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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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AG Aktiengesellschaft (stock corporation = German public liability company) CC.OO Comisiones Obreras CFCT Confédération française des travailleurs chrétiens CFDT Confédération française démocratique du travail CGC Confédération générale des cadres CGIL Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro (Italian Confedera- tion of Labour – trade union confederation) CGT Confédération générale du travail (General Confederation of Labour – France) CKD Complete Knock-Down EEF European Employee Forum (GM EWC) EMF European Metalworkers’ Federation EMU Economic and Monetary Union ETUC European Trade Union Confederation ETUF European Trade Union Federation ETUF-TCL European Trade Union Federation of Textiles, Clothing and Leather ETUI-REHS European Trade Union Institute – Research, Education, Health and Safety EU European Union Eucob@n European Collective Bargaining Network EWC European Works Council FIM-CISL Federazione Italiana Metalmeccanici – Confederazione Italiana Sindacati Lavoratori (CISL affiliated trade union for metalworkers) FIOM-CGIL Federazione Impiegati Operai Metallurgici – Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro (CGIL-affiliate for metworking) FO Force Ouvrière FPC Fair-Practices-Committee GM General Motors GME General Motors Europe XL GMTUCG General Motors Trade Union Coordination Group HECCG Honda European Communication and Consultation Group (Honda EWC) HPS Honda Production System ICCP Information, Computer and Communications Policy Committee ILO International Labour Organization IMF International Metalworkers’ Federation NMSC National Marketing and Sales Company OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer (refers here to vehicle brand) SE Societas Europaea (European Company) SNB Special Negotiating Body TEF Toyota European Forum (Toyota EWC) UAW United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America UGT Unión General de...

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