Research Committees


Revised February 15, 2012 

  1. The RC was established in 1990 in accordance with Article XI of the ISA Statutes.
  2. The objectives of RC44 are to encourage international research on Labour Movements, with a focus on their role both in industrial relations, in the political arena and the broader society. Its activities include:
    1. organising sessions at each ISA World congress and at regional ISA conferences
    2. organising other international meetings, workshops, colloquia, etc.
    3. publishing a regular newsletter via the website
    4. encouraging professional interaction and collaborative research in labour movement studies
    5. any other relevant activities
  3. RC44 strongly affirms its support for the following core labour standards which it holds to be fundamental human rights:
    1. Freedom of association
    2. Right to organise and bargain collectively
    3. Prohibition of forced labour
    4. Elimination of exploitative forms of child labour
    5. Non-discrimination in employment or occupation
  4. Membership is open to any person engaged in research into labour movements or in labour movement activities.
    1. Members shall either be regular members or affiliated members.
    2. Regular members shall be individuals or institutions in good standing within the ISA.
    3. Affiliated members shall be individuals or institutions interested in the activities of RC44, who are not members of the ISA.
  5. In line with ISA practice, membership fees are collected for a period of four years.
    1. Membership fees will be determined by the Business Meeting held at each ISA Regional or World Congress.
    2. Students and affiliated members will be eligible for a reduced fee.
  6. The policy of the RC, consistent with the Statutes, will be determined by a simple majority of regular and affiliated members present at each Business Meeting. It is open to the meeting to submit any question to a postal ballot of members, and this procedure must be followed in the absence of a Quorum of 15 members.
  7. In the period between each World congress, the RC shall be governed by a Board comprising President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Newsletter/Website Editor and between 4 and 10 ordinary members.
    1. The Secretary shall assist the President in organizing the general meetings, organising the work of the Board and observe the fulfilment of its decisions.
    2. The Treasurer shall keep financial documentation, prepare the financial report to the Board to be accepted by the General Meeting, and realise the financial relations between RC44 and the ISA.
  8. A statement of financial affairs will be given by the Treasurer every four years to the Board of RC44 and to the Business Meeting Assembly. The Treasurer must be discharged of their financial responsibilities by the Business Meeting Assembly.
  9. The Board shall identify the themes and topics for at least one mid-term conference and take responsibility for the organization of those sessions. 1
  10. The Board shall identify (i) the Research Committee's delegate to the ISA Research Council and other organizations and (ii) the alternate delegate to the Research Council.
  11. All regular and affiliated members of RC44 shall be entitled to nominate candidates for the Board.
    1. Nominated candidates shall be regular members of RC44.
    2. Nominations shall be invited in advance but may, at the discretion of the President, be accepted at the Business Meeting which may also decide to hold a postal ballot of members, and may agree to combine two or more official positions.
    3. Nominated candidates shall confirm their preparedness to accept the respective position on the Board in case they are elected and to remain a regular member in good standing for the duration of their mandate, and shall return the nomination form to the Secretary, together with a brief curriculum vitae.
    4. Officers and Board members shall normally serve for no more than two consecutive 4-year periods.
  12. Temporary vacancies in the Board between consecutive ISA World Congresses may be filled by appointment by the President, in accordance with ISA Statute 4.5. The places of any Board member not in good standing with either the ISA or RC may be declared temporarily vacant by the President, at the President's discretion, and the vacancy filled according to paragraph (b).
  13. Should the President fail to carry out their presidential responsibilities or allow their membership to lapse, one of the Board members, identified by the Board, will assume the responsibilities of the President of the Board in the case of the death, incapacitation, resignation, or other inability of the incumbent to carry out the responsibilities of the office of the President.
  14. A Business Meeting Assembly is held at least every four years, preferably at the ISA World Congress. The meeting is chaired by the President or by one Vice-President of the RC44. Votes can only be cast by regular and affiliated RC44 members in good standing who are present at the Meeting. The duties of the Assembly are:
    1. to evaluate and approve the four-year-report
    2. to discharge the outgoing Board of its responsibilities, including the financial statement
    3. to discuss and carry motions on any other point that may arise.
  15. Decisions in a Business Meeting Assembly are taken by simple majority.
  16. These Statutes are subject to approval at the Business Meeting in Buenos Aires in 2012. They were first adopted at the Business meeting held in Bielefeld in 1994, revised at the Business Meeting held in Montreal in 1998, and revised in preparation for the Business Meeting to be held in Buenos Aires in 2012. These Statutes may be amended by a two-thirds majority at any subsequent Quorate Business Meeting or in a ballot of members (called either by a simple majority or by a decision of the Board).

Unless otherwise agreed by the President, proposed amendments must be received in writing by the Secretary at least two weeks in advance.

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