Cross-Border Trade Union Action in Europe in Times of the Euro-Crisis: The Case of the European Days of Action
In my presentation I’ll present explorative findings on the history of the European Action Days and identify patterns concerning the participation rates of trade unions. The following questions will guide my presentation: Which unions did/did not participate in the European Days of Action and why? What constrains, but also: what opportunities have trade unions encountered in their attempts to organise and participate in the Action Days?
The empirical material of the research was gathered via online content-analysis and interviews with trade union activists from four different European countries (Bulgaria, Finland, Spain, Austria). First results indicate a big participation gap between unions from different member states. Union types and power resources seem to play an important role in the decision for participating in cross-border trade union action.