The Transnationalisation of Collective Bargaining: Approaches of European Trade Unions

TitleThe Transnationalisation of Collective Bargaining: Approaches of European Trade Unions
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGlassner, Vera
PublisherPeter Lang
CityNew York
Keywordscollective bargaining, Europe, Europeanization, industrial relations
Abstract

This book analyses the transnationalization of collective bargaining by European trade unions, presenting key theoretical concepts and debates on the Europeanization of collective bargaining and social dialogue. The author uses comprehensive empirical evidence to illustrate that trade union strategies can be linked to sector-specific economic, institutional and actor-related factors. Looking at seven different industrial sectors, the book investigates whether western European trade unions pursue a centralized, vertical approach towards the transnationalization of collective bargaining policies or embark upon decentralized, horizontal cross-border initiatives. It identifies and operationalizes the most important determinants of processes and explores commonly held assumptions about relationships between different forms of trade union-driven transnationalization. Overall, the study reveals a number of patterns in the variation between countries and sectors, both of the institutions and instruments involved and of the intensity of cross-border coordination.