December 5 2006
Sean Sweeney and Stuart Basefsky Present at European Foundation Conference
Sean Sweeney and Stuart Basefsky were invited presenters at a workshop entitled "Industrial Relations in the EU, USA and Japan and Other Global Economies." The meeting took take place on November 28-29, 2006 in Berlin, Germany. This was the fourth year that Sean and Stuart have participated in this global conference, hosted by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. The European Foundation and ILR School signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2004 that includes a provision for ILR's participation.
In recent years the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, and in particular its division known as the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO), has carried out comparative studies on industrial relations developments in the EU, USA and Japan. For two years now, these studies have been extended to Brazil and China, with India being added this year (2006). The purpose of this workshop which includes experts and practitioners from social partner organizations, public authorities and research organizations - is to compare trends and developments in different global regions and their impact on the European industrial relations systems.
Two thematic workshops were the focus this year -- Temporary Agency Work (Sean Sweeney presenting) and Industrial Relations in the SMEs (Stuart Basefsky presenting). In addition, a written report was submitted on both themes as well as a general overview of industrial relations developments in the U.S. in the previous year.