we learn from the different experiences? There will be both separate presentations and a panel, during which the audience can ask questions and make comments.

Please register for the Nordic UBI Day HERE.


PROGRAM 
(preliminary, changes possible)

 

12.00 – 12.10 Opening of the Nordic UBI Day
Prof. emeritus Pertti Koistinen, chair of the BIEN 2018 Congress LOC
12.10 – 13.10 Part one: Basic Income (BI) discourses in Finland, and how could BI be applied to
enhance Nordic welfare
Part two: Ethics of UBI by the chair of BIEN Finland Pekka Elonheimo
Part three: Experiences of Finland’s UBI experiment by its participant
13.10 – 13.20 Comments, questions, answers on Finland’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
13.20 – 13.40 Denmark. BI-discourses in Denmark, and how could BI be applied to enhance
Nordic welfare
Martin B. Michaelsen, Board Member of BIEN Denmark
 
13.40 – 13.50 Comments, questions, answers on Denmark’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
13.50 – 14.10 Coffee break
14.10 – 14.30 Iceland. BI-discourses in Iceland, and how could BI be applied to enhance
Nordic welfare
Halldóra Mogensen, Member of Iceland’s Parliament and BIEN Iceland
 
14.30 – 14.40 Comments, questions, answers on Iceland’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
14.40 – 15.00 Norway. BI-discourses in Norway, and how could BI be applied to enhance
Nordic welfare
Øyvind Steensen, Spokesman of BIEN Norge
 
15.00 – 15.10 Comments, questions, answers on Norway’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
15.10 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 15.50 Sweden. BI-discourses in Sweden, and how could BI be applied to enhance
Nordic welfare
Lena Stark, Founder of Swedish basic income party, Member of UBIE since 2014
15.50 – 16.00 Comments, questions, answers on Sweden’s share of the Nordic UBI Day
Comments on the previous speeches
16.00 – 16.30 Break
16.30 – 17.15 Speech of Rutger Bregman
17.15 – 17.45 Interview to promote Rutger Bregman‘s new book
17.45 – 18.30 Book selling and autographs in the lobby outside the auditorium

 

The representative speakers are asked to submit their abstracts, photos and biographical notes via this form

For further information, please contact Jan Otto Andersson (janderss@abo.fi) or Jouko Hemmi (jouko.hemmi@hotmail.fi), members of the local organising committee  of BIEN 2018 Congress.

Oct
11
Thu
Basic Income and the Euro-Dividend as sociopolitical pillars of the EU and its member countries – Freiburg (DE) @ University of Freiburg
Oct 11 – Oct 12 all-day

BASIC INCOME AND THE EURO-DIVIDEND AS SOCIOPOLITICAL
PILLARS OF THE EU AND ITS MEMBER COUNTRIES

Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Freiburg, Germany October 11-12, 2018

In Europe, the public debate about a universal basic income (UBI) is usually a national one. In
recent years a European version of a UBI has attracted more and more attention – primarily pushed
by the suggestion of Philippe Van Parijs titled a “Euro-Dividend”.

This conference aims to shed light at pros and cons of a EU wide UBI regulation and its relation to
national approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective. Both UBI approaches shall be analysed
and discussed with respect to justice, economic and migration effects, legal aspects, creation of
solidarity in the EU, and political viability. On the first day, the conference will address general
issues about UBI while the schedule of the second day contains EU-related concepts just like the
Euro-Dividend.

CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite papers from Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Law, and Economics and even
Technical Sciences addressing one or more of the following topics:

  • UBI and arguments of freedom, solidarity, social and gender justice
  • Changing time allocation and shifting time sovereignty, voluntarism and creativity
  • Legal aspects of UBI
  • Experiments and microsimulations on UBI’s level and impact
  • UBI in the digital age / Robots, AI, Labor, and the Welfare State
  • The European Pillar of Social Rights, UBI, and Euro-Dividend: Creating European Solidarity
  • Financial feasibility of a UBI and financing concepts of a Euro-Dividend
  • EU labour market effects and migration (on international level and within the EU)

Please send title and abstract of about one-page in length by June 11th, 2018, to
max.trommsdorff@vwl.uni-freiburg.de. Participants will be informed about the acceptance of
their papers by July 2nd.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Olli Kangas (Kela, Finland)
  • Philippe Van Parijs (Université catholique de Louvain)
  • Antje Schrupp (freelance journalist)
  • Mancolm Torry (London School of Economics)

Organization:

  • Sascha Liebermann (Alanus University, Alfter)
  • Bernhard Neumärker (University of Freiburg)
  • In cooperation with: Frankreichzentrum, Freiburg

Organized by the Department of Economic Policy and Constitutional Economic Theory we aim to gather relevant leading researchers and thinkers in Europe to discuss an EU wide approach of a basic income.

If you have any questions Max Trommsdorff glad to assist you.

/Max Trommsdorff M. Sc. in Economics and Politics/
/University of Freiburg/
/Department of Economic Policy & Constitutional Economic Theory/
/Room  2303, KG II/