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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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Table 1: Interviews with management representatives from home-country and foreign plants ..........................................................54 Table 2: Distribution employees, plants and production, Daimler AG (2008).....................................................................................60 Table 3: Distribution of employees, plants and production, VW group (2008) .......................................................................................87 Table 4: Distribution of employees, plants and production, PSA group (2008) .....................................................................................119 Table 5: Distribution of employees, plants and production, Renault (2008) ..........................................................................................152 Table 6: Distribution of employees, plants and production, Honda (2008/9) .........................................................................................171 Table 7: Business situation and employment at TME (2005–2008) .............193 Table 8: Distribution of employees, plants and production, Toyota group (2008/9) ............................................................................195 Table 9: Global and European capacity and resources of Ford Motor Company (2008) .......................................................................................223 Table 10: Distribution of employees, plants and production, General Motors/GM Europe (2008) .....................................................250 Table 11: Dispersion of Employment, Production Sites and Production (2008/2009) ................................................................................................296

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