IREC Conference "Transnational Labour Markets and Industrial Relations" at Bielefeld University / ZiF, 2nd – 4th September 2019, organized by Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick (London), Richard Hyman (London) and Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld).
Today’s globalized capitalism is not only characterized by mobile capital, global value chains, and a global financial system, but more and more also by cross-border labour mobility and emergent transnational labour markets. Transnational labour markets can be observed for labour at all different skill levels: from academics and medical doctors, care and construction workers, to domestic workers. They are also not confined to legal employment based on employment contracts, but can also be observed for all kinds of bonded and trafficked labour. The 2019 IREC Conference will discuss the emergence of transnational labour markets as a multi-layered phenomenon. Special emphasis will be put on the questions about whether and to what extent the institutions governing the employer-employee relationship have become transnational in response to capital and labour mobility, how transnational employment relations are embedded at multiple-levels of governance, extending from the national to the world regional, international and global level. These questions will be discussed by 22 international scholars within 7 different panels.