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Varieties of precarious workers’ unionism: Greece and Italy compared

A collective tome on precarious labor has just been published:

The New Social Division: Making and Unmaking Precariousness.

The book has been edited by Donatella della Porta, Sakari Hänninen, Martti Siisiäinen and Tiina Silvasti.

It includes a chapter I wrote, entitled Varieties of precarious workers’ unionism: Greece and Italy compared.

Here’s the book’s abstract – the full text of my contribution will be soon available on my Academia.edu webpage:

This volume addresses issues of precariousness in a broad perspective, examining socio-economic transformations as well as the identity formation and political organizing of precarious people...

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Lost in the Ocean of Deregulation? The Greek Labour Movement in a Time of Crisis

The latest  issue of Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations includes an article I co-authored with Lefteris Kretsos, on the challenges the contemporary Greek labor movement is facing.

Here’s the article’s summary:

Lost in the Ocean of Deregulation? The Greek Labour Movement in a Time of Crisis.

The 2008 financial crisis had a tremendous impact on the Greek economy and society. Since 2010, widespread popular mobilizations have emerged against the austerity measures that were part of the bail-out package proposed to the Greek governments by the Troika of creditors (EU-ECB-IMF). Yet the institutional trade unions have failed to impede the reduction of wage earners’ income, which, by 2013, had dropped by 50% compared to 2008 levels...

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Workers’ transnational networks in times of austerity

The May 1st special issue of Transfer – European Review of Labour and Research includes an article I wrote on the transnational networks of Italian and Greek workers.

Here’s the abstract:

This article describes the development of cross-national labour movement networks between Italy and Greece and explains why some of their efforts produced concrete results, while others did not...

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La Thatcher ad Atene – Articolo pubblicato su DinamoPress.it (IT)

http://www.dinamopress.it/news/la-tatcher-a-atene

In tutta la Grecia proseguono gli scioperi generali contro il governo. Mentre i “neo-thatcheriani” vogliono limitare il diritto di sciopero e “riformare” i sindacati.

Lo sciopero di mercoledì 20 febbraio si svolge, oltre a tutto il resto, sotto l’ombra dei progetti del governo di limitazione del diritto di sciopero e della “riforma” dei sindacati. Il governo propone un modello oltraggioso di deregolamentazione del movimento operaio. In questo suo tentativo si basa, a mio avviso, su tre fatti.

In primo luogo, sulla percezione, ben assorbita da una parte importante della società, che le leadership delle organizzazioni dei lavoratori sono “incapaci”, “svendute” ma anche composte da “bari professionisti”...

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Grecia, la fine del sindacato? – Intervista a Amisnet (IT)

Here’s an interview I gave to the radio show of Amisnet, Rome, Italy, on the Greek trade unions and the problems they are facing due to the crisis.

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