|Title||Economic Crisis And Municipal Public Service Employment: Comparing Developments In Seven EU Member States|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Leisink, Peter, and Bach, Stephen|
|Journal||Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research|
|Pagination||327 - 342|
|Keywords||austerity, employee participation, EU, Europe, European Union, municipal employment, municipalities, trade unions|
This article examines the impact of austerity policies in seven EU Member States on municipal employment and the ways in which social dialogue can influence consequences for employees. It provides a comparative institutional framework, looking at municipal tasks and powers, and the social dialogue institutions available in the respective countries. In addition, the outcomes of austerity policies are compared with regard to wages, employment levels and the public service provision, as well as the influence of social dialogue institutions on these outcomes. Trade unions and workplace employee representatives face a dilemma, having to choose between concession bargaining and opposition to employer plans in order to preserve public sector employment. Between and within countries there seem to be significant differences in their success. Generally speaking, however, these are tough times for municipal workers, their representatives and citizens dependent on the services municipalities offer.