15e EWHN conferentie in 2018?

Op 25 en 26 maart  2017 wordt  er  in Wenen door de  Steeringroup gesproken over een mogelijke 15e EWHN conferentie in 2018.

Een eerste voorlopige opzet  voor  het  programma vindt u hieronder.
Er is nog geen datum gekozen en de  deelnamekosten zijn nog niet  begroot.

Conference theme will be work-life balance in a global world.

Thursday, 5.00 – 7.00 pm. Plenary Openingsession
The opening will consist of 2 speeches and secondly, participation and presentations on work place visits, which start Friday morning.
Participants will sit at work place designated tables at the plenary session.
Short introductions to the chosen work place as well as 2-3 questions to debate in the group are given.
A visit facilitator will be present.

Friday, 8.30 am – 3.30 pm: Work place visits, followed by group discussions and debate about the visit and the themes in focus.
Work place visits are branch or theme oriented.

  • Work place visit 1: Public companies – fx hospital, (nursing, laboratory, cleaning). Visit theme and following debate: New Public Management, threats of outsourcing and psychosocial work environment consequences. How has this affected the quality of work in the public sector – and how do we confront this management strategy? Employees and unions’ alternatives? How can alliances with politicians be developed – fx the Norwegian Welfare Movement and the Danish Welfare Alliance.
  • Work place visit 2: Visits at industrial companies. Visit theme and following debate: Massive global competition confronts all industrial companies today. This constantly pressures wages and working conditions. What are the work environment consequences, fx work pace, constant changes, flexible working hours. How could safety reps and shop stewards cooperate on securing and creating better work places? How can unions support this?
  • Work place visit 3: Construction: Visit theme: Construction is massively exposed to social dumping. Outdated work methods and failure to use of safety helmets, noise screens etc., contrary to regulation, occurs. How can safety reps. and shop stewards act on this? – “Chains of responsibility”, – and which demands does this pose to authorities on inspection?
  • Work place visit 4: Transport (logistics and warehouse). Visit theme: Irregular working hours and quite a lot of physically strenuous work still characterizes the transport sector. Focus will be on improvements – i.e. development of technical aids, safety culture, etc. How is cooperation between safety reps./shop stewards and management?
  • Work place visit 5: Visit at so-called socio-economic firms. Here focus will be on possibilities of establishing companies, which can include vulnerable groups, fx migrant women, mentally vulnerable persons, etc. How can conditions of work be conducted here, – and how can politicians via laws and regulation secure room for such firms?

3.30 – 4.30 pm: Break.
4.30 – 7.00 pm: Info meetings, for instance:

  1. Results of the “Back-pack” investigation on heavy lifting among baggage handelers.
  2. The Cleaning project – on acknowledgement of work injuries – cooperation between unions and the Clinic of occupational Medicine at Bispebjerg Hospital.
  3. Refit – Status on EU development.
  4. Trade agreements – CETA, TISA and TTIP.
  5. Experiences on getting work environment control measures into tenders.
  6. Will technological development eliminate jobs? – Do we demand shorter working hours or basic wage for all citizens?
  7. Working conditions at call centers.

Friday evening: Dinner and social get-together.

Saturday, 9.30 am – 2.30 pm: Workshops.

  • Workshop 1: Knowledge workers are available 24/7. How does this affect performance expectations, etc. of worker or company? How is the psychosocial work conditions handled in such organizations?
  • Workshop 2: Retirement age in all EU countries have been raised, but is a prolonged working life realistic in all types of job? Are cleaning jobs fx possible for an older work force? Will later retirement result in more inequality and a proletariat of elderly, trying to manage on very low wages and poor conditions? What can we do nationally and internationally?
  • Workshop 3: Stress is now widely found in all types of job. Demands on more flexibility, changeability etc., absent managers and conflicting needs of family are among factors leading to stress. How can we focus more on the issue locally at the workplace, – should regulation, policies or something else be demanded? Sweden has new regulation on psychosocial work environment – what is status on this?
  • Workshop 4: Investigations show, that pain reducing medication and other stimulation to manage the workday is used. Why has work cultures, normalizing pain at the workplace, emerged – and how do we go about changing this? How do we create a better work-life balance, which could prevent people becoming totally worn down?
  • Workshop 5: According to research, countries with a high level of equality have the highest productivity and a trend towards more solidarity. Especially the Scandinavian welfare models are well known. How could we transfer these experiences to countries outside Europe?
  • Workshop 6: Control of employees. This phenomenon is increasing, – mobile telephones are checked, GPS track vehicles, etc.

3.00 – 3.45 pm: Closing plenary session.

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