"The ongoing austerity crisis is being felt in all sectors of EU law, but has had a particularly severe impact on labour law. Silvana Sciarra, a leading judge and scholar of EU employment law, considers how solidarity regimes have been shaken by the crisis. She brings together existing European policies in social and employment law, to enhance synergies and developments in a post-crisis discourse. She looks at reactions of national constitutional courts to austerity measures and of international organizations in re-establishing respect of fundamental workers' rights. Criticizing soft law approaches in employment policies, she favours recourse to binding measures connected with selective financial incentives through European funds. She highlights developments in European sector social dialogue and new horizons of transnational collective bargaining in large multinationals. Taking a positive, practical approach, Sciarra shows how social policies can enhance solidarity and social cohesion, through European financial support"--
"When employment is under threat, national identities tend to consolidate around their traditional certainties, to defend what was achieved in the past and contain it within national borders. This attitude, which is not without reasons, is in contrast with the awareness that, in a globalised economy, raising barriers does not help growth and does not favour economic development"--
1. Europe in time of crisis; 2. Employment policies; 3. Beyond European 'governance' inside the global crisis; 4. Conflict and the uncertain shape of transnational solidarity: Viking and Laval; 5. Voices from global law; 6. Integration and disintegration
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