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Regulating Platform Work in Europe: Challenges and Perspectives for Legislators and Social Partners


Date: From 19 November 2020 To 20 November 2020

Registration Deadline: 20 November 2020, ore 16:00

Cycle of webinars organized in the framework of the European project iRel – Smarter Industrial Relations to Address New Technological Challenges in the World of Work

The widespread nature of platform work gives rise to numerous doubts and contradictions from a regulatory and political and trade union point of view. Moreover, this phenomenon is characterised by very different dynamics in a comparative perspective.

This cycle of webinars, one of the initiatives of the research project “iRel. Smarter Industrial Relations to Address New Technological Challenges in the World of Work” (www.irelproject.eu), addresses the most problematic issues and the different and sometimes strongly contrasting approaches to this phenomenon in various EU countries. As demonstrated in the presentation of the national reports, realized by the project partners (Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Poland), the regulation of this complex phenomenon depends to a large extent on the national traditions of industrial relations, the peculiarities of the legislative systems, and the complex interplay between legislative and contractual regulation.

Platform work is now a hot topic in the European academic and political debate. The most crucial problems include terminological and conceptual clarity, the system of remuneration, the precarious nature of employment relations, and the right to representation and collective bargaining. These are only some of the points that will be addressed by scholars and experts, the representatives of the social partners at various levels, both European (ETUC) and national (Italian Federation of Trade, Tourism and Services-CGIL, Riders Union Bologna), and representatives of the Government (Ministry of Labour).

Thursday, 19 November 2020 – Part I

16.30-16.45: Welcome address and Introduction
IACOPO SENATORI, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Marco Biagi Foundation

16.45-17.45: Presentation of National reports

Chair: DAVIDE DAZZI, (Institute of Economic and Social Research of Emilia Romagna, CGIL)

  • Bulgaria – EKATERINA RIBAROVA, MARIA PROHASKA, Institute for Social and Trade Union Research, Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria
  • Estonia – GAABRIEL TAVITS, University of Tartu
  • Hungary – ATTILA KUN, ILDIKO’ RACZ, KAROLI GASPAR, University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, MOSZ-National Confederation of Workers’ Councils
  • Poland – IZABELA FLORCZAK, MARTA OTTO, University of Lodz

17.45-18.15 Discussion

Chair: CARLA SPINELLI, University of Bari “A. Moro”

EMANUELE MENEGATTI, University of Bologna

18.15-18.30 Concluding Remarks

JANICE BELLACE, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; President of the ISLSSL

Friday, 20 November 2020 – Part II

16.30-17.30 Presentation of National reports

Chair: OLGA RYMKEVICH, Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

  • Italy – ILARIA PURIFICATO, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Marco Biagi Foundation; ALESSANDRO SCELSI, University of Bari “A. Moro”
  • Germany – RUEDIGER KRAUSE, JONAS WALTER KUEHN, Göttingen University
  • Denmark – NATALIE VIDEBAEK, Aarhus University

17.30-18.15: Discussion

Chair: EDOARDO ALES, Parthenope University of Naples, Marco Biagi Foundation

LUDOVIC VOET, ETUC Confederal Secretary
STEFANIA RADICI, Italian Federation of Trade, Tourism and Services-CGIL
MARCO MARRONE, Riders Union Bologna
MICHELE FORLIVESI, Deputy chief of staff of the Italian Minister of Labour
SUSAN BISOM-RAPP, Thomas Jefferson School of Law San Diego, Visiting Professor University of Modena and Reggio Emilia 

The webinars will take place on the Google Meet platform, Italians Time (CET).
The partecipation is free, upon registration.

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