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Patrick Bond debates Blade Nzimande on 21st Century Socialism, Chris Hani Institute, Johannesburg, 25 June


Futures Commission on
Alternatives to Neoliberalism

Cosatu House, Johannesburg
24 and 25 June 2013



08h30 – 09h30 OPENING SESSION
Welcome: Zingiswa Losi, Cosatu
  • Left Think Tanks in an Age of Crises: Edward Webster, CHI

  • Sigtur and the Futures Commission: Rob Lambert, Sigtur

  • Chair: Bongani Masuku, Cosatu

    09h30 – 11h00 SESSION 1 The Crisis of Work Insecurity: What Alternatives are we fighting for?
  • Peter Birke, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Germany

  • Nicolas Pons-Vignon, Wits University, Johannesburg

  • Discussant: Diego Azzi, CUT, Brazil
    Chair: Bongani Masuku, Cosatu

    11h00 – 11h30: TEA

    11h30 - 13h00: SESSION 2 Organised labour and the Global Political Economy: What would a labour friendly new world order look like?
  • Robert O’Brien, McMaster University, Canada

  • Tony Ehrenreich, Cosatu

  • Discussant: Mikyun Ryu, KCTU, Korea
    Chair: tbc

    13h00 – 14h00: LUNCH

    14h00 – 15h30: SESSION 3 Global Corporations, Trade & Investment: Free Trade to Fair Trade?
  • Andreas Bieler, Nottingham University, England

  • Horacio Fernandez, CTA, Argentina

  • Discussant: Chandran Pillai Kesava Pillai, CITU, India
    Chair: Karl von Holdt, SWOP Institute, Johannesburg

    15h30 – 17h00 SESSION 4 The Global Financial Crisis without end: Reconstructing the Financial System.
  • Vishnu Padayachee, University of Kwazulu Natal, Durban

  • Seeraj Mohamed, Wits University, Johannesburg

  • Discussant: Joel Odigie, ITUC, Nigeria
    Chair: tbc

    17h00 - 18h30 SESSION 5 Climate Change & the Failure of Green Capitalism: Towards an alternative relationship with Nature
  • Jacklyn Cock, Wits University, Johannesburg

  • Discussant: Fundisile Nzimande, Ditsela, Johannesburg
    Chair: tbc

    19h30: Dinner hosted by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Parktonian Hotel, Braamfontein

    TUESDAY JUNE 25TH 2013

    09h00 – 10h00 The Crises we face, Zwelinzima Vavi, Cosatu, Johannesburg

    10h00 - 11h30 SESSION 6 Trade Unions and Collective Bargaining: Defending wages and conditions – defending society?
  • Neil Coleman, Cosatu, Cape Town

  • Adhemer Mineiro, CUT, Brazil

  • Discussant: Mikyun Ryu, KCTU, Korea
    Chair: tbc

    11h00 - 11h30 TEA BREAK

    11h30 - 13h00 SESSION 7 Towards a new kind of Movement and Alternatives to Neoliberalism
  • Rob Lambert, Sigtur, Australia
  • Karl Cloete, Numsa, Johannesburg

  • Discussant: Luis Campos, CTA, Argentina
    Chair: tbc

    13h00 – 14h00 LUNCH

    14h00 – 15h30 SESSION 8 Towards a 21st Century Socialism?
  • Blade Nzimande, South African Communist Party (SACP)

  • Patrick Bond, University of Kwazulu Natal, Durban

  • Voltar Pomar, Sao Paolo Forum, Brazil

  • Chair: Edward Webster

    15h30 – 16h00 TEA BREAK

    16h00 – 18h00 SESSION 9 Way forward for the Futures Commission
    Chair: Rob Lambert

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