The Welfare Conference 2010 - Programme

The Welfare Conference 2010 - Our Welfare Policies - is held at the Oslo Congress Centre 13-14 September 2010.

Monday 13 September:

09.00 – 10.00: Registration

10.00 – 10.30: Opening
                        Gerd Kristiansen, Vice President of the Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions

10.30 – 12.30: Plenary session – Challenges to our welfare policies
                        Richard Wilkinson, Professor, Author of “The Spirit Level”
                        Mimi Bjerkestrand, President of the Teachers Union
                        Michael Apple, Professor at the University of Wisconsin
                        Daniel Suhonen, Swedish social democrat, editor and writer

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 15.30: Parallel seminars
                        A1: Profitability and distrust: The public sector redressed
                        A2: Control with the financial markets: A precondition for future welfare
                        A3: Climate struggle: a struggle on investments and redistribution of wealth
                        A4: The pirate sector: Commercial operators in our welfare institutions

 15.30 – 16.00: Coffee break

16.00 – 18.00: Parallel seminars 
                        B1: The consultocracy: When bad advice turn expensive
                        B2: Time thieves: Bureaucracy and distrust in education
                        B3: The disintegration of work: Precarious, temporary and underpaid
                        B4: Poverty in the over-affluent society 

18.00:              End of the first day

 

Tuesday 14 September:

 09.00 – 10.45: Plenary session – What are the red-green welfare policies?
                       Panel debate with leading parliamentary representatives
                        of the three political parties in Government

10.45 – 11.00: Coffee break

11.00 – 13.00: Parallel seminars
                        C1: Quality of services: Return them back to the public sector
                        C2: Infrastructure and natural resources: The commons for sale?
                        C3: Hospitals in crisis: How to regain control?
                        C4: Bad work ethic – or too demanding jobs? 

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 15.00: Plenary session – Our welfare policies
                        David Price, Professor at the University of Edinburgh
                        Randi Reese, President of the Norwegian Union of Social Workers
                        Asbjørn Wahl, Director of the Campaign for the Welfare State
                        Short appeals:
                        Ommund Stokka, Youth Secretary in the Industry Energy Union
                        Linn Hemmingsen, Leader of the NUMGE Youth
                        Benedicte Pryneid Hansen, Leader of Attac Norway

15.00 – 15.30: Closing session
            Jan Davidsen, President of NUMGE

Speakers:
Anita Solhaug, Vice President of the Norwegian Union of Civil Servants (NTL)
Arne Johan Vetlesen, Professor in Philosophy at the University of Oslo
Asbjørn Wahl, Director of the Campaign for the Welfare State
Benedikte Pryneid Hansen, leader of Attac Norway
Bent Sofus Tranøy, Associate Professor at the University College of Hedmark
Bjarne Jensen, Professor at the University College of Hedmark
Bjørn Pettersen, Project Leader of the Quality Municipality Programme
Bård Vegard Solhjell, Leader of the SV group in the Norwegian Parliament
Dag Seierstad, Advisor to the Parliamentary Group of the SV
Daniel Suhonen, Swedish social democrat, editor and writer
David Price, Professor at the University of Edinburgh
Erna Hagensen, President of the Norwegian Union of General Workers
Evy Ann Eriksen, Member of the Executive Board of the Teachers Union
Fanny Voldnes, Deputy Director of the LO Department for Industrial Policies
Gerd Kristiansen, Vice President of the LO
Gunn Imsen, Professor at the NTNU
Guttorm Schjelderup, Professor, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
Hans Olav Felix, President of the Electrician and IT WorkersUnion
Helge Ryggvik, Historian, Researcher at the University of Oslo
Helene Bank, Senior Adviser at the Campaign for the Welfare State
Helga Pedersen, Leader of the AP group in the Norwegian Parliament
Jan Davidsen, Vice President of the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees
Karin Gustavsen, Associate Professor at the Research Institute of Telemark
Lars Haltbrekken, President of Friends of the Earth, Norway
Linn Hemmingsen, Leader of the NUMGE Youth
Linn Herning, Adviser at the Campaign for the Welfare State
Linn Stalsberg, Journalist and Author
Lisbeth Norman, President of the Norwegian Union of Nurses
Maria Walberg, Adviser at the LO
Mette Nord, Vice President of the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees
Michael Apple, Professor at the University of Wisconsin
Mimi Bjerkestrand, President of the Teachers Union
Mia Vabø, Researcher at the Norwegian Social Research
Ommund Stokka, Youth Secretary in the Industry Energy Union
Randi Reese, President of the Norwegian Union of Social Workers
Richard Wilkinson, Professor, Author of “The Spirit Level”
Roar Eilertsen, Director of deFacto
Roger Bjørnstad, Director of research at Statistics Norway
Stein Stugu, Researcher at DeFacto
Sturla Stålsett, General Secretary of the Church City Mission
Trygve Magnus Slagsvold Vedum, Leader of the SP group in the Norwegian Parliament
Unni Hagen, Adviser at NUMGE
Yngve Nilsen, Researcher at the BI Norwegian School of Management
 

AP = the Labour Party
SP = the Centre Party
SV = the Socialist Left Party
LO = Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions
NUMGE = Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees

Read the political platform of the conference here.

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