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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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Figure 1: Four ideal-types of international organisation. ...............................26 Figure 2: An explanatory model of EWC type and effectiveness..................30 Figure 3: Distribution of Daimler AG operations in Europe, 2008. ..............59 Figure 4: Distribution of seats on the Daimler EWC (2008) ...........................65 Figure 5: Distribution of plants within the VW group. ...................................88 Figure 6: Distribution of seats in the Volkswagen EWC, 2008. .....................96 Figure 7: Distribution of plants in the PSA Group in Europe, 2008. ..........120 Figure 8: Allocation of EWC seats on the PSA EWC, 2008. .........................125 Figure 9: Renault operations in Europe, 2008. .................................................150 Figure 10: Distribution of seats on the Renault EWC, 2008. ..........................155 Figure 11: Distribution of Honda operations in Europe, 2008. ......................173 Figure 12: Distribution of employee seats on the HECCG, 2009. ..................178 Figure 13: Toyota operations in Europe, 2009. ..................................................192 Figure 14: Distribution of employee seats on the TEF, 2009. .........................203 Figure 15: Distribution of plants in Ford of Europe, 2008. ..............................222 Figure 16: Distribution of seats on the Ford EWC, 2009. ................................230 Figure 17: Meetings of the Ford EWC and Select Committee, 1996–2009..... 235 Figure 18: GM operations in Europe. ...................................................................248 Figure 19: Distribution of seats on GM EWC, 2008 ..........................................255 Figure 20: Structures of distribution and patterns of coordination in companies and EWCs...........................................................................276 Figure 21: Home Country Share: Employment, Production Sites and Production (2008) ..................................................................................293 Figure 22: Car Production Europe 1998–2008 ...................................................293 XFigure 23: Index Car Production Europe 1998–2008 (1998=100) ...................294 Figure 24: Share of Home Country Representation at EWC...

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