Industrial relations in the EU and other global and emerging economies

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Thu, 27/11/2008
Fri, 28/11/2008

Wage developments, minimum wages and wage flexibility, 27th – 28th November 2008, Paris, France

In cooperation with the OECD

Venue: OECD Conference Centre, 2 rue André Pascal, 75775 Paris Cedex 16

Final programme

Day 1 - Day 2

Day 1: Thursday 27 November

9.00 Welcoming remarks
John Martin, OECD
Jorma Karppinen, Director of Eurofound

9.15 Introduction: Aims and objectives of the 2008 annual seminar
Stavroula Demetriades, Eurofound

Wage formation and pay developments all around the world
Chair: Stavroula Demetriades, Eurofound

9.30 Pay developments in the European Union
Isabella Biletta, Eurofound [presentation, pdf, 271kb]

Global wage trends
Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead, ILO [presentation, pdf, 270kb]

Wage differentials in the OECD countries
Pascal Marianna and Paul Swaim, OECD [presentation, pdf, 600kb]


11.00 Coffee break

Chair: Panos Konstantopoulos, European Parliament

11.20 Wage formation in emerging economies


13.00 Lunch

Minimum wages, main issues
Chair: Stefano Scarpetta, OECD

14.15 Minimum wages in OECD Countries
Herwig Immervoll, OECD [presentation, pdf, 157kb]

14.45 Panel discussion: Minimum wages - Setting the right level
Bela Galgoczi, ETUC [presentation, pdf, 212kb]
Renate Hornung-Draus, Business Europe
Hélio Zylberstajn, University of São Paulo, Brazil [presentation, pdf, 126kb]


16.15 Coffee break

Individualisation of wages, individualisation of employment relations
Chair: Andrew Chapman, European Commission

16.30 Setting the scene


Chair: Stavroula Demetriades, Eurofound

17.30 Panel discussion: Wage flexibility - Main challenges, main debates
Renate Hornung-Draus, Business Europe
Paul Marginson, Warwick Business School, UK
Nadja Salson, European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)


18.30 End of the first day

20.00 Working dinner


Day 2: Friday 28th November

Wage developments, sectoral approaches
Volker Telljohann, Fondazione Istituto per il Lavoro, Italy

9.00 Overview of 2 sectors


10.00 General discussion - Sectoral trends

11.45 Coffee break

Industrial relations trends
Chair: Stuart Basefsky, Cornell School of Industrial and Labour Relations, USA

12.00 Main issues in 2007/2008


13.30 Lunch break

Chair: Kasia Jurczac, Eurofound

15.00 Main issues in 2007/2008 (continued)

16.45 Concluding remarks
Stavroula Demetriades, Eurofound

17.00 End of the meeting

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