Bulletin 77, December 2008
IIRA Membership No.

Dear IIRA Member,

Welcome to this first edition of the electronic version of the IIRA Bulletin, designed to keep you up to date with IIRA events and activities more regularly. Please note that the Secretariat will be happy to receive any newsworthy information from you, including those relating to your work or research and share it among its members.

Message from IIRA Secretary
Dear members and colleagues,

As mentioned in the previous Bulletins, here we are with our first electronic edition. We do hope that it works well. Please let us know whether you are encountering any difficulty in receiving this Bulletin electronically. As all of you know, by sending the Bulletin electronically we want to reduce the costs of postage that were becoming too expensive.

I am very happy to report that the IIRA has continued to organise many successful events. This proves that the Association is vibrant and well ahead in the research and academic world in industrial and employment relations.

At the World Congress in Sydney, there will be an important IIRA Council meeting during which several decisions have to be taken for the future of our Association. I do hope that all national associations will be represented. The IIRA Council will take place on Monday, 24 August 2009 in the morning, following the IIRA Executive Committee that will take place on Sunday, 23 August 2009 in the morning. More details about the exact time and venues of both meetings will be communicated in due course.

I am also very happy to inform you that the forthcoming 9th IIRA European Regional Congress will be organised in Copenhagen from 28 June to 1 July 2010. Our good Danish friends have decided to organise the Congress at the University of Copenhagen. At the same time, I have received confirmation that the 7th IIRA Asian Regional Congress will be held in Indonesia in 2010. More details about dates and venue will be communicated in the next Bulletin.

Lastly, this edition of the Bulletin gives me the opportunity to wish to all of you my Best Wishes for 2009. I am looking forward to working closely with you in the forthcoming IIRA events.

Best kind regards,

Giuseppe Casale
IIRA Secretary

Social dialogue in times of restructuring:
Which role for European and International Framework Agreements?

Konstantinos Papadakis
Research and Policy Development Specialist
Social Dialogue, Labour Law and Labour Administration (ILO)

About the IIRA
The International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) was established in 1966 in response to a growing need to develop and exchange knowledge in the field of industrial relations, at the international level, and provide the academic and the practitioner with a forum for discussion and research.

The Association has over 1,000 members worldwide including prominent industrial relations scholars and practitioners. Subjects such as globalization, new technology, gender, HIV/AIDS, employee involvement, occupational safety and health, industrial relations, labour law, human resource management, international labour standards, social dialogue, labour administration, informal economy, and many other topics are largely discussed during its congresses.

The International Industrial Relations Association
International Labour Office
1211 Geneva 22
Tel.: (+41-22) 799 6841
Fax.: (+41-22) 799 8749
E-mail: iira@ilo.org
IIRA Congresses
15th IIRA World Congress
Sydney, Australia, 24-28 August 2009

The New World of Work,
Organisations & Employment

Very good news from IIRA President, Prof. Russell Lansbury, and his Australian colleagues who are organising the 15th IIRA World Congress. Please make sure that you register as early as possible, this will give you an opportunity to benefit of a substantial discount in the registration fee.
So, hurry up!

Super early bird registration now open
and until 9 January 2009!
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6th IIRA Regional Congress of the Americas
Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2-4 September 2008

Congratulations to the organisers of the 6th IIRA Regional Congress of the Americas held in Buenos Aires on 2-4 September 2008. It was an excellent event with many participants coming from different parts of the world. More than 600 participants took part in it. During the Congress, there was a special event dedicated to the presentation of the book in honour of Dr. Luis Aparicio Valdez. Distinguished speakers were invited to greet our friend Luis, among others the former Minister of Labour of Peru, Prof. Mario Pasco Cosmopolis, and our President, Prof. Russell Lansbury. The collection of essays is available in a volume in Spanish. It is entitled: "Relaciones Laborales en el Mundo" (Grijley, APERT, Lima, 2008).

A brief summary report of the main topics discussed in the Regional Congress will be sent to you in the next issue of this Bulletin. Once again, congratulations and thanks to Dr. Pedro Nunez, President of ARTRA, Dr. Julio A. Grisolia,
Vice-President of ARTRA, Dr. Jorge Macri, Past-President of ARTRA and all their colleagues for having put so much effort in organising such a successful Congress.

News from IIRA members
Sri Lanka Industrial Relations Association

On October 4 2008, the first general assembly of the newly established Sri Lankan Chapter of the IIRA was held During this meeting, the Minister of Labour and Manpower of Sri Lanka, Mr. Atauda Seneviratne stressed the importance of the role that the IIRA will play in the country in promoting research in industrial and employment relations. In a press conference, the Secretary General of the Ministry, Mr. Mahinda Madihahewa said that sound industrial and employment relations are vital for a country like Sri Lanka for both achieving economic growth and guarantee employment for workers. The Sri Lanka Association was looking forward to participating actively in the IIRA and to benefiting from an exchange of experiences with other IIRA Associations. Congratulations to our new friends, I am sure that they will play a very active role in the coming years.
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Professor Frank M Horwitz

Our congratulations to Professor Frank Horwitz, Dean/Director of the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town, long-standing member of the IIRA and host of the recent IIRA African Regional Congress, who has been appointed Director of the Cranfield School of Management at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom from 1 April 2009.

Publications received
Belgian Society and Politics,
Annual Review 2008-2009.

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