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The new European economic governance and its impact on national industrial relations

Martedì 14 maggio 2019, ore 14.15 - Aula I (via Fontanelli)

Autore:  Vincenzo Maccarrone

Until the beginning of the last recession, the effect of European integration on member states’ industrial relations was mostly felt through the “horizonal” constraints imposed by the process of market integration. Hence, European industrial relations could be described as a multi-level governance system involving “cross-national (horizontal) influences” mixed with “national (vertical) ones” (Marginson and Sisson, 2006: 289). However, since 2011 the adoption of a regime of new economic governance (NEG) of the European Union increased significantly the potential “vertical” intrusiveness of EU-level actors into national industrial relations (Erne, 2015; 2018).  On the one side, several EU member states in financial troubles were forced to recur to loans by the so-called “Troika” of the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF, conditional to the approval of austerity programmes which targeted also wage setting mechanisms and employment protection legislation. On the other, ‘vertical’ integration was institutionalised by the adoption of the ‘Six Pack’, the ‘Two Pack’, the ‘Fiscal Compact’, which became integrated in the ‘European Semester’ process. To what extent did NEG trigger change in national industrial relations? Provided that the NEG had an impact, how did collective actors such as trade unions and employers adjust their strategies to the new opportunity structures created by NEG? To answer such questions, I will focus on the changes in public and private sector industrial relations in two countries: Ireland and Italy. 

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