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ABP Book Club – Decent Work, Opportunities and Challenges
January 21 at 3:00 pmFree
Speaker: Marilena Antoniadou, Mark Crowder, Manchester Metropolitan University.
This book was written following the inauguration of the new research centre at Manchester Metropolitan University, and the title arose during a conversation about the focus of the new centre. The topic is controversial: can there be any such thing as “Decent Work?”
There is still little consensus as to what “Decent Work” should be but the purpose of the book is to offer some answers while exploring different perspectives. It also introduces readers to the work of the Decent Work and Productivity Research Centre of Manchester Metropolitan University.
The department felt that there was room for an additional voice: in the noise of the political debate about “Good Work” and “Good Jobs”, we often ignore that the labour market was undergoing radical transformations, the global economy is in a four-decade long synchronised slowdown alongside huge population increases and, crucially, the number of ‘good jobs’ (jobs that give a measure of security of income to allow workers to plan for the future) being sufficient for only one third of the adult population around the world (Gallup, 2019). This is before we address the pandemic, and its effect on health and employment, and evidence that some employers are misusing the relentlessly increasing balance of power they are enjoying.
Join us for a Friday session in which current thinking in this area is presented and challenged through the lens of a variety of experienced professionals and leading academics. A unique aspect of the book is the integration of empirical real-life cases, offering readers a greater understanding of “Decent Work” issues and opportunities and how this can affect the performance of an organisation.