“Globalization and Labour: New Global Strategies to Organize Work, Impact on Labour, and the Reactions of Society”, a training course, jointly organized by IPS & ISS

The training course was jointly organized by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), and the International Institute of Social Sciences of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), the Hague, The Netherlands.

Twenty experts in the field of employment and labour studies gathered in Negombo for a two weeks training on the impact of globalization on labour. High on their agenda was the prospect of realizing –in the globalized world—Decent Work for all. Changes in trade regimes, global production systems and trends in manufacturing strategies were reviewed. Responses from the labour movement and civil society –national and international—were analyzed. At the level of the firm, participants compared how the stakeholders view social dialogue and collective bargaining as different means of resolving conflict.

The course participants, who hailed from various South and Southeast Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, are high level professionals in the area of employment, management and labour studies.

The group included Indian and Pakistan University Professors, representatives of the Ministry of Labour Relations and Manpower, of the National Planning Commission of Nepal, the Bangladesh Ministry of Finance and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), researchers specialized in labour issues from Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Pakistan as well as senior representatives of non-governmental organizations from India, Vietnam and Thailand. Four out of the twenty participants were from Sri Lanka.