Employee Representatives in European Organizations

TitleEmployee Representatives in European Organizations
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsEuwema, Martin, García, Ana Belén, Munduate, Lourdes, Elgoibar, Patricia, and Pender, Erica
EditorEuwema, Martin, Munduate, Lourdes, Elgoibar, Patricia, Pender, Erica, and García, Ana Belén
Book TitlePromoting Social Dialogue in European Organizations
Pagination1 - 17
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
CityNew York
Keywordsconflict management, dialogue in organizations, employee representatives, industrial relations, mediation, problem-solving, social dialogue, workplace innovation

Worldwide, and also within the European Union, there is a strong debate on the conditions for a creative social dialogue in organizations. The problem-solving potential of this formal dialogue between employer and employee representatives is crucial and has already been shown in different organizations, however, is not always easy to achieve. In this chapter, we first discuss the role of social dialogue in Europe and the changes that currently take place. Then we present the framework of the studies forming the base of this book: the New European Industrial Relations (NEIRE) model. This model focuses on outcomes and key factors contributing to creative social dialogue in European organizations. At the end of the chapter we briefly describe the results of surveys and interviews gathered from more than 700 human resources managers in eleven European countries, participating in this project.