AIAS Lunch Seminar, 24 maart: Angela Rauseo University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

European Works Councils and Transnational Labour Solidarity

Angela Rauseo

Day: Thursday 24 March 2016
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 4th floor Gijsbert van Tienhoven building, room 4.09, Roeterstraat 31, 1018 WB
Registration: Please send an email, preferably before Wednesday 23 March, 12.00 hrs. to register.
A sandwich will then be provided.


The current economic and financial crisis is day by day requesting the necessity to face complex dynamics, particularly in the industrial relations field. Because of the frequent changing in production and human resources in the transnational enterprise, it seems, on the one hand, that employers and employees’ organizations are opting for a consensual management of these issues and, on the other hand, that they need to weaken the potential risk of a protectionist safeguard of national systems.
One of the implications of this evolving scenario seems to be the need for a different representation of collective interests at transnational level.
Starting from the analysis of the bargaining role of European Works Councils, the paper tries to underline their capacity to collectively represent at transnational level the employees’ interests in case of restructuring processes. Although the relationship between “representatives” and “represented” at supranational level seems to be weak, because of a quite expected difficulty to directly represent a “transnational” collective interest and because of the variety of IR systems, it could be possible an attempt to track down the effectiveness of EWCs competences and activities with the aim to draft a “transnational” collective interest.
The challenge would be to link the notion of solidarity, particularly labour solidarity, to the notion of effectiveness, a conceive declined in terms of “effective” competences exercised by the social partners. To achieve this objective, it seems to be useful to underline the functions and the features of “works councils” in a theoretical manner, starting from the EU member States different workplace representation experiences.
Moreover, these experimental bargaining outcomes are progressively becoming a source of “transnational juridification”, whereas signatory parties are bounded by a new and different transnational regime of norms.

The presenter

She studied Political Sciences at the University of Perugia (Italy). In 2010 she holds the Bachelor degree discussing a Labour Law short memory about the implementation of the posted workers directive 96/71 CE in Italy and in France. In 2012 she holds the Master degree with a Labour Law thesis on Transnational Collective Bargaining. In 2014 she starts a PhD program at the Marco Biagi Foundation- University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. The main topic of the PhD project is the analysis of effectiveness of Transnational Framework Agreements concluded at plant level by Multinational Companies and Trade Unions (International/National/Local) or European Works Council. One of the aspects she is trying to analyse is the ambiguos role of European Works Councils as signatory parties. Her studies are focused also on the notion of interest representation within European Works Councils.
She concluded on 2015 her 18th months mandatory traineeship to become a Labor Consultant.
She is interested to politics, in terms of social activities and she likes to read essays about topic of social sciences. She loves cinema.

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