|Is the Crisis Turning the Precariat Into the New Proletariat?|
4 April 2013, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30
With the fall of aggregate demand resulting from the crisis and austerity policies, labour market flexibility is revealing its dark side. The margin of the labour force is feeling increasingly doomed to a precarious life, leading to problems of self-representation of the workers and occupational identity, not to mention the rise of social illness. Does the rage of this new class have the potential of transforming into a factor of change, or will such an outcome be prevented by the atomisation of labour stemming from neoliberal policy choices and the evolution towards a services-based society? Is there any chance of re-engaging the precariat within the traditional domains of political representation, or will the dominance of economics in the centrist political discourse consign the precariat to extra-parliamentary ways of representation?
A Citizen’s Controversy with Guy Standing, Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath, and Denis Pennel, Managing Director of Eurociett - European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies.
The debate was moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.
The Peace Tour Award has been jointly set up by the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation (MCF) and the Europe-China Cultural and Educational Foundation (ECCEF), the European branch of the Peace Tour Committee - World Famous Chinese Artists Global Painting Peace Tour Committee - in order to grant awards to outstanding Chinese students or researchers studying in the European Union.
Deadline for application: 24th of April (midnight, CET)
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