”Dessa små grabbar som slåss om vem som har störst…”

Nordeas VD Clausen. M fl, m fl, m fl. Bonusar, lägenheter…. Allra värst i vården, gamla utan vård, utan mat, utan torra blöjor – direktörer med miljonbonusar, riskkapitalbolag med 33% avkastning till skatteparadis. Med våra skattepengar.

Detta handlar i grunden inte bara om en viss direktör i en viss bank. Inte om bara om direktörer i Carema.

I grunden hadlar det om växande klyftor och ojämlikhet. Punkt. Exemplen finns i tusentals på ohemula bonusar till små direktörer, till ingen nytta för kunder/brukare, samhälle och anställda. Dessa små grabbar och tjejer som, med kompisars stöd slåss om vem som har störst.. jag vet inte vad… bil, villa, vingård i Frankrike… och påstår att lön och bonus har med deras värde på en fri marknad att göra – de ljuger.<

Och jag tror de vet det. Att de är ett kompisgäng som belönar varann. Att deras arbetsinsats inte beror på ytterligare miljoner. Det säger de klarsynta och ärliga bland dem. Andra är förblindade av sitt självförhärligande. Och/eller av sitt förakt för oss andra, som är så dumma att vi inte skaffar oss samma förmåner. Basta. Amen.

Dags vi miljoner formerar oss mot deras miljoner!

ILPC News: Call for Papers – Stockholm 27-29 March 2012. Submission deadline Oct. 31st, 2011

As announced the 2012 International Labour Process will take place at the University of Stockholm. The deadline for submissions of proposals for abstracts and symposia is 31st October 2011.

The second call for papers can be downloaded and gives details of the conference.  You may also download a conference poster that can be used for advertising the conference. Proposals for abstracts and symposia shall be submitted through the conference website www.ilpc.org.uk

The website now contains full details of the special streams that will supplement the general conference. These consist of:

-S1: Lean in ideology and practice: from labour process and societal effects perspectives

-S2: Putting labour in its place: The Global Commodity Chain, the Global Value Chain, the Global Production Network and Labour Process Analysis

-S3: Work or nature? The Effects of Climate Change on the Labour Process and the Responses of the Labour Movement in the Global South and the Global North

-S4: Global capitalism, national institutions and the comparative political economy of work and employment relations

We also hope to get in touch with (potential participants), so please visit and comment our ilpc2012 conference blog where you may find background information and now e.g. a clarificationabout papers, symposia and panels.

For those of you on facebook our event there (so far known only to some facebook friends). Members of the ISA International Sociological Association and its RC10, Research Committee on Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-management, may want to use the RC10 wiki as a forum.

We look forward to seeing you in Stockholm!

Fredrik Movitz, Åke Sandberg, Lotta Stern, all at Stockholm University, Department of Sociology



WORK MATTERS – Labour Process Conference in Stockholm March 27-29, 2012

ILPC2012 in the Aula Magna conference center at the Frescati Campus

The 30th International Labour Process Conference: Work Matters to take place at Stockholm University, 27th – 29th March 2012

The International Labour Process Conference (ILPC) is one of the longest established and best known forums for analysis of all aspects of work and employment, now celebrating its 30th anniversary. The 30th  conference will be organized by the Sociology Department at Stockholm university.

During its history, the conference has earned its reputation as a cornerstone of empirical research and cutting edge theoretical debate within the labour process and work organization tradition. Every year, the conference brings together academics and policy makers from the sociology of work and employment, business and management studies, industrial relations, human resource management, organizational analysis and a range of other disciplines to discuss developments in the field, present their research and initiate new collaborations. The primary focus of the ILPC conference is work and its organization in the context of the broader political economy.

We welcome not only researchers but also professionals and practitioners from working life, companies, and labour market organizations.

Call for papers and for arranging a symposium is now open. Submission deadline is 31st October 2011. A symposium is generally one session of 1,5 hours, and the slot may be used in various ways, with various formats like panels or debates etc. with different perspectives represented

Most abstracts will be submitted to the general conference. But besides that, special streams may be proposed and organized by conference participants. Special streams will relate to the ilpc tradition but at the same time bring in new perspectives and audiences. Streams will involve several sessions during the course of the conference. We have received several proposals for special streams, and those selected will be announced shortly, in a second and revised call for papers.

If you want to discuss ideas of a symposium you are most  welcome to contact me or my colleagues.  Have a look at the perspectives and background to the ilpc conferences, so that your proposal links up to those perspectives but at the same time is not limited by them.

As said , symposia may be proposed until October 31. After that date proposals will be further developed in dialogue with the organizers, so there is no need for a fully fledged proposal.

See also the conference event on facebook.

My two conference co-organizers are Fredrik Movitz (fredrik.movitz@sociology.su.se) and Lotta Stern (lotta.stern@sociology.su.se), all of us at the Sociology Department of Stockholm University.

We hope to hear from you, and to see you in Stockholm the week before easter next year.

At the Frescati Campus, Updated Sept. 19, 2011  / Åke S.


Aula Magna in winter. Aula Magna was created by British-Swedish architect Ralph Erskine. Photo: Orasis