Talk examines if ILO’s Better Work Program makes a difference

Professor Kelly Pike of the Work and Labour Studies Program at York will discuss whether or not the Better Work Program by the International Labour Organization (ILO) actually makes a difference for garment workers, as part of the Global Labour Research Centre Speaker Series.

Global Labour Research Centre event posterThe talk, “Does the ILO’s Better Work lead to better work? Perspectives from garment factory workers in Lesotho,” will be held Thursday, Feb. 12, from noon to 2pm, at S701 Ross Building, Keele campus. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Pike specializes in the role of worker voice and participation in the regulation of international labour standards, with a particular focus on the global garment industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and a book review, as well as reports and discussion papers for the ILO.

Before her appointment at York, Pike worked as a short-term consultant for the World Bank, reporting on working conditions in the garment industry in Lesotho and Kenya. During this time, she also taught courses in negotiations and labour relations at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto.

For more information, visit the Global Labour Research Centre website.

The Global Labour Speaker Series at York University is a collaboration of the Global Labour Research Centre, the Work and Labour Studies Program, the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and the Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender and Work.

The event is co-sponsored by York University’s departments of social science, sociology, geography and political science, the Office of the Dean, LA&PS, and the Office of the Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School.