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XIII International Conference in Commemoration of Professor Marco Biagi

EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS AND TRANSFORMATION OF THE ENTERPRISE IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

Modena, 19-20 march 2015

 

Under the High Patronage of the Presidency of the Republic and with the patronage of the Emilia Romagna Region

 

Modern socio-economic processes, favoured by technological development and accentuated by the global crisis, give rise to the need to reconsider the structure of the enterprise, highlighting its strategic role in a scenario in which labour relations are undergoing major changes.
The Conference aims to provide a forum bringing together insights from law, economics, organisational theory and sociology, to carry out an analysis of the impact of the transformation of the enterprise on labour relations, casting light on the basis of empirical observation, and evaluating in a comparative perspective the problems arising and solutions adopted, while identifying prevailing trends and the most effective regulatory measures.


Accreditation

Ordine degli Avvocati di Modena (delibera 17.02.2015): 6 crediti per ogni giornata intera
Ordine dei Dottori Commercialisti ed Esperti Contabili di Modena (delibera 18.02.2015): 1 credito per ora

Co-funded by

Banca Popolare dell’Emilia Romagna
Confindustria Modena
Unicredit Banca


Program

 

WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH 2015 (pre-conference, limited access)

YOUNG SCHOLARS’ WORKSHOP OF LABOUR RELATIONS, IV ed.

 

Room 32, 14.30-18.30

Discussion of eight papers presented by international young scholars and commented by a panel composed of:
T. ADDABBO  (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy), S. BISOM-RAPP (Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, USA), Y. CURZI (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy), I. SENATORI (Marco Biagi Foundation, Italy).

Recent Trends in Decentralizing Industrial Relations in Europe – S. BOLOGNA, University of Palermo (Italy)
The Interconnectedness between Participation and Solidarity. The Case of Hungary – S. HUNGLER, ELTE University, Budapest (Hungary)

The Right to Request Flexible Working in the UK: An Autonomy-Based Normative Critique – I. KATSAROUMPAS, University of Oxford (UK)

Implications For Labour And Employment Relations Structure Following Outsourcing In Public Administration – A. MORI, University of Milan (Italy)

Hermeneutics of Occupational Safety and Health Regulation – U. ORAZULIKE, University of Manchester (UK)
What Role for European Works Councils? – Four Italian Electrolux Plants – A. RAUSEO, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Marco Biagi Foundation (Italy)

Economic Governance and Collective Labour Law: Friends or Foes? – F. VERGIS, Cambridge University (UK)
New Forms of Worker Organization and Labor Law: an Uneasy Fit – H. WHITNEY, University of Chicago (USA)

 

POSTER SESSIONS

Posters presented by international young scholars will be set up for the three days of the conference. Authors will be available for discussion for at least two hours each day.

Challenges Before and After the Economic Crisis for Greek Labour Relations – E. BAKIRTZI, J. W. Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Legal Regulation of Living Wage through International Framework Agreements – R. HOEKSTRA, VU Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Job-sharing and its Impact on Employee Rights – A. KALSON, University of Tartu (Estonia)

Economic Crises and Unemployment: the Impact of Recent Labour Law Reforms in Italy – T. NOTO, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Marco Biagi Foundation (Italy)

Influence of EU Economic Governance on the Right to Collective Bargaining – P. PECINOVSKY, KU Leuven (Belgium)
European Court of Human Rights as a Guarantor of Respect for Labour and Social Security Rights in Difficult Times – E. SYCHENKO, University of Catania (Italy)


 

THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2015

 

8.30   Mass in memory of prof. Marco Biagi, Church of St. Barnabas, 108 St. Carteria – Modena (link to the map)

9.15   Welcoming Remarks
G. C. MUZZARELLI, Mayor of Modena (Italy)
A. O. ANDRISANO, Rector of University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)

9.30-13.00   First Plenary Session
ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE ENTERPRISE AND THE FRAGMENTATION OF THE EMPLOYER’S ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Chair: L. E. GOLZIO, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)

9.30   Keynote speech

T. M. FABBRI, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)

10.00   Debate

10.45   Selected Papers

Fragmented Employers’ Roles and Responsibilities in the NHS in Scotland: How Solving One Problem Always Causes Another – A. BELCHER, University of Dundee (UK)
Principles of Non-discrimination in Front of the Complex Economic Organisations – S. BORELLI, University of Ferrara (Italy)
Power and Interests in Interorganizational Relationships: Implications of a Broadened Conceptual Framework – J. W. BUDD, University of Minnesota (USA)

11.30   Discussant

J. ROJOT, University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, (France)

11.45   Debate

12.30   Concluding Remarks

F. BASENGHI, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)

13.00   LUNCH

 

14.30-17.30   Parallel sessions


I.
ENTERPRISE AND STRUCTURE OF THE VALUE CHAIN IN THE TRANSNATIONAL DIMENSION

Chair: S. BISOM-RAPP, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego (USA)

Selected papers

Instruments for Regulating the Behaviour of Multinational Enterprises between Hard and Soft Law: an Uphill Struggle towards Global Responsibility? – V. BRINO, Cà Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
Will the Proposal for a Directive on the Enforcement of the Posting of Workers Directive 96/71 Boost Protection for Posted Workers? – V. CAGNIN, Cà Foscari University of Venice (Italy)
Traditional International Public Law and New Transnational Instruments in Labour Law: Friends or Foes?  – N. LYUTOV, Kutafin Moscow State Law University (Russia)
The Cross-border Transfer of Undertakings – L. PISARCZYK, University of Warsaw (Poland)

 

II. FRAGMENTATION OF THE ENTERPRISE, ECONOMIC CRISIS AND DECENTRALISATION OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Chair: W. BROMWICH, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)

 

Selected papers

Decentralisation and Fragmentation of Collective Bargaining: Recent Experiences in Italy and Spain in the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Sector – R. NUNIN, University of Trieste (Italy), F. J. BARBA RAMOS, University of Huelva (Spain)
The Extension of the Application of Collective Agreements by State Intervention under Portuguese Law: the New Rules and Protection in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises – A. T. RIBEIRO, Oporto Law School, Portuguese Catholic University (Portugal)
Telework in Columbia – M. MONSALVE, University of Gran Colombia, (Columbia)
Labour Law as an Instrument to Enhance Competitiveness and Job Creation in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: a Comparative Study of Poland and Italy  – A. LUDERA-RUSZEL, University of Rzeszow (Poland)
Defensive Agreements, Open Clauses: Integrated Strategies of Worker Involvement and Collective Bargaining against Fragmentation and Downgrading – V. TELLJOHANN, IRES Emilia-Romagna (Italy)
Board-level Employee Representation in Europe: Influence, Power and Articulation – A. CONCHON, European Trade Union Institute (UK), J. WADDINGTON, University of Manchester (UK)


 

FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2015

9.30-13.00   Second Plenary Session
SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT: RELATIONS, INTERESTS, PROTECTION

Chair: T. TREU, Catholic University of Milan (Italy)

9.30   Keynote speech

V. SPEZIALE, University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy)

10.00   Debate

10.45   Selected Papers

Bridging the Gap: Unemployment Prevention for Redundant Older Workers in the Netherlands and Sweden – I. BORGHOUTS-VAN DE PAS, T. WILTHAGEN, Tilburg University (The Netherlands)

Network Forms of Organization and the New Network Agreement: Opportunities and Externalities – O. RAZZOLINI, University of Genoa (Italy)
What has the EU Done for Me? Vulnerable Employment in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises – B. TER HAAR, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), P. COPELAND, Queen Mary University of London (UK)

11.45   Discussant

C. KOLLONAY-LEHOCZKY, Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)

12.00   Debate

13.00   LUNCH

14.30-17.30   Third Plenary Session
COLLECTIVE SOLIDARITY AND THE REPRESENTATION OF INTERESTS BETWEEN REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS AND THE DEMATERIALISATION OF THE ENTERPRISE

Chair: M. WEISS, J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

14.30   Keynote speech

F. MARHOLD, University of Vienna (Austria)

15.00   Debate

15.45   Selected Papers

FTAs that Also Protect Workers: Expanding the Reach of Social Dimension Provisions on Labor to Promote, Compel, and Implement ILO Core Labor Standards – R. BROWN, University of Hawaii Law School (USA)
Collective Bargaining for Care Workers in the US and the Contested Terrain of “Employer” and “Employee” Status  – M. FISCHL, University of Connecticut (USA)
Trans-national Restructuring Processes: the Role of Collective Bargaining beyond Information and Consultation – C. SPINELLI, Aldo Moro University of Bari (Italy)

16.30   Discussant

E. ALES, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (Italy)

16.45   Debate

17.15   Conclusion

A. NEAL, University of Warwick (UK)