1970 to 2010: Industrial Relations in a Time of Change

1970 to 2010: Industrial Relations in a Time of Change

Rutherford House
Pipitea Campus, VUW
Bunny St
Wellington

Monday, 29 November 2010

2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) at Victoria University of Wellington and provides an opportune time to review the work of the Centre and look at the industrial relations environment in New Zealand.

This seminar will not only look back on the changes in the industrial relations environment over the last four decades, but also focus on the current research environment and challenges it presents for the work of the IRC in the next decade.

Throughout its 40 years, the IRC has made a considerable contribution to discussion and debate of the implications of changes to the industrial relations environment for employers, employees, un­ ions and government policymakers. The IRC has also made its mark through the Diploma and Cer­ tificate courses offered in the 1980s and 1990s. Many human resource managers and trade union officials across New Zealand took the opportunity to further their education through these courses and they in turn have gone on to further influence the development of industrial relations in New Zealand.

We are pleased to have Professor Bruce Kaufman from Georgia State University as our keynote speaker for the seminar. The contributors to seminar sessions include union, employer and state sector practitioners, as well as academics who have been involved with the IRC during its 40 years.