Identity-Building Processes in European Works Councils
Chapter 5: Comparing patterns of solidarity: Varieties of constellations for interest representation
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Comparing patterns of solidarity: Varieties of constellations for interest representation
Our research has unearthed four patterns of EWC solidarity:
– Solidarity as an extension of the status of ‘workplace citizen’.
– Subsidiary solidarity.
– Protest solidarity versus participative solidarity.
– Solidarity as a gesture of sympathy.
We now propose to compare these patterns using the research dimensions of group solidarity, calculus of self-interest, activity, group constitution, and effectiveness. Our hypothesis as to the relationship between these dimensions is as follows. The aim and objective of the EWC is the effective representation of interests at European level. Effectiveness presupposes activity, in the sense of a high frequency of meetings, internal communication and joint work. Successful activity, in turn, presupposes the internal organization of a steering committee, which constitutes the capacity and discipline enabling it to act as a cooperative and integrated group. In turn, and crucially, becoming constituted as an organized group with the capacity to take action (an ‘association’) depends on trust, which, for its part, is the outcome of familiarity, mutual acquaintance and a sense of cohesion, but is (also) a function of the fact that EWC delegates believe that the EWC can be of use for their own countries.
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