Professional Certificate in Strategic Employment and Labour Policy

Day One :

09:00 Registration and Refreshments  
09:45 Chair and Delegates' Welcome and Introductions
Developing context for training week
A brief history of labour organisation and trade unions: the Grand Bargain and the Golden Age of capitalism; 20th Century unionism in Europe; the decline of unions in late 20th Century; prospects for the 21st Century
Delegates experiences of labour organisation, trade unions and labour rights
Structural adjustment in the developing world and consequences for Labour
11:15 Morning coffee  
11:30 International Labour Standards - "Decent Work for All"?
International standards as outlined by key international bodies: ILO, WTO, IMF, World Bank
Working children and role of UNICEF
European Labour Law and transboundary opportunities
12:30 Lunch  
13:30 International Governance of Labour Rights and Conditions
The International Labour Organisation: trilateral governance and negotiations between unions, business and governments
The International Trade Unions Congress
New forms of international organisation: La Via Campesina, World Social Forum
Beyond traditional unions as labour organisation: social movement unions, new unionism, women-only unions
14:30 Afternoon tea  
14:45 Current and Emerging Trends in Labour Conditions
Transnational production networks, post-Fordism, flexible production and impact on workers
Development of a 'precariat', informal and flexible labour conditions
Relationship between forms of production and labour conditions
16:45 End of Day Wrap Up and Questions  
17:00 Close  

Day Two :

09:30 Refreshments  
09:30 Chair's Introduction and Recap
09:45 Guidance on Achieving a Chartered Management Professional Qualification
Structuring a written piece of work for assessment: generic overview and principles
Structuring these two specific pieces of work to demonstrate all the assessment criteria
Blending strategic climate change adaptation planning content into these structures
11:15 Morning coffee  
11:30 Principles of Strategic Thinking and Applying Them in the Context of Labour Management
12:30 Lunch  
13:30 Why the Application of Strategy Can Introduce Conflict
14:30 Using Strategic Planning Tools in Labour Management
15:30 Afternoon tea  
15:45 Labour Management and Strategic Communication
16:45 End of Day Wrap Up and Questions
17:00 Close  

Day Three :

09:30 Registration and Refreshments  
09:45 Chair's Introduction and Recap
10:15 Analysing the Relationship between Economic Growth and Labour Conditions
Measurement and statistics: do stronger labour laws prevent or facilitate economic growth?
Linking labour policy with wider development objectives
Beyond economic growth: ending multidimensional poverty
11:15 Morning coffee  
11:30 Developing Labour Regulations
International best practice in labour standards
Integrating international standards into national legislation
12:15 Lunch  
13:30 Rights-based Approaches to Labour Migration and Mobility
Ensuring well being of international labour migrants
Examining context of labour migration and appropriate range of policy responses
Case study: migrants from Indian sub-continent to Gulf countries
14:30 Implementing and Enforcing Labour Laws and Regulations
Monitoring and evaluation of labour standards
Private sector approaches
Bringing together regulations and multinational strategies
15:30 Afternoon tea  
15:45 Corporate Social Responsibility
Voluntary and semi-enforced codes of conduct
Enforcement, monitoring and evaluation and effectiveness
Case studies from the Indian garment industry
Multi-stakeholder initiatives to develop labour standards which work for all parties
16:45 End of Day Wrap Up and Questions  
17:00 Close  

Day Four :

09:30 Registration and Refreshments
09:45 Chair's Introduction and Recap
10:15 Collective Bargaining: Trade Unions and Other Forms of Labour Associations in the Developing World
Different types of organisations and levels of power
Extent of collective bargaining, wider existence as campaigning social movements
Social change through labour organisation:
11:15 Morning coffee
11:30 Labour Organisation for Results: Strikes and Protests
Considering possibilities and consequences organisation of protests and strikes
Role in labour of organisation strategies
Examining extent of efficacy of formal organisation
12:30 Lunch  
13:30 Case Studies: Labour Organisation in China and India
Trade unions in export-oriented production economies
Context of government support
15:30 Afternoon tea  
15:45 Minimum Wage Provisions and Job Guarantees
Extent of minimum and living wage in the developing world
Beyond subsistence pay: living wages and citizen wages
Strategies for government delivery of improved labour pay
Case study: Indian National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
16:45 End of Day Wrap Up and Questions  
17:00 Close  

Day Five :

09:30 Registration and Refreshments  
09:45 Chair's Introduction and Recap
10:15 Social Security and Productive Labour Forces
Unemployment benefits
Ensuring ex-employees stay part of national workforce
Creating an effective, productive labour force through government social programmes
Provision of training
11:15 Morning coffee
11:30 Models of Governance to Improve Labour Conditions
Incentivising good labour standards through tax and regulations
Firm level governance and relations with staff
Case studies of governance
12:30 Lunch  
13:30 Open Discussion of Key Labour Issues and Action Planning
Building a holistic strategic for labour management
Action planning at government, regional, and local level
Discussing experiences and sharing lessons
14:30 End of Course Wrap Up and Final Questions and Discussion
Certificate presentation
15:00 Close