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20 March 2013, Thon Hotel EU - Rue de la Loi 75 - B-1040 Brussels; 15h30-17h30

Philippe Askenazy: The inegalitarian syndrome and the exhaustion of labour

ETUI Conference cycle: The crisis and inequality

Guest speaker:Philippe Askenazy (Senior Researcher at CNRS; Associate professor at the Paris School of Economics)

Discussant:Agnès Parent-Thirion (Senior Programme Manager Working Conditions, Eurofound) and Józef Niemiec (Deputy General Secretary of the ETUC)

Chair: Philippe Pochet, General Director ETUI

Wages are only one dimension of work. Alongside wage or income inequality, various other forms of inequality relating to working conditions continue apace. These may be regarded as the symptoms of a disease transmitted by the production model that has become prevalent in recent decades.

Productivity gains and extraction of rents for the benefit of a minority have been obtained by introducing forms of labour organization that generate an intensification of labour and serve to weaken the workforce, both collectively and individually. It is a dynamic that the so-called employment policies have generally served to exacerbate.

Mechanically speaking, this model actually exhausts labour and, in this way, turns into a source of economic crisis.
A return to growth thus requires a new production model based on the quality of work. (see below for conference presentations).


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