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Social Europe and Low-Wage Workers, Post-Crisis: The Renewed Case for EU-Level Collective Bargaining

Dates:
  • Tue 01 Dec 2020 14.00 - 15.30
  Add to Calendar 2020-12-01 14:00 2020-12-01 15:30 Europe/Paris Social Europe and Low-Wage Workers, Post-Crisis: The Renewed Case for EU-Level Collective Bargaining

Presentation by Pascal McDougall (Sciences Po, Paris and Harvard Law School) 

Discussant: Nastazja Potocka-Sionek (PhD researcher, EUI)

 

 

The pandemic and current economic crisis have greatly exacerbated the longstanding inequalities suffered by low-wage workers across Europe. In his presentation, Pascal McDougall will propose a policy agenda to remedy this state of affairs and redistribute income and power towards low-wage workers. The proposal is to allow strong labor unions to present common wage demands across sectors and European Union Member States, thereby targeting more directly mobile factors like management and capital. Pascal McDougall will explore ways in which this cross-sectoral collective bargaining coordination could be implemented in the European Union. He will describe certain existing EU legal institutions like social dialogue, European Works Councils, and European Framework Agreements, which, although they do not amount to the policy proposed here, constitute interesting precedents for it. McDougall will also argue in favor of finding European cross-sectoral collective bargaining coordination lawful under EU competition and internal market law so that it is allowed to potentially form part of the EU’s policy arsenal to address wrenching economic inequalities worsened by the ongoing crisis. 

 

Pascal McDougall is an adjunct lecturer at Sciences Po in Paris and an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. He teaches and writes about labor law, European and international economic law, as well as law and economics. McDougall clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Clément Gascon and worked as a trainee attorney in the legal department of the Confederation of National Labor Unions in Montreal. He holds a Licence en droit from the University of Ottawa and an LLM from the University of Toronto. 

 

 

All interested fellows, Ph.D. and LLM researchers, professors and visiting academics are invited to participate. To register for the event and receive Pascal McDougall’s paper, please send an e-mail by 26 November 2020, 12:00 CET to [email protected].

The Zoom link will be shared with registered participants prior to the event. 

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Presentation by Pascal McDougall (Sciences Po, Paris and Harvard Law School) 

Discussant: Nastazja Potocka-Sionek (PhD researcher, EUI)

 

 

The pandemic and current economic crisis have greatly exacerbated the longstanding inequalities suffered by low-wage workers across Europe. In his presentation, Pascal McDougall will propose a policy agenda to remedy this state of affairs and redistribute income and power towards low-wage workers. The proposal is to allow strong labor unions to present common wage demands across sectors and European Union Member States, thereby targeting more directly mobile factors like management and capital. Pascal McDougall will explore ways in which this cross-sectoral collective bargaining coordination could be implemented in the European Union. He will describe certain existing EU legal institutions like social dialogue, European Works Councils, and European Framework Agreements, which, although they do not amount to the policy proposed here, constitute interesting precedents for it. McDougall will also argue in favor of finding European cross-sectoral collective bargaining coordination lawful under EU competition and internal market law so that it is allowed to potentially form part of the EU’s policy arsenal to address wrenching economic inequalities worsened by the ongoing crisis. 

 

Pascal McDougall is an adjunct lecturer at Sciences Po in Paris and an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. He teaches and writes about labor law, European and international economic law, as well as law and economics. McDougall clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Clément Gascon and worked as a trainee attorney in the legal department of the Confederation of National Labor Unions in Montreal. He holds a Licence en droit from the University of Ottawa and an LLM from the University of Toronto. 

 

 

All interested fellows, Ph.D. and LLM researchers, professors and visiting academics are invited to participate. To register for the event and receive Pascal McDougall’s paper, please send an e-mail by 26 November 2020, 12:00 CET to [email protected].

The Zoom link will be shared with registered participants prior to the event. 


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Department of Law

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