Thursday 28 June 2018 - 11:00-12:30 room: Netherlands I-II

New information and communication technologies are digitalising our economy in an unprecedented way. At the same time, the global competitive environment in Europe and beyond is getting tougher.  Multi-National Corporations (MNC) currently shape and have been shaped by these two mega-trends of digitalisation and (de-)globalisation by following a two-step strategy of both stretching and bundling up. “Stretching” refers to companies' strategies to grow bigger, more digital, and more international through expansion, mergers, and acquisitions, both within and across industries, a process powered by an accelerated implementation of information and communication technology. The subsequent ‘bundling up’ processes manifest themselves in various trends of cross-border standardisation and centralisation.  Both of these processes result in a profound shift in the arenas for workers’ participation.  In an interactive framework framed by the results of an overview study about the key trends shaping MNC strategy, the panelists will share in an interactive format the specific perspectives on these challenges from the point of view of industry, companies and trade unions.

  • Emma Argutyan, European Chemical Employers Group
  • Pascal Demat, SAP Europan Works Council
  • Mike Geppert, University of Jena
  • Sylvain Lefebvre, industriAll Europe
  • Eckhard Voss, WMP Consult

Moderator: Aline Hoffmann, European Trade Union Institute

Further readings:

Trois grandes tendances dans le nouveau monde de travail