Working Lives events and news

Upcoming events

Wednesday, 11 March 15.00-17.00, University of Stirling, room 1A71

Dr Adelina Broadbridge (University of Stirling)

Thursday, 12 March, University of Edinburgh Business School, venue TBC

Dr Lila Skountridaki (University of Stirling) and Dr Tom Calvard (University of Edinburgh)

Joint CIPD and UEBS event on HR relationships with sustainability, ethics and corporate social responsibility

Friday, 1st May 12.00-14.00, University of Stirling, room 4C2

Professor Daniel Muzio (University of York)

Organised by the Management and Organisation Studies research group

Past events

Wednesday 16th October, 2019 (University of Stirling)

Spaker: Professor Phil Taylor, University of Strathclyde

The point of departure for this paper is 2017’s Taylor Review of Modern Work Practices. It distinctively critiques the Review’s leitmotif of choice, arguing that workers’ at the low end of the market experience constrained choice and even compulsion to take ‘bad’ and insecure jobs. The context is the Amazon fulfilment centre (FC) and, particularly the Swansea Bay site, the principle source of evidence being semi-structured interviews with agency temps (ATs) undertaken as part of an 18-month investigation into the labour process, working time and employment conditions.

The study’s logic of inquiry was to understand the extent and nature of compulsion within a multi-layered, multi-dimension analysis. Accordingly, specific research questions included the following. What were the essential characteristics of Amazon’s FC? What are the dominant features of the local labour market in the context of long-term deindustrialisation? In what ways does the knowledge from academic research and debates on UK agency working and welfare-to-work regimes inform our understanding of ATs at Amazon?

The evidence demonstrates that agencies play significant roles in labour control and in mediating between capital and the state. Ultimately, a dehumanised, sanctions-driven workfare regime dragoons the involuntarily employed into fruitless hours seeking non-existent decent with no choice but to take Amazon’s degrading jobs.  

Monday 21 October, 2019 (University of Stirling)

Speaker: Professor Paula McDonald, Queensland University of Technology 

The proliferation of global #MeToo movement, and its sister hashtag, #TimesUp, has been a watershed moment, capturing the global imagination and breaking a longstanding and deafening silence on how those in senior, influential positions across all areas of society – politics, business, education, charities, the arts, sport and religion - exercise sexual power to harass, humiliate, discriminate, marginalize and bully. In this lecture, Professor Paula McDonald from the QUT Business School will examine the question of whether #MeToo is likely to galvanise substantial, longstanding change for working women and men. Will it reverse the persistent, pervasive and damaging problem of gender based violence and misogyny so compellingly revealed in millions of #MeToo posts around the world? Or will it be another passing phase, serving as cultural capital for privileged celebrities which will be quickly followed by business as usual? Paula will unpack these questions by examining the achievements and limitations of the #MeToo movement and how they align with 30+ years of research on the causes, effects and proposed solutions to sexual harassment.​​