The crisis as downgrading spiral of labour law and workers’ rights: trends and consequences for future (European) social regulation

Thursday, 26 January 2012, 12h45-14h30 Speakers: Pascale Vielle, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) Stefan Clauwaert, Senior researcher ETUI Isabelle Schömann, Senior researcher ETUI Comments: Veronica Nilsson, Confederal Secretary ETUC Marie-Ange Moreau, Université Lyon 2 (France) Moderator: Philippe Pochet, General Director ETUI

Briefing: In recent years, in a rapidly increasing number of both "old" and "new" member states, workers and trade unions have been faced with deeply worrying trends in labour law reform introduced subject to the claim that to make labour markets and regulation more flexible is one of the most appropriate responses to the crisis currently affecting Europe. Whereas in some countries the reforms consist of rather piecemeal – yet certainly not insignificant – deregulatory measures regarding working conditions and rights, in others they represent a much more systematic overhaul of complete labour codes, entailing fundamental changes to industrial relations structures and processes which jeopardise the future and impact of social dialogue and collective bargaining in these countries. At this first Monthly Forum for 2012 the ETUI would like to map these downward spirals in workers’ rights and discuss their consequences and the challenges faced in the future in relation to the preservation of existing arrangements as well as the need to devise new national and European social regulations.
Venue: ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, room B
A sandwich lunch will be served from 12h15 onwards in front of the room.
EN/FR interpretation will be available.

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