Forms of labour in Europe and China

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Forms of Labour in Europe and in China: The Case of Foxconn
University of Padua 26-27 June 2014

ROOM B1 – Via del Santo, 22 – Padova

10-11.00 Welcome and introductions

    Vincenzo Milanesi, Director of Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
    Antonio Varsori, Director of Department of Political, Legal and International Sciences

    Rutvica Andrijasevic (Leicester University)
    Devi Sacchetto (Padua University)

11-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-13.00 Session 1 – Electronics: from China to the World

Chair: Massimiliano Tomba, University of Padua

    Speakers: Gijsbert van Liemt, Self-employed economist, formerly ILO
    Foxconn, the company: Past, present, and future

    Chris Smith, University of London, Royal Holloway College
    Work and employment in Chinese Multinationals abroad

    Jan Drahokoupil, European Trade Union Institute
    Foreign Direct Investment and the State in Central and Eastern Europe

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.30-16.30 Session 2 – Electronics in Europe

Chair: Marek Čaněk, Multicultural Centre Prague

    Speakers: Malgorzata Maciejewska, University of Wroclaw
    Work and life in a Special Economic Zone: The electronics industry in Poland

    Devi Sacchetto, University of Padua
    Working in a European Free Zone: Foxconn workers’ in Turkey

    Irene Schipper, Somo
    Working conditions at Foxconn in Hungary

16.30-17.00 Tea Break

17.00-19.00 Session 3 – Trade Unions and Labour Organising

Chair: Chun-Yi Lee, University of Nottingham

    Speakers: Laurent Zibell, Industriall-europe
    Co-ordinating workers across borders: IndustriAll Europe’s action at European level in the electronics sector

    Tomáš Formánek, Foxconn shop steward in the Czech Republic
    The experience of trade unions inside Foxconn plant in Czech Republic

    Li Changjiang, Labor Community Education Center – China
    Labour organizing and education for Foxconn workers


9.00-11.00 Session 4 – New features of the working class?

Chair: Ferruccio Gambino, University of Padua

    Speakers: Kateřina Kotrlá, Ngo MOST Pro – Czech Republic
    Working with migrants in Pardubice

    Jenny Chan, University of London – Royal Holloway College
    Student Workers in China

    Jack Qiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Working-Class Public Spheres

11-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-13.30 Session 5 – Global production regime, global labour politics: new research agendas

Chair: Rutvica Andrijasevic, University of Leicester

    Speakers: Martina Sproll, Freie Universität Berlin
    Contract Manufacturing as a Neotaylorist Production Regime: Linking Labour Politics, Power and Social Inequalities

    Pun Ngai, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn and the Struggle of Chinese workers

Contact: Rutvica Andrijasevic, ra238 AT leicester DOT ac DOT uk


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