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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 21: Home Country Share: Employment, Production Sites and Production (2008) 0,86 0,79 0,73 0,62 0,77 0,47 0,48 0,27 0,83 1,00 0,47 0,54 0,56 0,37 0,37 0,38 0,68 0,20 0,63 0,63 0,31 0,25 0,20 0,33 Daimler Honda Renault PSA VW GM Ford Toyota Anteil Beschäftigung: Stammland/EU Anteil Produktion: Stammland/EU Anteil Standorte: Stammland/EU Share Employment: Home Cou try/EU Share r uction: Ho e Country/EU Share Locations: Ho e Country/EU Source: calculated by the authors from company data Figure 22: Car Production Europe 1998–2008 0 5,00,000 10,00,000 15,00,000 20,00,000 25,00,000 30,00,000 35,00,000 40,00,000 45,00,000 Volkswagen PSA Ford GM Renault Daimler Toyota Honda Source: OICA, several years 294 Figure 23: Index Car Production Europe 1998–2008 (1998=100) 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 Toyota Honda Daimler PSA Ford Volkswagen Renault GM Source: OICA, several years Figure 24: Share of Home Country Representation at EWC and S.C. 57% 56% 41% 39% 28% 21% 21% 17% 55% 40% 21% 50% 25% 33% 20% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% PSA Renault VW Daimler Ford GM Honda Toyota EBR Sitze: Stammland/Gesamt S.C. Sitze: Stammland/GesamtHome Country Share of EWC Seats Home Country Share of S.C. Seats Source: calculation by the authors according to interviews and EWC agreements 295 Figure...

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