The search for security under disruptive technologies and deconstructed labour markets

40th International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation
September 9th & 10th in Düsseldorf

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International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation

The International Working Party on Labour Market Segmentation is an annual international meeting of experts specialized in labour market segmentation approach. It is coordinated by an International Steering Committee. Each year the papers are built around a central axis proposed to the participants of the meeting as a guide for submitting projects. The theme of the next annual meeting that will be held in Düsseldorf is "The search for security under disruptive technologies and deconstructed labour markets "

Members of the IWPLMS steering committee

Jill Rubery (Alliance Manchester Business School), Gerhard Bosch (University of Duisburg-Essen), Iain Campbell (RMIT University), Pilar Gonzales (University of Porto), Albert Recio , Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Maria Karamessini (University of Panteion), Pertti Koistinen (Tampere University), Paola Villa (University of Trento), Héloise Petit (University of Lille 1), Christine Erhel (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Samuel Rosenberg (Roosevelt University), Dominic Anxo (Linnaeus University), Josep Banyuls (University of Valencia)

Members of the local organisation committee

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Bosch (gerhard.bosch@uni-due.de), Dr. Karen Jaehrling (karen.jaehrling@uni-due.de), Monika Spies (monika.spies@uni-due.de), Dr. Claudia Weinkopf (claudia.weinkopf@uni-due.de)

Conference Agenda

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Monday, September 9

8:30 – 9:15

Registration + Coffee/Tea

9:15 – 9:30

Welcome + Conference Opening

9:30 – 11:00

Plenary Session 1: Imbalances in the EU and the future of the European Social Model
Chair: Gerhard Bosch

Annamaria Simonazzi: Re-inventing Europe: reforms for EMU survival
Achim Truger:  The lack of coherence in the EMU: The role of economic policy and conflicting economic world views

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:45


Parallel Paper Sessions

Session 1 Trends and drivers of increasing/decreasing inequality I: Social Inequality: Impact of societal and political factors
Chair: Héloise Petit
Christian Weller Declining union membership and rising wealth inequality
Gabriella Berloffa, Eleonora Matteazzi,  Alina Şandor, Paola Villa: The intergenerational transmission of disadvantage into the labor market in Europe. The role of fathers and mothers
Albert Recio, Josep Banyuls: Neoliberal policies in Spain: Direct impacts and induced social dynamics

Session 2 Pathways  to stable employment though education and training I: Challenges and new policies
Chair: Philippe Méhaut
John Buchanan, Rose Ryan, Michael Anderson, Rafael Calvo, Nick Glozier, Sandra Peters: Meeting the AI and union renewal challenges: time for a new education settlement beyond 21st century skills 
Ute Klammer: Lost in migration … Offers for academic post- and further qualification for immigrant academics in Germany –  stepstones to labour market integration?
Coralie Perez: Promoting lifelong learning through individual learning accounts? The French experience

Session 3 Working time flexibility I: More autonomy, better jobs? Changing working time arrangements
Chair: Thomas Haipeter
Christine Erhel, Mathilde Guergoat-Larivière: Working time arrangements in a context of technological change: a workplace level analysis for France 
Angelika Kümmerling/Dominik Postels:  The impact of working time autonomy on strain and future work ability of employees in Germany. Analyses of the DGB Index “Gute Arbeit”
Ina Krause, Franziska Hein, Simon Oertel: Re-Organizing Work in the Virtual Space: Exploring the Role of Coworking Spaces

12:45 – 13:45


13:45 – 15:15

Plenary Session 2: Labour market segmentation: Current challenges and trends
Chair: Karen Jaehrling
Simon Weingärtner: Architectures or Actors? Economic or Social Logics? A Comparison of Contemporary Sociological Theories on Labor Market Inequality
Geraldine Rieucau: Hiring practices and labour market segmentation. An analysis of a French nation-wide employer survey
John Buchanan, Stephen Tierney, Jie Yin, Bala Rajaratnam, Catherine Lee: Contours of labour market segmentation: Mapping occupational labour flows within Australia’s employed workforce

15:30 – 16:45


Parallel Paper Sessions

Session 4 Trends and drivers of increasing/decreasing inequality II: Earnings inequalities: Trend and drivers
Chair: Christian Weller
Miriam Rehm: Inter-Industry Wage Inequality: Persistent differences and turbulent equalization
Toralf Pusch: The impact of minimum wage on incomes when the low wage sector is large: The case of Germany
Ivan Privalko: Job Mobility and Earnings Growth: Comparing Germany and the UK

Session 5  Pathways  to stable employment though education and training II: At the margins of the training and education system
Chair: Albert Recio
Nina Vishnevskaya, Anna Zudina : NEETs in Russia and EU countries: the comparative analysis
Jouko Nätti : Temporary work, employer-provided training and subsequent employment career
Camille Retsin-Michel de Previa : From the persistent problem of long-term unemployment to the emergence of an innovative system. Observations on the « Zero long-term unemployed territory

Session 6: Working time flexibility II: Protective gaps in old and new workplaces and how to close them
Chair: Claudia Weinkopf
Jill Rubery, Claudia Weinkopf, Philippe Méhaut, Damian Grimshaw: Closing the protective gaps for part-time and variable hours workers:  a comparison of regulatory and social dialogue measures in Germany, France and the UK
Agnieszka Piasna: Platform economy and the standard employment relationship
Kristin Jesnes: A grounded theory of platform work: Experiencing flexibility and control in food delivery platforms

16:45 – 17:15

Coffee Break

17:15 – 18:30


Parallel Paper Sessions

Session 7 Trends and drivers of increasing/decreasing inequality III: Decreases in objective and subjective job security?
Chair: Jouko Nätti
Stefanie Gundert, Katharina Dengler: Digital transformation and subjective job insecurity,
Àngel Alonso-Domínguez: ‘Precario, precarious, prëkar’: Distancing or convergence in the perception of job precariousness in Spain, Great Britain and Germany,
Satu Ojala: Finnish Industrial Employees’ Careers over time – Fragmented or Stabilized?

Session 8  Trends and drivers of increasing/decreasing inequality IV: Precarious Inclusion: Access of marginalized groups to the labour market
Chair: Mat Johnson
Johanna Neuhauser: The ‘permanent migrantisation’ of low paid work in Europe – Theoretical reflections and empirical evidences
Janine Leschke, Jonas Felbo-Kolding : Co-ethnic social networks and labour market segmentation: characteristics of the first job of recent migrants from Poland and Romania in Denmark
Anna Demianova: Employment of people with disabilities: role of disability status

Session 9: Fragmentation of Work and Dualisation of Labour markets I: The Increasing use of exit options: trends and effects
Chair: Christine Erhel
Francois-Xavier Devetter, Julie Valentin: In-house contracting or outsourcing: what dynamic for firms and administrations in France (1984 - 2017)?
Valeria Cirillo: Internal and external labour market segmentation: An analysis on employer-employee firm level data
Enrico Zaninotto: Finding and losing a job: how different age groups react to employment cyclicality in a liberalized at margin labour market

18:30 – 19:15

IWPLMS Steering Committee


Social Dinnerat the  „Brauhaus Zum Schlüssel“

Tuesday, September 10

9:00 – 10:30

Plenary Session 3:  Strengthening collective bargaining
Chair: Jill Rubery
Susan Hayter: Collective Agreements: Extending Labour Protection
John Hendy: Proposals to restore collective bargaining in the UK
Gerhard Bosch: Strengthening and Re-Building Collective Bargaining

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:15


Parallel Paper Sessions

Session 10 The role of social dialogue in reducing insecurity + inequality I: Recent reforms of the collective bargaining system
Chair: Adriana Marshall
Noelie Delahaie, K. Guillas Cavan, Héloïse Petit: The interrelationship of collective bargaining at industry and company-levels: a quantitative analysis on French Data.
Steffen Lehndorff: European trade unions’ responses to attacks on collective bargaining systems
Anne Eydoux: Gender equality and equal pay policies in time of labour market deregulation. The French case

Session 11: Labour market re-regulation: efforts beyond national legislation
Chair: Agnieszka Piasna
Julie Douglas, Katherine Ravenswood: When the State resumes its role as lead employer: regulating for pay equity in care and support work in New Zealand
Irene Dingeldey, Jenny Hahs: International Employment Regulation by the ILO: From Hidden Legal Segmentation Towards Recent Universal Legislative Trends?
Frederic Hüttenhoff, Claudia Weinkopf: Enforcement of minimum wages in Germany

Session 12    Fragmentation of Work and Dualisation of Labour markets II: Divergent management approaches to the externalized workforce
Chair: Arjan Keizer
Tibor T. Meszmann, (László Neumann †): A new form of segmentation: spreading utilization of temporary agency work in Hungary’s re-industrialised regions since the global economic crisis
Chris Mathieu, Susanne Boethius: Mimicking the market in hierarchy to reduce use of the market: the operation of an internal temporary employment agency in a university hospital
Rasmus Ahlstrand: Labour flexibility in the Swedish building sector

12:15 – 13:15


13:15 – 14:45


Parallel Paper Sessions

Session 13  The role of social dialogue in reducing insecurity + inequality II: Trade unions: re-asserting the capacity to act
Chair: Anne Eydoux
Adriana Marshall: Exploring public perceptions of trade unions under changing labour markets in Latin America
Thomas Haipeter: New Developments in German Industrial Relations. A Story about Crisis and Revitalisation
Christine Üyük: Digital Mobilization to Transnational Protest Actions

Session 14 Digital Transformation: impact of societal contexts and power relations
Chair: Janine Leschke
Hajo Holst : Digitization and the Fragmented Workforce – Technological Change, Temporary Agency Work and the Future of Industrial Work
Margherita Russo, Pasquale Pavone, Armanda Cetrulo: From wage bargaining to the negotiation on “cognitive surplus value”: reflections on a laboratory for Industry 4.0 in Lamborghini
Annamaria Simonazzi , J. Carreto, Margherita Russo: The impact of digital transformation in the automotive supply chain. The case of Mexico

Session 15 Fragmentation of Work and Dualisation of Labour markets III: Recent Policies and Social Dialogue
Chair: Maria Karamessini
Werner Eichhorst, Paul Marx: How Stable Is Labour Market Dualism? Reforms of Employment Protection in Nine European Countries
Mat Johnson, Arjan Keizer: Receding horizons: The challenges of tackling precariousness through social dialogue across Europe
Philippe Méhaut, Aurélie Peyrin, Camille Signoretto: Fixed term contracts with very short duration in France: how to cope with this new phenomenon?

15:00 – 15:45

Plenary Session 4: Maria Karamessini: Combating mass unemployment under austerity in Greece: the experience of the left government (2015-2019) Chair: Steffen Lehndorff


Closing of the Conference

Conference Venue

The Conference will be held at "Haus der Universität" (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf), Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Düsseldorf

How to get there

Stations within 3 minutes walking distance from the Haus der Universität

  • Underground (U-Bahn): „Heinrich-Heine-Allee“ and  „Schadowstraße“
  • Tramway (Straßenbahn): „Schadowstraße“
  • Bus: „Heinrich-Heine-Allee“

Time table information:

  • Trip to the Haus der Universität
  • Departure from the Haus der Universität

Arriving by train

Düsseldorf main station is connected to all international long-distance train routes.
The underground station is located in the basement floor. All lines are connected to the station "Heinrich-Heine-Allee" close to the Haus der Universität (3rd stop, around 3 minutes travel time).

  • U70, U76: Krefeld
  • U74: Meerbusch
  • U75: Neuss
  • U77: Am Seestern
  • U78: Arena/Messe Nord
  • U79: Duisburg.

Arriving by plane

The Düsseldorf airport is one of the biggest in Europe. There is a direct connection to the main station by suburban train (S-Bahn S11, 12 minutes).
Go by underground to the Haus der Universität (see above).

Arriving by car

The Haus der Universität is located in a pedestrian zone and cannot be reached by car directly. Access for taxis is permitted.
If you arrive by your own car: Follow the signs for the centre (Zentrum) from all directions. The Haus der Universität is located in the city centre close to the northern end of the Königsallee.
Car parks in the area are rare and charged during the day. It is advisable to use a multi-storey car park.


We have reserved a number of rooms for the participants of the conference in the hotels listed below. Participants are invited to make their own reservation via e-mail or via the hotels’ online booking system before the cut-off-dates. These cut-off-dates vary from hotel to hotel (see ‘available until’). The prices given below are rates for a single room per night. When making a reservation please refer to the keyword for the conference. Please be aware that September is a busy time in Dusseldorf so we kindly ask you to make your reservation as soon as possible.

Motel One Düsseldorf-Hauptbahnhof
Immermannstr. 54
40210 Düsseldorf
E-Mail: duesseldorf-hauptbahnhof@motel-one.com
available until: 28 July 2019
keyword: IWPLMS 2019
price: 80,50 € (incl. breakfast)

Holiday Inn Düsseldorf – Hafen
Volmerswerther Str. 35
40221 Düsseldorf
E-Mail: reservations@hi-dus-hf.com
available until: 12 August 2019
keyword: IWPLMS September 2019
price: 8. + 9 September 2019 : 85 €.  10 September 2019: 135 €
minimum 2 nights

Auszeit Hotel Düsseldorf
Auf’m Hennekamp 71
40225 Düsseldorf
E-Mail: info@auszeit-hotel.de
available until: 8 June 2019
keyword: IWPLMS Düsseldorf
price: 85,-- € (incl. breakfast)

NH Düsseldorf City
Kölner Str. 186 – 188
40227 Düsseldorf
E-Mail: nhduesseldorf@nh-hotels.com
available until: 28 July 2019
keyword: IWPLMS 2019
price: 124,-- € (incl. breakfast)