Company-level collective bargaining in times of crisis: the French case in a comparative perspective

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Date(s) - 13/05/2019
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale dell'Università Bicocca

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Seminario Company-level collective bargaining in times of crisis: the French case in a comparative perspective, con Élodie BETHOUX École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay

U7 building Room ‘Pagani’ (third floor)

 

Abstract:

In the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis, pressure for decentralization of collective bargaining has been increased in Europe. How does the French case fit into this broad picture? The State has long played and continues to play a pivotal role in promoting company agreements on an increasing range of issues, gradually moving away from the ‘favorability principle’ that was initially at the core of the French industrial relations system. At the micro level, union representatives and managers have been offered new opportunities and equipped with innovative tools for bargaining while experiencing an increasingly limited autonomy inasmuch as legal directions have tended to pave the way and economic pressures have
tended to restrict choices. In such a context combining high unemployment, economic uncertainty and a series of institutional reforms, what are the risks entailed by the current State-led decentralization of collective bargaining?

 

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