ETUI Zoom Public Conference, 14:00-17:30 (UTC+2h)

Organised by the EWPCC in cooperation with Labour Law Centre of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) and the Greek Society for Labour and Social Security Law (EDEKA)

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought massive social and economic consequences for workers around the world and reminded us all of the value of work and welfare state. If the financial crisis of 2008 revealed the excesses of financial capitalism and corporate mismanagement, the policy responses that were implemented at the time in Europe proved to be socially and economically disastrous.

Greece was one of the European countries most impacted by the Troika, and its population had to endure increasing poverty and inequality due to an imposed shock to workers’ rights, collective bargaining and welfare state institutions, as well as massive privatization.

In the context of the global pandemic, neoliberal approaches are losing their hegemony, and there is a revival of Keynesian discourse to address the new challenges, by means of public investment and recovery plans even from the EU. This political shift opens up opportunities for economic democracy and the reactivation of social dialogue and workers participation in Greece and in Europe, which seems to be the new sign of times.

But how to revive decisive collective workers’ voice in firms and in the economy in Greece when it seems the most compelling for an inclusive recovery? Can we draw on existing institutions or practices and promote them? How could we innovate, and which actors will be leading the change? What could we learn from foreign practices of workers’ participation?

This online conference is addressed to a large audience of academics, students, policymakers and social partners. It aims to:

  • Provide an overview of the state of play of social policy and worker participation rights in Greece and in the EU, and arguments and possible responses to democratize firms and the economy considering the momentum.
  • Understand the role of employee representation in democratizing corporate governance, by learning from the experience and international comparison between the Greek, German and French models of codetermination, the political debates and legislative developments in these countries.

The conference will be recorded. Interpretation in English and Greek will be offered. Another language may be added according to participants’ needs. We would be grateful if you could register as soon as possible, by 8 December at the latest, at the link above. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Instructions to join the online conference and meeting hosted in Zoom will be sent a couple of days before the date.

 Download here the agenda