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Global and European Trade Union Federations

A Handbook and Analysis of Transnational Trade Union Organizations and Policies- Translated by Pete Burgess


Hans-Wolfgang Platzer and Torsten Müller

The continuing advance of globalization, together with deepening European integration, has increased the significance of the transnational level of trade union organization and action. This study offers a comprehensive overview of the development, structure, and policies of global and European trade union federations to serve as a reference work on all the key trade union movements operating globally and in Europe. It presents an in-depth analysis of the challenges facing these organizations and their strategic and policy responses.
As a handbook, this volume provides extensive and systematically presented data on transnational sectoral trade union federations. Applying an analogous structure in the presentation of both global and European levels, the study features extensive organizational profiles, portraits, and overviews. This empirical material serves to reveal recent innovations in cross-border policy instruments and strategic approaches since the 1990s. The changing profiles of international trade unions – as measured against a set of functional criteria drawn from political science – and key developments in transnational trade union activity since the start of the new century are also investigated.


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ii CGIL-FILTEA Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro – Federazione Italiana Lavoratori Tessile e Abbigliamento (CGIL af filiate for the textile and clothing industry) CGIL-FLFP Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro – Federazione Lavoratori Funzione Pubblica (CGIL af filiate for public services) CGT Confédération générale du travail (General Confederation of Labour – France) CGT-FO Confédération générale du travail-Force Ouvrière (France) CICA Confederation of International Contractors’ Associations CIS Commonwelath of Independent States CISL Confederazione Italiana Sindacati Lavoratori (General Confederation of Italian Workers’ Trades Unions – Italy, Christian tradition) CLEPA European Association of Automotive Suppliers CLR-N Construction Labour Research Network CMB Centrale de l’Industrie du Métal de Belgique (metal- working af filiate of the Belgian trade union confed- eration FGTB) CNV Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond in Nederland (National Federation of Christian Trade Unions in the Netherlands) CoESS Confederation of European Security Services COPA Comité des Organisations Professionnelles Agricoles COTANCE Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community CREA Coordinador Regional del Espectáculo de las Américas (Regional coordinator of the IFM for Latin America) CSR Corporate Social Responsibility xxiv List of Abbreviations CUT Central Unica dos Trabalhadores (central trade union confederation, Brazil) DGB Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (German Trade Union Confederation) DJSI Dow Jones Sustainability Index EACB European Association of Co-operative Banks EAEA European Alliance for Entertainment and Arts EAGISE Europäische Aktiengesellschaft EAL-IUL Europäischer Ausschuss der Lebensmittel-, Genussmittel- und Gastgewerbegewerkschaften in der IUL EBF European Banking Federation EBR Europäischer Betriebsrat (EWC, European Works...

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