London Met represented at the international conference of sociology of work in Athens

Dr Sylvie Contrepois, reader in European employment relations, presented the results of an EU project entitled INTERNSTAGE

Dr Sylvie Contrepois, reader in European employment relations, presented EU project INTERNSTAGE outcomes at the international conference of sociology of work in Athens on May 2016. Please find information on the Journées internationales de Sociologie du Travail website here.

Analysing the situation of interns across Europe, she questioned the real contribution internships are making to the professionalisation of students. Based on the results of research conducted in six EU countries – France, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Spain and the UK – by colleagues from five different universities, she concluded that student internships are one of the instruments used in the process of labour market deregulation. 

Professionalisation of students remains a key issue though, but specific contracts that respect basic labour rights and the specific situation of this young labour force need to be implemented.

A member of the scientific board of this biennial event, Dr Contrepois also reported in plenary on the 32 papers of the workshop dedicated to “resistance and mobilisations in the changing world of work” and acted as a moderator for a session on “trade union crises”.

For more information, please contact Dr Sylvie Contrepois (s.contrepois@londonmet.ac.uk).

See the conference video here.