(previously the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA)

4th Asian Regional Congress

Changing work and employment relations in globalizing Asia

Manila, Philippines, 20-21 November 2001

Track 1: Social dialogue and adjustments in work and organization

  • Towards decent work and work environment
  • The changing nature of work: socio-economic implications
  • Labour standards: compliance and employment generation
  • Eradication of child labour: the continuing challenge
  • Gender and equity issues at the workplace
  • Migrant workers: perspectives from host and exporting countries
  • Balancing quality of work life, family life, and lifestyles
  • Impact of information technology (IT) on work and employment relations

Track II: Employment Relations in Asia: Emerging Patterns and Innovations

  • Corporate citizenship and the Asian worker and manager
  • Ethical trade initiatives: impact on employment relations
  • IR/HRD responses to privatization, mergers and acquisitions
  • Negotiating flexibility in typical and atypical work arrangements
  • Competency-based systems, innovations in compensation and reward, and related demands on other HR sub-systems
  • New forms of work: impact on structure, work relations and HR systems
  • New forms of employment networks: work and social nexus
  • Public sector unionism, employment relations and governance

Track III: Asian Perspectives on Industrial Relations and Human Resource Development

  • Emerging patterns and innovations in Asian IR/HRD
  • Coping with crisis through labour law reforms and conflict mediation institutions
  • Trade union responses to modernization and globalization
  • New forms of organizing and bargaining: focus on the informal sector
  • Workplace participation: co-management, co-ownership and other schemes
  • Safety nets during crisis: who will lead, give and receive?
  • Strategies and techniques for social inclusion and equity (the role of cooperatives, NGOs, labour-owned or -managed enterprises, etc.)