Trade Unions, Democracy and Political Power in Europe

Trade Unions, Democracy and Political Power in Europe

Thursday, 30 May 2019 - 9:00am to 6:15pm
Maison Française d'Oxford, 2 – 10 Norham Road, Oxford OX2 6SE
Dr Barry Colfer (Deakin Fellow, European Studies Centre, St Antony’s, Oxford)
Visiting Fellows Series

The European Studies Centre Deakin Fellow Conference 2019 is entitled: Trade unions, democracy and political power in Europe

This workshop will consider the nature of trade unionism, industrial democracy and trade union power in the UK, France and Europe. Special interest will be shown for papers relating to trade unionism in France, President Emmanuel Macron’s ongoing and proposed labour reforms, and the rise of the ‘gilets jaunes’ (yellow vest) movement since November 2018.

Convenor: Dr Barry Colfer (Deakin Visiting Fellow, St Antony’s College, Oxford)


Participants include: Paul Nowak (Deputy Secretary General, British Trades Union Congress), Richard Hyman (London School of Economics and Political Science), and Esther Lynch (Confederal Scretary, European Trade Union Confederation), as well as several other contributors from Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy and the UK.

Please note: Registration (with tea and coffee) will be available from 08:30am. The conference will run from 9am until 6:15pm. A Roundtable discussion will follow from 6:30pm until 8pm, chaired by Dr Colfer, focussing on The future of the labour movement in Europe. 


Further information attached. Please note that this is subject to change.

Registration in advance is advised as places at the venue are limited. Please email: with your interest.

This conference is hosted in collaboration with Maison Française d'Oxford and the Europaeum.