Wage, labour market and globalisation: from Cold War to European Union – focus on Central and Eastern Europe

Wage, labour market and globalisation: from Cold War to European Union – focus on Central and Eastern Europe

University of Artois; University of Timisoara; WAGE research group
West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Sociology and Psychology
Vom - Bis
10.10.2019 - 11.10.2019
Michel-Pierre CHELINI

Globalisation is not the only factor in the evolution of contemporary economies, but it brings in its train other economic components such as innovation, capital formation or qualification of the workforce. It has effects on production, trade flows and market structure but also on prices, costs and incomes. In this context, wage is a very current topic. Wages have at least two main dimensions: a statistical and quantifiable one, the average annual salary, and the other one more social and psychological, the socio-cultural perception of salaries.

Since the 1980s, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe have seen a complete renewal of their labour market conditions. Supply and demand of employment and the general progression of wages evolve very quickly. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the communist regimes, accelerated liberalization has been implemented in most states. Social precariousness is worsening, the demand for skills is changing, and migratory movements assume real importance.
At the same time, in the other part of the (former) communist bloc, China's choices seem quite clearly opposed: maintaining an authoritarian state, privatizing the economy around a powerful public sector, developing an industrial assembly strategy and massive exports.
The conference aims to establish a kind of inventory of the past forty years for the labour market in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe to cover: the initial situation (centrally planned wage strategy, mono-syndicalism), the succession of reforms (political and economic liberalization, privatizations, accession to the EU) and the current results (differential wage increases, employment situation, labour disputes, role of skills, union action).
The conference is open to academics, students and practitioners working in the field of wage and labour market. Scholars and practitioners are encouraged to submit papers on topics related to Central and Eastern Europe such as: Wage, labour market and globalisation, Wage and employment, Wage and social change, Wage and development, Wage policies and institutional practices, Data sources and their use in the study of wage etc.

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 June 2019
Acceptance decision: 15 July 2019
Deadline for registration: 15 September 2019
Date for preliminary program: 25 July 2019
Dates of Conference: 10-11 October 2019

Proceedings of symposium will be published either by Peter Lang AG (Switzerland) or Cambridge Scholars (UK) in 2020.

There are no registration or participation fees. Participants need to cover their own costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence

Submissions: Abstracts no longer than 250 words should be submitted using the registration form at https://fsp.uvt.ro/wage-conference-registration, no later than June 30th. We will be able to accept up to 40 proposals. Acceptance decisions will be communicated before the 15th July

Steering committee:
Leonid Borodkin, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
Michel-Pierre Chélini, Université d’Artois, Arras, Fr.
Linda Clarke, Westminster University, London, UK
Dmitrii Didenko, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Ciprian Panzaru, West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Sociology, Romania
Muriel Perisse, Université d’Artois, Arras, Fr.
André Steiner, Universität Potsdam/Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Germany


Conference Opening Ceremony – Thursday, 10th of October 2019
09.00 - 10.00 – Participants registration
10.00 - 10.15 – UVT Rector, PhD Professor Marilen Gabriel PIRTEA
10.15 - 10.30 – Representative of WAGE Network
10.30 - 10.45 – Representatives of local (UVT) Organizing Committee

Plenary Section
11.10 - 12:10 – Invited keynote speaker : wage problematics in the transition period 1980-2000.

12.15 - 13.00 – Lunch (Lounge UVT) [TBC]

Session 1:
13.00-15.30 Room A01 (UVT) : the wage evolution in Central and Eastern Europe between 1980s and 2010s
15.30 - 16:00 – Coffee break

Session 2 :
16.00-17.30 Room A01 (UVT) : wage public policies and wage strategies of private companies

19.00 – Gala Dinner

Friday, 11th of October 2019
Plenary Session

10.00 - 11.15 – Room A11 (UVT)
Invited keynote speaker : national, regional and professional differences: the diversity of evolution in C and E Europe

12.30-13.30 Room 601 (UVT)
Round table : labour market situation thirty years after the end of the planned economies

13.30 – 14.30 – Lunch

15.00-16.30 Room 601 (UVT)
Final workshop : future research and cooperation projects

18.00-19.30 – Timisoara Historic Center Tour
19.30 - Dinner


Michel-Pierre CHELINI
Université d'Artois, rue du Temple
F-62030 Arras