Un-doing Labour in Greece: Memoranda, Workfare and Eurozone 'Competitiveness'

Boukalas, Christos and Müller, Julian (2015) Un-doing Labour in Greece: Memoranda, Workfare and Eurozone 'Competitiveness'. Global Labour Journal, 6 (3). pp. 390-405. ISSN 1918-6711

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This article examines the assault on the rights, wages and bargaining position of workers in Greece following the bailout agreements between Greece and its creditors – the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the group of Eurozone countries. It focuses in particular on the workfare measures that are designed to activate the industrial reserve army. These measures are enacted in the name of competitiveness, which is defined as reducing unit labour costs, revealing the neo-liberal orientation of the structural adjustment programme to which Greece is being subjected. The article also puts this into the context of the wider conflict over austerity policies in Greece, which came to a head with the election of the left-wing Syriza party in January 2015 and its recent defeat against the country’s creditors. We argue that this result can only be properly understood if the institutional design and inherent selectivities of the Eurozone are taken into account.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L200 Politics
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 10:50
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 09:21
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35227

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