Professorial public lectures restart with focus on Indonesian workers

14 January 2014

Professorial public lectures restart with focus on Indonesian workers

Professor de-Ruyter is Head of the Department of Law, Economics, Accountancy and Risk

GCU’s professorial lecture series restarts for 2014 with Professor Alex de-Ruyter’s presentation on the working conditions of urban vendors and garment workers in Indonesia.

Professor de-Ruyter’s lecture, ‘Working conditions of urban vendors and garment workers in Indonesia: lessons for labour market and social policy’, will show how the 2008 economic downturn has impacted on vulnerable and informal employment for workers in the South East Asian country, leading to difficulties in maintaining and enforcing labour standards.

Professor de-Ruyter, who joined GCU in 2012, is Head of the Department of Law, Economics, Accountancy and Risk and is also Associate Dean for Research at the Glasgow School for Business and Society.

He said: “The lecture will explore the labour market experiences of urban vendors and garment workers - key groups of informal sector workers in Indonesia.

“The incidence of informal employment is now estimated to be over 40 per cent for two-thirds of developing countries for which such data is available. This has renewed the debate over the impact of labour standards in facilitating a shift to “decent work” and in turn the problems involved in enforcing labour standards in developing countries – particularly for women.

“Indonesia represents a particularly illustrative example, having completed a shift to a flexible, market-based system. This has posed considerable challenges to efforts to develop sustainable institutions for labour law enforcement, despite the country’s solid economic performance.”

GCU’s Professorial lecture series aims to showcase the research of the University’s recently appointed or promoted Professors for a non-specialist audience.

The lecture will be held in GCU’s Deeprose Theatre on Wednesday, January 22 from 5.30 to 7pm. 

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