European Labour Law Conference – New forms of labour and new structures of enterprises – challenges for labour law

 on 15 and 16 February 2019

simultaneous translation German-English-German



Frankfurt/M., IG Metall Headquarter, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Str- 79
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             Description of the Conference

Following conferences in Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Florence in recent years, the European Lawyers for Workers Network is inviting you to a conference in Frankfurt/M on 15 and 16 February 2019.

We were able to win the support of IG Metall, the Hugo Sinzheimer Institute for Labour Law, the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH), the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and the German Association of Democratic Lawyers (VDJ)- Labour Law Commission. Once again, highly topical issues will be the subject of discussion. It is about the increasing undermining of traditional individual and collective labour law by new forms of work (keywords: platform economy (e.g. Uber), crowd-working, subcontractors, freelancers) and new corporate structures in the EU-wide and international framework (keywords: matrix, letterbox companies, industry 4.0).

With reference to the alleged independence of the employees, the employee status as a prerequisite for labour law protection is about to be abolished and the collective representation of the interests of the employees by trade unions and works councils is undermined. We want to gain a more concrete assessment of current developments and in order to do so we ask speakers from different backgrounds (trade unions, labour law studies and legal profession) and from numerous EU countries to discuss labour law and trade unions’ counter-strategies – also on the basis of already existing examples and relevant case law -.


Friday, 15 February 2019, 14h00 to 18h30

(Registration starts at 13h30)

Welcome and opening:

  • ELW-Network, ELDH
  • IG Metall: Boris Karthaus, IG Metall headquarters, legal department, Frankfurt/M.
  1. Reconstruction of working time : Cristina Inversi, PhD, Lecturer at Manchester University
  2. Occupational Health and Safety: Aude Cefaliello, PhD Candidate at University of Glasgow

Short discussion after each speech
Moderator : Thomas Schmidt, Lawyer, ELDH Secretary General, ELW-Network

Break: 15 minutes

  1. Collective Rights : Prof. Dr. Reingard Zimmer, European and International Labour Law, Berlin Schoold of Economics and Law
  2. Employee Status : Prof. Francisco Trillo, University of Castilla La Mancha
  3. Artificial Corporate Entities and the Circumvention of Labour Standards : Dr. Jan Cremers, Senior Researcher, Tilburg University

Short discussion after each speech
Moderator : Silvia Rainone, PhD Candidate at Tilburg University, ELW-Network


Saturday, 16 February 2019, 09h30 – 13h00

(Entrance opens at 09h00)

Key note speech :

Christiane Benner, IG Metall Co-President

Panel Discussion I (Trade Union’s Strategies)

  • ETUC: Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary, ETUC, Brussels
  • France: Emilie Durlach, Legal Department CFDT, Paris
  • Poland: Ewa Podgórska-Rakiel, PhD, Legal Department NSZZ “Solidarnosc”, Gdansk
  • Spain: Prof. Dr. Antonio Garcia-Muñoz, University of Castilla La Mancha, for CCOO

Short discussion
Moderator: Klaus Lörcher, former ETUC legal advisor, Frankfurt

Break: 15 minutes

 Panel Discussion II (Legal Strategies)

  • England: Declan Owens, Solicitor, London
  • Netherlands: Bas van Dis, Lawyer, Utrecht
  • Italy: Elena Gramano, Lawyer and Research Fellow at Goethe University, Frankfurt

Short discussion
Dr. Rüdiger Helm, lawyer, Munich and Cape Town, ELW-Network

13h00 Closing Remarks



Send an email to : office@elw-network.euor with your full name, address, and profession 

Fee: 80 € (regular), 60 € (ELW-Network members), free (IG Metall members, students, unemployed) 

Bank account: name of the bank: ING Belgium SA, beneficiary ELW, Chaussée de Haecht 55, BE – 1210 – Brussels, Belgium

IBAN: BE14 3631 2954 7883, BIC/SWIFT: BBRUBEBB





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