On March 8th and 9th, an international seminar on new forms of labor relations, called “Momentum for worker representation at the enterprise level”, was co-organized by Sun Yat-sen University –UC Berkeley International Center for Joint Labor Research and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Shanghai Office at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. This seminar was attended by over 50 academics and practitioners from the field of union and labor relations from China, Germany and the United States.
As staff members of CUNY Murphy Institute, Dr. Diane Frey was invited to respond to one of the panel discussions on Worker Representation in Developed Countries, and May Chen to host the panel on Future of Worker Representation in Developed Countries. Dr. Diane Frey is the Project Director of Advancing the Field of Labor Relations: A China-US Exchange Project at Murphy Institute and May Chen is the project’s Labor Extension Coordinator.
The conversations at the seminar covered many current themes such as union’s direct election in Guangdong, worker representation in developed countries, and the road ahead for union movements in China and foreign countries. Professor He Gaochao, SYSU International Center for Joint Labor Research Co-director, hosted the two-day seminar, and the former Chairman and vice Chairman of Guangdong ACFTU, Chen Weiguang and Kong Xianghong, gave the opening remarks.