Date of release: Friday, February 19, 2016

China, Russia and the unions: Public seminar at GreenwichThe role of industrial relations in the emerging economies of China, Russia and South Africa forms the subject of a public seminar at the University of Greenwich on Wednesday 9 March.

Three expert speakers will be sharing their views, in an event organised by the university's Work and Employment Research Unit, part of its renowned Business School.

Professor Sian Moore, the unit's director, says: "Our experts will provide a unique international perspective on the relationships between workers, employers and trade unions, and particularly the role that the state plays in these relationships."

The right to strike in China is among the topics to be discussed by William Brown, Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations at Cambridge University. He will also be speaking on the current state of employer organisation in China, trades unions and worker participation.

The growth of trade unionism in Russia, as well as in Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Kazakhstan, is the theme of the talk by Richard Croucher, Professor of Comparative Employment Relations and Director of Research at Middlesex University's Business School. Workers occupy a weak position in relation to employers and the state, he will explain, adding that unions are often dealt with "by a combination of paternalistic action and raw repression by states".

The Marikana massacre' of 2012, when police opened fire on striking miners in South Africa, will be revisited by Margaret Renn, a journalist who has worked for the BBC and for national titles including the Daily Mirror. A Visiting Fellow in Investigative Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, she is speaking on South Africa's trade unions in a time of crisis.

The event takes place at Hamilton House, University of Greenwich, 15 Park Vista, London SE10 9LZ, between 1pm and 5pm, and all are welcome to attend. For further information please contact Professor Geoffrey K.White at

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