Sydney Employment Relations Research Group presents Trade Unions and Labour Movements in the Asia-Pacific Region

The IRSV is pleased to extend an invitation from the Sydney Employment Relations Research Group to attend:

Trade Unions and Labour Movements in the Asia-Pacific Region  

Tuesday 6 October 2020, 10.00am-12.00pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) 


Via Zoom: Please REGISTER HERE to receive the Zoom link   

Trade unions and worker organisations throughout Asia are confronted by diverse challenges, like their Australian counterparts. These include declining density, diminished leverage under neoliberal labour market policies, coercive management practices, hostile governments and a growing insecure workforce. Despite these difficulties, there are signs of revitalisation among Asian labour movements, which in some countries has involved unions working with other civil society organisations to develop innovative strategies for representing workers. 

This webinar will examine how trade unions and worker organisations in various Asian countries have responded to these challenges. It will consider the lessons for Australian unions and other organisations concerned with worker welfare from labour movement strategies in South Korea, China, Indonesia and Vietnam. The webinar will feature presentations from leading experts who have contributed to Trade Unions and Labour Movements in the Asia-Pacific Region, a new book published by Routledge and co-edited by Byoung-Hoon Lee (Chung-Ang University), Ng Sek-Hong (University of Hong Kong) and Russell Lansbury (University of Sydney). It is hosted by the University of Sydney Business School’s Sydney Employment Relations Research Group (SERRG).  


Professor Russell Lansbury (The University of Sydney, Australia) 

Keynote Address  

‘Varieties of unions and labour movements in the Asia-Pacific region’ Professor Byoung-Hoon Lee (Chung-Ang University, South Korea)   

Panel on Labour Movements in Asia  

  • ‘Unions and alternative forms of worker representation in China’ Professor Fang Lee Cooke (Monash University, Australia)  
  • ‘Union renewal in democratic Indonesia’Professor Michele Ford (The University of Sydney, Australia)   
  • ‘The reform of Vietnam trade unions’Associate Professor Ngan Collins (RMIT University, Australia)  
  • ‘Australian unions: Crisis, strategy, survival’Professor Bradon Ellem and Professor Rae Cooper (The University of Sydney, Australia)  

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10/6/2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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