The world of work is changing. The election of Donald Trump in the United States and the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom herald a major shift in economic thinking, and will bring unknown alterations in global labour markets, wages and working conditions. 

These and other issues related to the world of work will be discussed at a leading international conference this week in Canberra. The 31st conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics in Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ) will be held at the QT Canberra Hotel from 8-10 February 2017. 

Members of the media are invited to attend the conference and its sessions. 

Academics and public policy experts from around the world will be on hand to discuss a range of issues, including the political environment in the United States and its effect on global wage growth and union engagement; the effect of Brexit on working conditions and labour standards; and the future of gender equality in the workforce. 

Keynote speakers include  Professor John Budd, director of the Centre for Human Resources and Labour Studies at the University of Minnesota, Jill Rubery, Professor of Comparative Employment Systems at Manchester Business School, and Gill Kirton, Professor of Employment Relations at the Queen Mary University of London.

Other new research of interest includes:

Wednesday, 8 February

•      Precarious work in the gig economy: The experience of rideshare drivers 

Lead presenter: Associate Professor Sarah Kaine, University of Technology Sydney

•      The experience of women migrants and refugees working in residential aged care

Lead presenter: Professor Eileen Willis, Flinders University

Thursday, 9 February

•      Achieving gender equality in the Australian Public Service 

Lead presenter: Dr Sue Williamson, UNSW Canberra

•      Employment issues in fashion modelling 

Lead presenter:  Mr Michael Walker, University of Technology Sydney

•      Workplace bullying in Australian and New Zealand health care sectors

Lead presenter: Professor. Stephen Teo, Edith Cowan University 

Friday, 10 February

•      Social media, the workplace, and employee rights 

Lead presenter: Associate Professor Peter Holland, Monash University  

•      ‘Climate bargaining’: The role of climate change in collective bargaining

Lead presenter: Dr Caleb Goods, University of Western Australia  

A complete conference program is available here

For all media inquiries, and to arrange interviews with keynote speakers and presenters, please contact Dr Meraiah Foley 0434 021 797 or Dr Sue Williamson 0419 498 575.