The Impacts of the Debt Crisis on the World of Work in Southern Europe

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Seminarraum 5C G (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC10 Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management (host committee)

Language: English and Spanish

The current crisis has strongly affected the southern European countries, especially those that required financial assistance. Changes in labour law and collective bargaining, cuts in social benefits and salaries, high rates of unemployment among young people and soaring levels of emigration indicate the multiple ways in which these societies have been under pressure. In addition, the Greek case has shown that the analysis of the effects of the European debt crisis cannot be dissociated from a reflection on the meaning and place of solidarity in the European Project.    
As the fights for the futures we want involve a global sociology, this session aims to debate the impacts of the debt crisis in the world of work by considering the trends observed in southern Europe. The discussion is also expected to address the role of European institutions in designing mechanisms that promote solidarity among individual member states. 
Bearing in mind the experience of the countries under analysis, we invite proposals that address questions such as: What are the effects of the debt crisis on the level and quality of employment of different social groups? What are its implications on the regulation of employment? How does trade unionism interact with the development of protest movements? How can European institutions promote labour standards and social welfare through effective forms of cooperation between member states? 
We therefore welcome papers that discuss the impacts of this crisis on employment and industrial relations in southern Europe and consider the construction of the European project.
Session Organizers:
Maria CERDEIRA, SOCIUS, Portugal and Fatima ASSUNCAO, University of Lisboa, Portugal
Philippe POCHET, European Trade Union Institute, Belgium
Employment Policies in Times of Crisis: The Labour Reforms in Spain.
Gema MEDERO, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; Bernabe ALDEGUER CERDA, Universidad de Alicante, Spain
Changes in Labour Law and Devaluation of Labour in Portugal: Critical Perspectives and Prospects for a New Labour Regulation
Hermes COSTA, University of Coimbra, Faculty of Economics, Center for Social Studies, Portugal; Manuel Carvalho SILVA, Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal; Bia CARNEIRO, University of Coimbra, Portugal
La Participation De La Société Civile Dans La Crise Des Réfugiés: Le Cas Portugais
Ana ROMAO, Academia Militar, Portugal; Maria da Saudade BALTAZAR, University of Evora, Portugal