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A Solution for Transnational Labour Regulation?

Company Internationalization and European Works Councils in the Automotive Sector

Axel Hauser-Ditz, Markus Hertwig, Ludger Pries and Luitpold Rampeltshammer

This book examines the role that European employee representatives play in the restructuring of firms. In a globalized economy, company internationalization and transnational restructuring are of growing concern for employees and trade unions. In the European Union, the still rather new institution of European works councils provides basic rights for employees. Using examples of eight large automotive manufacturers like Volkswagen, GM or Toyota, the volume analyzes the internationalization strategies of the companies and the effects of European works councils, pointing to a high degree of variation in strategies and effectiveness of cross-border employee representation.

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List of Tables ................................................................................................................ VII List of Figures .................................................................................................................IX Introduction to the English edition ...........................................................................XI Preface and acknowledgements ......................................................................XXXVII List of abbreviations ............................................................................................XXXIX Chapter 1: Introduction .............................................................................................1 Chapter 2: The current state of research ...............................................................7 Chapter 3: Theoretical and methodological framework...................................23 Chapter 4: Daimler....................................................................................................55 Chapter 5: Volkswagen ............................................................................................83 Chapter 6: PSA Peugeot Citroën .........................................................................117 Chapter 7: Renault ..................................................................................................147 Chapter 8: Honda ....................................................................................................167 Chapter 9: Toyota Motor Europe (TME) ............................................................187 Chapter 10: Ford of Europe .....................................................................................217 Chapter 11: General Motors....................................................................................247 Chapter 12: Summary and prospects – EWCs as transnational European institutions? ......................................................................273 Appendix .......................................................................................................................293 References .....................................................................................................................299

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