III Workshop “In The Same Boat: Shipbuilding and ship repair workers: a global labour history”

Setenave-Construção Petroleiro

Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Avenida de Berna 26 C
ID Building
Room Multiusos 2, floor 4.

13th October

Session nº1
10h00-15h00: Discussion of the chapters of the collective book to be published.

Session nº2
15h00-18h00: Presentation of the results of the Workgroups.

14th October

Session nº3
10h00h-18h00: Discussion on the following steps of the Global Labour History project.

15th October

10h00: Visit to the shipyard Lisnave.

Workshop Workforce Reductions in Shipbuilding Industries: Approaches from a Global Labor History Perspective

Workforce reductions in shipbuilding industries: Approaches from a global labor history perspective

Convenor: Wonchul Shin

Session 1 (10: 00 ~ 12:30)
* The evolution of collective redundancy regime in South Korean shipbuilding industry: a case study of Hanjin Young-do shipyard (Wonchul Shin, Pusan National University)
* The Historical Development of Dismissal Protection: a Case Study of the German Shipbuilding Industry and the Bremer Vulkan Shipyard (Johanna Wolf, University of Leipzig )
* Workforce reductions in the Japanese shipbuilding industry (Takeshi HARAGUCHI, Kobe University)

Lunch break (12:30 ~ 14:00)
Session 2 (14:00~15:40)
* “Grey labour” in the Swedish shipbuilding industry, 1950-1980 (Tobias Karlsson, Lund University)
* The employment growth and contraction process in Setenave shipyard: a preliminary approach (Jorge Fontes, Nova University of Lisbon)

Coffee Break(15:40~16:00)
Session 3 (16:00~17:00)
* Reviews on shipbuilding labor history researches (Raquel Varela, Nova University of Lisbon)
* Comments (Marcel van der Linden, IISH)

Venue: Re:work Institute Georgenstr. 23, 10117 Berlin; Telephone: +49 (0)30 2093 702 00

Berlin 4


Berlin 2

Berlin 3Berlin 1


Solidarity with the workers’ protest in Gijón

Last week, a shipyard worker died because an accident while he was working.

The shipyard (Armón) re-opened two years ago under very bad safety conditions and without rights (no workers’ representatives, almost every workforce subcontrated, frequent​ layoffs) and this is the second fatal accident in less than a year.

All the workers (500 people) went to strike after the accident and many people supported them in the demostration.


Gijon 2

Mine Workers in Turkey

The Study Group on Global History of Labour and Social Conflicts FCSH-Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, conveys their sincere condolences to all relatives and friends of the miners killed in Soma and to all mourning Turkish workers. It is intolerable that in the XXIth century, with all the technological and scientific development available to improve working conditions and safety, the Turkish prime-minister Erdogan dares to compare the tragedy that cost the lives of almost three hundred miners to the situation in the mine fields in England in the nineteenth century. The causes of the Soma catastrophe are not technical nor natural; they are the result of policies that despise human life, protection and safety at work.


Raquel Varela (coordinator of the Study Group)

Activities in Rio de Janeiro, April, 2014

April, 14th: Defense of doctoral thesis of Luisa Pereira
Jury: Raquel Varela, Ruben Vega, Marco Aurélio Santana, Regina Morel, Ivan Alemão and Elina Pessanha.

Graduate Program in Sociology and Anthropology/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro, Brasil








April, 15th : Workshop In the Same Boat

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro- Rio de Janeiro, Brasil


1) Presentation of Raquel Varela and Ruben Vega to the Research Group in Rio

2) Discussion about published articles

3) Discussion about in progress papers

Presence of Raquel, Ruben, Luisa, Elina and other members of the Research Group/Rio

Support: Graduate Program in Sociology and Anthropology/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and CAPES (Ministério da Educação, Brasil).

Report from Brazil

Between 14 and 15 of april, 2014 same members of  the project “In the same boat” had a metting in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

April, 14th: Defense of doctoral thesis of Luisa Barbosa Pereira

On April, 14th was the defense of doctoral thesis of Luisa Barbosa Pereira. The
jury was made by Elina Pessanha (professor adviser) Raquel Varela (co-adviser), Ruben Vega, Marco Aurélio Santana and Ivan Alemão.

The thesis “NAVEGATE IS NEEDED : Unionism and active judicialization of class relations by shipbuilding workers of Rio de Janeiro” is about unionism and Justice and takes as field of research the collective action of the Metalworkers Union of Rio de Janeiro and two groups of workers on shipbuilding industry in Rio, between 1990 and 2010 . It was aproved with the maximum concept “A”.

April, 15th : Workshop In the Same Boat

On April 15th  2014, at Archive of Workers Memory (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro- Rio de Janeiro, Brasil) the project “In the same boat” was presented for students Graduate Program in Sociology and Anthropology/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro by Raquel Varela.

Then, Ruben Vega also presented his research about shipbuilding workers on shipyard Gijón and about workers memory in Spain.

Workers, researchers and activists against privatization of Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo shipyard and the collective dismissal of its 600 workers.


Source of this photograph : http://www.portosdeportugal.pt/sartigo/index.php?x=5945


The Portuguese Government is planning to privatize the Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (ENVC) shipyard, in favour of Martifer Energy Systems. Martifer is a company that has a bigger debt than the ENVC, and has no history of activity in an area that requires a high level of initial investment, and enormous technical and scientific complexity along with strong organizational skills.

The details of this privatization deal are as yet unclear, and there are concerns that it may prove to be extremely harmful to the Portuguese state. The deal signifies the closure of the only specialized shipbuilding yard in Portugal, and the loss of a large number of highly skilled workers.

The Portuguese shipbuilding industry is a strategic sector whose value cannot be restricted to mere financial calculations, ignoring their economic potential in equipping the navy, security and environment, in freight rates and currencies, stimulating economic activities upstream and downstream, and securing jobs.

The 600 workers of ENVC, experienced in an industry that requires a high degree of scientific and technical expertise, will all be made redundant on Christmas Eve, further adding to the already dramatic unemployment situation not just in Portugal and Europe, but globally.

We offer our solidarity to the shipyard workers, their representative organizations, the population of Viana do Castelo and the Portuguese people, in their struggle against what could be a strong blow to their economic and social development.