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Collective Bargaining and Participation: Lessons learned from the first six years of the financial crisis in Greece

A roundtable discussion presented and moderated by:
Eleni Patra, PhD
Associate Professor of Management

When: Monday, January 23, 15:00 – 15:50

Where: Deree Faculty Lounge

Organized by: Faculty Research Seminars 2016-17 Series


Bio

BS in Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; MS in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; PhD, The University of the Aegean.

Eleni Patra has been a faculty member of the Deree Department of Management since 1990. She has taught and developed several courses in Management and Organizational Behavior, especially in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations, Entrepreneurship, and International Human Resource Management. Dr. Patra has experience as a Labor Mediator and Arbitrator, and as a Human Resource Professional in major organizations and consulting firms.

Dr. Patra is active in research, attending several seminars per year in her area of interest. She has published articles in international journals, authored chapters in books, and participated in international conferences. Previous research (published in 2012), includes: “Social Dialogue and Collective Bargaining in Times of Crisis: The Case of Greece”, published by the International Labour Organization, and “Current Situation and Future Trends of the Industrial Relations System and Trade Unions in Greece,” (with A. Nikolopoulos) published in the journal Management Revue.

Abstract

The 2010 financial crisis in Greece and the consequent compliance by the Greek government to the memorandums signed with the Troika in exchange for a bailout, had a severe impact on Greek labor and employment relations. This paper examines the transformation of the industrial relations system in Greece during the first six years following the financial crisis. More specifically, it will examine recent trends in collective bargaining structures, i.e. new actors entering the collective bargaining scene, either by need of the represented industry or legislation. It will also analyze the changes in collective bargaining outcomes in terms of level and number of collective agreements, coverage rates, and content of agreements, including wage developments.

The paper was presented at the 11th European Regional Congress, organized by the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA), in Milano, 8-10 September, 2016.