«A world of crises – a world of struggles»

The Wahl-conference is held at Oslo Congress Centre, Wednesday, 28 November 2018




08.00 – 09.00: Coffee and registration


Conference leader: Linn Herning, Director of the Campaign for the Welfare State


09.00 – 09.15: Opening
Mette Nord, President of the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (Fagforbundet)


09.15 – 09.45: A world in crisis – challenges for the left
We need an overall perspective. How serious is the economic crisis, what are the effects on social and political development, and what can we expect in the next 5-10 years?

                        Sam Gindin, Socialist Project, Toronto, Canada

 09.45 – 10.30: Panel discussion with Nordic participants

                        Daniel Ankarloo, writer and lecturer at the High School of Malmø

                        Roy Pedersen, Leader of the Trade Union Council in Oslo

                        Mari Skurdal, Editor of the daily newspaper Klassekampen (Class Struggle)

                        Facilitator: Asbjørn Wahl, Special Adviser at the Campaign for the Welfare State


10.30 – 10.45: Coffee break


10.45 – 11.15: Can the working class change the world?
What is the situation in the working class / the trade union movement? Is it able to tackle and respond to the many challenges? Which role can it play, and what are the possibilities in the current political conjuncture?

Samantha Mason, Policy Officer, Public and Commercial Services Union, UK

11.15 – 11.45: Perspectives from Nordic participants

                        Anders Olesen, Trade union coordinator, the Red-Green Alliance, Denmark

                        Sara Bell, Leader of Fagforbundet in Bergen

                        Øystein Aslaksen, Leader of the ITF Railway Workers’ Section


11.45 – 12.30: Lunch


12.30 – 12:45: Culture

                        Gjertrud L. Jynge, actor at the Norwegian Theater


12.45 – 13.15: Identities of the world, unite?
The relationship between identity based and class struggles is being discussed in many countries. What is the relationship between them, and how do the conflicts between them influence the social resistance? Is it possible to develop a united struggle?

                        Nina Björk, author and feminist, Sweden

13.15 – 13.45: A prepared comment and a conversation

                        Knut Kjeldstadli, Professor of History at the University of Oslo

                        Benedikte Pryneid Hansen, Secretary of the Red Party

                        Ali Esbati, Member of Parliament for the Left Party, Sweden

                        Facilitator: Linn Herning, Director of the Campaign for the Welfare State


13.45 – 14:00: Coffee break


14.00 – 14.30: Trade unions and the climate crisis – where do we stand?
Historically, the climate crisis is the latest, dramatic threat we face. It is an area in which we cannot negotiate or compromise; we either do what is necessary to avoid global warming, or we have to take the dramatic consequences of climate catastrophes. Are the trade unions able to lead the struggle? What kind of alliances do we need – and are we able to build them?

                        Sean Sweeney, Coordinator of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, USA

14.30 – 15.00: Conversation between the speaker and Norwegian participants

                        Jan Olav Andersen, President of the Electrician and IT Workers Union, Norway

                        Silje Lundberg, Leader of Friends of the Earth, Norway

                        Truls Gulowsen, Leader of Greenpeace Norway

                        Facilitator: Helene Bank, Special Adviser at the Campaign for the Welfare State


15.00 – 15.50: Panel debate with the four keynote speakers

                        Facilitator: Asbjørn Wahl, Special Adviser at the Campaign for the Welfare State


15.50 – 16.00: Who owns the day of tomorrow?

Asbjørn Wahl, Special Adviser at the Campaign for the Welfare State

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