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Most of us are affected by the recent political events concerning Brexit, come to find out a scientists view on it.Please note that this event takes place on the ground floor and is accessible for those with impaired mobility.
Solidarity, Equality and Migration: The Journey to and from Brexit
In the politically charged context of the 2016 Brexit vote, this talk considers issues of labour solidarity. While it would be possible to provide equality of treatment between local British and migrant labour, instead we have witnessed the imposition of legal frameworks that place workers in a position of competition. An important question is what comes afterwards. The problems identified seem unlikely to evaporate in the event of Brexit. A free trade agreement with the EU will need to address the laws that govern any workers temporarily posted from between trading partners.
‘Made in China’ vs. ‘Made in the EU’. What’s the difference?
In this talk I will discuss the case of electronics giant Foxconn. Foxconn is best known for being the main assembler of Apple products and for harsh working conditions at its Chinese factories. It is from there that we hear of militarised disciplinary regimes, excessive and unpaid overtime, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions and forced student labour. Based in the findings from my fieldwork in Eastern Europe, where Foxconn located its factories, I will be speaking to the question ‘Just how different is the situation at Foxconn's European assembly plants?’