Symposium on the Centenary of the International Labour Organisation: Democracy, Labour and Trade Unions (July 2019)

This Symposium was held on Thursday 18 July and Friday 19 July 2019 at Melbourne Law School





About the event

This symposium was held under the auspices of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, Melbourne Law School and organised in partnership with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). Held to coincide with the Centenary of the International Labour Organisation, the symposium tackled themes central to the future of the labour movement, particularly those relating to democracy, labour law and the role of trade unions. It featured leading figures from the Australian trade union movement including the ACTU’s President, Michele O’Neil, and its Assistant Secretary, Scott Connolly. Symposium program is available here.

The evening panel of the symposium comprised Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation; Professor Keith Ewing, King’s College London; and Greg Vines, Deputy Director-General, International Labour Organisation. It was chaired by Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission, Richard Clancy with closing remarks provided by Justice Mordy Bromberg of the Federal Court of Australia. Evening panel flyer is available here.

ILO evening

The symposium has also produced a collection of symposium papers co-edited by Caroline Kelly, Julian Sempill.