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Trade union cooperation and networking in Europe – from the perspective of Nordic trade unions

Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)
Författare Bengt Larsson
Kristina Lovén Seldén
Publicerad i 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association, 2015, 25-28/8, Prague
Publiceringsår 2015
Publicerad vid Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap
Centrum för Europaforskning (CERGU)
Språk en
Ämneskategorier Sociologi

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The role of trade unions is of great importance in the European integration process. A crucial prerequisite for unions to take an active role is that they are able to cooperate across borders. Historically, most importance was given cooperation through the ETUC and the social dialogue. In the 2000s, more emphasis is put on the sectorial social dialogue. But it is important also to acknowledge ‘bottom up’ cooperation at bilateral, regional and European level, encompassing exchange of information; training programs; coproduction of statements; participation in trade union action; and coordination of collective bargaining. This paper is part of a comparative study of trade union cooperation and network-building at the sectoral level in Europe, aiming to explain what factors enable or hinder cooperation. Empirically, the focus is on the Nordic parts of the data sets; encompassing interviews and a survey with union representatives in six sectors, selected to maximize variation in terms of competitive pressure, production processes and risk for relocation (Mining, Metal, Construction, Transport, Banking/finance, and Health Care). The main research questions are: How are the cooperative networks structured within different sectors? What similarities and differences in cooperation exist between different sectors? To what degree can these be explained by differences in industrial relations between sectors and countries? The study focuses on the following aspects of cooperation: a) joint statements in the sectoral dialogue, b) training/education, c) exchange of information and coordination of collective bargaining; d) cooperation on member enrolment; e) trade union action, and f) lobbying towards the EU.

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