European Work and Employment Research Centre

Reducing Precarious Work in Europe through Social Dialogue

A European Commission project (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities VP/2014/004)

This research aims to explore how innovative forms of social dialogue in different regulatory contexts can reduce the precariousness of employment and thereby promote more inclusive labour markets. It engages with representatives of trade unions and employer bodies in six European countries – Denmark, France, Germany, Slovenia, Spain and the UK.

Drawing on a comparative analysis of experiences in six European countries, the project extends current knowledge by investigating the challenges facing governments, unions and employers of ‘protective gaps’ in regulation, representation and enforcement. Such gaps risk reinforcing the spread of precarious working conditions among both flexible and standard forms of employment, potentially creating new forms of labour market dualism.

The project draws on original case study research to explore what social partners can do to reverse trends towards dualism and foster inclusiveness and, more broadly, to understand how industrial relations systems in diverse sector and country contexts are adapting to changing employment conditions.

The findings from across the six countries will be presented at the closing conference on 24th and 25th November 2016 in Brussels. 


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Join us at this conference and explore how innovative forms of social dialogue in different country contexts can reduce the precariousness of employment and promote more inclusive labour markets. The conference will debate the challenges facing social partners in addressing ‘Protective Gaps’ in regulation, representation, enforcement and social protection. It will profile new evidence of effective social dialogue with original data and illuminating case studies for Denmark, France, Germany, Slovenia, Spain and the UK.

Invited expert speakers include: Philippe Marcadent (Chief INWORK ILO), Maria Jepsen (Director Research ETUI), Susan Hayter (INWORK ILO), Maarten Keune (Prof and Co-Director AIAS), Raymond Maes (Deputy Head of Social Dialogue, DG Employment).

These will be complemented by facilitated roundtable discussions with social partners from across Europe, reflecting on themes such as: closing enforcement gaps; regulating value chains; and giving voice to vulnerable workers. 

All sessions will be translated simultaneously into English, French and German.

Agenda

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UK coordinating team (EWERC, Alliance Manchester Business School):

Damian Grimshaw (Principal Investigator) - damian.grimshaw@manchester.ac.uk, Professor of Employment Studies at the University of Manchester and Director of EWERC
Jill Rubery - jill.rubery@mbs.ac.uk, Professor of Comparative Employment Systems and a Fellow of the British Academy.
Arjan Keizer - arjan.keizer@mbs.ac.uk, Lecturer in Comparative Industrial Relations and International HRM.
David Holman - david.holman@mbs.ac.uk, Professor of Organisational Psychology.
Mathew Johnson - Mathew.johnson@manchester.ac.uk Research Associate

Denmark

Ole H. Sørensen - ohs@business.aau.dk, Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University, Associate Professor at the Department of Business and Management.
Stine Rasmussen - sra@dps.aau.dk, Center for Labour Market Research, Department of Political Science, Aalborg University, Assistant Professor.
Bjarke Refslund - bref@business.aau.dk  Centre for Industrial Production, Aalborg University
Trine P. Larsen - Tpl@faos.dk  Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen

France

Philippe Méhaut - philippe.mehaut@univ-amu.fr, Institute of Labour Economics and Industrial Sociology, CNRS and Aix Marseille University, Economist, Senior Researcher at Lest/CNRS.
Cathel Kornig - cathel.kornig@univ-amu.fr, Institute of Labour Economics and Industrial Sociology, CNRS and Aix Marseille University, Senior Researcher in Sociology at LEST, CNRS.
Nathalie Louit Martinod - nathalie.louit-martinod@univ-amu.fr, Researcher at LEST (Laboratoire d’Economie et de Sociologie du Travail)

Germany

Gerhard Bosch - gerhard.bosch@uni-due.de, Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ), University of Duisburg-Essen, Professor of Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Director of IAQ.
Claudia Weinkopf - claudia.weinkopf@uni-due.de, Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ), Deputy Director and Head of the research division, ‘Flexibility and Security’, at IAQ.
Karen Jaehrling - karen.jaehrling@uni-due.deInstitute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ), University of Duisburg-Essen

Slovenia

Aleksandra Kanjuo-Mrčela -aleksandra.Kanjuo-Mrcela@fdv.uni-lj.si, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Professor of Economic Sociology and Sociology of Work
Miroljub Ignjatović - miroljub.ignjatovic@fdv.uni-lj.si, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Assistant Professor and Researcher at the Organisations and HR Research Centre.

Spain

Rafael Muñoz de Bustillo - bustillo@usal.es, Department of Applied Economics, Faculty of Law, University of Salamanca, Full Professor of Economics at the University of Salamanca and Researcher at the Institute of Ibero-America at the same university.
José-Ignacio Antón - janton@usal.es, Department of Applied Economics, Faculty of Law, University of Salamanca, Lecturer in Economics at the University of Salamanca and Researcher at the Institute of Ibero-America at the same university.
Fernando Pinto Hernandez - fpinto@usal.es Department of Applied Economics, Faculty of Law, University of Salamanca

About EWERC

The European Work and Employment Research Centre was established in 1994 to build upon and develop expertise in comparative and inter-disciplinary research in the area of work and employment.

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    Booth Street East
    Manchester
    M13 9SS, UK

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