Roland Erne presentation

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The Euro crisis: A case for transnational action?

Roland Erne (University College Dublin)


Centre for Advanced Study, Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters

Drammensveien 78, 0271 Oslo


12 December 2013, 15.00-17.00     CAS Seminar Room, 3rd Floor


All welcome

Until recently, European elites firmly rejected the need for any coordination in the field of wage bargaining, because the market would automatically lead to the desired (downward) convergence of wages across Europe. In 2011, however, European Commission President Barroso announced ‘a silent revolution’ that led to the adoption of package of stringent, new EU laws on European Economic Governance. As a result, European elites are not only forcing through radical changes that aim at ‘an overall reduction in the wage-setting power of trade unions’ (European Commission, Labour Market Developments in Europe 2012, p. 104). European elites have also launched a concerted attack on social standards, working conditions, wages and wage setting rules that will be affecting all workers across Europe (Erne 2012). In this presentation I will therefore be scrutinising, first, the (inadequate) responses that European trade unions gave to these new developments so far and, then, assess the prospects of (transnational) counter-movements against the commodification of labour that European elites want to achieve.        


Erne, R.; (2012) ‘European industrial relations after the crisis. A postscript’ In: Stiin Smismans (eds). The European Union and Industrial Relations – New Procedures, New Context. Manchester: Manchester University Press. , pp.225-235 Link to full text

European Commission (2012) ‘Labour Market Developments in Europe 2012’ European Economy, no. 5 Link to full text


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