Master in Industrial and Employment Relations

Master in Industrial and Employment Relations

Master in Industrial and Employment Relations

5 October 2020–3 September 2021
The course is available in English

The Master in Industrial and Employment Relations aims at developing specialized multidisciplinary knowledge in the field of industrial and employment relations from a comparative viewpoint. It will provide participants with a deep theoretical and practical understanding of industrial and employment relations systems in the world, by looking into recent changes and trends in the major economic geographical areas.

Key features
Modern methods

Learn by doing, through case studies, workshops, and group exercises

Inspiring discussions

Exchange ideas with international students and faculty

High-level resources

Engage with experts from the ILO and the ITCILO, practitioners and university professors.

Introduction to the course

In a fast-changing environment in which governments and workers' and employers' organizations are having to continually adapt their strategies, a better understanding of contemporary challenges and and trends in industrial and employment relations around the world is becoming a compelling need. The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), in partnership with the University of Turin, Italy, is offering a Master in Industrial and Employment Relations (MIER). It includes a distance-learning phase and a residential phase at the ITCILO campus in Turin, followed by a second distance-learning phase for the preparation of the Master's thesis. The Master's programme combines the sound academic background of the University of Turin with the ITCILO's international training experience. The Master's programme aims to develop specialized multidisciplinary knowledge in the field of industrial and employment relations from a comparative viewpoint. It will provide participants with a deep theoretical and practical understanding of industrial and employment relations systems around the world by looking into recent changes and trends in the major economic regions. It will also feature a range of learning situations in which participants can enhance their analytical and problem-solving skills.

Who attends this course?

Representatives of government and of workers' and employers' organizations; practitioners in the field of industrial and employment relations from the public and private sectors; human resources and industrial relations managers and personnel of human resources departments dealing with industrial and employment relations; labour administration and labour inspection officials; labour court judges and labour lawyers; staff from the ILO and other international organizations; trainers, consultants, researchers and graduate students wishing to pursue a career in the field of industrial and employment relations.

What will I learn?

Industrial relations and employment relations; Governance of industrial relations; Industrial democracy; Industrial relations and the economy; Varieties of capitalism; Varieties of industrial relations in Europe; Industrial relations trends in Southern Africa; Industrial relations trends in Asia; ILO standard-setting system; Freedom of association and collective bargaining; Social dialogue: actors, types, issues, selected outcomes and good practices; National institutions of social dialogue; International legal framework for social dialogue; The role of the ILO in promoting social dialogue;  Social dialogue and employment policies; Social dialogue and wages; Social dialogue and gender equality; Social dialogue and social protection;  Social dialogue and TVET/Skills development; Labour administration; Labour administration and industrial relations;  Labour administration reforms and innovative practices; Main roles and functions of Trade Unions; Employers’ Organizations; Collective bargaining; Collective bargaining machinery; Administration and implementation of collective bargaining agreements; Collective bargaining and gender equality; Trends in collective bargaining; Collective bargaining in the Public Service; International legal framework for gender equality; Negotiation theory and practice; Labour dispute resolution; Grievance handling; International legal framework for dispute resolution in the Public Service; Conciliation/mediation of labour disputes; The employment relationship; Non-standard forms of employment; Employment protection legislation; Labour inspection; Occupational safety and health; Private workplace compliance initiatives; Transition from informal to formal economy; Forced labour; Child labour; Non discrimination in employment; Employment policies; Labour market analysis; Labour market institutions; Minimum wage and productivity; Public employment services; Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning MNES and Social Policy; Conducive environment for enterprise development; Global Union Federations; International framework agreements; Corporate social responsibility; Global supply chains; International trade agreements and labour clauses; Labour law and employability; Labour law reforms in selected European countries; ILO policies and tools for the promotion of social rights; Fair and effective governance of labour migration;  Negotiation of a bilateral labour agreement; Social and solidarity economy; Green economy; Domestic work; Diversity in the workplace; Violence and harassment in the world of work; Public sector reform; Public service statutes; National/enterprise-level strategies to promote workplace cooperation; Economic aspects of wage negotiation; Key principles of economics for industrial relations; Management of a corporate crisis; Negotiated arrangements to increase productivity; Market environments and their effects on industrial relations; Inequality: its causes and effects; The role of money: its effects on firms and workers; Strategic human resources management; Recruitment and selection; Reward practices; Employee involvement and participation; Industrial relations and human resources policies in selected enterprises; Work and well-being; Soft skills.

 

What will I be able to do?

The programme offers a range of learning situations in which participants can enhance their analytical and problem-solving skills

 

  • How to apply multi-disciplinary knowledge to industrial relations-related decision making;
  • How to represent employers or workers in industrial relations, including negotiation of collective agreements
  • Best approaches to assist employers or workers in conciliation/mediation procedures
  • Tools and methodologies for effective labour-management relations 
  • Advise government, employers’ and workers’ organizations on industrial and employment relations issues.
Why should I enroll?

This Master’s programme is an international programme drawing upon the centenary experience of the ILO.

Provides a balance between theory and practice to stimulate interaction between resource persons and participants.

  • Professors, practitioners and other resource persons will use lectures, case-studies, case law judgments, excerpts of collective agreements and legislation, discussions, group-work and practical exercises
  • Study visits to selected enterprises and institutions to expose participants to different practices of industrial and employment relations and human resources management
  • A two-day study visit to the ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

 

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University of Turin

The University of Turin is one of the most ancient and prestigious Italian Universities. Hosting over 74.000 students and with 120 buildings in different areas in Turin and in key places in Piedmont, the University of Turin can be considered as “city-within-a-city”, promoting culture and producing research, innovation, training and employment.

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