Trade Unions and Participation

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 10:30 AM-12:20 PM
Room: Booth 65
RC10 Participation, Organizational Democracy and Self-Management (host committee)

Language: English

This session will explore the impact of the crisis on trade unions and recent developments in the field of worker participation. Contributions analysing the theme at local, national, European and global level are welcome. With regard to the local and national level of analysis we are particularly interested by the impacts of austerity policies and their tendency to undermine trade union and employee rights. In particular, we invite the contributors to address the following questions: •How and to what extent does the crisis impact on the scope of worker participation? •Is institutionalised worker participation undergoing deregulation processes? •Does the crisis contribute to greater divergences between countries with regard to the exercise of participation rights? Furthermore, the session intends to analyse the possibilities of trade unions and worker participation to address the processes of trans-nationalisation of economic activities and in particular restructuring processes at transnational level. As the most developed supranational rights of information and consultation are enabled by EU directives, the session should address their effectiveness vis-à-vis restructuring processes in times of crisis. In this context, we would also like to look what types of transnational strategies trade unions pursue in order to address the consequences of the crisis. Finally, the session also intends to look at new experiences of trade union and employee involvement at global level. Thus, in this session we welcome contributions dealing with the role and the concrete impact of transnational company agreements on industrial relations and worker participation at local level.
Session Organizers:
Volker TELLJOHANN, IRES Emilia-Romagna, Italy and Philippe POCHET, European Trade Union Institute, Belgium
Philippe POCHET, European Trade Union Institute, Belgium
Participation and Transnational Restructuring Agreements (Oral Presentation)
Isabel DA COSTA, CNRS - IDHE, France

How Can Trade Unions Improve Quality of Work in Low-Wage Services in Europe? (Oral Presentation)
Vassil KIROV, University of Evry, France

Employee Representation Regimes in Europe: Do They Exist in Practice and Have They Changed in the Crisis? (Oral Presentation)
Guy VAN GYES, KULeuven, Belgium; Pieter LIAGRE, KULeuven, Belgium; Stan DE SPIEGELAERE, KULeuven, Belgium