IIRA Newsletter, June 2009
Message from IIRA Secretary
Dear IIRA Member,

I am pleased to bring to you this pre-congress edition of our Newsletter. Let me start by formally informing you that, due to internal changes in the ILO (home to the IIRA Secretariat), I am back as IIRA Secretary, effective April of this year.

In this regard, I trust you will join me in thanking my colleague, Giuseppe Casale, for his stewardship since September 2006. Giuseppe has done an incredible work during the period. Working with our President, Professor Russell Lansbury, our scheduled regional congresses have all taken place, respectively in New Delhi (2007), Manchester (2007), Buenos Aires (2008) and Cape Town (2008). Of course the plan for our big event, the 15th World Congress is around the corner, and we thank him for working tirelessly on this major activity of our Association.

I am also very happy to report that the IIRA continues 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. The 9th European Regional Congress will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark from 28 June to 1 July 2010, while the 7th Asian Regional Congress will be held in Bali, Indonesia from 20 to 23 September 2010.

In the following year, the 6th African Regional Congress and the 7th Regional Congress of the Americas are scheduled to be held respectively in Abuja, Nigeria and Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Ofcourse, before then, and in just over a month from now, we will all converge in the beautiful city of Sydney for the 15th World Congress. Despite the current global economic crisis, I can inform you that we will have a record participation in Sydney. More than that, the programme of events is rich in scholarly activities which are complemented by exciting social and cultural events. While thanking our President and the Organizers of the Congress for the enormous task they have shouldered for the past three years, I urge those IIRA members who have not register to make haste and do so.

There will be an important IIRA Council meeting during World Congress, where 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 following the IIRA Executive Committee that will take place on Sunday, 23 August 2009.

Finally, I am sorry that I will end this message by announcing the passing away of two long-time key leaders of our Association within the past two weeks. Sadly, we lost our Past President, Professor Luis Aparicio-Valdez, who died on 26 June 2009, in his home in Lima. Those who attended the 14th World Congress will still recall the enormous effort and energy of his team in giving us a most memorable Congress.



Sadly also, I announce the passing away of Mr Wayne Horvitz, past President of our American national Member, the Labour and Employment Relations Association, LERA, who died on 17 June.


In both cases, I trust you will all join me in comforting their respective family for the loss of their beloved.

Now, let us agree that we'll meet in Sydney in six weeks !

Tayo Fashoyin
IIRA Secretary

Reports
IIRA - VI Congreso Regional de las Américas: "Relaciones Laborales: Claves para un desarrollo económico con inclusión social" (Buenos Aires, 2-4 de septiembre 2008)

Humberto Villasmil Prieto
Industrial and Employment Relations Department (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
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International Labour Office
1211 Geneva 22
Switzerland
Tel.: (+41-22) 799-7371
Fax.: (+41-22) 799-8749
E-mail: iira@ilo.org
www.ilo.org/iira
IIRA Congresses
15th IIRA World Congress
Sydney, Australia, 24-28 August 2009


The New World of Work,
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9th IIRA European Regional Congress
Copenhagen, Denmark, 28 June - 1 July 2010


The 9th IIRA European Congress will be hosted by the Danish research centre FAOS. FAOS is part of the Department of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen - as such, the congress will be held at the University of Copenhagen's city campus in the heart of Copenhagen.

News from IIRA members
The Industrial Relations in Europe Conference 2009 will be held by Kocaeli University with the collaboration of Kadir Has University on 22-24 July, 2009 in Instanbul, Turkey. The title of the conference is "Varieties of Europe: Unification and Diversification of Industrial Relations".
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Shelley Wallach of the Tel-Aviv Labour Court informs us of the General Collective Agreement establishing principles and rules of conduct regarding employee's usage of employers' computers and the right to privacy.
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The Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA) and the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) have issued a call for papers for their upcoming conference, to take place in June 2010 in Quebec, Canada.

Publications received
Changes and Challenges: 60 years of struggle Towards Decent Work

Jorge V. Sibal. University of the Philippines, School of Labor and Industrial Relations (2008).
ISBN 978-971-691-881-6.

This commemorative book features historical accounts, milestones and footnotes of the partnership of the Philippines and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 60 years. To order a copy please get in touch with the author at sibal_jorge@yahoo.com

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Up in the Air: How Airlines can Improve Performance by Engaging their Employees

Greg Bamber, Jody Hoffer, Thomas A. Kochan, Andrew von Nordenflycht. ISBN: 978-0-8014-4747-1

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International and Comparative Labour Law
Current Challenges

Arturo Bronstein. ISBN: 13: 978-92-2-121202-7

Written by a leading expert in labour law, International and Comparative Labour Law: Current Challenges provides a comprehensive analysis of the challenges facing labour law in the twenty-first century across the globe. It focuses in particular on labour law and international trade, the employment relationship and the fundamental rights of the person in the employer-employee relationship, work in the informal economy and outsourced work, as well as discussing the most noteworthy changes in labour law at the regional level.

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Social Dialogue in times of crisis: Finding better solutions - (s, 480 KB). By Ludek Rychly, May 2009, ISBN No. 978-92-2-122323-8.

Industrial relations and collective bargaining: Trends and developments in South Africa - (pdf, 389 KB). By Debbie Budlender, May 2009, ISBN No. 978-92-2-122373-3.

Collective bargaining on employment - (pdf, 524 KB). By Thomas Haipeter and Steffen Lehndorff, May 2009, ISBN No. 978-92-2-122360-3

Study Groups

- IR as a field and IR theory
- Gender and Industrial Relations
- Equality in Pay and Employment
- Workers' Participation
- Labour Market Regulations
- Public Policy and IR
- Re-engineering Labour Administration
- Pay Systems
- Flexible Work Patterns
- Future of Trade Unionism
- The Theory and Practice of Negotiations
- Human Resource Management
- Research Methods in IR
- IR in the Public Sector
- The CIRRTS
- IR in Countries in Transition



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