When: Thursday, August 18th, 7pm
Where: Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst Street, Room #4
The Global Labour Research Centre (York University), the Centre for Social Justice, and the Socialist Project are pleased to host a talk on: Labour and the Political Economy of Peripheralisation: The Case of Ukraine and the European Union
* Dr. Gregory Schwartz, School of Economics, Finance and Management Faculty of Social Sciences & Law, University of Bristol
Ukraine’s Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) that forms part of the Association Agreement with the European Union, is designed to harmonise laws, norms and regulations in trade. At the same time, together with recent changes in the labour law, the DCFTA promises significantly to transform labour and employment in Ukraine and set in motion changes that will affect labour in the European Union itself. Using data from a study of the labour market in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, this presentation will examine current developments in the ‘Europeanisation’ of work and employment, assessing the manner in which the realities of informal, insecure, flexible and low pay work in Lviv fit into the wider matrix of European labour restructuring. The presentation will also consider how the notion of peripheries plays a key role in understanding the development of global capitalism (viz. theories of ‘combined and uneven development’ and ‘variegated neoliberalisation’), and will argue that the specific nature of constructing internal peripheralisation by means of spatially segmenting labour markets (as represented by Ukraine and other CEE countries) suggests a degree of maturation of EU capitalism that necessitates a closer theoretical inquiry.
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