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17 mai 2017

9th Annual TURI conference

The 9th annual conference of the trade union related research institutes (TURI) network took place in London, from 17 to 19 May 2017.

The conference has been organised by the European Trade Union Institute in cooperation with the Labour Research Department at the UNISON Centre.


Wednesday, 17 May

16:30 Welcome by Nick Crook, UNISON, Lionel Fulton, LRD and Philippe Pochet, ETUI

Chair: Philippe Pochet, ETUI

Industrial relations and social dialogue in the United Kingdom

Alex Bryson, UCL's Department of Social Science

What are the main challenges for the trade unions in the UK?

Kate Bell, Head of Economic and Social Affairs TUC

What are the main challenges for the trade unions in Europe?

Peter Scherrer, Deputy General Secretary ETUC

Thursday, 18 May

09:00 – 9:30 Introduction of participants

Chair (morning session): Lionel Fulton, LRD

9:30 – 11:00

European trade unions in a time of crises. The fortunes of unions in Italy, Poland and Germany

Trade unions in Italy, Salvo Leonardi, Fondazione Di Vittorio

Trade unions in Poland, Magdalena Bernaciak, ETUI

Trade unions in Germany, Heiner Dribbusch, WSI

11:30 – 13:00

Organizing of digital platform workers, Sylvia Kuba, AK

Solidarity in action. Employment rights and participation of Poles in social dialogue and trade unions in the UK, Dominika Potkańska and Karolina Grot, ISP

Trade unions’ response to the far right via workers’ education, Birgit Kraemer, WSI

14:00 – 15:30

Chair: Philippe Pochet, ETUI

What consequences of Brexit?

Introductory speech by John Monks, Member of the House of Lords and former General secretary of the ETUC and the TUC


16:00 – 18:00

Chair: Maria Jepsen, ETUI

The European Pillar of Social Rights: (legal) consequences for EU policy-making, Zane Rasnača, ETUI

The Commission’s „social pillar” initiative and its underlying policy paradigms: Fit for purpose for working towards a social Europe?, Nikolai Soukup, AK Wien

The social dimension of the EMU,Sotiria Theodoropoulou, ETUI

Social partners' multilevel involvement in the European Semester,Sebastiano Sabato, OSE Download here also the OSE research paper

Friday, 19 May

09:00 – 11:00

Chair: Lionel Fulton, LRD

Minimum wages and living wages in Europe, Torsten Müller ETUI

The crisis of collective bargaining in Portugal, the role of the statutory minimum wage and future perspectives for combating in-work-poverty, Reinhard Naumann, Instituto Ruben Rolo

Erosion of collective bargaining and wages in Greece during the crisis (2010-2016), Christos Triantafillou, INE-GSEE

11:30 – 12h30 Update on recent research projects by the members of the network and possibilities for common projects

Chair: Philippe Pochet, ETUI

European projects, Alex Martin, ETUC

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