News and Events
SEPTEMBER 2018: DWR-AFRICA LESOTHO TRADE UNIONS WORKSHOP
On 28 September, Decent Work Regulation in Africa project team members Ms Ithabeleng Duma (Lesotho Research Lead, Maseru) and Professor Debbie Collier (University of Cape Town) organised the Decent Work Regulation-Africa (DWR-Africa) Lesotho Trade Unions Workshop in Maseru.
The event is part of a broader series of research/stakeholder activities during 2018 that are centred on working conditions in Lesotho.
AUGUST 2018: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR A FULLY-FUNDED PHD STUDENTSHIP
Closing date: 31 August 2018
Applications are now open for a fully-funded PhD Studentship on Law's Dynamic Effects in South Africa.
The studentship is funded through Durham University's new Global Challenges Research Fund Centre for Doctoral Training.
The studentship is fully funded for three years from February 2019. It covers full payment of fees; a tax-free maintenance grant of £14,777 per year; return travel and visa costs; an allowance to cover research costs and resarch training; and support for an overseas placement.
Funding is available to an overseas candidate based in an OECD DAC list country. Applicants should have an academic background in a relevant subject e.g. law, sociology, geography, industrial relations, social policy) and training or experience in quantitative or qualitative research methods.
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Enquiries are welcome to Professor Deirdre McCann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
JULY 2018: GLOBAL CHALLENGES SUMMIT
Newcastle University, 24 July 2018
Hosted by Durham, Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, the Summit brought together participants from across the world including Herman Mashaba, the Mayor of Johannesburg, Salha Kaitesi, Founder of Beauty of Rwanda, and Peter White, COO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Professor McCann called for workers’ rights to be placed at the heart of sustainable development and of efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She presented a new study by the ESRC/GCRF Network that she leads on Legal Regulation of Unacceptable Forms of Work and her recent work in Southern Africa.
JULY 2018: UFW REPORT 2018
Unacceptable Forms of Work: Global Dialogue/Local Innovation
This report is the product of an international consultation that has involved researchers and policy-makers from 50 research and policy organisations in more than 20 countries across the world. A response to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the report calls for effective labour regulation to secure economic growth and decent work (SDG8).
Unacceptable Forms of Work: Global Dialogue/Local Innovation highlights 10 Global Challenges to effective labour rights. It outlines research agendas that are designed to investigate and respond to each of these Global Challenges by eliminating Unacceptable Forms of Work(UFW).
For further information about the report, please click here.
JUNE 2018: FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE REGIONAL MEETING ON DECENT WORK REGULATION IN AFRICA
University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business, 18 June 2018
On 18 June 2018, the Network held a Regional Meeting at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. The Meeting brought together stakeholders from countries across sub-Saharan Africa, including from government Ministries, labour inspectorates, trade unions, employers’ associations, auditors, and retailers.
The Meeting provided the opportunity for a regional dialogue on regulatory strategies that can achieve decent work in the African context. The focus was on the enforcement of labour laws in the garment sector. In particular, participants considered whether involving a range of stakeholders in enforcement - multistakeholders models - can extend the reach of labour standards.
This document outlines the Meeting’s findings and recommendations. It aims to make a useful contribution to the lively debates on effective labour standards, and on decent work in the garment sector, both in Africa and in countries across the world.
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JUNE 2018: REGIONAL MEETING ON DECENT WORK REGULATION IN AFRICA
Decent Work Regulation in Africa aims at establishing a Regional Network of researchers and policy-makers who have an interest in effective labour regulation.
A Regional Meeting of this project was held at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business on 18 June 2018 to bring together participants from the region and international partners. The aim of this meeting was to provide the opportunity for regional and international dialogue on legal strategies that can achieve decent work in Africa, with a particular focus on the garment sector.
For further information about the event, please click here.
APRIL 2018: UFW PROJECT RESEARCH AGENDAS
The ESRC/GCRF Strategic Network on Legal Regulation of Unacceptable Forms of Work has identifed a set of Global Challenges to effective labour regulation. These are the most urgent and complex issues that face lower-income countries in particular in upgrading or eliminating unacceptable forms of work.
Network Teams composed of researchers from a range of discplines and national and international policy actors have produced research agendas to address each Global Challenge.
To download the research agendas, please click here.
DECEMBER 2017: WORKSHOP ON GLOBAL CHALLENGES TO EFFECTIVE LABOUR RIGHTS AT DURHAM LAW SCHOOL
A Workshop on Global Challenges to Effective Labour Rights was held at Durham Law School on 8 December 2017. The event gathered researchers and policy-makers from Canada, Lesotho, South Africa, the UK, and the US.
For more information about the event, please click here.
AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2017: GLOBAL DIALOGUE / LOCAL INNOVATION CONFERENCES: BANGKOK & DURHAM
The ‘Global Dialogue/Local Innovation’ conferences, held in Bangkok and Durham, hosted researchers, policymakers and union members representing a diverse range of nations, including Australia, Korea, Brazil, South Africa, Lesotho, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the UK. More information here.
JUNE 2017: UNACCEPTABLE FORMS OF WORK: A MULTIDIMENSIONAL MODEL
Unacceptable forms of work (UFW) have been identified as an “area of critical importance” for the ILO as it approaches its centenary. Yet there is currently no comprehensive elaboration of the dimensions, causes or manifestations of UFW.
On this article published in the International Labour Review (Vol. 156, No. 2, 2017), Professor Deirdre McCann and Professor Judy Fudge report on a research project that has proposed such a framework.
The article first investigates and reconceptualizes key discourses on contemporary work to identify their contribution to an analytically rigorous conception of UFW. It then outlines a novel Multidimensional Model that has been designed for use by local policy actors in identifying and targeting UFW in countries across a range of income levels.
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FEBRUARY 2016: ELIMINATING UNACCEPTABLE FORMS OF WORK: A GLOBAL CHALLENGE
JULY 2015: ADDRESSING THE COMPLEX REALITIES OF POST-CRISIS EMPLOYMENT
Following the Regulating for Decent Work conference held at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva (8-10 July 2016), Deirdre McCann comments on the need for robust labour regulation to help deliver decent work.
Read the comment here.
JULY 2015: A GLOBAL DIALOGUE (DURHAM/GENEVA)
Researchers and policy-makers from around the world met in July 2015 to share innovative ways in which Unacceptable Forms of Work are being addressed
Workshops were held in Durham and at the ILO in Geneva, at a Special Session of the Regulating for Decent Work Conference.
2015: UNACCEPTABLE FORMS OF WORK: A GLOBAL AND COMPARATIVE STUDY
It compares the concept of UFW to relevant concepts developed by academia and selected international organizations. It also proposes a model to capture the multidimensional nature of unacceptable forms of work in different socio-economic and cultural contexts, and suggests effective approaches to labour market regulation in addressing these forms of work.