International meeting March 11-12, 2016

International meeting

Conference on Barriers to Union Organizing

Lucca March 11-12, 2016

Convent of San Francesco

Friday, March 11th

8:00-9:00 – Registration

9:00-9:15 – Welcome

Ilaria Milianti, President of Fondazione Giuseppe Pera

Marco Cattani, Director of Fondazione Giuseppe Pera

Alessandro Tambellini, Mayor of Lucca

Arturo Lattanzi, President Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca

Cristina Galeotti, Vice President Confindustria Toscana Nord

Alessio Colomeiciuc, President of Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e della Lucchesia

9:15-12:45 – Morning session


Matthew W. Finkin, University of Illinois, College of Law, Champaign, USA

9:15-10:45 – Session 1


Towards a strongly decentralized system of collective bargaining in Italian industrial relations?

Lorenzo Bordogna, Università di Milano, Italy

Massimo Pallini, Università di Milano, Italy


Reconciliation of multi-unionism and strong unionism by the Unions Law

Nurhan Sural, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Melda Sur, Dokuz-Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey


European trade unions in age of flexicurity and segmented labour markets – the case of Poland

Leszek Mitrus, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

10:15-10:45 Question time

10:45-11:15 – Coffee Break

11:15-12:45 – Session 2


The contradicting logics of trade union membership: evidence from the UK, Germany and the transnational levels

Susanne Pernicka, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

Vera Glassner, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

Nele Dittmar, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria


Swimming against the tide: new challenges for unions under Australian labour law

Andrew Stewart, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

Anthony Forsyth, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia


Unions and temporary agency work: a comparative study of Norway, Ireland, and the UK

Ann-Cecilie Bergene, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), Oslo, Norway

12:15-12:45 Question time

12:45-14:00 – Lunch

14:00-17:10 – Afternoon session


Sanford M. Jacoby, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles, USA

14:00-15:30 Session 3


Responding to anti-union legal reforms: labor movement strategies in contemporary Spain

Julia Lopez Lopez, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain


The state, the unions and collective bargaining in China: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Sarosh Kuruvilla, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

Mingwei Liu, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA


Trade union organization in the UK

Alan Bogg, Hertford College, Oxford, England

Keith Ewing, King’s College, London, England

15:00-15:30 – Question time

15:30-16:00 – Coffee Break

16:00-17:10 Session 4


Beyond workplaces and industries: possibilities for union action at the territorial level

Ida Regalia, Università di Milano, Italy


Union organizing, management attitudes, and the law: IKEA in Sweden, Spain, Turkey and the United States

John Logan, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, USA

Tony Royle, York University, York, England

16:40-17:10 Question time

18:00 – Roundtable session

On the reform of the labor relations system in Italy: between bargaining and law

Pietro Ichino interviews Susanna Camusso (CGIL Secretary-General), Annamaria Furlan (CISL Secretary-General), Carmelo Barbagallo (UIL Secretary-General) and Giorgio Squinzi (President of Confindustria).

Saturday, March 12th

8:00-9:15 – Registration



John Logan, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, USA and University of California, Berkeley, USA

9:15-10:30 – Session 5


Changing work conditions in the East-Central European healthcare sector: from collective bargaining to state and market regulation

Ewa Kaminska-Visser, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germania

Marta Kahancova, The Central European Labour Studies Institute, Bratislava, Slovakia


We create spots from which we shine to others: organizing as a bridging practice between distinct meanings of association

Guy Mundlak, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel

9:55-10:30 – Question time

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:10 – Session 6

Panel Discussion: Perspectives from Global Union Organizations

Michael Bride, United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Washington D.C., USA

Alice Dale, UNI Global Union, Geneva, Switzerland

12:10-12:30 – Question time

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Ann Cecilie Bergene – Creative destructor / destructive creator: agency workers as threatening moles undermining unionism or welcome agents of change in Irish and Norwegian unions?

Sarosh Kuruvilla and Mingwei Liu The State, The Unions and Collective Bargaining in China: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Guy MundlakWe Create Spots From which we Shine to Others: Organizing as a Bridging practice between Distinct Meanings of Association

Susanne Pernicka, Vera Glassner and Nele DittmarVarieties of trade union membership policies from a multi-scalar perspective Evidence from German and British hospital sectors

Nurhan SuralReconciliation of multi-unionism and strong unionism by laws on unions

Alan Bogg and Keith EwingBeyond neoliberalism: the authoritarian state and trade union organization

Anthony Forsyth and Andrew StewartSwimming against the Tide: New Challenges for Unions under Australian Labour Law

Julia López LópezResponding to Anti-Union Legal ‘Reforms’: Labor Movement Strategies in Contemporary Spain

Leszek MitrusEuropean trade unions in age of flexicurity and segmented labour markets: the case of Poland

Massimo PalliniItalian Industrial Relations: Towards a strongly decentralized collective bargaining?

Melda Sur The Union Density Issue in Turkey: Causes and Effects