2. Work-Life Balance, Fairness and Social Justice during Recession and austerity.
Venue: Room 6.207, University Place, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL Download map
Hosts: Professor Colette Fagan and Dr Helen Norman, University of Manchester
The seminar series brings together researchers and practitioners to seek solutions to a ‘triple agenda’: how to enhance employees’ WLB, organisational effectiveness and social justice. It identifies changes in work arrangements and WLB policies and asks:
- Whether WLB is becoming more difficult for everyone, or is the impact uneven?
- Are economic pressures reducing employers’ willingness to implement WLB initiatives, or making it more difficult to do so?
- Which national and organizational WLB policies and services are resilient, which are adapting and which are being cut back?
- How do these developments impact on different groups of workers?
In this second seminar we consider these questions through a focus on occupational and contractual inequalities in working schedules and WLB, and the gender inequalities which are woven throughout. The seminar opens with an analysis of the situation in UK and France, and then locates the discussion in the wider European policy perspective. The afternoon session continues the discussion of the equality, diversity and social justice issues involved, with a break out session to consider practical implications and possible solutions. The seminar aim is to contribute to evidence-based debates about WLB policies and practices.
10 am Coffee and registration
Professor Colette Fagan, University of Manchester
10.40 Recession, work-time and Work Life Balance: class inequalities in the UK:
11.10 Recent reforms in work/life balance policies in France: the ambivalent impact on parents in precarious work arrangements:
11.40 Discussant - a European perspective:
11.55 Open discussion
13.00 Long hours of work as a strategy for care dodging:
13.30 Austerity measures and access to justice following pregnancy-related discrimination:
2.00 'Working Families Organisation - our work and research with employers', followed by open discussion:
2.30 Coffee and break-out session
3.20 Summing up and introduction to the forthcoming seminars
4pm Seminar closes
Files available for downloading
- 1 slides Tracey Warren.pdf- (1.0 MB)17-04-2014
- 2 slides Jeanne Fagnani.pdf- (250 KB)17-04-2014
- 3 slides Mustafa Ozbilgin.pdf- (220 KB)17-04-2014
- 4 slides Grace James.pdf- (171 KB)17-04-2014
- 5 slides Greet Vermeylen.pdf- (278 KB)23-04-2014
- 6 slides Jonathan Swan.pdf- (321 KB)23-04-2014
- campus-map-manchester copy.pdf- (592 KB)11-02-2014
- Dr Jeanne Fagnani.pdf- (195 KB)03-04-2014
- Greet Vermeylen.pdf- (52 KB)03-04-2014
- Jonathan Swan.pdf- (234 KB)04-04-2014
- Professor Grace James.pdf- (789 KB)27-03-2014
- Professor Mustafa Ozbilgin.pdf- (113 KB)04-04-2014
- Professor Tracey Warren.pdf- (91 KB)27-03-2014
- Summary seminar 2.pdf- (261 KB)05-08-2014