The Autumn edition of the AIAS newsletter is now available

In this issue amongst others

  • AIAS conference on Inequality in the Netherlands and Europe
  • Book: The long and winding road to an asbestos free workplace
  • WageIndicator support for bargaining in the social services sector (WICARE)

Focus on industrial relations


In hindsight the city of Amsterdam hosted this summer some major events dedicated to industrial relations and labour studies.
The International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA), established in 1966 with the purpose to promote the study of labour and employment relations in the relevant academic disciplines and hosted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) of the United Nations (UN), held its 10th European Regional Congress from 20 to 22 June 2013. The conference ‘Imagining new employment relations and new solidarities’, organised by a consortium of universities, in collaboration with the Dutch Association for Industrial Relations NVA, brought a large group of academics to Amsterdam including top speakers on issues like employment relations, labour market developments and labour law. For the researchers at AIAS, acting as a co-host, this was an excellent opportunity to discuss the past, present and future of employment and labour relations with scholars, students and practitioners from across Europe and beyond. Videos of the keynote speakers have been made available on the conference website:
A week after (June 25-27, 2013) the Council for European Studies (CES) hosted the 20th International Conference of Europeanists in the same premises of the University of Amsterdam. CES dedicated its conference ‘Crisis and Contingency: States of (In)stability’ to the economic crisis and the consequences for Europe, discussed in a broad program with panels, roundtables, book discussions and individual papers, combining disciplines, nationalities and generations. And again several AIAS-researchers gave act de presence. Presentations can be found at
If that was not enough, AIAS hosted directly after the summer break (September 4-6, 2013) the 5th Asian-European-Labour Forum (AELF). A few years ago the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) initiated the AELF to bring together labour research institutes, training institutes and think tanks closely linked to trade unions, as to exchange views on labour policy issues. During this 5th forum, ‘Reducing Social Inequalities through Comprehensive Social Security Systems’, the thesis was defended that the financial and economic crisis has opened a window of opportunity for reviving the international discourse on social security. In times of economic downturn, it has proven well to be a social, political and economic stabiliser by cushioning the negative impacts on individuals and the whole society as well as by supporting aggregate demand and facilitating recovery.
The packed agenda demonstrates that AIAS acts in the forefront of societal relevant academic research. This Newsletter contains an overview of the activities of our team, composed of researchers, guests and students. It is an open invitation to contact our staff, in case you are interested in the outcome of our work.

Jan Cremers
Editor AIAS newsletter & senior researcher

Autumn ’13

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