Mo, 25/06/2001
Fr, 29/06/2001

The Foundation at Oslo Congress (25-29 June 2001)

The imminent introduction of the Euro and the planned enlargement of the EU may have a significant impact on industrial relations in Europe. Both developments have the potential to alter the context of national bargaining systems and could spur further Europeanisation of negotiation systems and of employment regulation.

These are some of the major trends identified in Foundation presentations at the sixth International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) European Congress taking place in Oslo on 25-29 June. Following is a listing of Foundation presentations: please note that these are in unedited format.

  • Wage developments before EMU by Timo Kauppinen at Workshop 3, EMU and the Europeanisation of collective bargaining
  • Employment in micro firms by Filomena Oliveira and Stavroula Demetriades at Workshop 5, Flexibility and labour market renewal
  • The evolution and characteristics of the European social model and its impact on European industrial relations by Kevin P. O'Kelly and Alain Chouraqui
  • Pacts for employment and competitiveness - the best or the worst of new social compromises? by Keith Sisson at Workshop 6,
  • Tripartite Concertation and Social Partnership, chaired by Kevin P. O'Kelly and Alain Chouraqui.
  • The role of the social partners in vocational training by Stavroula Demetriades at Workshop 11, Learning and vocational training
  • Facing the 24 hour society by Timo Kauppinen in Plenary session, Track 2, Upgrading the workplace, Wednesday 27 June, 09.00-10.30
  • Globalisation: a challenge and response of trade unions by Timo Kauppinen in Study Group 11, The Future of Trade Unionism, Friday 29 June
  • In addition, the Foundation will present:
    1. the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) on Wednesday 27 June from 16.00 to 17.00, Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 from 15.00 to 16.00 - Timo Kauppinen and Camilla Galli da Bino
    2. recent results of its research project on employee financial participation in the European Union - Wednesday 27 June from 10.30 to 11.30 - Kevin P. O'Kelly
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