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11 December 2014, ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7 floor

Symposium: Chinese investments in Europe: Business strategies and labour impacts

Foreign investment coming from China has risen dramatically in the European Union since 2009. A number of high-profile acquisitions have attracted headlines. The list of greenfield projects carried out by Chinese investors is also growing rapidly. The dynamism of Chinese companies in pursuing their international strategies has thus been clearly felt also in Europe. The changing patterns of foreign direct investment flows are also indicative of a shift in the international division of labour, with Chinese companies assuming new roles. This symposium investigated these new patterns as well as the strategies of Chinese companies. It focused in particular on the potentially profound impact on labour conditions and the trade union movement in Europe.

Chair: Philippe Pochet, General Director ETUI

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12:15 Sandwich lunch

12:45-14:15 – Business strategies of Chinese multinationals

Introductory remarks

Jan Drahokoupil, ETUI

The strategy of Chinese investors on the fringes of Europe: The role of geopolitical factors

Graham Hollinshead, University of Hertfordshire

Chinese investment and European labour: should and do workers fear Chinese FDI?

Damian Raess, University of Geneva

Q&A

14:15-14:30 Coffee break

14:30-16:00 – Chinese investments – impacts on labour

Employment relations in Chinese MNCs in Europe: the contrasting worlds of machinery, automotive, and electronics

Wolfgang Müller, Senior Advisor, IG Metall Bayern

Labor Migration and Factory-Dormitory Regime in Chinese style. The case of Foxconn in Czech Republic

Devi Sacchetto, University of Padova

Q&A

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