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ICA-AP, in association with Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society Ltd, International Labour Organization, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM-K), and others, is organizing an International Conference on Co-operatives in the Changing World of Work, from April 29 – May 1, 2018, at the IIM-K campus. The conference is co-funded by the ICA-EU Partnership on Co-operatives in Development: People Centered Businesses in Action and supported by the ICA Domus Trust. The motivation behind this Conference is that the worker co-operative model has (re)emerged as an organizational model responding to the changes within the world of work. As against the conventional model of an employee earning wages by his/her labour; the workers play an active role in owning, managing, planning and executing  the work. However, the combined role of being a worker as well as the owner is not without its challenges. The evolving industrial climate with an increasing role of information and communication technology, automation, platform-based enterprises, growth of service enterprises etc. have created a major shift in the eco system of economies around the world. 

 

Please click here to read the Common Minimum Understanding arrived by all the stakeholders at CCWW2018.

 

April 29, 2018

 

Opening Ceremony

 

Welcome Address

Dr. Kulbhushan Balooni, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, India

 

Building Alternatives: Co-operatives in the Changing World of Work

Dr. Thomas Isaac, Minister of Finance, Government of Kerala, India

 

Co-operatives Promote Decent Work and Economic Growth

Dr. Simel Esim, ILO Co-operatives Unit, Switzerland

 

Commerce, Resilience & Development: Co-operatives in the Agenda 2030

Mr. Balu Iyer, International Co-operative Alliance (Asia & Pacific)

 

The UL Legacy: 93 Years and Counting

Mr. Rameshan Paleri, Uralungal Labour Contractor’s Co-operative Society Ltd., India

 

Panel on Co-operatives in the Changing World of Work

 

Moderator

Mr. Balu Iyer, International Co-operative Alliance (Asia & Pacific)

 

With

Dr. Thomas Isaac, Minister of Finance, Government of Kerala, India

Dr. Simel Esim, ILO Co-operatives Unit, Switzerland

Mr. T.P. Sethumadhavan, Uralungal Labour Contractor’s Co-operative Society Ltd., India

 

Seminar: Track 1

The common understanding of Worker Co-ops

 

Key Address & Facilitation

Mr. Hyungsik Eum, CICOPA, Belgium

 

With

Ms. Soumya Rajan & Dr. Bino Paul, TISS, India

Mr. Osamu Nakano, Japanese Worker Cooperative Union, Japan

Mr. Adhikari VV Subba Rao, TISS, India

 

Seminar: Track 2

Co-operatives & Work-in-Transition

 

Key Address & Facilitation

Prof. Anthony Jensen, Newcastle University, Australia

 

With

Dr. E. Kareem, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, India

Mr. Chandan Kumar, Rashtrya Hamal Panchayat, India

Dr. Indulekha, Institute of Management & Technology, India

Mr. Vergel Hilaio, Union of Labor Service Contracting Co-ops, Philippines

 

Seminar: Track 3

Inside-View: Industrial & Artisanal Co-operatives

 

Key Address & Facilitation

Mr Siddharth Maiti, Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation, India

 

With

Dr. Asha Nadig & Dr. Subramaniam, SIBM, India

Dr. Raveesh Agarwal & Dr. Saket Agarwal, RIMT, India

Dr. C. Pitchai, Gandhigram Rural Institute, India

Prof. V.N. Babu, Institute of Co-operative Management, India

 

Monday, 30th Apr 2018

 

Blueprint to Maximize Employment Generation

Mr. Rangan Dutta IAS (Retd.), India

 

Global Commission on the Future of Work

Ms. Reema Nanavaty, Self Employed Women’s Association, India (Video Message)

 

Panel on Co-operatives in Development: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

 

Moderator

Mr. Rangan Dutta IAS (Retd.), India

 

With

Mr. Siddharth Maiti, Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation, India

Dr. Saji Gopinath, Kerala Start-up Mission, India

Dr. Mridul Eapen, Centre for Development Studies, India

Lt. Cdr S. Arun (Retd), UL Cyber Park, India

 

Seminar: Track 4

Co-operatives in Sunrise Economy

 

Key Address & Facilitation

Mr. Steven Deobald, nilenso, India 

 

With

Mr. G.V. P. Rajan, ThinktoSustain.com, India

Mr. T. Haridasan, Kerala Co-operative Hospital Federation, India

Dr. G. Veerakumaran, Kerala Agricultural University, India

Mr. G.V. Krishnagopal Access Livelihood Consulting, India

 

Seminar: Track 5

Can Worker Co-ops Help Industry Turnaround?

 

Key Address & Facilitation

Ms. Bharti Birla, International Labour Organization, India

 

With 

Dr. XLX Wilson, Ramakrishna Mission, India

Mr. Satheesan K, National Co-operative Development Corporation, India

Dr. Thomas Paul Kattookaran, St. Thomas’ College, India

Dr. G. Thangamani, IIM Kozhikode, India

 

Seminar: Track 6

Formalizing the informal economy through cooperatives

 

Key Address & Facilitation

Dr. Simel Esim, ILO Co-operatives Unit, Geneva

 

 

With

Ms. Namya Mahajan, SEWA Co-operative Federation, India

Ms. Bharti Birla, International Labour Organisation, India

Mr. Hyungsik Eum, CICOPA, Belgium

Ms. Sonia George, SEWA Kerala, India

 

Tuesday, 1st May 2018

 

Contributions to Global Commission on the Future of Work

Mr. Santosh Kumar, International Co-operative Alliance (Asia & Pacific)

 

Panel on New Generation Cooperatives: Co-operative Identity & Legal Environment

 

Key Address

Dr. R. Trebor Scholz, The New School, United States (Video Message)

 

Facilitation

Dr. Yashvantha Dongre, University of Mysore, India

 

With

Mr. Steven Deobald, nilenso, India

Dr. Saji Gopinath, Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, India

Mr. Richard Bartlett, Loomio Co-operative, New Zealand (Video Message)

Mr. Rylan Perry, CoLab Coop, United States (Video Message)

 

Panel on Partnerships for the Goals: Co-operatives in the Changing World of Work

 

Moderators

Dr. Simel Esim, ILO Co-operatives Unit, Switzerland

 

With

Mr. Anand Kulkarni, KPMG Co-operative, India

Prof. Anthony Jensen, Newcastle University, Australia

Mr. Hyungsik Eum, CICOPA, Belgium

Mr. Osamu Nakano, Japanese Worker Co-operative Union, Japan

Mr. Santosh Kumar, International Co-operative Alliance (Asia & Pacific)

Mr. Vergel Hilario, Union of Labor Service Contracting Co-operatives, The Philippines

 

Valedictory

 

Facilitation

Prof. T. N. Krishnan, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, India

 

Chief Guest

Shri. T. P. Ramakrishnan, Minister for Labour and Excise, Government of Kerala, India

 

Key-note Speaker

Dr. V. K. Ramachandran, Vice-Chairman, Kerala State Planning Board, India

 

Book Release by Chief Guest: ULCCS “The saga continues” (Author S.K. Sharma)

Mr. Rameshan Paleri, Uralungal Labour Contractor’s Co-operative Society Ltd., India

 

Conference Summary and Declaration

Mr. Balu Iyer, International Co-operative Alliance (Asia & Pacific)

 

Brief Report on Coopathon & Prize Distribution

Dr. Saji Gopinath, Kerala Startup Mission, India

 

Vote of Thanks

Mr. Shaju S, Uralungal Labour Contractor’s Co-operative Society Ltd., India

 

National Anthem

 

Event start date:
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Event end date:
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Venue: IIM, Kozhikode (Kerala,...