The neo-liberal reform of collective bargaining in Spain: its consequences for social dialogue

Miguel Martínez Lucio
Miguel Martínez Lucio

10 August 2016

By Carlos J Fernández Rodríguez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain; Rafael Ibáñez Rojo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain; and Miguel Martínez Lucio, The University of Manchester, UK

The latest in our EU Comparative Series

This briefing outlines some of the key industrial relations issues in Spain in the light of the major legal reforms since the start of the crisis in 2008, pushed by the Troika and mainly enacted by the right-wing Popular Party (PP) (2011-15) – as well as to an extent the previous Socialist Party (PSOE) in its final years in power (08-11).

Public sector cuts, privatisation and employment rights

18 July 2016

By Bob Kelly

Bob, a delegate at the Institute of Employment Rights' Public Sector Cuts, Privatisation and Employment Rights conference on 05 July 2016, reports back on the event.

The Labour Act, another step in the flexibilisation of French Labour Law

14 July 2016

By Professor Sylvaine Laulom, Director of Institut d'études du travail de Lyon, the University Lumière Lyon 2

Finally, the long road towards the ‘El Khomri’ Law, named after the French Minister of Labour and officially called the ‘Labour Act’ (‘Loi Travail’), is coming to an end. A draft was accepted by the National Assembly after its second reading on July 6, following the use, for the second time, of Article 49.3 of the Constitution. It will now proceed to the Senate. At that stage, the Act should be accepted by the Parliament by the end of July. It will likely be referred to the Constitutional Council. By the end of summer, the Act is likely to have been adopted.

The impact of the crisis on collective bargaining in manufacturing in Portugal: between resilience and decentralisation

08 July 2016

By Isabel Távora, University of Manchester; and Pilar González, University of Porto

In the fifth article of our EU Comparative Series, academics from the University of Manchester and the University of Porto examine the impact on trade union and workers’ rights of a shift towards neoliberal structures in Portugal following intervention of the Troika.

On the edge of a paradigm variation? Changing Joint Regulation and Labour Market Policy in Italy during the Crisis

08 July 2016

By Sabrina Colombo and Ida Regalia, Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e Politiche, Università degli studi di Milano

In the fourth piece from our EU Comparative Series, Italian academics Sabrina Colombo and Ida Regalia analyse the impact of Troika intervention on Italy's collective bargaining structure, employment law, and trade union rights.

Women's Labour and Trade Unionism - A Dangerous Combination?

By Rebecca Zahn and Nicole Busby

06 July 2016

Women have played a key role in the British trade union movement since its inception. After all, the first strike for equal pay was organised by 1,500 women card-setters in Yorkshire in 1832. However, although trade unionism and the intellectual underpinnings of the labour movement were instigated around and by women – one need only think of the economist and labour historian Beatrice Webb (often referred to as one of ‘the Webbs’, i.e. the wife of Sidney but who was a pivotal figure in her own right) just as much as they were by men, the fact remains that once institutionalised, the labour movement became focused on the needs and concerns of the ‘standard male worker’. Women workers became part of the women’s movement – viewed as ‘the other’ and often subjected to outright hostility – rather than an integral part of the British workers’ movement. Women’s position outside the mainstream labour movement has been maintained up to the present day. Nowadays gendered occupational segregation and the prevalence of part-time work raise questions about the relevance of traditional trade unionism to women’s working lives. From their perceived threat to the established organisation of paid work up to these contemporary challenges to trade unionism, women can be seen as ‘dangerous’.

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