Moderated by Simon Archer, York University & Goldblatt Partners LLP
The first panel on labour and work responded to the changes in the organisation of work and workers’ recent support of ‘illiberal democracies’, and ended by asking whether the old categories of 'worker' and 'labour' will survive into the possible futures of capitalism.
How are workers and their groups responding to the changing organisation and conditions of work? How do the experiences and activities differ in the global north and global south? Will the trade union, the main unit of worker organisation and expression during the 20th century, play a role? What are alternative forms of worker organisation, from worker-owned and controlled structures to workers action centres? What are the conditions, skills or identities that permit such organisations? What are the legal and political expressions associated with these alternative forms of organising workers? Are the normative objectives of ‘labour law’ still desirable, and can they be met by alternative models of organising and modes of regulation?
Dario Azzellini, Cornell University
Ewan McGaughey, King’s College London
Alessandra Mezzadri, SOAS, University of London