Social Policy and Labour Law during Austerity in the European Union
2015 (English)In: Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies, ISSN 1651-8942, no 2Article in journal (Other academic) Published
The austerity policy within the European Union during the economic and financial crisis has marked a fundamental shift regarding EU´s basic policy considerations for gender equality and collective bargaining. In case of gender equality, the shift has not been explicit, but rather emerged as an indirect result of a seemingly gender neutral approach to the economic problems. The situation is rather different regarding collective bargaining, where the starting point for the austerity policy has been that institutions and mechanisms for sectoral collective bargaining constitute obstacles to necessary structural reforms. Several crisis measures have been found to violate basic international human rights instruments (adopted within ILO, UN and the European Council), while Member States to the European Union are still bound by their international human rights obligations when implementing those measures. There are also reasons to expect that the EU institutions which are parties to the Troika should respect these obligations when designing crisis measures for individual Member States. The author argues that in the future we need better coordination between gender equality and social policy goals on one hand and economic crisis policy on the other. Otherwise the human rights policy of the European Union will lose its credibility, which may undermine public support and legitimacy for the European project in many Member States.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Policy Analysis (EPA) , 2015. no 2
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-128891OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-128891DiVA: diva2:917462