European Parliament, Brussels - room ASP 1G2


Thursday 20 October 2016



10.30 – 10.45              Opening of the conference

                                  Ms. Gabi Zimmer (GUE/NGL) and Mr. Horst Schmitthenner (TUNE)

10.45 – 11.45              Employers' interests and strategies in Europe
                                  Mr. Kenneth Haar, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)


11.45 – 15.30              Labour mobility and workers´ rights in Europe

11.45 – 13.00              Review of the Posting of Workers Directive: Fair working conditions or Social Dumping?

                                 Ms. Liina Carr, Confederal Secretary, ETUC

                                 Ms. Rina Ronja Kari, MEP, GUE/NGL

                                 Ms. Maria-Eleni Zalaora, Greece

14.30 – 15.00             The Pillar of Social Rights:  Fig leaf or social progress?

                                 Ms. Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary, ETUC

                                 Mr. Conny Reuter, SOLIDAR

                                 Ms. Gabi Zimmer, President of GUE/NGL


15.30 – 18.00              TTIP/CETA – Workers rights and democratic challenges  

15.30 – 16.00               Panel A: TTIP and CETA

                                  Canada: experiences with NAFTA and CETA

                                  Ms. Sujata Dey, trade campaigner for the Council of Canadians

                                  TTIP/CETA – state of play of the negotiations

                                  Mr. Helmut Scholz,  MEP, GUE/NGL

16.30 – 17.15               Panel B: TTIP campaign experiences

                                  Germany:        Ms. Nora Rohde, DGB

                                  Spain:             Ms. Cristina Faciaben, CCOO

                                  Italy:               Mr. Leopoldo Tartaglia,  Foundation di Vittorio, CGIL


Friday 21 October 2016

09.00 – 10.00             Ongoing workers' conflicts

                                  Reports on European Coca Cola workers’ struggles

                                  Mr. Juan Carlos Asenjo, Spain

                                  Mr. Jürgen Hinzer, Germany

                                  Report on Eastern European workers´ struggles

                                  Ms. Monika Karbowska

10.00 – 12.30              Challenges for the Trade Unions in Europe today

                                  Mr. Luca Visentini, General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

                                  Ms. Gabi Bischoff, President of the Workers Group, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

                                  Mr. Thomas Händel, Chairman of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) European Parliament  


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