Research seminar: 'Sex workers: The struggle to establish collective identity and interest'

Date Thursday 5 March 2020
Time 1pm
Where MSB.0.01, Level Zero, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton
Presenter Professor of Industrial Relations Gregor Gall (University of Leeds Business School)
Admission Cost Free

Professor of Industrial Relations Gregor Gall (Leeds University Business School, UK) will present a research seminar on Thursday, 5 March that discusses ‘Sex workers: The struggle to establish collective identity and interest’.

Typically, efforts by sex worker activists to unionise their fellow workers by joining or creating unions have exhibited the trajectory of waxing and waning. Thus, after displaying much initial energy and enthusiasm, critical mass has seldom been achieved.

The projects become subject to stasis and dissolution as the challenges of simultaneously campaigning, providing representation, and maintaining organisational integrity overwhelmed the union’s meagre resource base. To explain this pattern requires a deeper understanding of the economic, political and social forces that are external to these projects.

This seminar is hosted by the New Zealand Institute for Business Research and Waikato Management School. It may be of interest to students of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, or anyone who has an interest in employment rights, workers’ collectivism and trade unions.

Professor Gall has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, written 10 books, and edited another ten. Some of his recent books include: The Handbook on the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment (2019, Edward Elgar); Employment Relations in Financial Services: an exploration of the employee experience after the financial crash (2017, Palgrave), and  Sex worker unionisation: global developments, challenges and possibilities (2016, Palgrave).

No RSVP is required, everyone is welcome to come along on the day.