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Johanna Weststar presents â€˜The aspirations and realities of labour in pension fund governance’
About the event
Over the past two decades labour has been highly successful in Anglo-Saxon countries at gaining seats at the pension board table. Though specific policies vary by country, by region, by sector, by plan and by union, labour representatives have come to the board through legislation, appointment and/or election. For many labour and pension activists this labour voice represents an opportunity for greater board transparency and more holistic considerations of pension investment and influence along the triple bottom line or stakeholder models.
Drawing from interview and survey data with pension trustees over the past decade, this presentation will consider whether the presence of labour trustees has made any concrete differences to pension board governance or investment decisions. Specifically this presentation will challenge assumptions made regarding the ‘union world view’ of labour trustees and highlight how the social and structural dynamics of pension board decision-making act to entrench traditional investment viewpoints.
About the presenter
Johanna Weststar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Organizational Studies at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Her current research interests are related to labour representation on pension boards of trustees and also human resources and labour studies in the video game industry. Recent publications and working papers can be found in Organization, Canadian Journal of Communications, Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management Journal and Journal of Labor Research.
This seminar is organised by the Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work.
It is a part of the Sustainability Seminar Series that explores critical debates and issues from a diverse range of disciplines in order to deepen our understanding of people in the context of significant social, economic and organisational change. The series is connected by Centres’ key research themes: Work, Sustainability and Organisations, and Globalisation.