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Paths to Transnational Solidarity

Identity-Building Processes in European Works Councils

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Hermann Kotthoff and Michael Whittall

With national industrial relations systems struggling to keep apace with the global and mobile nature of capital, the emergence of the European works council has caught the imagination of both practitioners and scholars of this institution in the last two decades. European works councils find themselves at the centre of an ever emerging European industrial relations landscape, offering employees of multinationals within the European Economic Area the opportunity to work together in regulating employment conditions. An in-depth empirical study of five European works councils, this book offers a unique look into factors which promote and hinder the development of solidarity amongst employees. With a sociological bent, this volume is a must for EWC delegates struggling to deal with geographical, cultural and historical factors that undermine relations between them.
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Chapter 4: Transnational patterns of EWC solidarity: Case studies

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Transnational patterns of EWC solidarity: Case studies

4.1 The EWC as a working team in dialogue with management. Solidarity as workplace citizenship

UNILEVER AND KRAFT FOODS

The two cases of Unilever and Kraft Foods closely resemble each other and are therefore grouped within the same pattern of solidarity. The main part of this section consists of a detailed analysis of Unilever, followed by a shorter, complementary, outline of developments at Kraft Foods. The remaining patterns of solidarity are illustrated with one case study in each instance.

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