Building a New Social Contract: Lessons from the COVID Pandemic, Black Lives Matter, and Renewed Worker Activism
8.30am - 9.30am AEST, 27 October 2020, international webinar by Zoom
The need for a new social contract that better fits the workforce and economy has been well-known for a long time, however, the emergence of the COVID-19 crisis and the Black Lives Matter movement makes action all the more necessary and urgent. We will discuss how to move forward by incorporating these issues into a new social contract at work and in society that is more productive, equitable, inclusive and resilient.
Thomas A Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor and the Co-Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Kochan focuses on the need to update work and employment policies, institutions, and practices to catch up with a changing workforce and economy. He writes about the challenges facing working people in meeting their responsibilities at work, at home, and in their communities. He demonstrates that fundamental changes in the quality of labour-management relations are needed to address critical problems in industries ranging from healthcare to airlines and manufacturing. His most recent book is Shaping the Future of Work. His many other publications include such books as Up in the Air: How Airlines can Improve Performance by Engaging Their Employees (with Bamber, G.J., Gittell, J. H., & von Nordenflycht, A.); Healing Together: The Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership, (with Eaton, A., McKersie, R., & Adler, P.). He is a global affiliate of International Consortium for Research in Employment & Work (iCREW), Centre for Global Business, Monash Business School.
Professor Margaret Gardner AC, Monash University Vice-Chancellor & President, will also participate in the webinar. She attained a PhD in Industrial Relations at the University of Sydney, was a Professor in the field at Griffith University and was a Fulbright Fellow in the USA, including at MIT. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Director of the Group of Eight Universities, a Director of Infrastructure Victoria and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. She has served as President of: Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, as Patron of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland, and on various other boards and committees, including the Australian-American Fulbright Commission.
The webinar hosts are the International Consortium for Research in Employment & Work (iCREW), Centre for Global Business, Monash Business School, Monash University, together with the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (TBC) and the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria.
The webinar convenor is Greg Bamber of ALERA, IRSV & International Consortium for Research in Employment & Work (iCREW), Monash University
The webinar will be recorded.
Registration details coming soon.